If you’re looking for a bit of fun, ask any sneakerhead that follows basketball how they feel about the Nike Air Jordan XI’s, specifically in black and red, just make sure you watch out for the drool. That’s the shoe that Jordan wore during the last series of the 1996 postseason, when the Bulls beat the Seattle SuperSonics and added another Larry O’Brien trophy to their dominant 72-10 regular season. Eric Snow, a rookie on that Seattle squad, wound up with a pair of them — a pair that had actually been worn by Jordan, during Game 3 of the NBA Finals, when he dropped 36 points, five assists, and three rebounds on 11-23 shooting. The Bulls won that game 108-86.
With over two weeks left to go, the shoes, which are being sold through Grey Flannel Auctions, the same auction house that sold Jordan’s Flu Game shoes last year, are currently going for over $6,500. In addition to the shoes, the winner of the auction will receive several pictures of Jordan in the shoes, as well as a document confirming their authenticity. The Flu Game shoes, by the way, sold for over six figures, making them the most expensive basketball kicks ever sold.
The most famous Nike endorser ever gave Snow his sneakers after the game, according to Sports Illustrated, then signed them at a 2004 basketball camp. Snow would reach the NBA Finals again in 2001, as a member of the Philadelphia 76ers, before retiring in 2008. He now works as an Assistant Coach at Florida Atlantic University.