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Since entering the league as a member of the Los Angeles Clippers, Quentin Richardson has been the recipient of many Air Jordan player exclusives. One of the PEs he received was an Air Jordan XIV that was made for him during his tenure as a New York Knick. This “Home” based PE features personalized touches in the form of embroidered “Q”s on each ankle.
If any Air Jordan shoe is considered a grail, this would be the grail of all grails.This Air Jordan 1 game worn player exclusive is the rarest PE in existence. It was designed for Michael Jordan following his return from a foot injury that sidelined him for 64 games during the 1985-86 season. It comes with a harness that is connected to the ankle for lockdown support as well as an orthotic to protect his feet. Also, another reason that this shoe is special is that the left sneaker is a 13.5 whereas the right shoe is a 13. This Air Jordan 1 was easily differentiated from those at retail by the TYPS stamp on the inside that was the code for player samples.
Before Dwyane Wade signed with Jordan Brand, he was with Converse. After his defection to the Jumpman, Dwyane Wade wore many Air Jordan player exclusives until he received his own signature shoe, the Jordan Fly Wade. One of the PEs he wore was the the Air Jordan XII was worn. The 1-of-1 is a direct take off of the White/Varsity Red colorway as it features yellow accents throughout and features personalization for Wade in the form of his last name embroidered on the heel.
During his rookie season, Carmelo Anthony wore a number of Air Jordan player exclusives none more than the Air Jordan XII. The Air Jordan XII isn’t Anthony’s favorite Jordan as that title goes to the Air Jordan IX but he had no problem playing in them. This player exclusive was one of his first exclusives with Jordan Brand and it came in white and the Nuggets’ alternate color of yellow. Personal touches such as his nickname and number are found on the heel of each shoe.
The Air Jordan IX isn’t held in high regard to older collectors due to the fact that Michael Jordan never wore these as a Chicago Bull but as a baseball player. As a member of the Birmingham Barons, Jordan wore a personalized version of the IX which matched the team’s colors. This Air Jordan IX has a rubber cleat instead of the traditional metal spikes and has Michael’s number 45 in the place of his usual 23. During his one and only season with the Barons, Michael hit for 3 HRs and 51 RBIs.
The Jordan Brand roster is heavy with elite talent and Joe Johnson is just one of the NBA players that files the ranks of this exclusive fraternity. A perk of being a member on Jordan Brand is being the recipient of player exclusives and one of the PEs Johnson wore was an Air Jordan XII. This XII was designed for Joe Johnson during the Holiday 2009 and at one point may have been scheduled for a release. This player exclusive makes use of both black nubuck as well as patent leather and features Joe Johnson’s logo on the heel.
When Carmelo Anthony was drafted 3rd overall by the Denver Nuggets out of Syracuse, he immediately signed with Jordan Brand and would have a signature shoe by the beginning of the season. He was seen wearing both the Jordan Melo 1.5 in addition to many Air Jordan player exclusives. Of the the 1-of-1’s worn by Anthony was the Air Jordan XII. This PE makes use of University Blue on the mudguard as well as the outsole and features personalizations such as Carmelo’s nickname and number.
This Air Jordan VII is probably the most unique Air Jordan ever made as it was personalized for Bugs Bunny as part of an Air Jordan campaign. Bugs starred alongside Michael Jordan in a commercial for the Air Jordan VII as Hare Jordan. The shape of the Hare Jordan VII has been warped to fit Bugs’ foot and features Bugs in the famous Jumpman pose where the Jumpman logo would be. These 1-of-1’s are displayed on the Nike Campus in the Michael Jordan Building.
Of Carmelo Anthony’s player exclusives, you will see that most of them were Air Jordan XIIs. This XII was just one of them and features the familiar two-toned color blocking with black being used instead of white. This Carmelo PE was designed to be worn for when the Denver Nuggets were away from the Pepsi Center. Much like his other Air Jordan XII player exclusives, Carmelo’s nickname stitched on the heel.
As a member of the Jordan Brand roster, C.C. Sabathia has received some Air Jordan player exclusives and this Air Jordan IV was no exception. This Air Jordan IV features a color combination never used on an Air Jordan IV as its Black/Stealth and would be worn when the New York Yankees are on the road. This Air Jordan PE features a cleat for when the hefty lefty is pitching on a natural grass surface. The Yankees’ ace’s number is embroidered near the ankle collar.
The Air Jordan XI is probably one of the most beloved Air Jordan models in the signature line as they’ve been applied to the hardwood, gridiron and diamond. Yankees pitcher C.C. Sabathia was given a modified version of the Air Jordan XI Concord that features a translucent spiked outsole for when he played on fieldturf rather than grass. This personalized Air Jordan XI became a favorite for him when on the mound and features C.C.’s number 52 in place of Michael Jordan’s number 23.