NBA All Star Weekend 2018 is upon us. This iconic weekend full of festivities is being held in Los Angeles in the Staples Center.
It is certainly a huge time to celebrate for basketball fans, but also, we’re coming up on one of the best opportunistic times of the year for those who flip kicks: this weekend also coincides with one of the hottest seasons to resell shoes in 2018, or any year for that matter.
February kicked off strong with the Air Foampositie One Alternate Galaxy. With resale prices north of $1,000 and a retail of $230, this sneaker is proving in fact that Jordans are getting harder to buy and the resale value is going up in 2018 compared to last year.
Don’t sweat it too much if you missed out on this resale opportunity as this month will prove to have many more, with good forecasted profit potentials, although not nearly as much as the best month of the year to resell streetwear.
Here are the top shoe resale opportunities to go after:
Air Jordan Retro 1 NRG Metallic Gold : Saturday, February 10 2018
For those that missed out on the Air Jordan 1 Metallic Gold, which had original highs of over $1,000 per pair during their release in Complexcon and a resale value of around $600 per pair in their re-release in November, you’ll now have a third try at these. It’s worth noting though that this pair has a slightly different style code, but they’re pretty much clones so their hype is real. Although the profits will likely not be what they were last year, you should expect at least a 100% return per pair that you’re able to get.
Air Jordan Retro 3 All Star White Cement “Free Throw Line”: Wednesday, February 14 2018
Last released in 2011 with a resale value that is double the retail price, this Air Jordan 3 is certainly worth going after as it is a highly sought after colorway and is releasing on a notable date: the day of the NBA All Star Game, which is Valentine’s Day every year.
This is a new version of the shoes that Michael Jordan wore during his iconic free throw line dunk picture. Any shoe that has such history has respect and thus a sure collectible.
Interesting note: these shoes are similar in appearance to the Air Jordan 3’s that Justin Timberlake rocked during the Superbowl halftime show on February 4th, but with the classic 3 design that does not include the Nike Swoosh mark. The Justin Timberlake 3’s were released via the Nike SNKRS App and are selling for around $2,000 currently. Be on the lookout for a wider release of these Jordans.
Air Jordan Retro 8 OVO White: Friday, February 16 2018
Drake’s OVO Record label has had a number of collaborations with Nike, all of them being smash hits. The Air Jordan 8 White colorway of these OVO J’s is super clean and highly coveted among sneakerheads and Drake fans alike.
Air Jordan Retro 17 “Solefly”: Friday, February 16 2018
This is a close clone of an iconic shoe worn during Michael Jordan’s 2002 All Star Game in a time when he was a player for the Washington Wizards. A rumor has been brewing regarding this release since over 1 year ago, and a buzz that goes on for this long correlates strongly with high prices. Historic prices of the 2002 variation of this shoe hover around the $700 level.
Air Jordan Retro 3 OG “Black Cement”: Saturday, February 17 2018
The sneaker that started it all, this shoe easily holds first place for a majority of sneaker lovers. Michael Jordan nearly passed on the deal with Nike, but when he was so impressed with Tinker Hatfield’s design and execution of the shoe that he inked a deal for more than 10 more simultaneous models with the brand. Here are a few tips on how you can get these shoes.
Adidas x Pharrell NMD HU Trail “Deepest Purple”: Friday, February 23 2018
We can’t forget Adidas, who seemingly against all odds has surpassed the market share of the Jordan brand in 2017. A hit every single time for shoe lovers everywhere, the NMD Human Race is coming out yet again in its trail variation in a bold Deep Purple.
Adidas x Pharrell NMD HU Trail “Blank Canvas”: Friday, February 23 2018
For those of more conservative tastes, an off white “blank canvas” colorway is releasing the very same day, so you’ll have 2 chances to get your hands on these fire kicks.
Adidas Dame 4 “BAPE” Pack: Saturday, February 24 2018
BAPE is a legendary Japanese streetwear brand born in the early 90’s by fashion icon Nigo. Any time a Bape shoe drops, it’s sure to command top dollar. Kanye chose Bape as one of his very first shoe collaborations. Adidas last released Bape NMD’s for a mere $150 retail and was reselling at a peak of over $1000 and still to this day has a market value of over $600, which is a 400% increase over its original consumer price. Here, Damian Lillard, AKA Dame, is dropping a bold collaboration complete with signature A Bathing Ape teeth and patchwork letters. Retail again is $150 and you’ll have 2 shots at this shoe in both green and black camo.
Air Jordan Retro 1 “Bred Toe”: Saturday, February 24 2018
The eBay listing for the early pair of Air Jordan Bred Toe 1’s from Eastbay. A lucky customer was accidentally shipped an early pair of these shoes, which he quickly put on eBay for $10,000. At an expected profit of nearly 100x, I don’t blame him! The general release definitely won’t command such astronomical prices, but expect to make a good margin off of this drop.
Nike Air Max 98 “Gundam”: Saturday, February 24 2018
The Air Max 98 is making a 20 year anniversary comeback in a big way, releasing in its original colorway. This blast to the past is gaining a lot of attention from sneakerheads nationwide. At a retail price of $160, there’s room to make some dollars on these kicks in the aftermarket.
Air Jordan 1 “Off White” White: Tuesday, February 27 2018
Last but certainly not least, fashion influencer Virgil Abloh is at it again with the Air Jordan 1 “Off White”, rolling out a colorway that’s, well, kind of off-white. Prices won’t be at the level of the original OW AJ1’s, but tripling your money on these should be guaranteed.
Just getting one pair each of these shoes amounts to a profit of over $2,000 in one month. Imagine having the insider knowledge to secure multiple pairs and to buy other streetwear like Supreme and Palace. You can either keep dreaming or take action, it’s your choice. As this sneaker market shows, making money doesn’t have to be an hourly struggle, it can be easy and fun! For those serious about taking their shoe resale game to the next level, this 5 part resale guide is for you. Be sure to read it over and over again to let the information soak into your brain so you can become a natural at sniffing out opportunities like these every single month.