BEFORE THE SWOOSH came into his life, Michael Jordan wore Converse.

Yesterday a powder-blue pair of leather hightops that he wore at North Carolina sold at auction for $33,387.

ESPN.com reported that the sneaks - inscribed "Best Wishes, Michael Jordan" - were consigned to Grey Flannel Auctions by a high school teammate of Jordan's.

The winning bidder, who chose to remain anonymous, purchased a nice piece of history. But they are far less valuable that some other Jordan memorabilia.

His footwear from Game 5 of 1997 NBA Finals against the Jazz - the famous "Flu Game" - was auctioned by Grey Flannel last year for $104,765.

Jordan's sneaks weren't the only cool item auctioned yesterday. Other items of interest:

* A 1980s Julius Erving game-worn Sixers road uniform fetched $44,428.

* A Babe Ruth game-used jersey he wore during a 1934 tour of Japan sold for $303,277.

* A baseball signed by 23 members of the 1932 Yankees, including Ruth and Lou Gehrig and seven other future Hall of Famers, went for $115,242.

* A satin jacket worn by Brooklyn Dodgers star Roy Campanella in the 1950s was a bargain at $71,554.

* A game-used cap worn by Yankees great Joe DiMaggio pulled in $151,652.

Looks like quite a few people will be getting some cool Christmas gifts.