TBT: Jordan 3 UNC PE and the Dramatic Resale Story!

TBT: Jordan 3 UNC PE and the Dramatic Resale Story!

Although today’s throwback is not very old like some of our other favorite sneakers. However, it stirred up quite the trouble and hype at the same time! But before we cover this, don’t forget to stay up to date with releases like the new Air Force 1 Paranoise 2.0! Now, let’s get back to business and remember the awesome Jordan 3 UNC!

Air Jordan 3 UNC PE

First of all, let’s talk about how things work with PE sneakers. The University of North Carolina gets to enjoy the perks of Jordan and Nike gear because that’s MJ’s alma mater! Meanwhile, the University of Oregon also gets the PE treatment because that’s Phil Knight’s college. So naturally, the athletes in both universities get the honor of rocking extremely exclusive kicks.

UNC logo

Now that we got this out of the way, let’s get down to business! Back in 2018, athletes of UNC got a PE Jordan 3 UNC. The kicks featured a white leather upper with the signature elephant (or cement) print on the mudguard. Moreover, we can find the Carolina blue on the midsole and eyelets. The Jumpman is featured on the white heel tab instead of the Nike Air logo that sneakerheads love so much. Finally, the cherry on top of the Jordan 3 UNC is the UNC logo embroidery on the tongue! Moreover, on the inside of the tongue, the left shoe says “UNC” while the right one says “Basketball”. These tags replace the usual “Air Jordan” tag and along with the UNC on the tongue, they’re PE exclusive!

Jordan 3 UNC PE 2018

A Scandal at UNC!

The sneakers were naturally very exclusive and dropped in January 2018. In fact, Jordan Brand released only 250 pairs for the football and basketball teams, and friends and family. But somehow, some pairs ended up on resale platforms! As it turns out, thirteen UNC football players sold their pairs for some really good cash. This action violated the NCAA regulations, and resulted in their suspension from the team for up to four games! The question here is: Were the few thousand dollars worth the suspension? Maybe we’ll never know. What we do know is that Jordan 3 UNC PE currently resells for an average of $3,233!

Jordan 3 UNC PE

Jordan 3 UNC Comes Back in 2020

Although the Jordan 3 PE was a far fetch for us, Jordan Brand gave us the next best thing! A public release of the kicks was very close to the PE, with some tweaks. The PE special additions like the UNC embroidery and tags were not there. Instead, we got the Jumpman embroidery on the outside of the tongue and “Air Jordan” on the inside. Although it looked pretty similar to the 2018 Jordan 3 UNC, it was just not it.

Jordan 3 UNC 2020

Release Date: 3/7/2020
Retail Price: $190
Avg. Resale Value: $278

Jordan 3 UNC and More!

The UNC colorway is a recurring theme in Jordan sneakers. That’s naturally due to the fact that Michael Jordan attended the University of North Carolina. And this not only makes it special for him but for sneakerheads as well! After all, the original and new sneakerheads all know and respect the Jordan heritage. Although we love the Jordan 3 UNC, let’s take a look at some of our favorite UNC kicks!

Liked this throwback? You can find more like it here!

Off White Air Jordan 1 UNC

One of our favorite colorways. First, because it’s a collab with none other than Virgil Abloh. Second, because the deconstructed design looks so good on the AJ1!

Jordan 3 UNC - Off white AJ1

Release Date: 6/23/2018
Retail Price: $190
Avg. Resale Value: $1,547

Jordan 1 UNC

Jordan 3 UNC - AJ1 UNC

Release Date: 10/10/2015
Retail Price: $160
Avg. Resale Value: $559

Air Jordan 1 Fearless UNC to Chicago

This drop was a part of 2019’s Fearless Ones collection. The colorway is a tribute to the University of North Carolina and the Chicago Bulls! Both are the most important milestones in Jordan’s stellar career.

Jordan 3 UNC - AJ1 UNC to Chi

Release Date: 11/2/2019
Retail Price: $160
Avg. Resale Value: $251

Air Jordan 6 Retro UNC

Jordan 3 UNC - AJ6 unc

Release Date: 12/2/2017
Retail Price: $190
Avg. Resale Value: $321

Jordan 11 UNC Win Like 82

A tribute to the year Jordan took the game-winning shot against Georgetown and the Tar Heels won the championship.

Jordan 3 unc - aj11 unc

Release Date: 11/11/2017
Retail Price: $220
Avg. Resale Value: $283

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