Converse UNC worn by Michael Jordan’s game from his championship-winning first year in 1982 is expected to sell for $100,000

A pair of shoes worn by freshman Michael Jordan at the University of North Carolina is up for sale. These quality Converse sneakers are up for auction for $100,000, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Tar Heels basketball program. Worn sneakers are now 40 years old. However, they are in good condition, although the tied laces show signs of fraying.

Jordan gifted the shoes to Chuck Duckett, his former roommate and team manager, in 1982. Duckett, who served as a UNC administrator from 2013-21, auctioned the shoes off online.

The History of Michael Jordan’s Converse Shoes

Michael Jordan takes a jump shot for his University of North Carolina Tar Heels | Sports Zoom/Getty Images

Jordan wore these Converse sneakers in his first basketball season, as reported by Robb Report. During that season, Jordan pulled off a memorable jump that led to a 63-62 win over Georgetown University in the NCAA Championship. According to Duckett, Jordan also wore the shoes on campus.

The inside ankles of the shoes are sized “12 ½” and are marked #23 inside each tongue. It was Jordan’s height during his college years. However, as he gained muscle and weight, the size of his feet increased. Jordan wore Converse shoes in college before UNC started using Nike in the 90s.

Additionally, according to Duckett, the shoes were one of two pairs Jordan wore in 1981 during his first game as a rookie in Charlotte against the Kansas Jayhawks.

Duckett later gave the shoes to her sister-in-law, Mary Eliza, who kept them until last year, according to Inside Carolina. She kept the shoes at her home in High Point for more than three decades after receiving them from Duckett. It was only luck that Eliza kept the shoes on for so long.

How Michael Jordan’s Converse shoes resurfaced

The shoes resurfaced and became a topic of interest at the 40th anniversary reunion of the 1982 UNC team that won the national title. The celebration took place on January 29, 2022 at the Dean E. Smith Center. Jordan and Duckett sat side by side in the front seats, reports The News & Observer. The former team manager showed Jordan pictures of his old shoes.

Jordan immediately recognized them and said they were worth a lot of money. Duckett said his sister-in-law owned them and he suggested the idea of ​​auctioning them off and donating some of the money to UNC basketball. Jordan liked the idea.

Later, Duckett sent the old Converse sneakers to Jordan in Jupiter, Florida. MJ checked, signed and returned them to his old friend. He signed the pair with his name and “best wishes.”

Heritage Auctions was awarded the contract to oversee the auction process and the auction was due to close on August 28. According to Heritage’s valuation, the pair would fetch $100,000. But Yahoo News says on the 27th an unknown buyer made an offer of $120,000.

Mary Eliza, whose family auctioned off the shoes, said she was thrilled with the amount, and half of the proceeds would go to UNC’s basketball program.

Last year, Jordan’s shoes he used as a rookie during the NBA season fetched $1.47 million at auction. Similarly, last June, a pair of old Air Jordan sneakers he used in the 1984-85 season while playing for the Chicago Bulls fetched $420,000.

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