Shoes worn by Michael Jordan in 19th NBA game to be auctioned off

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A couple years ago, Michael Jordan’s flu-game sneakers went for more than $104,000 auction.

After that, his 1984 Olympic gold-medal-game shoes went on the market.

This latest collectors’ item splits the difference – Jordan wore them in the NBA, and they’re nearly as old.

Darren Rovell of ESPN:

A pair of Nike basketball shoes, believed to be the earliest NBA game-worn Michael Jordan sneakers to ever hit the market, will be auctioned off next month.

Khalid Ali, who was a ballboy for the Los Angeles Lakers for the 1984-85 season, has consigned the Nike shoes he says Jordan gave to him after the Chicago Bulls played the Lakers on Dec. 2, 1984, to SCP Auctions.

These are pretty cool. There’s no arguing that.

But when it comes to determining their price, consider this: Jordan played 18 NBA games before wearing these. Their appeal is they’re the oldest available of the shoes he wore in an NBA game. But what happens if shoes from one of those first 18 games later becomes available? These would lose considerable value.