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Description1989 Michael Jordan NBA All-Star Game Worn & Signed Sneakers. The fourth incarnation of the celebrated Air Jordan sneaker remains one of Nike's most collectible styles, but here we encounter the most important and coveted pair ever to hit the hardcourt, worn by Jordan himself in his fourth All-Star Game appearance. Though his East squad would come up short in the Houston Astrodome exhibition, the Chicago Bulls superstar led the charge for the vanquished side, topping a starting roster comprised entirely of future Hall of Famers with twenty-eight points.
While Jordan material dating to the Championship era and beyond could not accurately be characterized as rare, the same could not be said of 1980's material. When seeking pre-Championship gear which can be definitively assigned to a particular game, the trail goes colder still. We have an enterprising young man from Houston to thank for this special deviation from the norm. A ballboy for the 1988-89 Houston Rockets, our consignor had chased down the emerging Chicago Bulls star during the Eastern Conference team's sole visit to Houston as Jordan headed to the showers. His request for his game worn shoes was rebuffed however--Jordan had promised the shoes to somebody else. The boy then had a revelation. "Mr. Jordan," he said. "You'll be back here in a couple weeks for the All-Star Game. Could I please have those shoes?" Jordan assured him that he could.
So the scene repeated itself a couple weeks later, the ballboy chasing Jordan down the corridor after the game, reminding the future Hall of Famer of his promise. Minutes later the lucky young Astrodome employee owned the slightly used pair of Air Jordans, still a bit damp with sweat and each autographed in thin gold paint pen. Years later, after the signatures had faded considerably, he got a second black sharpie signature on the left shoe. Each is tagged size "13" inside, with patent numbers 4183156; 4340626. Some minor degradation of the rubber soles must be noted in the interest of full disclosure, but our catalog imagery should properly indicate that the visual effect is minimal.
A letter of provenance from the former ballboy will be included, along with Astrodome paperwork listing him as a staff member, a photograph of the young man holding a signed poster (poster not included in the lot) featuring both All-Star teams, press and media guides for the game, an offical program and a player towel from the event. Also included is an 8x10" photo of Jordan going to the hoop during the final minute of the game, the offered shoes clearly visible on his feet. Letter of provenance from ballboy. LOA from Heritage Auctions. Full LOA from PSA/DNA (autographs).
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