1985 Nike Air Jordan 1 Deadstock Michael Jordan Player Sample with Box

Hailed as “the most influential shoe in sneaker history” the partnership between Nike and Michael Jordan that began in 1984 with the legendary Air Jordan 1 is represented perfectly with this pair of deadstock AJ1 player samples issued to Michael Jordan during his rookie season. Complete with the ultra rare original box, untouched examples infrequently hit the open market. Asset combines excellence in athletics, fashion, and pop culture relevance.

Key Deal Points

Heritage Auctions described the Air Jordan 1 as 'a groundbreaking sculpture of leather and rubber that has become permanently ingrained in American cultural iconography.'

A number of signed player samples have surfaced in recent years, though many advanced collectors prefer examples “factory issued” and unencumbered by an autograph or authentication sticker.

StockX, a leading sneaker reseller, defines ‘deadstock’ as, 'an authentic, new unworn pair of sneakers. They are complete with original box including the box lid and box label indicating the shoe size, as would be acceptable for sale at a retail location.'

The first ever signature shoe, Footwear news notes that, 'No other shoe has an aura in the sneaker world as the Air Jordan 1.'

Valuation Analysis

“The simplicity of the shoe in many ways makes it even more poetic and fitting as a first chapter. In 1985, nobody could have dreamed Michael Jordan would become the greatest basketball player of all time. They also never could have dreamed how influential and successful the Air Jordan sneaker franchise would become either. The Air Jordan 1 is literally the 1 that started it all.”

– Adam C. Better, ShoePalace

Michael Jordan

Often referred to as “MJ”, “His Airness” or “Air Jordan”, Michael Jordan is almost universally considered the greatest to ever play the game and one of the most culturally relevant athletes in the entire world.

Drafted 3rd overall in the 1984 NBA Draft after Hakeem Olajuwon and Sam Bowie, Michael Jordan played 15 seasons in the NBA, winning 6 NBA Titles with the Chicago Bulls. He was also a 5 time NBA MVP, 10 time NBA scoring leader, 14 time NBA All-Star, 1984 NBA Rookie of the Year and 2 time Olympic Gold Medalist. He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009 and received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2016, the highest civilian award. From his Air Jordan brand with Nike to his appearances in film and television Jordan’s cultural significance and relevance cannot be overstated, making him one of the most recognizable and popular figures in the world.