“One mistake from the factory made a $160 shoe into $143,000 Air Jordans!”: Not all flaws are bad, because this Shattered Backboard 2.0 is now a museum piece

Arun Sharma
|Published 25/06/2022

Air Jordans sell everywhere in the world – one particular pair that turned up in Italy had a flaw that exists in no other pair.

In the autumn of 2016, the Jordan brand dropped its second iteration of the Shattered Backboard. This sneaker was a shoe that mimicked the iconic Chicago colorway, only for the red to be orange. If the first one was a nod to the Black toes, these were to the Chicago.

Everybody was lining up at their nearest footlocker, champs, Stockx, and whatnot to get themselves a pair. So did Andrea Canziani from Italy. Born and brought up in Italy, he loved shoes just like any other. But when he got his pair home, he saw something that was unique. He had a pair that had an inverted swoosh – a factory flaw that foreshadowed Travis Scott’s obsession with it.

When he got the pair, he was disappointed because he was the only one who got defective shoes – you cannot wear them out. But as he let them percolate and he mulled over what to do with them, he started gaining traction and bids started pouring in. Thousands of pounds were being offered, which is when he realized – he had a golden ticket in the form of an orange and white sneaker.

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You see, For Andrea had a resell/consignment store in Milan, the first of its kind in the city. As a new business, he was looking for ways to get footfall into his store, and it was staring right back at him, reverse swoosh and everything. He immediately put it in an acrylic case and had it bang in the middle of the shop and watched the footfall rise steadily.

In a world that demands the utmost perfection (with so many fakes around, every stitch matters), this was a breath of fresh air. He had all the receipts to prove he had bought an original pair – the defect was straight from the factory. Nike usually has stringent quality checks, so this is a genuine one in a million pair.

Fast fashion and obsession with Michael Jordan meant that even the slightest possibility of owning a rare piece of history would be grabbed. Andrea has no intentions of selling the pair that gave his store life but valued it at around 143,000 dollars.

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Arun Sharma

Arun Sharma

Arun Sharma is an NBA Editor at The SportsRush. A double degree holder and a digital marketer by trade, Arun has always been a sports buff. He fell in love with the sport of basketball at a young age and has been a Lakers fan since 2006. What started as a Kobe Bryant obsession slowly turned into a lifelong connection with the purple and gold. Arun has been an ardent subscriber to the Mamba mentality and has shed tears for a celebrity death only once in his life. He believes January 26, 2020, was the turning point in the passage of time because Kobe was the glue holding things together. From just a Lakers bandwagoner to a basketball fanatic, Arun has spent 16 long years growing up along with the league. He thinks Stephen Curry has ruined basketball forever, and the mid-range game is a sight to behold. Sharma also has many opinions about football (not the American kind), F1, MotoGP, tennis, and cricket.

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