If you owned a pair of shoes Michael Jordan wore in competition, you’d probably have them locked inside a display case. In 1990, Bobby Hansen got a pair and wore them…at least for a little while.
Now, they’re on the market for the first time at SCP Auctions.
The former Utah Jazz guard was competing against Jordan in the 1990 NBA All-Star 3-Point Shootout in Miami. It was Jordan’s only appearance in the contest and it didn’t go well for the player who was soon to help launch one of the NBA’s greatest championship runs.
Jordan was eliminated in the first round, scoring only five points—to this day tied for a record low score in any round of the annual contest.
Hansen wound up finishing fourth.
Hansen has held them ever since until recently consigning them to SCP.
“In the locker room afterwards, the players were all changing out of their uniforms when I asked Michael if he still wanted his shoes – the white Air Jordan V’s he wore in the contest,” Hansen recalls in his letter of provenance that come with the shoes. “He looked at me with a straight face and responded, ‘You want them? Here, take them,’ tossing them over to me. I literally wore them out of the arena that night and have had them ever since.”
According to SCP, “the sneakers exhibit obvious wear with evidence of scuffing and creasing. AJ Vs are notorious for their deteriorating soles, but these beauties have been well-preserved everywhere except the aft sole section, both of which have been professionally restored.”
The current bid as of Thursday afternoon stood at over $16,000.
The auction also includes a pair of shoes worn by LeBron James in the Ohio state championship game when the future superstar was just a freshman. The autographed and inscribed Jordan brand sneakers last sold earlier this year for $102,000.
Two separate lots feature Kobe Bryant shoes—from games ten years apart. A signed pair donned in 2006 and another pair from the night of the final road game of his career in 2016.
The auction is set to close Saturday night.