Michael Jordan’s Shoes Worn During 1984 Olympics Break Auction Record – Bleacher Report
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Shoes worn by Michael Jordan during the gold-medal game between the United States and Spain at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles sold for for $190,373 early Sunday, which set a new auction record for game-used sneakers.
Darren Rovell of ESPN.com reported the record-setting mark and passed along comments from SCP Auctions vice president Dan Imler about MJ’s selling power.
“The record-shattering price proves that Michael Jordan has no equal in the marketplace for game-used basketball memorabilia,” Imler said.
Team USA scored a 96-65 victory over Spain to complete an undefeated eight-game run through the 1984 Olympic tournament. Jordan led all scorers with 20 points in the championship game.
His shoes from the Games, which broke a record previously owned by his sneakers from the “Flu Game” in the 1997 NBA Finals, are autographed and were the last pair of Converse he wore in a game, according to Rovell.
Jordan had yet to appear in the NBA at the time.
The University of North Carolina standout had been selected third in the 1984 NBA draft by the Chicago Bulls before he joined the American squad and provided a glimpse of his otherworldly potential.
Of course, shoes have become a major part of Jordan’s legacy—especially among the generation who didn’t get to see him play—through the Jordan Brand, an offshoot of Nike.
The six-time NBA champion and five-time Most Valuable Player is the principal owner of the Charlotte Hornets.