Yes, You Could Be the Proud Owner of Larry Bird’s Rookie-Year Sneakers
What do you get for the sneakerhead who has everything? Why, Larry Bird’s old kicks, of course.
In a move hedging on Celtic Pride territory, you can bid on the Converse All-Star sneakers the Hick from French Lick wore during the 1979-80 season, his first in the NBA. The green, canvas sneakers—size 13.5, in case you were wondering—are signed by Bird himself, and were presented to Geese Ausbie of the Harlem Globetrotters.
According to Leland’s, the same auction house that sold Boston University legend Jim Craig’s gear from the 1980 “Miracle on Ice,” the sneakers are in good condition, with no cuts or tears. The top bid, as of Wednesday afternoon, is a cool $3,058.01. Bidding ends on Friday, October 28.
The Celtics’ 1979-80 campaign is considered one of the greatest turnaround seasons in NBA history, with Bird, fresh out of Indiana State, leading the Green to 61 wins after eking out just 29 the year prior. Bird played in all 82 games and handily beat his nemesis Earvin “Magic” Johnson of the Los Angeles Lakers for Rookie of the Year honors.
You can bid on Bird’s sneakers here.