Got a Spare $120K-Plus for 1985 Game-Worn Air Jordan 1s?
Here’s your chance to cop one of sneaker culture's OG holy Grails: a pair of game-worn Air Jordan 1s used by no other than His Airness. Sotheby’s is auctioning this 1985 Player Sample made specifically for MJ.
At first glance, it looks like a ‘Chicago’ AJ1 dressed in its legendary red, white, and black colour, but closer scrutiny reveals custom touches. The ‘TYPS’ printed inside the ankle collar stands for Tong Yang Player Sample, confirming these were indeed for MJ. Also, they’re mismatched sizes – any Jordanhead would know he wore a size 13 left shoe and a size 13.5 right. Secondly, the ankle height is modified shorter than the regular high cut of the time, but it retains nine eyelets. Additionally, softer leather and materials - even better than what was being used at the time - make up the uppers on his personal pairs. They’re signed by the man himself, and all the relevant paperwork is included.
Head on over to Sotheby’s to beat the current $120,000 bid. The auction ends on May 18.