After selling for a record-breaking $1.47 million in 2021, Michael Jordan’s original Nike Air Ship sneaker has made its way back to auction.
Up for grabs is a signed pair of the Nike Air Ship that was also worn by Jordan in the fifth game of his rookie season. MJ wore the sneaker on November 1, 1984, when his Bulls team matched up against the Denver Nuggets, where he would score 17 points in 33 minutes of action. After the game, Jordan gave the sneaker away to former Nuggets ballboy T.J. Lewis.
This vintage pair of the Nike Air Ship dons a Bulls-themed color scheme with a predominantly white makeup while red hits appear on the ankle collar and Swoosh logos. It’s worth noting that this pair is also an early version of the original 1984 run, marked with the “Nike” and “Air” branding on the tongue and heel, respectively, whereas later pairs feature “Nike Air” branding in both spots. In addition to the shoe, the winner of the auction will also receive Lewis’ Nuggets staff pass from the 1984-85 NBA season.
The auction for this rare Nike Air Ship started earlier this month at goldin.co with a starting bid of $100,000. The auction will close on Sept. 13 at 10 p.m. ET, and at the time of writing, the current bid for the shoe is $160,000.