Focus on sports!

This pair of Michael Jordan’s basketball shoes earned a top bid of $615,000 at a recent Christie’s Auction.

By Kimberley Mathisen


In this issue of Collectors Journal, we are focusing on sports. Several upcoming auctions and sales will be featuring collectible sports and sports-related pieces such as vintage rifles, fishing rods, baseball, football and basketball memorabilia and other items.

The following information was obtained from The Washington Post web site: An unusual pair of Michael Jordan’s signed, game-worn Nikes drew a record price at auction last week. An unidentified buyer paid $615,000 for the red, black and white Nike Air Jordan 1 sneakers that were worn during a 1985 exhibition game in Trieste, Italy, according to Christie’s, the auction house that facilitated the sale.

What makes the item remarkable, according to Christie’s, is a shard of glass that remains embedded in the sole of the left shoe, a byproduct of a backboard shattered by a Jordan dunk. It is, the auction house said, “a one-of-a-kind Michael Jordan artifact,” but it still brought below Christie’s pre-auction estimates of $650,000 to $850,000.

The record-setting shoes were part of an online auction of Jordan footwear. A pair of shoes worn by Jordan in the Dream Team’s gold medal game in the 1992 Olympics brought $112,500 in the same auction, which was held in cooperation with Stadium Goods. Nine lots of Jordan gear sold for a total of $931,875, including buyers’ fees, Christie’s said, and only two lots went unsold.

And while that’s quite a high-end sale, and pretty high-end prices, there is a host of sporting goods available for the collector to be found at auctions.

For those who may receive Collectors Journal a little early, there are several auctions and sales over the Labor Day weekend.

There’s a definite and lucrative market in sports collectibles as we read in nearly every issue of Collectors Journal. Baseball fans will want to read Jeff Figler’s column this week about his “Baker’s Dozen” of collectible baseball players. Powerhouse names such as Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Roberto Clemente, Sandy Koufax and many more make the list.

Here’s some information I received via e-mail on some additional auctions coming up in the next several days.

An online-only auction is offered, ending Thursday, September 10th at 8 p.m. Eastern time by One of a Kind Collectibles, based in Coral Gables, Fla. The 282-lot auction is packed with items signed by many of history’s brightest luminaries, including George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, JFK and Jackie Kennedy, Albert Einstein, Theodore Roosevelt, Alexander Hamilton, Stephen Hawking and many others. Online bidding is open now, at If you need additional information about this auction, you may call David Gindy at 800-570-7273; or, you can email him at

The sale of items from the fine estate home in Atlanta, Georgia known as White Oaks, is slated for Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 12-13, by Ahlers & Ogletree, based in Atlanta. The estate is packed with fine decorative arts from some of the finest names in the industry, antiques from the Doris Duke collection, original artworks, Asian art and antiques, armorial helmets, sterling silver, ancient Chinese pottery horses and many other decorative and antique items. Internet bidding will be facilitated by,, and If you need additional information about this auction, you may call Elizabeth Rickenbaker at 404-869-2478; or, you can email her at

A big, three-day Estates Auction is planned for September 11th, 12th and 13th by Crescent City Auction Gallery in New Orleans, La. Highlight lots include original oil paintings by George Rodrigue and Clementine Hunter (both renowned Louisiana artists), a selection of designer purses from the finest names in the industry, furniture, silver, Asian objects, art glass table lamps and other items. Internet bidding will be facilitated by, and If you need additional information about this auction, you may call Sully Hildebrand at 504-529-5057; or, you can email her at

Andrew Jones Auctions’ first-ever Fine Jewelry, Watches & Timepieces Auction is scheduled for Wednesday, September 16th, beginning promptly at 11 a.m. Pacific Time. The auction will feature more than 100 lots from various private collections, highlighted by the superb collection of Mary and Lou Silver of Indian Hills, Calif. The sale’s expected top lot is from the Silver collection: a dazzling 12.01-ct. emerald cut diamond (K VVS1) and platinum ring (est. $80,000-$120,000). Internet bidding is provided by, and If you need additional information about this auction, you may call Aileen Ward at 213-748-8008; or, you can email her at

I hope everyone had a wonderful Labor Day weekend, and will have some fun during the next couple of weeks shopping and browsing. Our next issue of September 22 will again bring you a host of interesting articles all about the antiques and postcard and ephemera world. Please contact us with Mystery items; Auction Action news; unusual collections; young collectors as well as club and convention news. Reach us at; or via telephone at (319) 472-4763.