Jordanís Flu Game Shoes Sell for $104,765
The shoes Michael Jordan wore in the famous “flu game” sold at an auction for a whopping $104,765 on Thursday. Jordan wore these shoes in Game 5 of the 1997 Finals game against the Utah Jazz, where he scored 38 points despite looking like he could peel over any second.
The shoes were previously owned by Preston Truman who was the ball boy for the Utah Jazz at the time.
"I have looked at the shoes maybe four times since putting them in a safety deposit box 16 years ago," Truman said. "I would go years without even thinking about it. ... I just didn't see the point to something so cool and a part of NBA history sitting at my bank anymore."
The authenticity of the epic shoes was verified by the photo that Truman had with MJ signing the shoes for him that night. "I think my photo that Jordan's bodyguard took with me standing there drove up the price because buyers didn't have to worry if they were real," Truman said.
One interesting thing to note about this story is that five years ago, Truman tried to sell the shoes at an auction, but they were only going for $5,000. So, Truman decided to hold onto the shoes and it’s a good thing he did because he’s a 100k richer for it.