Sacramento man’s old running shoes sell for tens of thousands of dollars


AND HIS NEWFOUND FORTUNE.>>FOR A LONG TIME, THEY WERE UP
IN THE RAFTERS IN MY GARAGE, IN
A BOX NEXT TO MY CHRISTMAS TREE
LIGHTS. WALTER: THE PAIR OF OLD, SWEATY,
BEAT-UP RUNNING SHOES WERE
SAFELY TUCKED AWAY FOR NEARLY
HALF A CENTURY. IN 1972, DAVE RUSSELL OF
SACRAMENTO WAS JUST
25 YEARS OLD. HE QUALIFIED FOR THE OLYMPIC
TRIALS IN THE MARATHON EVENT. WHEN HE ARRIVED IN EUGENE,
OREGON, FOR THE MEET, HE GOT A
UNIQUE INVITATION BY A NEW SHOE
COMPANY FEW HAD HEARD ABOUT
CALLED NIKE.>>THEY INVITED US, PLEASE STOP
BY OUR STORE, WE’D LIKE YOU TO
SELECT A PAIR OF SHOES AS A GIFT
FROM US. WALTER: THEY WERE THE FIRST
PROTOTYPES OF WHAT IS KNOWN
TODAY AS THE NIKE WAFFLE RACING
MOON SHOE, AND ONLY 10 ATHLETES
GOT THEM.>>YOU CAN IMAGINE, BACK IN
1972, THOSE WERE JUST SOMETHING
VERY EXOTIC. THEY WERE HANDMADE, THE SOLES
MADE ON A WAFFLE IRON. WALTER: THEY WERE ALSO HAND-SEWN
WITH FISHING WIRE. HE SAYS BACK THEN, NIKE CHARGED
$9.99 FOR A PAIR
IN 2016, A PAIR SOLD FOR $6500. LAST YEAR, ANOTHER PAIR, MISSING
THE LACES, SOLD FOR $11,200. RUSSELL WAS OFFERED THE SAME
AMOUNT FOR HIS, BUT HIS AGENT
TURNED IT DOWN.>>HE THREW A NUMBER OUT THERE
TO SEE IF IT WOULD STICK AGAINST
THE WALL, AND IT STUCK AGAINST
THE WALL. IT WAS A FAIRLY GOOD AMOUNT OF
MONEY. WALTER: DAVE DIDN’T WANT TO
DISCLOSE THE FINAL PRICE, BUT
TOLD US IT WAS MORE THAN
QUADRUPLE THE PAIR THAT SOLD FOR
$11,200. HE SAYS IT ALL CAME DOWN TO
TIMING.>>IT COULDN’T HAVE HAPPENED SIX
MONTHS EARLIER OR SIX MONTHS
LATER. THEY’RE GETTING READY TO OPEN A
STORE, HEY, MONEY ISN’T AN
OBJECT. WE’D LIKE THEM TO BE IN OUR
HOTEL. WALTER: THE GRADUATE EUGENE
HOTEL BOUGHT HIS PAIR OF RUNNING
SHOES AND NOW DISPLAYS THEM
AMONG THEIR 44-PAIR COLLECTION
OF SOME OF THE RAREST NIKE SHOES
EVER MADE. WALTER MAKAULA, KCRA 3 NEWS. KELLIE: DAVE RUSSELL SAYS HE’S
PUTTING THE MONEY IN A TRUST
FUND THAT WILL BE LEFT TO HIS
CHILDREN. I AM AMAZED HE HELD ON TO
SOMETHING THAT LONG. WALTER: IT’S CRAZY. THREE WEEKS TO GO, — THREE
WEEKS AGO TODAY, I NEVER BEFORE
WORN PAIR OF THESE SHOES SOLD
FO

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  • Hot 🔥 Foot for sure…!

  • Hot 🔥 Foot for sure…!

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