Michael Jordan is still setting sneaker records.
The five-time MVP, six-time world champion and NBA Hall of Famer had a pair of his game-worn Converse sneakers from the 1984 Olympic gold-medal-winning game over Spain sell for $190,373 on Sunday, shattering the previous auction record his ‘Flu Game’ shoes set back in 2013.
“Once again Michael Jordan has set a new standard in the basketball shoe market,” said Dan Imler, SCP Auctions’ vice president. “The record-shattering price achieved for his 1984 Olympic worn shoes proves that Michael Jordan has no equal in the marketplace for game-used basketball memorabilia.”
Four years ago a pair of Nike Air Jordan XII shoes Jordan wore in Game 5 of the 1997 NBA Finals – and autographed for a Utah Jazz ball boy – sold for $104,765. The shoes that sold Sunday, which he autographed and handed to the 11-year-old son of Lakers great Gail Goodrich back in 1984, are the last pair Jordan ever wore before turning pro. It’s also the last non-Nike pair he ever wore.
According to a May 2016 article in Forbes Magazine, Jordan made $480 million from Nike from 2002-2012 and another $100 million from Nike in 2015. His Jordan brand sneakers made an estimated $3 billion in 2015 according to SportsOneSource.
Jordan, 54, has owned the Charlotte Hornets since 2010.