Michael Jordan's Game Worn AJ 1's Hit Auction Block, MJ Used Shoes To Recruit H.S. Hooper

Michael Jordan's Game Worn AJ 1's Hit Auction Block, MJ Used Shoes To Recruit H.S. Hooper

3/5/2021 12:05:00 AM

Michael Jordan's Game Worn AJ 1's Hit Auction Block, MJ Used Shoes To Recruit H.S. Hooper

Michael Jordan's signed, game-worn Air Jordan 1's -- a pair he used to entice a top H.S. player to hoop at UNC -- are on the auction block

According toMEARS Auctions-- the peeps behind the sale -- there was a grandma in the mid-1980s who had a grandson who could ball his ass off.He was one of the best players in the nation, and tons of schools -- including Jordan's alma mater, the University of North Carolina -- pulled out all the stops while recruiting him.

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Legendary UNC coachDean Smithpersonally visited grandma -- who was very tight with her grandson -- and he didn't hesitate to use his secret weapon ... Michael Jordan.Of course, Jordan was a superstar at UNC. In 1981, he was the ACC Freshman of the Year. As a sophomore, he hit the NCAA Tournament-winning shot against

Patrick Ewing’s Georgetown squad.MJ left Chapel Hill after his junior year ... and was the 3rd overall pick in the 1984 NBA Draft (s/oSam Bowie😬).Coach Smith arranged a meeting between granny and MJ ... and in early 1985, she traveled to Chi-town for a Bulls game. headtopics.com

GettyAfter the game, grandma was escorted to a private area of Chicago Stadium ... where Jordan -- still in his white and red uniform -- approached her.Michael pitched grandma on the awesomeness of UNC ... passionately explaining why her grandson should play in Chapel Hill.

Before MJ bounced, he removed his Air Jordan 1's -- left shoe size 13, right size 13.5 -- signed both sneakers, and gave them to grandma.MEARSNow, the AJ 1 ain't just any old shoe ... it's one of the most iconic ever created, and is credited in part with giving birth to sneaker culture.

Grandma held on to the kicks for 35 years ... before passing away. The sneakers were then gifted to an unknown person -- who put them on the block at MEARS.Unfortunately, the consignor does not want the identity of the player revealed ... but we do know that MJ's hard sell did NOT work.

The grandson ultimately decided to play ball at another university.Now you can own the historic pair of J's -- with the crazyyy backstory -- if ya have the money. Read more: TMZ »

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