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.
A pair of game-worn Michael Jordan sneakers sold at auction for $190,373 yesterday, setting a record for game-used shoes. The Converse shoes were said to be used by the NBA legend in the gold medal game against Spain in the 1984 Olympics, according to ESPN.
Michael Jordan’s game worn and dual signed Converse shoes from the 1984 U.S. Olympic team’s gold-medal-winning-game against Spain sold for $190,373 early Sunday morning, shattering the previous auction record of $104,765 for game-worn shoes.
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.