American retired basketball player Michael Jordan had his 33-year-old lucky pair of sneakers sold at auction Sunday morning for whopping $190,373.
Jordan, who won the gold medal, scoring 20 points in the 1984 Olympics wearing this very pair, drove the USA ahead of Spain and won with a demolishing score of 96-65.
It is worth noting that this was the highest price to ever be recorded for a pair of game-used sneakers. This is most definitely a wholesome feat for the 33-year-old footwear.
The sneaker’s history
They were arguably the last pair Mr.Jordan wore in a game as an amateur. That might be the reason he made sure to sign them and include his orthotic inserts. The pair was found with non-other than the 11-year-old son of LA Lakers legend Gail Goodrich; apparently, he was a ball boy at the famous game played at The Forum in Los Angeles. That was the last game Michael Jordan ever wore Converse in an official game.
Jordan’s deals with companies
Before this amazing game, Jordan had already sparked interest by the Chicago Bulls, who drafted him three weeks before his Olympics debut. During these games, Nike started putting its full-court press on Jordan.
Jordan’s mind seemed to be set on wearing either Converse or Adidas; he wore Adidas during the Olympic trials. Adidas, however, did not share the same views. They were in a state of prosperity and never offered Jordan a deal.
On the other hand, Converse put $100,000/Year on the table. This was as much as Magic Johnson and Larry Bird were earning. That offer was blown straight out of the water when Nike quintupled the amount of money with a 5-year deal, along with stock options that brought the total to a whopping $7 million, plus a promise of a signature shoe.
In October 1984, a month after signing his Bulls deal, Jordan agreed to Nike’s offer. $70 million worth of Air Jordans were purchased in the initial two months.
The T2o6 Honus, which is the most well-known sport oriented collectable card, was shining during the auction. Even in its fairly unpolished state (graded a 1/10), the card was sold for $609,294.
Moreover, J. Ross Greene, who delivered this prized possession to the auction, had initially acquired it for $48,000 in 1996. This type of card with a grade of 1/10 had sold price of $400,000 in 2009. However, the highest price ever recorded for a baseball card was set last year at $3.12 million.
Vice President of SCP Auctions Dan Imler, who or the person who sold the pair, said, “The record-shattering price proves that Michael Jordan has no equal in the marketplace for game-used basketball memorabilia.”
Prior to this auction event, Jordan’s footwear was still sitting on the pedestal for the highest price in history. A pair he had worn in the 5th game of the 1997 NBA Finals, otherwise known as “The Flu Game”. While Jordan’s feet might have felt comfortable in his shoes, he was fighting through the flu, but he still managed to score 38 points to bring the Bulls to a steady win over Jazz. The famous sneaker was sold for $104,765 in 2013.