There’s something about seeing pics of unreleased samples that’s so bittersweet. On the one hand, it’s in our nature as sneakerheads to want to see every Air Jordan colorway ever produced, but it can be a hard pill to swallow when you see some of the incredible kicks that never made it to retail. In the case of this Bordeaux Air Jordan VII, the colorway is nothing new to Jordan fans, but how bad does it burn you to know that these classics almost made it to stores as a Retro release? Apparently, these size 9 samples were created back in 2001, but were eventually scratched in favor of the “Raptors,” which were brought back in 2002. As of now, there is no plan to re-release these gems anytime soon, so needless to say, there are a lot of collectors out there that would kill to get their hands on these. The good news is that you can check out a ton of images after the jump, and if you’re ready to drop some serious dough, this incredibly rare size 9 sample is available now from everyonesenemy on eBay.