Air Jordan 1s Worn by Michael Jordan During ‘Broken Foot Game’ Sell for Over $422k
A pair of Air Jordan 1s worn by Michael Jordan during his ‘Broken Foot Game’ have sold for over $422,000 at auction. According to sports memorabilia vendor Lelands, these sneakers are believed to be one of the last AJ1s MJ played in before missing six months of game time due to his injury.
The provenance of these shoes is traced back to October 29, 1985, the night Jordan sustained the broken foot in a NBA game against the Golden State Warriors. According to Lelands, the pair had for decades remained in the possession of a personal friend of Jordan, until their son put them up for auction.
There are various details that help corroborate these vintage AJ1s in OG ‘Chicago’ colours. They are mismatched size 13 and 13.5 pair, left and right feet respectively, which is a known MJ quirk. The inner ankle collar reads ‘850102-TYPS’, code for a production date some time between January and February of 1985 – Lelands speculate that this pair could’ve also been worn during Jordan’s rookie year because of its age, but that is unconfirmed.
This auction ran from January 2 to 29 with an opening price of $250,000. While it only attracted a total of eight bids, the final price was $422,130 – falling right in the ballpark of Leland’s $400,000 to $500,000 estimate. Still a relative bargain compared to the $1.472 million Air Ships sold at Sotheby’s in 2021!