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Rare Michael Jordan Item Set to Fetch Larger Amount than Babe Ruth’s Bat and Muhammad Ali’s Gloves

Published 05/22/2022, 5:30 PM EDT

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Michael Jordan is one of the greatest basketball players of all time. He was also one of the few who started the global revolution of the NBA. In almost every country in the world, the face of the NBA was Michael Jordan. He was one of the first sports personalities to trademark his own personal brand of shoes.

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A Nike Air Jordan is now a ubiquitous part of daily sportswear. He made himself a mainstream NBA star in an era where the league was growing rapidly. Hence, it makes sense that anything that is even tenuously linked to Jordan will be valuable.


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Sports memorabilia comes in all shapes and sizes, but Jordan’s is extra special. The 1985 Air Jordans are worth 560,000 thousand dollars, more than Babe Ruth’s 1918 World Series bat. Jordan’s  1997-98 basketball card is also considered valuable (350,000$). His signed memorabilia costs an average of 7593 dollars, only second to Kobe Bryant, whose memorabilia increased in value following his tragic demise.

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The 1985 Air Jordans being talked about here were worn during his rookie years. His worn Nike Air Ships also auctioned for around $1.472 million at the Sotheby’s live auction titled Icons of Excellence and Haute Luxury. It was estimated to be sold at $1-1.5 million USD.

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One other 1985 Air Jordan shoe was sold for 615,000 dollars. The Sotheby auction also included a perfect Beckett Black Label Michael Jordan signed Upper Deck trading card, multiple deadstock Air Jordan releases, and more.


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Those shoes were used when he shattered the backboard in late August 1985 during an exhibition match in Trieste, Italy. He played in Liga A for Stefanel Trieste. He posted 30 points and that performance. This included a powerful dunk that erupted the backboard and left shattered pieces of glass everywhere. It inspired some of Nike’s most popular Air Jordan 1 releases. It’s Nike’s most popular brand. These shoes were designed by Bruce Kilgore originally.


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Written by:

Aditya Kar


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Aditya Kar is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports. A holder of Bachelors and Masters degrees in History, he has been a fan of the NBA since 2011. He has a very keen interest in the stories that define the league and the sport.
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