Game-worn Michael Jordan shoes from his college career in North Carolina sold for $33K on Thursday.
Considering the shoes are at least 30 years old — Jordan played for the Tar Heels in the early 1980s — they are a rare collector's item. Not only are they a beautiful baby blue, but they're Converse brand — what His Airness wore long before teaming up with Nike to create the iconic Jordan brand.
According to Fox Sports
, Jordan wore the kicks during the 1982 NCAA championship where he hit the game-winning shot against Georgetown — as a freshman no less.
that at the time, UNC coach Dean Smith was getting about $10,000 a year from Converse to have his players wear their shoes.
Grey Flannel, the auction house, said that Jordan had gifted the shoes to a high school teammate of his.
The sale of the shoes is not the first big Jordan auction Grey Flannel has hosted.
Last year, the auction house sold Jordan's shoes he wore during the famous "Flu Game," Game 5 of the 1997 NBA finals against the Utah Jazz. Those sneakers sold for more than $100,000. A pair of sneaks Jordan wore in his rookie season with the Bulls also sold for more than $30,000 last year.
Jordan's Converse were among an impressive crop of sports memorabilia, including a Babe Ruth game-used Tour of Japan hat that sold for over $300,000.
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