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Michael Jordan single-handedly thrust the NBA into a new era in his rookie season of 1984-85. The Chicago Bulls instantly morphed into a contender, with Jordan’s 28.2 points per game rookie season portending the following two decades of black and red domination. With additional averages of 6.5 rebounds, 5.9 assists, and 2.4 steals per game Jordan easily won the NBA Rookie of the Year award. Along with his outstanding play, Jordan changed the face of the NBA with the inaugural version of his now-iconic Air Jordan sneaker line. The black and red Air Jordan I sneakers were banned by the NBA, inciting an intense and everlasting global interest in the lanky shooting guard from rural North Carolina.

Offered in this lot is an incredibly rare pair of near-pristine Air Jordan I sneakers worn by Jordan during his rookie season of 1984-85 and originating from the personal memorabilia collection of former Bulls and Spurs forward Gene Banks. Banks in turn gave these sneakers to then KABC Los Angeles broadcaster Rick Lozano, whose video of these shoes is linked to this lot below. This red and white pair of Air Jordan I sneakers features a black Nike swoosh sewn on both sides of the shoes. The iconic “Wings” Air Jordan logo is printed in black on the outside of both ankles. Red Nike Air tags are sewn on both tongues.

The left shoe is a size 13.5 and the right sneaker is a size 13. The sneakers with this discrepancy were made based upon the specific requests of Michael Jordan himself. The manufacturers code inside each shoe states “13 ½ 850102-TYPS” and “13 850102-TYPS” with the last two letter of “PS” referencing “Player Sample” and were shoes not meant for general release. The “850102” in the code indicates that these shoes were made in January or February of 1985. Jordan has signed the toe of both shoes in blue marker, inscribing “1st Pair” on the left shoe. This is also part of the video presentation below showing Jordan signing the toes of each sneaker. Jordan has also signed the inside of both heels in fine-tip black marker, which makes it two signatures by Jordan on each sneaker. The shoes come with a LOA from former NBA player Gene Banks, who states in LOA that “Michael Jordan gifted me a pair of autographed, game worn shoes from his rookie season…I, in turn gave those sneakers to Rick Lozano”. There is also a LOA from MEARS for the game use, plus individual LOAs from Beckett Authentication Services (A28680, A28681).

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