LOOK: Jordan's sneakers from last Chicago Stadium game go on auction
The sneakers Michael Jordan wore in the last Chicago Bulls game at the old Chicago Stadium have gone on auction.
The Chicago Bulls currently play in the United Center, a fancy, modern NBA arena. But before the United Center was built, the Bulls played for years at the old Chicago Stadium. This arena was where Michael Jordan first played as a member of the Bulls and in the last regular season game at Chicago Stadium in 1993, he was gracious enough to give his shoes to a stadium security guard.
After treasuring those shoes for 22 years, the security guard has decided to put them up for auction.
From a release from Huggins & Scott Auctions:
Sneakers worn by Chicago Bulls superstar Michael Jordan, during his last regular season home game at Chicago Stadium on April 22, 1993, will be auctioned by Huggins & Scott Auctions.
Jordan autographed the Air Jordan sneakers, which he wore in the home finale against the Detroit Pistons. Jordan led the Bulls with 36 points in a 109-103 victory. He captured his seventh straight scoring title and went on to lead the Bulls to their third consecutive NBA championship.
A security employee with Andy Frain Services received the sneakers from Jordan. The employee had worked with Andy Frain for nine years and handled personal ticket requests for the Bulls players. The employee repeatedly asked Jordan for a pair of shoes throughout the 1992-1993 season, but Jordan didn’t oblige until the regular season finale, when he gave the employee a pair of personally-signed, game-worn Air Jordans he wore playing against the Pistons. The employee has treasured the sneakers for twenty-two years.
The size-13 white leather Air Jordan basketball sneakers feature black and red accents with “23” embossed on the front flap of each side. The Air Jordan silhouette logo is embroidered to each tongue and on the rubber soles. “AIR JORDAN” is embossed on the Velcro-lined fasteners. Jordan signed the toe of each sneaker with a black maker. There is some minor game-use wear with scruff marks on the perimeters and wear on the bottoms.
The auction has already started and will officially end on November 12. The shoes had an opening bid of $1,200 which seems very reasonable considering that in April, a pair of Jordan's rookie shoes sold at auction for $71, 533.
Of course, if you don't want to own just one pair of Jordans, you can buy his Chicago mansion and get every single pair of Air Jordans ever made.
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