Michael Jordan may not do any endorsement deals for less than $10 million, but bids so far for a handful of his game-worn shoes have been relatively cheap. Five pair of the former Chicago Bulls great’s sneakers are up for grabs this week from Laguna Niguel, Calif.-based SCP Auctions.
A pair of Nike Air Ships that Michael Jordan wore during his rookie season have sold for $71,553, according to an auction house. It’s the second biggest haul for a pair of Jordan or NBA shoes, coming in second to the Bulls legend’s “flu game” sneakers that fetched more than $104,000. The buyer for Jordan’s rookie shoes wished to remain anonymous, said SCP Auctions spokesman Terry Melia. The shoes were part of more than 1,300 sports memorabilia that brought in $4.1 million.
A pair of Nikes that were the earliest NBA-worn shoes of Michael Jordan’s that have ever come to market have sold for $71,553. That’s the second-highest price paid for game-worn Jordan shoes. In 2013, the shoes that Jordan wore during the “Flu Game” in the 1997 NBA Finals sold for $104,765. Terry Melia, a spokesman for SCP Auctions, which sold the shoes, said the buyer wished to remain anonymous.
They could be the Holy Grail for any diehard Michael Jordan fan. A pair of Nike hightops billed as the earliest known NBA game-worn shoes worn by Jordan could be yours, if you’re the highest bidder, CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.
“It’s gotta be the shoes!” In those immortal words spoken by Spike Lee’s fictional character Mars Blackmon in countless Nike commercials during the mid-‘80s, these are the shoes! An extremely rare pair of autographed and game-used Nike Air shoes worn by arguably the NBA’s greatest player ever have surfaced from Michael Jordan’s 1984-85 rookie campaign with the Chicago Bulls. This pair was worn by “His Airness” in an away game versus the Los Angeles Lakers at The Fabulous Forum on Dec. 2, 1984, just prior to the official unveiling of Jordan’s first line of Nike Air Jordans. The shoes that Jordan wore in the Bulls’ 113-112 victory in which he scored 20 points will now be featured in SCP Auctions’ 2015 Spring Premier starting April 8 at www.scpauctions.com. The signed shoes are expected to fetch $50,000 or more.
The pair has been in the possession of the former Lakers ball boy for the past three decades. They’ve been taking up space in his closet, as well as his mom’s closet for the past 30 years, and he finally decided it was time to put them up for auction. His name is Khalid Ali and believe it or not, as a 15-year-old ball boy he had the tenacity to walk up to Michael Jordan during the Bulls’ pregame warm-ups and literally ask him for the shoes.
The back-story is that he originally asked Jordan for a pair of tri-color (red, black and white) Nike shoes that Michael was simply breaking in during warm-ups. “They were an intriguing blend of multi-colored Nike shoes,” recalled Ali. “I had never seen a pair of Nike shoes with three colors before.”
After shoot-arounds, however, Jordan went back to the locker room and came out for the game wearing a completely different pair of white Nike Air shoes with the red swoosh. Those are the shoes he gave to Ali in the Bulls’ locker room following the game. According to Ali, Jordan even grabbed a pen out of his duffle bag and signed them both. These are considered the first ever pre-Air Jordan gamers to hit the hobby. He only wore this style of shoe during the early portion of his rookie campaign before switching full time to Air Jordans later in the season.
Online bidding, open to registered bidders, will run for two-and-a-half weeks and conclude on Saturday, April 25. The online bidding for the MJ gamers promises to be fierce. -Terry Melia
An auction company says it has Michael Jordan’s earliest known pair of game-worn shoes from his rookie season with the Chicago Bulls.SCP Auctions expects to get $50,000 or more when it auctions off the shoes beginning April 8. Jordan wore the shoes in a road game against the Los Angeles Lakers on Dec. 2, 1984, before Nike had even unveiled the superstar’s signature Air Jordan shoes.
A pair of pre-Air Jordan Nike shoes that Michael Jordan wore during his rookie season could fetch $50,000 or more when they go up for bid next month, according to the auction house.