They’re about as low tech as old sneakers get. Canvas and rubber. That’s pretty much it. To basketball fans and collectors, though, they’re something more. A pair of former Boston Celtic Gene Conley’s decades old Converse shoes are up on eBay. The seller claims they are the oldest known pair of NBA game worn shoes.
Conley’s claim to fame is unique. He won a World Series as a pitcher with the Milwaukee Braves in 1957 and from 1959-61, he was a forward on the legendary Boston Celtics’ title teams that three-peated as NBA champs. Conley is the only person to win a championship in two of the four major team sports.
Vivid Vintage, the eBay seller, has posted numerous pictures of the shoes, each of which has been autographed by Conley with neatly penned inscriptions to boot. The company didn’t respond to an inquiry about the history of the shoes.
Minimum bid is $2999. The auction closes April 6.