When Nike tapped Warner Bros. and the Looney Tunes for the Air Jordan marketing campaign in 1992, they created a limited run of Bugs-molded VIIs for promotional displays.
Above is a close look at one of the Bugs VIIs in a Cardinal-like colorway. Not only is the shoe oversized, but the toebox was designed to fit the toes on a rabbit’s foot. You’ll also notice JumpBugs embroidery along the ankle. An equally rare ‘Bordeaux’ version also exists.
Would you like to see Bugs return for next year’s 30th Anniversary celebration?
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Earlier in the month, we showed you an auction for a pair of Michael Jordan signed, game-worn “Playoff” XIs. The sneakers, which were being auctioned by former NBA player Eric Snow, are from Game 3 of the 1996 NBA Finals where the G.O.A.T. dropped 38 on the then-Seattle Supersonics.
The auction recently came to a close and let’s just say we’re not shocked at how much the sneakers fetched. The collectible Air Jordan sneakers sold for a total of $17,126. Considerably lower than the $104,765 that the “Flu Game” Jordan XIIs went for, but still far from chump change.
What do you get the man who has it all? That’s what Michael Jordan’s kids were asking themselves when thinking about what to get their dad, the greatest basketball player of all time, for Father’s Day.
The result: the Air Jordan 1 “Father’s Day” (a.k.a. “Family Forever” 1s). It’a a special sneaker designed by MJ’s first three kids, Jeffrey, Marcus, and Jasmine, that incorporate personal design elements reflective of the Jordan family. From the all-denim upper to the colorful eyelets and Carolina blue outsole, the retro 1s are filled with significance.
What are you getting your dad?
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The Air Jordan XI Retro Low has been one of the most wanted and popular sneakers of the year and looks to continue that trend with the upcoming release of the “Infrared 23.”
Dubbed by some as the “Un-Space Jams,” the shoe does bear a striking similarity to the revered “Space Jam” XIs made famous by Jordan’s appearance in the animated movie of the same name. Highlighted by a near all black upper, cement print hit on the back heel, and a clear blue outsole, the demand for the shoe will be high. Make arrangements now as this shoe is set to drop this Saturday, June 14th.
For those anticipating more information about the “Cigar” and “Champagne” Air Jordan Vis, you’ll be happy to know that official details for pack are now available.
Officially known as the Air Jordan VI “Celebration” Collection, the shoes will be available on June 14. Initially thought to be sold as the pack, the shoes will instead be sold individually with each retailing at $250. Designed as a tribute to Jordan’s six championships, both sneakers feature opulent design details and accoutrements that relate to MJ’s accomplishments and the spoils of victory. With graduation season in full effect, you might want to spend some of that grad money on these to commemorate your own achievements.
The quest for an NBA Championship has never been an easy journey. Few have the strength, talent and teammates to win against the world’s elite athletes. Consistently regarded as the best to ever play basketball, Michael Jordan dominated the NBA throughout the ’90s, racking up six championship rings and six Finals MVP trophies over an eight-years span. Each of those championship runs ended in similar fashion – with cigar smoke and champagne showers. As a toast to Michael Jordan’s playoff excellence, and in anticipation of the release of the upcoming Air Jordan 6 “Cigar and Champagne” Pack, we revisit some of the best celebratory moments of MJ’s career.
1990-91 NBA Championship
The Chicago Bulls defeated the Los Angeles Lakers in five games to pick up their first NBA Championship. Michael Jordan averaged 31.2 points, 11.4 assists, 6.6 rebounds per game en route to his first ever NBA Finals MVP award while rocking the Air Jordan 6.
1991-92 NBA Championship
The ‘92 NBA season ended with the Chicago Bulls prevailing over the Portland Trail Blazers to win their second straight championship in six games. His Airness averaged 32.3 points, 6.5 assists, and 4.8 rebounds, claiming his second Finals MVP award while wearing the Air Jordan 7.
1992-93 NBA Championship
In the 1993 Finals, Jordan and the Bulls conquered MJ’s 1984 draft mate Charles Barkley and the Phoenix Suns in six games to claim their third straight championship. The Bulls were the first team to three-peat since the Celtics in the ‘60s. Jordan ended the series averaging 41.0 points, 6.3 assists and 8.5 rebounds a game, taking home his third consecutive NBA Finals MVP award while wearing the Air Jordan 8.
1995-96 NBA Championship
After two years of watching the NBA Finals from home, the Chicago Bulls made their way back to the NBA’s biggest stage. This time, they defeated the Seattle Super Sonics in six games to take the Larry O’Brien Trophy back to the Windy City. MJ was honored with his fourth Finals MVP trophy while lacing up the Air Jordan 11 during the championship chase.
1996-97 NBA Championship
The Chicago Bulls went on to triumph over the Utah Jazz in six games in the ’97 NBA Finals. The world witnessed another stellar series performance from MJ, in which he averaged 32.3 points, 6 assists, and 7 rebounds a game, which propelled him to his fifth Finals MVP trophy. He did it while wearing the Air Jordan 12.
1997-98 NBA Championship
His Airness graced the court in the Air Jordan 13 for a majority of the playoffs, but switched over the to the Air Jordan 14 for a portion of the finals. MJ averaged 33.5 points, 2.3 assists and 4 rebounds to earn his sixth and last NBA Finals MVP award.
The Chicago Bulls’ historic run in the ’95-’96 season is one of the best years any NBA team has ever had. From setting an NBA record with 72 regular season wins to capturing the championship, this was Michael Jordan’s way of putting the Bulls back on the map. Now, you have a chance to own a piece of history from this magical season. Take a look at MJ’s signed, game-used “Playoff” XIs from Game 3 of the Finals against the Seattle Supersonics. If you remember, this was the game where he dropped 36 points.
The size 13.5 sneakers feature Jordan’s autograph on the medial side of the right shoe and the patent leather still looks shiny as ever. As of now, the current bid is at $6,655 with over 15 days left to go. If you have the money and want to own a piece of history, then head over to Grey Flannel Auctions.
For the first time since its 1991 release, the ‘Carmine’ Air Jordan 6 is being retroed without having to make the commitment to a two-shoe pack.
Last made available as part of the VI / XVII CDP in 2008, the classic is making its highly anticipated return to retail this Saturday. Nicknamed after the deep red hue it bears, the ‘Carmine’ 6 was the first colorway of the model to feature colored panels on the upper. Michael Jordan wore the shoe en route to his first NBA championship with the Chicago Bulls in 1990-1991. It makes a proper comeback during a year in which the Air Jordan 6 celebrates its 23rd anniversary.
Ahead of the drop, we’re taking a look back at some classic photos of MJ playing in ‘Carmines.’ From battles with his good friend Charles Barkley to Dream Team Media Day, these kicks were present throughout perhaps the most pivotal season of Jordan’s career. Scroll through to relive some of your favorite memories.
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