A few months ago we told you about the Utah Jazz ballboy who developed a report with Michael Jordan and was given his shoes after the infamous "Flu Game" and how he was auctioning off the kicks. Well, the auction went through and it worked out even better than expected for the guy. The shoes sold for a stunning $104,765. No, seriously. For one pair of shoes.
Despite battling flu-like symptoms that nearly forced him to miss the game, Michael Jordan scored 38 points to rally Chicago past Utah in Game 5 of the 1997 NBA Finals.
The shoes, brought to the market by Grey Flannel Auctions and consigned by former Utah Jazz ballboy Preston Truman, were worn by Jordan during Game 5 of the 1997 NBA Finals in which Jordan scored 38 points for the Chicago Bulls despite laboring up and down the court from feeling sick that day.
The identity of the winning bidder was not immediately made public, but the amount paid blew away the previous record paid for a pair of game-used shoes, which were also worn by Jordan. A collector paid $31,070 just last month for a pair of that Jordan wore in his rookie season.
This person cannot be married. They just can't be. I don't care how rich you are, can you imagine telling your wife or husband when they ask what you did today, "I bought a 16-year-old pair of shoes for over $100,000. How was your day?" My wife would shove me out of the house like Jordan shoved off Byron Russell.
Anyway, so the dude got to be casual acquaintances with Jordan and walked away with over $104,000 for his trouble. Not a bad day at the office.
It says something about our society that this is something worth spending on, multiple people thought. Leather and plastic, with some sharpie on it carrying the signature of a player who hasn't been on a court in ten years. It's part nostalgia, but primarily bragging rights and iconography.
More than anything, it reasserts that Jordan remains a nearly-mythical celebrity figure who still moves eyeballs, and dollar bills.