Sunday, February 14, 2016

Nike auctioning off complete, all-black Air Jordan I to XXX collection on eBay!

Nike is auctioning off--for only one day!--the complete, all-black set of Air Jordans I to XXX on, with the starting bid at $100,000 and the proceeds going to the Kobe and Vanessa Bryant Family Foundation.

The set is an alternate of the mostly all-white pairs that the Jordan Brand gave to Kobe at the 2016 NBA All-Star Game in Toronto this weekend. Of the 30 pairs of Air Jordan shoes, only the Air Jordan III and Air Jordan VIII came with a splash of color in them: the Lakers' purple and gold. The two Air Jordan pairs are significant as these were what Kobe wore during the 2002-2003 season which, incidentally, was also Michael Jordan's last ever as an NBA player.

You can't just be an eBay member and place a bid on the auction though. To join, you'll have to pre-qualify first "to maintain the integrity of the fundraising promotion" by submitting some information about yourself to as much as requiring you to place a "fully refundable deposit."

So if you've been wanting to have a complete Air Jordan collection for yourself, that has the provenance of being a mostly all-black pair that is a complete alternate to the Jordan Brand's tribute to Kobe, then this is what you've been waiting for. And don' forget, it's only a one-day auction that starts at February 13, 9 a.m. Pacific Time (February 14, 1 a.m. Philippine Time) so you have exactly 24 hours starting RIGHT NOW as I'm posting this!

Too bad Nike didn't say what size the shoes are so at least you'd know if you can wear them comfortably or not--not that we would if we were even pre-qualified.

UPDATE 1: The auction is officially LIVE and you can check out the individual photos of 29 of the pairs of Air Jordan shoes there! According to Auction Cause, which is handing the bidding on eBay, the Air Jordan XXX "was unavailable for photography at the time of the auction." All 30 pairs, however, are in US Size 14--which happens to be Kobe's size--so you have to have really big feet to wear them. Of the 30 pairs in the collection, I really love how the Air Jordan VI and the Air Jordan XIV look.

UPDATE 2: The auction has ended at $240,100. Congratulations to the winning bidder! 

UPDATE 3: To correct the news as reported by, 37 bids were placed by only two bidders and not 37 bidders. And Jordan Brand only gave Kobe the all-white collection, not the all-white and all-black sets. It's in the damn press release, for crying out loud. Do our research and don't just rely on a site about sneakers.

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