Michael Jordan’s fighter jet celebrates its 30th rotation of the sun this year, the Air Jordan 5 still one of the most deadly weapons in the Jumpman hangar. From Grails reflecting MJ’s real-life trophy room to Mark Wahlberg’s hyper-exclusive Transformers sample, these are five of the most elusive Air Jordan 5s in the world (Note: all costs taken from StockX average sale price).
Five of the Most Expensive Air Jordan 5s Ever
Date: February 18 2020
By: Gabe Filippa
Air Jordan 5 Retro 'Fab Five' PE – $5533
Designed by Tinker Hatfield and Dan Sunwoo, the Air Jordan 5 ‘Fab Five’ pays homage to the immortal Michigan Wolverines of 1991. With the loaded starting lineup of Chris Webber, Jalen Rose, Juwan Howard, Jimmy King, and Ray Jackson, the Fab Five were the first team in NCAA history to compete in a championship game with all-freshman starters (four of the five would go on to play in the NBA). Taking cues from the Michigan uniforms, the Air Jordan 5 features ‘Hail To’ and ‘The Victors’ on each tongue, while the Fab Five graphic logo is stamped on the heel.
Air Jordan 5 Retro 'Quai 54' Friends and Family – $6000
The only streetball tournament in the world sponsored by the Jordan Brand, 20,000 fans routinely converge on Place de la Concorde in Paris every year to check out the two-day tournament (including the wild slam dunk tournament). Framed by the Paris Eiffel Tower in the background, the tournament has also been known to drop some of the rarest sneakers in the game. Case in point: the Air Jordan 5 Retro Quai 54 Friends and Family. Revealed in July, 2011, the Air Jordan 5 flexed with ‘Radiant Green’ accents and Quai 54 embroidery.
Air Jordan 5 Retro T23 'Tokyo' – $2655
Celebrating the opening of the Jordan Tokyo 23 store in Japan, the Steelers-style colourway was available only to Japanese accounts. Built with sunny suede uppers, classic 3M reflective tongues, and ‘Wolf Grey’ webbing, the retro includes a Japanese ‘23’ symbol on the sidewall, a reference not only to His Airness, but to the 23 special wards (called ‘ke’ in Japanese) of Tokyo.
Air Jordan 5 'Transformers' – $6800
Originally gifted to Mark Wahlberg by the Jordan Brand, the Air Jordan 5 celebrates the release of 2017’s Transformers film, the design recalling the Doernbecher colourway of 2013. With the number ‘84’ marked on the heel (a reference to the original Transformers television series), the Air Jordan 5 is constructed with black patent leather, Optimus Prime–styled uppers, and a Transformers logo stamped on the outsole.
Trophy Room x Air Jordan 5 'University Red' – $5217
Limited to just 223 pairs, the Trophy Room x Air Jordan 5 ‘University Red’ is inspired by the real-life trophy room in Michael Jordan’s house! With translucent soles and wood-grain patterns reminiscent of the court-style flooring in Jordan’s trophy room, the Air Jordan 5 stamps the numbers 23 and 5 on the silhouette’s heel – commemorating the numbers of MJ and his son, Marcus.