Hey, remember when Vince Carter became immortal?
Of course you do. It was arguably the greatest Slam Dunk Contest performance ever, the outing that restored the competition to its former prominence and injected new life into All-Star Weekend. And now, apparently, you can own the kicks that the then-Toronto Raptors All-Star wore on his ascent to global superstardom.
You are, purportedly, looking at the size 16 1/2 And1 Tai Chis that Vince wore while crushing the mindgrapes of a generation, as posted for auction on eBay by user "mama-cheer06." I'm no memorabilia expert, so your guess is as good as mine as to the authenticity of the items, but the visuals seem to match up to the naked eye — the right shoe features an autograph that appears to match up with Vince's authenticated John Hancock, and they've got Carter's No. 15 and the And1 logo stitched on the back — and for what it's worth, the seller claims to have obtained the kicks from a pair of former vice presidents in products and marketing at Fleer, the cards and collectibles company with which Carter was under contract during that period. That said, your mileage may vary, auction stuff can get squirrelly, etc., etc.
As of 1:05 p.m. ET Thursday, the bidding for the sneakers is up to $4,150, with a "Buy It Now!" price of $10,000. If you've got five to 10 stacks and want to take a chance on a piece of history, though, you'll have to move fast — the auction's set to end at 2:10 p.m. ET, just an hour away. Best of luck out there to any prospective purchasers.
Hat-tip to Complex Sneakers.
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