Sale 19759
Original Air: Michael Jordan Game-Worn and Player Exclusive Sneaker Rarities
Online 30 July - 13 August 2020

On August 25, 1985, Following his NBA Rookie of the Year season, Michael Jordan travelled to Trieste, Italy to participate in a Nike-sponsored exhibition game. The game featured Italian Liga A teams Stefanel Trieste and Snaidero Caserta, with special guest Jordan wearing a No. 23 black-and-orange Stefanel Trieste jersey.

Wearing this Air Jordan 1 High “Chicago,” Jordan scored 30 points. The most memorable play of the game was Jordan’s remarkable dunk, so powerful, it shattered the glass backboard into thousands of pieces – one of those pieces still remaining in the sole of his left shoe being offered for sale.

Thirty years later in 2015, Jordan Brand commemorated this moment with the release of a special edition colorway of the Air Jordan 1 in black and orange, inspired by the Trieste uniform. The “Shattered Backboard” colorway has since become one of the most coveted and valuable non-original versions of the iconic sneaker, and after only five short years, one of Jordan Brand’s most popular color schemes, featured on a number of sought-after releases.

This incredible pair was sourced from Gianni Bertolitti, the captain of the Stefanel team, who was given the shoes by Jordan after the game.

This “Shattered Backboard” Origin Story Air Jordan 1 is as unique as they come – a one-of-a-kind Michael Jordan artifact - and the only Air Jordan 1 High to be definitively photo-matched to such an iconic moment in sports history, and available for sale on the secondary market.

Both shoes feature Michael Jordan rookie signatures in black pen, located on the inner collar of each foot. The rookie signatures are authenticated by JSA.

Conditions of Sale
This lot is offered by Christie's Inc