A pair of Michael Jordan‘s game-used shoes gifted to a Utah Jazz ballboy in exchange for a pair of tickets are hitting the auction block.
They’re being sold by SCP Auctions and they were worn on Feb. 1, 1993, when Jordan’s Bulls knocked off the Jazz, 96-92.
Now, about that trade …
According to SCP, a former Jazz ball boy named Alex Rodriguez was working the Bulls’ locker room and overheard the Hall of Famer asking about extra tickets to the game.
“He needed two extra tickets and not even the Utah Jazz ticket manager had any left,” Rodriguez told SCP. “I sat next to Jordan and told him he could have my two tickets since the ball boys each received two to every game. He was very thankful and said he wanted to buy them from me. I told him, ‘No, you can just have them.’ He looked at me and said, ‘Okay, then you can have my shoes after the game.’”
After the game, Jordan was swarmed by reporters who also wanted to talk to him about his not being a fan of the NBA All-Star Game being in Salt Lake City, but he kept his part of the deal.
“You couldn’t even see him what with all of the reporters,” Rodriguez said. “Suddenly he just stood up and called over to me. He asked the reporters to move and it was like Moses parting the Red Sea. I walked up through the gauntlet of reporters and he signed the shoes and said, ‘Here, Alex. Thank you very much. You are very kind.’ I said ‘Thanks’ and took off with the shoes and hid them in my locker.”
The size 13 Air Jordan VII Cardinals are part of the current auction that ends on Saturday. They sit at $7,073 after 10 bids. Click here to see more.
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