Any pair of sneakers that Michael Jordan wore in an NBA game is a bona fide collector’s item, but some are a bit more special than others. And one pair, in particular, that’s going under the hammer at an upcoming Sotheby’s auction is one of the most significant we’ve ever seen.
The earliest known pair of Nike shoes that Michael Jordan ever wore in a regular-season NBA game are going up for auction, giving you the chance to own an important piece of basketball history. The shoes pre-date even the Air Jordan 1, as His Airness’ famous signature shoes were not yet ready by the time his rookie season began. Instead, Jordan wore the Nike Air Ship during the first few games of his career, and that’s what we have here. This pair in particular is confirmed to have been worn in Jordan’s fifth NBA game on November 1, 1984, against the Denver Nuggets. Accompanying photographic evidence suggests that the shoes were also worn by Jordan in his third NBA game a few days earlier against the Milwaukee Bucks. The white and red kicks bear Jordan’s signature and were originally gifted to T.J. Lewis, who worked as a Nuggets’ ball boy during the game.
As expected, such an elusive artifact from the NBA GOAT’s career is not easily obtained. The starting bid for Michael Jordan’s earliest known NBA game-worn Nikes is set at $1 million, and the winning bid will surely be considerably higher than that. The shoes are set to be auctioned off on October 24 at Sotheby’s Icons of Excellence & Haute Luxury auction in New York.