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    1993 Michael Jordan NBA Eastern Conference Finals Worn & Signed "Air Jordan VIII Playoffs" Sneakers from The Robert C. Scarpetti Collection.

    UPDATE: These sneakers were worn in the Eastern Conference Finals against the New York Knicks, as the included photo match documentation asserts, and not in the NBA Finals against the Phoenix Suns.

    UPDATE: These sneakers have been photo matched to Game Four of the Eastern Conference Finals on May 31, 1993. Jordan scored fifty-four points, tied for twelfth-highest in NBA playoffs history.

    "How are you going to play against someone after you have dinner at their restaurant? Michael tried to do that to me, but I wouldn't go." - Magic Johnson commenting on Charles Barkley and the Phoenix Suns having dinner at Michael Jordan's restaurant during the 1993 NBA Finals.

    The first player ever to win the Finals MVP three years in a row, Michael was clad in the "Air Jordan VII Playoffs" presented here when the Bulls claimed their first trifecta in the 1993 Finals versus The Prince of Pizza's Suns. During that six-game series, Jordan was at his post season best, averaging 41.0 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 6.3 assists, while shooting .508 from the field and .400 from the arc. It was also during this series that Jordan would achieve his Finals single game career high with a fifty-five-point outburst in Game Four

    Sporting a chunkier look than its predecessors, the VIII's were highlighted by dual crossover straps with "23" in white/red embroidery, chenille tongue graphics, and a funky 90's design scheme. For the style match, see Getty Images 76027789 and 76027864.

    These exemplars exhibit game use in the form of scuffing to the uppers and mids, with appropriate size "13" tags inside. Furthermore, each shoe is signed on the side "Michael Jordan" in fine white paint pen. Originally gifted by Jordan to Bob Scarpetti, a retired police officer who was part of Jordan's security detail, at some point during the 1993 NBA Finals. Letter of provenance from Robert Scarpetti. Photo match LOA from Sports Investors Authentication. LOA from Heritage Auctions. Full LOA from PSA/DNA.


    More Information: The Robert C. Scarpetti Collection

    Robert Scarpetti is a retired Chicago police detective who was part of Michael Jordan’s personal six-man security detail from his 1984-85 Rookie of the Year season through 1995. Over the years, Bob and Michael became close friends and Scarpetti even appeared in the 2020 ten-part documentary, "The Last Dance." The items offered in this collection were obtained by Scarpetti directly from Michael Jordan and have been in his possession for over twenty years. Each will come with a letter of provenance signed by Bob Scarpetti.


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