- A pair of game-worn Michael Jordan Nike sneakers from his rookie season, one of the oldest in existence, sold for a record $1.472 million at auction
- The sports world reacted with complete and utter shock at a pair of sneakers selling for so much and how the sports memorabilia and collector’s mark continues to explode
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A pair of game-worn Michael Jordan Nike sneakers from his 1984 rookie season just set a new record at auction after selling for $1.472 million. Sports memorabilia and card collector Nick Fiorella is now the proud owner of these record-setting sneakers purchased in a recent Sotheby’s auction.
These are historically significant sneakers. The autographed red and white Michael Jordan sneakers were worn in the fifth game of his 1984 rookie season. And the $1.472 million record-setting amount more than doubled the price tag from the last time these sneakers were sold.
Let this sink in for just one moment: this exact pair of autographed and game-worn Michael Jordan sneakers was sold at auction for $615,000 in August of 2020. So they went up in value an astounding $857,000 in only 14 months!!!
The sports world reacted with complete shock at the price these Jordan sneakers sold for at the Sotheby’s auction. Many people took to Twitter to share their disbelief at how much money is being thrown around in the sports memorabilia and collector’s world right now.
A pair of game-worn Michael Jordan sneakers from his rookie season sold for $1.472 million to high-end card collector Nick Fiorella.
It has shattered the record for most expensive game-worn footwear.
Would you pay $1.5 million for a pair of J's? 👀🤑 pic.twitter.com/8yC8SEx9tb
— The Sporting News (@sportingnews) October 25, 2021
This really does put that Tom Brady 600th TD football in perspective…
and that man yesterday gave back Tom Brady’s 600th td ball for a helmet and $1000 gift card… no shot bucko https://t.co/XbxG2DWwqX
— Andrew Taylor (@RealWhity_82) October 25, 2021
My answer to this question would be ‘Yes, NFTs’
Could there be anything more stupid to spend your money on🤔
— Carole S. (@cvspargo) October 25, 2021
But how do they smell? https://t.co/s2OvxfREsR
— Nick Mordowanec (@NickMordo) October 27, 2021
What 👀 https://t.co/e3JvBSN2DA
— Kyle Inman (@DrHoopenstein) October 25, 2021
Wonder how much the NFT of the shot will sell for https://t.co/n84iWHUZyC
— Kalu Aja (@FinPlanKaluAja1) October 25, 2021
Auction of Used clothing pair of Tennis Shoes $1M ~ https://t.co/cvwwbdEDaq
— BLM ~ Cannabis Herbs Heal (@MimiTexasAngel) October 26, 2021
— DJ JC (@CalcagnoJohndj) October 25, 2021
Record Setting Jordan Sneakers ⛹️♂️
A pair of Michael Jordan's 1984 Nike shoes have sold for $1.47 Million to break record at Sotheby's.
Jordan's earliest known regular season game-worn Nikes, were the first pair of sneakers to reach the $1 million mark
Wild 😳 pic.twitter.com/QHuR6pUlCB
— Nqobile Ndlovu (@CashNSport) October 25, 2021
I love Michael Jordan and grew idolizing him trying to mimic some his moves, but 1.4 million dollars? You got to be a diehard souvenir collector to spend that kind of money!! Incredible!
— Michael D Pollard (@MichaelDPollar3) October 26, 2021
Stupidity, but that’s the reality of the world. Some have, while some starve, and some spend on the most ridiculous things. $1.47M will lift 1000 folks out of poverty.
— Chukwunedum Ekwenibe (@MiriEnweIlo) October 25, 2021
New record for sneakers: R22 million for a pair of Nikes, once owned by Michael Jordan: The shoes were worn in Jordan’s fifth NBA game in his rookie season in 1984. pic.twitter.com/UguDe4IXkf
— ᴋᴇɴʙᴡᴏʏ ᴍsᴀғɪ (Youth Ambassador) (@KenbwoyM) October 26, 2021
Maaaaybe after inflation…
None of Lebron shoes would ever be even close to selling that much 😂
— LeBum “6Losses Swept 2x” James (@6losses) October 25, 2021
One thing I don’t understand here is the people suggesting it’s just buying an old and smelly pair of shoes. What was being purchased is a piece of history. Those game-worn 1984 Michael Jordan Nike sneakers were a major stepping stone in both his career on the court as the greatest NBA player in history AND the empire he’d go on to build with Nike/Jumpman.
I’m not suggesting that spending $1.48 million on sneakers is a brilliant use of money, but to claim that what was being purchased is nothing more than old shoes is wrong.