The Chicago Bulls were rewarded quickly in 1984-85 after they drafted Michael Jordan third overall. Not only was he an All-Star and Rookie of the Year but he led the Bulls to the Playoffs for the first time in five years. He averaged a remarkable 28.2 points per game.
Nike jumped into the frenzy by releasing Air Jordan model sneakers and Jordan took them to the court in 1985. The sneakers were controversial in that they were not in NBA approved colorways. Every time Jordan stepped onto the floor with them he was fined. However, Nike obliged in paying the fines in exchange for the publicity (of course).
Presented from early in his sophomore season is this pair of game-worn Air Jordan I sneakers. He only played 18 games that season due to a broken foot. This pair is from the first part of that season (three game part) before the injury. The shoes show tremendous wear inside and out and have become more delicate due to aging (degradation).
The Nike swoosh and Wings logo are featured on the outside of each ankle in black. The original white laces are intact (he wore both black and white with AJIs). The Nike Air tag on each tongue has the red manufacturing (Korea) tagging. They are both size 13 with Pro coding on each in white (interior sides) detailing the manufacturing information (13 850911BY).
The shoes were originally obtained from Upper Deck when Michael Jordan began his memorabilia / card deal with them in 1994. Jordan gave these shoes to Upper Deck during that time period. The left shoe was signed in black felt tip at a later date in 1999 at the Jordan Air Academy (Basketball Camp in Las Vegas).
Authentication: (2) Upper Deck holograms affixed to each shoe (same number – BAE7954) and COA. JSA Full Letter of Authentication (for autograph).