After breaking his left foot in October 1985, Michael Jordan worked tirelessly to return to the Chicago Bulls' lineup by the end of the season. Against all odds, he did just that, suiting up by mid-March and helping the Bulls make a playoff push. In the first round of that postseason, the Bulls were matched up against the Boston Celtics. Chicago lost the series, but Jordan had one of the all-time great playoff performances with a 63-point outing in Game 2.

As he worked his way back to 100 percent, Jordan played in a modified version of the Air Jordan 1, customized with an ankle strap that would keep his once-broken foot stable during games. Very few pairs of this variation were created to begin with, meaning it's nearly impossible to locate one today—unless you're Heritage Auctions.

In this episode of One of One, Heritage Production Manager Mike Provenzale explains how the auction house was able to photo match this extremely rare piece of sports history, which recently sold for $55,000. Get the details in the video above and be sure you're subscribed to Sole Collector on YouTube for future episodes and more original sneaker content.

Michael Jordan Air Jordan 1 Strap Injury Celtics 1986
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