Tag Archives: Michael Jordan

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Hundreds of pieces of sports memorabilia are hitting the auction block Wednesday via SCP Auctions’ Fall Catalog.  Among the headliners are a pair of Michael Jordan’s 1984 Summer Olympics game-worn and dual signed Converse shoes, two Olympic medals won by U.S.sprinter Jim Hines during the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, Wilt Chamberlain’s 1971 NBA All-Star Game jersey, numerous items from the recently closed San Diego Hall of Champions as well as select items from late Baseball Hall of Famer Mel Ott’s personal collection and one of collecting’s rarest baseball cards—a T206 Ty Cobb with the Cobb Tobacco advertising back.

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A pair of Converses worn by none other than Michael Jordan just broke a record, becoming the most expensive game-worn sneakers ever auctioned off. Jordan wore them during the final game of the 1984 Olympics, in which he scored 20 points to lead Team USA to a victory over Spain. The 21-year-old had just left the University of North Carolina and signed with the Chicago Bulls, making that game his final as an amateur.

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Michael Jordan’s used sneakers had game, but they didn’t stand a chance against Honus Wagner. One of the iconic, exceedingly rare T206 Wagner baseball cards, the most famous card in sports collecting, may have been worse for the wear over the years, but it was the big winner, fetching $609,294 at auction Sunday. The dirty, presumably smelly Converse sneakers Jordan wore during the 1984 Olympic gold-medal game against Spain set a record, too, although it was far less: $190,373, according to SCP auctions.