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Lot # 0: 1981-82 Michael Jordan University of North Carolina Tar Heels Signed Game Worn Sneakers

Category: Basketball

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The 1981-82 NCAA basketball season was a memorable one for sure. The young up-and-comer Michael Jordan guided the UNC Tar Heels to their second NCAA national championship by hitting a game winning shot and sealing a 63–62 victory over the Georgetown Hoyas at the Superdome in New Orleans.  Worn during Michael Jordan's Freshman campaign in 1981-82, these signed and game worn Converse sneakers are simply remarkable.  Hobby fresh and from an extraordinary private collection, these beauties were purchased from a charity auction as a pair of game worn sneakers in the late 1980s along with a 1982 UNC Tar Heels team signed basketball; also available in the current Lelands Auction.  All original White and Carolina Blue Converse are sizes 12.5/12.5M (Jordan was known for wearing two different sized shoes) and show nice use with typical scuffs, a few loose threads and wear noticed on the soles.  Each shoe has Jordan's number "23" underneath the tongue and you will notice that the two Converse tags on the tongues are not identical.  Since Jordan was known for wearing two different sized shoes, we can assume that MJ wore these sneakers at the same time.  If he did not wear them both at the same time, they were still both worn by MJ at some point during the 1981-1982 season.  In any case, we can still consider this to be a pair since there is a left shoe and right shoe.  Highlighted by period full name signatures on both sneakers, the autographs were placed perfectly on the white leather just above the stars while Jordan was attending UNC.  Although faded, they are still visible and complement these keepsakes extremely well.

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