In the quest to acquire rare, one-of-a-kind sneakers, few pairs can be the centerpiece of a collection like Michael Jordan's game-worn Converse Fastbreak Mids from the 1984 Olympic gold medal game. Tonight, one lucky, wealthy collector became the new owner of this true unicorn in the hobby.
Last night, the SCP Auction for the sneakers closed at $190,372—a new world record for game-worn shoes from any sport. The previous mark was set by the actual "Flu Game" Air Jordan 12s worn by Jordan in Game 5 of the 1997 NBA Finals, which closed at $104,765.
"The record-shattering price proves that Michael Jordan has no equal in the marketplace for game-used basketball memorabilia," SCP Auctions vice president Dan Imler, told ESPN.
Made in Jordan's size 13, the sneakers were retrieved by a ball boy who worked the Forum during the game. Another pair worn by Jordan earlier in the tournament was auctioned off in 2015. These were the last pair of Converse Jordan ever wore in a game.