Michael Jordan Flu game shoes
Few ballboys have ever gotten a tip like this.
Preston Truman — the Utah Jazz ballboy whom scored Michael Jordan’s Jordans after their popular Flu Game when you look at the 1997 NBA Finals — saw the autographed black-and-red kicks bring $104, 765 at auction Thursday morning.
Gray Flannel Auctions handled the sale, which blew away the last high purchased a pair of game-used Jordans; some from his novice season moved for $31, 070 last month, ESPN reported.
Preston had held the scale 13 shoes in a safety-deposit box for the last 16 many years, telling ESPN which he went many years without going for an idea or evaluating them, and that's why he didn’t have a difficult time saying goodbye.
In terms of just how he got his practical them, Preston said before the auction that he had acquired Jordan’s trust by securing their pregame meal of applesauce and graham crackers previously inside season, and when Jordan’s Bulls visited the Delta Center that night for Game 5 of Finals, Preston — who'd the strange meals combining waiting for M.J. — upset the nerve to ask Jordan if he may have their footwear following the game.
Jordan, who wore an innovative new couple of sneakers for virtually any online game during their profession, obliged and even stopped the Bulls’ gear supervisor from packing them away after he scored 38 things and led Chicago to a 90-88 win and a 3-2 advantage when you look at the series.
When he had been clothed, Jordan finalized the footwear for Preston and handed them over.JACK SMITH/AP
After scoring 38 points up against the Jazz, jordan passes his black-and-red Air Jordan XIIs to Utah ballboy Preston Truman., adding that he also has a set of game-used Jordans from 1998 Finals, but has no immediate intends to sell them.
Truman had the Flu Game footwear appraised about 5 years ago and told ESPN that Christie’s provided him a figure of $5, 000, leading him to place them back the security deposit box so far.