Thursday, December 12, 2013

The Sneakers Jordan Performed In During The Infamous "Flu Game" Sold For $104,765!

Since 1997 Preston Truman, an ex-Utah Jazz ball boy, has held onto the autographed sneakers that Michael Jordan wore as he played under great physical distress due to Influenza ("Flu Game").  But today the sneakers have a new home after an auction ended with a $104,765 price tag.

Preston had kept the size 13 sneakers in a safety deposit box for the last 16 years, telling ESPN that he went years without giving them a thought or even looking at them, which is why he didn’t have a hard time saying goodbye.

As for how he got his hands on them, Preston said before the auction that he had earned Jordan’s trust by securing his pregame meal of applesauce and graham crackers earlier in the season, and when Jordan’s Bulls visited the Delta Center that night for Game 5 of the Finals, Preston — who had the odd food pairing waiting for M.J. — worked up the nerve to ask Jordan if he could have his shoes after the game. 
Jordan, who wore a new pair of sneakers for every game during his career, obliged and even stopped the Bulls’ equipment manager from packing them away after he scored 38 points and led Chicago to a 90-88 win and a 3-2 advantage in the series.

Once he was dressed, Jordan signed the shoes for Preston and handed them over.
“I think my photo that Jordan's bodyguard took with me standing there (as he signed them) drove up the price because buyers didn't have to worry if they were real,” Truman told, adding that he also has a pair of game-used Jordans from the 1998 Finals, but has no immediate plans to sell them.

Truman had the Flu Game shoes appraised about five years ago and told ESPN that Christie’s gave him a figure of $5,000, leading him to put them back in the safety deposit box until now. 
Now he’ll be going back to the bank with more than 20 times that figure.

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