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Description1996-97 Michael Jordan Game Worn & Signed Air Jordan XII Sneakers with Chicago Bulls Letter. The Air Jordan XII sneakers presented here rate among the finest game worn exemplars extant in the hobby as they check off all of the boxes a sneakerhead could ever hope to fill. They were worn by the G.O.A.T. during the 1996-97 season when he led the NBA in scoring with a 29.6 average for a record ninth title, was first team All-NBA and All-Defensive, was named NBA Finals MVP for the fifth time, and won his fifth championship.
Created by noted designer Tinker Hatfield (who authored Air Jordan III to XV), the Air Jordan XII's are one of the most attractive and coveted sneaker designs ever created. Inspired by the the unlikely combination of the Rising Sun flag of Japan and a 19th century women's dress boot, the sneakers feature a ribbed leather herringbone pattern which mimics sun rays, a heel motif, the first Zoom Air unit, and a carbon fiber shank plate. This model was also the first Air Jordan that did not have a Swoosh or a Nike logo anywhere on the shoe, not even on the insoles.
The shoes feature a white/varsity red/black colorway, which Jordan sported through the season, along with Jumpman logo and and "two 3" written out vertically down the tongues. The heels reveal a second Jumpman logo, "Jordan. Quality Inspired By The Greatest Player Ever," and "23." Interior tagging features Mike's size "13" along with correct coding. Evidence of game wear includes leather creasing, color transfer on left shoe, and wear to the insoles. The shoes present marvelously and the condition of the leather is soft and spectacular. MJ has signed the right shoe in NM black sharpie, while adding the notation "1996-97 Chicago Bulls." This notation is important as Jordan rarely inscribes items which he signs (other than the occasional personalization).
The shoes are accompanied by a letter of provenance from the Chicago Bulls, attesting to their status as 1996-97 gamers. Meanwhile, Upper Deck Authenticated paperwork also attests to the fact that Jordan wore, inscribed and signed the exemplars on offer here. Letter of provenance from the Chicago Bulls. LOA from Heritage Auctions. LOA from Upper Deck Authenticated (for game worn and autograph). Full LOA from SGC Authentic (autograph). Full LOA from PSA/DNA (autograph).
Guide Value or Estimate: $30,000 - up.
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