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Michael Jordan’s Rookie Season Sneakers Sell For $71,553


Michael Jordan Rookie Season Air Ship Sneakers Auction

During his 1984 rookie season Michael Jordan wasn’t wearing Air Jordan’s because his incredibly popular sneaker lineup wasn’t even invented yet. However, he was wearing a pair of Nike sneakers and they are now worth $71,553. Jordan’s rookie season sneakers recently sold for $71,553 during an SCP Auctions event.

According to ESPN.com’s Darren Rovell, only Jordan-worn shoes that have sold for more money were the ones he wore during his legendary “Flu Game” in the 1997 NBA Finals. The flu game sneakers fetched $104,765.

The Nike Air Ships were first acquired by Khalid Ali, a Los Angeles Lakers ball boy during the 1984-85 season. Ali asked Jordan if he could keep sneakers when the Chicago Bulls played in Los Angeles that season.

Jordan used the Air Ships and then autographed them and gave them to Ali following the game.

For the record, Michael Jordan threw down for 20 points in that game to lead the Chicago Bulls to a 113-112 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers.

James Vanderhoff
James Vanderhoff is a former editor at http://www.popcrunch.com

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