The weekend before Michael Jordan turned 52, Jordan Brand began its celebration of it's own milestone with this year being 30th anniversary of the iconic Jordan I shoe with an installation at All-Star Weekend in NYC. The 30th anniversary is the "Pearl" anniversary, and to commemorate that Jordan is releasing its signature player shoes -- the CP3 VIII, Melo M11, Super.Fly 3, and AJ XX9 (aka "the Russ") -- in pearl colorways.
At the installation, the pearl theme was on display throughout, but the best part of the event was the display they had of extremely rare game-worn memorabilia that hadn't ever left the headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon. The rare items were on display in cases, and featured shoes, jerseys, and photos from some of Jordan's most iconic moments.
Jordan's Dream Team jersey and shoes from the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona
Shoes from Jordan's rookie season, and a rare 1986 MJ card.
"The Double Nickel." Jersey and shoes from 1995 when he scored 55 points in Madison Square Garden in his 5th game back after his retirement.
Game-worn shoe from when he dropped 63 points on the Celtics in the Boston Garden (with Larry Bird quote)
Game-worn jersey from Valentine's Day 1990 when his jersey was stolen in Orlando and he had to play in #12.
Signed shoe that was worn for his iconic free throw line dunk in the 1988 Dunk Contest.
"The Dunk." The shoe Jordan was wearing for his iconic dunk over Patrick Ewing in 1991 (see below).