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Sneaker fever hasn’t just gripped the world, it’s gripping the economy, too. The American market for deadstock sneakers has now eclipsed a colossal $1 billion, with the thriving resell community netting millions of dollars a year by flipping rare kicks for profit.

With that in mind, we’ve teamed up with the sneakerhead data wizards over at StockX, with illustrations by Dan Freebairn, to bring you a detailed breakdown of the most valuable shoes to hit the resell market, as well as those that grossed the most dollars overall.

Here’s the rundown for 2017 Q1 (that’s January 1 to March 31) – with StockX’s data based on the sale of deadstock sneakers on eBay.

Jordan’s Golden Ticket

If you’ve been following closely in 2017, you’d expect to see the KAWS x Air Jordan IV, VLONE x Air Force 1, and “Zebra” YEEZY Boost 350 V2 cracking the top five, but Jordan’s XXXI “Gold” from All-Star Weekend in New Orleans actually surpassed any of those hyped releases as the most valuable sneaker of the year so far.

Since availability for the “Gold” XXXI was more limited, and sold exclusively through a Jordan pop-up shop in New Orleans, the ultra limited drop was re-sold for an average price of $3,605 USD.

The COMME des GARÇONS x Nike VaporMax landed in consecutive spots at number six and number seven of Q1.

“Zebra” Fever

The “Zebra” 350 V2 release was unlike any previous YEEZY drop. Rather than being sold at adidas retailers, the black-and-white edition only hit shelves at adidas flagship stores and online from the German sportswear brand. Naturally, fans of the ongoing Kanye West x adidas collaboration were willing to spend considerable amounts of money to complete their collections.

A substantial amount of cash was also dropped on Ultra Boosts, including the collaborative version from Social Status and Sneakersnstuff, as well as the “Triple-Black” and “Silver” versions (no surprises there).

The atmos x Nike Air Max 1 & Air Jordan III “Elephant” pack was a hot topic as well, with a high resell price bolstered by tons of demand after Air Max Day 2017.

For even more data-driven insights, check out the 10 most expensive sneakers of 2016.

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