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Michael Jordan’s 1984 Olympic gold medal game shoes go up for auction

Sep 5, 2014, 11:41 AM EDT

courtesy Gran Flannel Auctions courtesy Gran Flannel Auctions

Yes, Michael Jordan wore Converse.

That’s what the team wore when he was winning a national championship at North Carolina, and that’s what he wore as a college member of the 1984 USA Olympic Basketball team.

Now you can own the shoes Jordan wore in the USA’s Gold Medal game win over Spain (the USSR and it’s Eastern Bloc countries boycotted those games). Gray Flannel Auctions has put them on the block, as noted at NBC’s Olympic Talk and first reported by Darren Rovell at ESPN.

The shoes are white Converse, the brand Jordan wore at North Carolina, thanks to a $10,000 a year deal that was given to his coach, Dean Smith, at the time.

Grey Flannel’s Michael Russek said the auction house verified the chain of custody of the shoes by confirming that the consignor was indeed a ball boy and being presented with photos of him in the locker room in Los Angeles. He said that Jordan signed the shoes at the time before handing it to the consignor.

Those Olympics were Jordan’s coming out party — he led Team USA with 17.1 points a game, on a team that had Chris Mullin, Patrick Ewing, Sam Perkins, Steve Alford, Wayman Tisdale and Leon Wood among others. That was back when the USA still sent college players to the Olympics, Jordan would be part of the 1992 Dream Team that changed that.

Right after the 1984 Olympics, Jordan signed a shoe contract with Nike.

The Converse 1984 shoes will go on the auction block in October. Grey Flannel Auctions was in charge of the sale of Jordan’s “flu game” shoes last year, which netting $104,765. This likely doesn’t go for quite that much, but it will not go cheaply.

  1. sportsfan18 - Sep 5, 2014 at 11:52 AM

    Nike has more money than God…

    They’ll buy the shoes for a lot to contribute to charity, write it off on their taxes and then burn the things because they’re not Nike shoes…

    • srr1175 - Sep 5, 2014 at 1:44 PM

      Converse is a division of Nike……..

      • sportsfan18 - Sep 5, 2014 at 2:14 PM

        got me!

        probably not back then though…

      • sportsfan18 - Sep 5, 2014 at 2:36 PM

        yep, late 2002 or early 2003 they bought Converse for only $305 million.

        the 1984 MJ Converse shoes had nothing to do with Nike, other than Nike now owns Converse.

        They had nothing to do with the design, marketing of those shoes then.

      • sportsfan18 - Sep 5, 2014 at 2:36 PM

        yep, late 2002 or early 2003 they bought Converse for only $305 million.

        the 1984 MJ Converse shoes had nothing to do with Nike, other than Nike now owns Converse.

        They had nothing to do with the design, marketing of those shoes then.

  2. succulentnipples - Sep 5, 2014 at 12:46 PM

    Big John Football does not remember 1984.

  3. nicktomfrank - Sep 5, 2014 at 1:00 PM

    Do the proceeds from the auction go to the Georgetown Athletic Department?

  4. justafan2014 - Sep 5, 2014 at 5:43 PM

    sportsfan18 lmao at first comment, no need for second. Guy was just trolling you.

  5. moemoe18 - Sep 5, 2014 at 7:42 PM

    Who would want dirty old shoes ? Oh I just spent 50,000 dollars on these come look.

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