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How We Scored 1985 Air Jordan 1s and Four Tips to Up Your Thrifting Game

Every once and a while, and far less often than we'd like, thrifters have an incredible score.

There's the man who found a LeCoultre dive watch for six bucks at, of all places, a Goodwill store. He flipped the timepiece for $35,000 and brand new Omega Speedmaster.

While we've had our share of amazing finds, including a vintage Eames DCM (Dining Chair Metal) for less than $10, our most recent Sunday-afternoon score is our most satisfying yet.

We grabbed a pair of original 1985 Air Jordan 1s, grail sneakers for many collectors, just after they had been put on the shelf. (Which also goes to show our thrifting tips--go on the weekend late in day after donations are made--do pan out in the real world.)


While there are many super-desirable sneakers out there today, we'd argue that these athletic shoes were the ones that kicked off the current collecting craze. These are Michel Jordan's first signature shoe. And it's Michael Jordan. And the Chicago Bulls. And we're…

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