Basketball legend Michael Jordan’s rookie season Air Jordan I trainers are to be auctioned – and could fetch over $250,000.
The 1984-1985 red, white and black high-top boots, signed by the superstar himself, will be offered by Goldin Auctions and will give die-hard fans a chance to get their hands on the coveted collector’s item.
After his rookie season, Jordan wore the boots once more – in his final game for the Chicago Bulls at Maddison Square Garden in 1998.
Basketball legend Michael Jordan’s rookie season Air Jordan I trainers are to be auctioned
The boots are signed by the superstar himself and are expected to fetch over £200,000
He also wore the shoes in his last appearance for the Chicago Bulls at Madison Square Garden
More than 19,000 people attended as the Bulls took on the New York Knicks with even more watching the game live on television as Jordan put on a show.
During his 43 minutes on court, he accumulated 42 points with eight rebounds, six assists, three steals and one block.
Jordan’s masterclass ensured a 89-102 victory for the Bulls and he left the court in the final quarter to a standing ovation.
Jordan’s feet had grown to a size 13.5 by the time he wore the 12.5 sized shoes again in 1998
But while Jordan made everything on the court look easy, the iconic shoes did cause him some discomfort.
They were a perfect fit when he first wore them in 1985, but in the 13 years between then and his final appearance his feet had grown to a size 13.5.
‘It’s been a long time since I wore them,’ Jordan said postgame as quoted by NBA.com.
‘It’s kind of fun to come back here and play and remember some of the old days and some of the games that I’ve had here. The shoes are a part of that. But my feet are killing me.’
Jordan produced a masterclass to ensure victory for the Bulls over the New York Knicks
The shoes are expected to fetch over £200,000 but could go for even more after the first pair of his signature trainers were bought for £450,000 in May.
The memorabilia features the TYPS player issue code inside and comes with a letter of provenance on Milwaukee Bucs letter head from former trainer for the Bulls and Bucks, Mark Pfeil.
The trainers are part of the Goldin Auctions Michael Jordan Auction, which is now open for bidding and closes on July 18th at Goldinauctions.com.
Ken Goldin, CEO and Founder of Goldin Auctions said: ‘The Michael Jordan memorabilia market has exploded recently with the Air Jordan 1 at the forefront of the recent upsurge.
‘This pair of sneakers is considered one of the blue-chip investments of the Michael Jordan market and could very well be the next seven figure item down the road for those willing to endure the long-term hold.’
Founder of Goldin Auctions Ken Goldin said the shoes could be the next seven figure item
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