Today Christie's in partnership with Stadium Goods has revealed the full catalog of all 11 lots for the landmark auction, "ORIGINAL AIR: Michael Jordan Game-Worn and Player Exclusive Sneaker Rarities."
The pair that is considered to be the top lot, as far as rarity and estimated value, headlines the full announcement: the Air Jordan 1 "Shattered Backboard" Origin Story. This is the exact pair of Air Jordan 1s worn by Michael Jordan during the August 25, 1985 exhibition game in Trieste, Italy where he famously shattered the glass backboard after a powerful dunk. The most incredible thing about this one-of-a-kind pair: the left shoe actually has small shards of glass still stuck in the rubber sole.
In addition to the three lots already revealed, see a selection of other rare Jordans just announced today that will available in the auction below. Stay tuned for detailed looks at each of the 11 sneakers in the coming weeks here on the Stadium Goods Journal.
The ORIGINAL AIR: Michael Jordan Game-Worn and Player Exclusive Sneaker Rarities auction is live July 30-August 13, 2020.
Air Jordan 1 High "Shattered Backboard" Origin Story
Following his NBA Rookie of the Year season with the Bulls, Michael Jordan travelled to Trieste, Italy to participate in a Nike-sponsored exhibition game on August 25, 1985. The game featured Italian Liga A teams Stefanel Trieste and Snaidero Caserta. Jordan was a special guest, wearing a No. 23 black-and-orange Stefanel Trieste jersey.
Wearing this Air Jordan 1 High “Chicago,” Jordan scored 30 points. The most memorable play of the game was Jordan’s spectacular dunk that was so powerful it shattered the glass backboard into thousands of pieces. One of those glass pieces is still stuck in the rubber sole of his left shoe.
The “Shattered Backboard” Origin Story Air Jordan 1 is an incredibly unique, one-of-a-kind Michael Jordan artifact.
Air Jordan 5 "Fire Red" Player Exclusive
The Jordan 5 is another masterpiece designed by Tinker Hatfield, the Nike designer behind the Air Max 1, Air Jordan 3, Air Jordan 4, and numerous other iconic models from Nike and Jordan Brand. Michael Jordan first debuted the Air Jordan 5 “Fire Red” at the 1990 NBA All-Star Weekend during his participation in the 3-Point Contest. The 1990 player edition model offered here displays a special “23” embroidered in a bold font on each heel. The retail release of the colorway did not feature the “23” on the heels.
Air Jordan 10 Baseball Cleat Sample
This is a mint pair of Air Jordan 10 baseball cleats produced just for Jordan during his stint playing baseball after his first retirement. The design features an all-black premium leather upper with white accents and a red Jumpman logo embroidered on each heel. Most of Michael Jordan’s baseball career was played in the Jordan 9 cleats, but he did wear Jordan 10 cleats on at least one occasion.
The Jordan 10 Cleat is extremely rare. Few pairs were ever produced, because Jordan made his return to basketball before they were put into wider production.
Air Jordan 11 "Bred" Player Exclusive
This “Bred” Air Jordan 11 is a mint sample PE of the colorway Jordan wore during the Bulls’ 1996 playoff run en route to their fourth NBA Championship. This FTPS (Feng Tay Player Sample) pair is made to Jordan’s playing specifications: size 13.5 with a lower-cut patent leather panel around the heel (as compared to the retail version). The pair comes complete with the original Nike shoe box.