While winning a college basketball national championship at North Carolina, launching the greatest career in NBA history, Michael Jordan befriended college photographer Robert Crawford.
A year later, Jordan met up with Crawford following a road game at Indiana during his rookie season. He was so thrilled to see his college friend that he took off his red and white Nike Air Jordans and gave them to Crawford.
The autographed shoes from Jordan’s 1984-85 rookie season are now up for bid during Grey Flannel’s Summer Games Auction. The shoes, which come with a letter of authenticity from Crawford, are already up to $117,900.
Jordan’s Chicago Bulls shoes are among more than 950 sports memorabilia lots available during the auction, which continues through June 26.
Among the other rare items available at Grey Flannel are:
• Stan Musial’s game-used road uniform from the 1943 World Series. The Hall of Famer won the NL MVP in 1943, batting .357 with 48 doubles in just his second full season. Current bid: $88,000.
• Autographed, game-used jersey that NFL Hall of Famer Barry Sanders wore during his 225-yard, two-touchdown performance against Kansas City in 1990. The Detroit Lions jersey, graded a 10, is the earliest known photo-matched Sanders jersey to enter the hobby. Current bid: $19,489.
• A 2018 autographed, game-used bat from three-time MVP Mike Trout. Current bid: $9,746.
• A 2015 Trout game-used alternate jersey photo-matched to nine home runs and 42 total hits. Current bid: $25,941.
• 1970 game-used home flannel jersey from two-time MVP Johnny Bench. Bench won his first MVP in 1970 with a career-high 45 home runs and 148 RBI. Current Bid: $55,000.
The full catalog is available at www.greyflannelauctions.com. For additional information on any item or to make an appointment to inspect auction goods in person at Grey Flannel’s Scottsdale showroom, please call 631-288-7800 or email email@example.com.