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Eastbay Memory Lane: Air Jordan XII and Nike Basketball 1998

words // Zack Schlemmer

In this edition of Eastbay Memory Lane we go back to 1998 with a page full of classics from Nike Basketball and early Jordan Brand.  Highlighting the page is the Air Jordan XII, which will release this Saturday, April 21 in the Black/White “Playoffs” colorway.  While we didn’t get a chance to buy that colorway from this page, we did get options of another three of the five original colorways of the shoe, including the “Obsidian” colorway that will retro in June.  Also from Jordan Brand, we see the interesting Air Jordan Trainer and one of the best Jordan team shoes ever, the Jumpman Pro.

The hits just keep coming on this page with absolute classics from Nike Basketball like the Air Penny III, Gary Payton’s Air Zoom Flight, Air Pippen II, and Foamposite Pro in its beloved Pearl colorway.  It’s hard to believe now that there was a time when you could get all of these celebrated and sought after shoes from just one single page of Eastbay.

Author: Zack Schlemmer


  1. method526 says:

    now those prices, i can live with!

  2. Fraz says:

    Mann o man them Battle Forces need to come back out

  3. JEAR18 says:

    those were the days!!

  4. Tyler says:

    Why does it say ebay?

  5. Voodoo Chile says:

    this a proof that nike dismantled the competition and had the sneaker game on choke hold in the 90s.

  6. Nike4Lyfe says:

    Flu Games for less than Penny 3s… Those were the days.

  7. CharlesT says:

    This entire page is golden!

  8. Nike'Finatic says:

    Those Air Jordan Trainer’s and Nike Air Zoom Flight’s are D .O .P E.

  9. @DA_CLEAR_SOLE says:


  10. I know says:

    Idiots it’s called inflation. Bet you wish baseball tickets were still a nickel too

  11. Reddgrant says:

    LOVE those Gary Payton’s Cant wait for the re-release.

  12. alexandru says:

    good times…

  13. O says:

    Man those were the days look at those prices…..

  14. antonio says:

    I WANT TO GO BACK TO THOSE TIMES!!!! and back then my parents thought those prices were crazy if they only knew now……..

  15. Rob says:

    I wanna see those Pippen’s again. Would pick those up w/out any hesistation.