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An Original Air Jordan 1 Banned Prototype With Alternate Branding is Going to Auction

Air Jordan 1 Banned Prototype Auction
Air Jordan 1 Banned Prototype Auction

The Air Jordan 1, an icon in sneaker culture, holds a special place in the hearts of collectors and basketball fans. Known for its rich history and association with Michael Jordan's rebellious on-court style, the Air Jordan 1 Banned colorway is the most legendary. Before the Air Jordan Wings logo became synonymous with the silhouette, there was a time when Nike used different branding as a placeholder, including an iteration that featured Air Jordan text along the collar. This design choice is rumored to inspire a Reimagined Black Toe colorway for Holiday 2024. Adding to the excitement, a significant piece of sneaker history, an original Air Jordan 1 High Banned prototype with the original Air Jordan text branding, is set to hit the auction block.

This prototype represents a rare glimpse into the early days of the Nike Air Jordan 1, mirroring the design seen in the original 1985 advertisements and promotional materials. Despite its age, this pair has been preserved remarkably well, showcasing only minor signs of wear. The sneaker features the iconic black and red color scheme, with black covering the mudguard, eyestays, midfoot, and collar, while vibrant red adorns the toe box, laces, Swoosh, and heel/collar overlays. The Air Jordan text, placed prominently on the collar overlay in black, stands out as a testament to the brand's early experimentation with its identity. The finishing touch is provided by Nike branding on the tongue tag, sitting atop a classic Jordan 1 midsole and outsole.

This Air Jordan 1 Banned Prototype is slated for auction at Grey Flannel Auctions, with the date and estimated price still to be announced. This auction presents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for collectors and historians to own a piece of sneaker lore directly linked to the Air Jordan's inception and evolution over nearly four decades. Download the Sole Retriever mobile app for updates on this auction, as well as the latest releases, raffles, and news from the sneaker and streetwear world.

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