A pair of shoes worn by Michael during the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles will hit the auction block Friday. According to Grey Flannel Auctions, the shoes were signed and gifted to a team ballboy in the locker room following the medal ceremony. The recipient, who has owned the sneakers for the past 31 years, provided a detailed letter of provenance that will convey to the new owner. The shoes come with a $50,000 reserve price.
Earlier this year, a pair of shoes from Jordan’s NBA rookie season sold via SCP Auctions for $71,554.
The 1984 United States men’s basketball team was the last amateur team to win an Olympic gold medal.
Grey Flannel says it will offer more than 900 items including game-worn jerseys from Wilt Chamberlain, Bill Russell and Julius Erving. Auction officials say the Chamberlain Philadelphia Warriors jersey dates to the 1961-62 season, the same year in which he set the NBA single-game scoring record with 100 points.
All three come with a $10,000 reserve.
GFA is also offering an early John Unitas Baltimore Colts durene jersey. Signed by Unitas, the jersey has multiple team repairs and may have been used for multiple seasons. Auction officials say it has been photo matched to competition and states “it is more than plausible” the jersey was used in the 1958 double-overtime NFL Championship game, often touted as the ‘Greatest Game Ever Played’. It, too, carries a $10,000 reserve.
“This could end up being our best auction ever,” said Richard Russek, President of Grey Flannel Auctions. “It’s very unusual for an auction of any type to have a true headliner in multiple categories, but this sale has as many as eight that fit that description. Each one is from a different specialty category and has the potential of reaching $100,000.”
Also offered in the auction:
- The golf ball used by Tiger Woods to hole out and win the 2005 Masters. In the midst of the celebration, Williams reached into the hole, pulled the ball out, and threw it into the stands where the consignor caught it. The ball was widely publicized and it has remained in the consignor’s possession for the last ten years.
- A multiple-signature baseball dating to the 1931 United States All-Stars Tour of Japan. The baseball features the signatures of eight Hall of Famers: Lou Gehrig, Mickey Cochrane, Frank “Lefty” O’Doul, Rabbit Maranville, Al Simmons, Fred Lieb, George “High Pockets” Kelly and Lefty Grove.
- A baseball signed by 26 members of the World Champion 1928 New York Yankees, including eight Hall of Famers: Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Tony Lazzeri, Earle Combs, Waite Hoyt, Leo Durocher, Herb Pennock, Stan Coveleski.
- John McGraw’s New York Giants cap dating to 1921, when he managed the team to a World Series title – the franchise’s second title and the first of back-to-back titles for the team. The ultra-rare style of gray wool road cap with navy blue bill, sans pinstriping, was unique to the 1921 season.