When people think of the name Michael Jordan, there are three main things that immediately come to mind: basketball, shoes, and Space Jam. Okay, so that last one can be swapped out for a few other things, but there’s no doubt that the foundation upon which the Jordan brand was built was the Michael Jordan shoes he wore during his NBA playing days. It’s for this reason that shoes that have been worn during games usually sell for a ton of money, which is exactly what happened at a recent auction.
Heritage Auctions of Dallas, TX auditioned for a pair of used Converse high tops that Michael Jordan wore during his freshman season at UNC. The 40-year-old pair of shoes sold for a whopping $120,000, which if you can believe that’s a pretty low price compared to some of his other shoes that have been auctioned in the past. According to Jimmy Tomlin of High Point Enterprises, at least half of the proceeds from shoe sales will be donated to the Carolina basketball team.
Mary Eliza Duckett of High Point, NC is the woman in charge of MJ’s shoe auction. They were given to him by his brother-in-law and former student manager of the 1982 national championship team, Chuck Duckett. Keep in mind this was Jordan’s first season, so Duckett probably didn’t realize what the future GOAT was offering him. Now the Converses are in the possession of a very lucky owner, and Carolina’s basketball received a very charitable gift in the process.
I don’t say this lightly, but it’s hard to think of many athletes whose memorabilia has sold for as high a price as Jordan’s over the years. Just last year, a pair of Nike Air Ships sold at auction for $1.47 million, and his 1998 NBA Finals jersey was worth $5 million. With that in mind, it’s amazing that the buyer of the UNC converses didn’t have to pay more than them, and I’m a little jealous that I don’t have $120,000 burning a hole in my pocket. Maybe next time, right?
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