Early Michael Jordan NBA shoes to auction in California

The earliest known pair of Michael Jordan's NBA-worn basketball shoes are to cross the block at SCP Auctions in California on April 25.

Jordan wore them in a December 2, 1984 game against the LA Lakers. The consignor is former ballboy Khalid Ali, who asked Jordan for his shoes after the game.  

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Jordan had just started his NBA career with the Bulls at that time and was showing immense promise as a rookie. He would go on to become one of the greatest players of all time.  

Ali commented to ESPN: "They were in my mom's closet. I didn't really talk about them much. People who met me after my teenage years don't even know I have them."

Dan Imler, vice president of SCP Auctions, also told ESPN: "People obsess over game-worn Jordans and there's definite value to the fact that these are the earliest ones that have surfaced".

He explained that this is likely to result in a significant sum at auction, potentially in excess of $50,000. The record for a pair of Jordan's game worn shoes stands at $104,765.

It was set in 2013 for the trainers he wore during the "Flu Game" of 1997, which were also consigned by a former ballboy.   

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