If you are a sports fan, you know what everyone is talking about when they bring up the legendary flue game from then Chicago Bulls star Michael Jordan. The moment in sports is so popular that the shoes Jordan wore during Game 5 of the 1997 NBA Finals have sold for an incredible $104,765, which is a new record for game-worn sneakers.
Getting collectible Jordan sneakers will often lead to a hefty price tag, but nothing will compare to the red and black Jordan 12s that he wore on that day, so one person has a very unique piece of memorabilia from sports history.
ESPN.com has more information on the story:
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.
Truman was able to secure the shoes, after developing a relationship with Jordan, which started when he says he one day fetched Jordan’s traditional pregame applesauce during the 1996-97 season.
It’d be pretty cool to have something that unique in your collection, but I think most of us feel more comfortable knowing that we didn’t drop over 100 grand on a pair of game-worn sneakers.