Michael Jordan's Converse Fastbreak From the 1984 Olympic Trials Is Up For Auction
Before Michael Jordan signed with Nike and Jordan Brand was formed, he was partial to Converse – playing in models like the Pro Leather and Fastbreak during his time at the University of North Carolina and as a member of the 1984 US Olympic basketball team. Now, a pair of Jordan's pre-NBA Converse are available for auction: the pair he wore to team tryouts before the Olympic Games.
Though it's wild to think of these days, Jordan wasn't a lock to make the Olympic team, which, at the time, was made up entirely of college athletes – 1992 was the first time the USA allowed NBA players to compete in the Games. The squad was coached by Indiana University's hard-charging Bobby Knight, who cut Jordan's fellow Hall of Famers Charles Barkley, Karl Malone and John Stockton during the tryouts! Jordan showed up with his UNC-issued Converse in hand, and after making the team and playing his way through pre-Olympic exhibition games, he gifted the shoes to the teenage son of the squad's travelling physician.
Jordan's signature is present in red ink on both the left and right shoes, while other signatures include fellow NBA Hall of Famer and 1992 'Dream Team' teammate Chris Mullin, plus other 1984 USA players like Vern Fleming, Alvin Robertson and Wayman Tisdale. The white and navy kicks are a size 13, and come accompanied by a vintage Converse duffle bag and shirt produced for the 1984 Olympics, plus a letter of provenance from the son of the team doctor who originally owned them and a letter of authenticity for each signature.
If you're feeling like shelling out some serious cash for a piece of Jordan history, the shoes are up for auction at SCP Auctions now. At the time of writing, the highest bid is $26,200! An interesting side note is that the pair of Converse Fastbreaks Jordan wore in the title game of the 1984 Olympics was once the most expensive game-worn sneaker to ever sell, with the winning bid on a 2017 eBay auction coming in at $190,372.80! Since then, a game-worn pair of the Air Jordan 1 'Chicago' sold for $560,000, and a pair of Air Ships from MJ's rookie season went for a staggering $1.4 million.