Across the country, the long-awaited release of Nike retro Air Jordan basketball shoes on Friday resulted in fights, arrests, and the use pepper spray as police tried to calm frenzied shoppers, many of whom had waited outside stores overnight.

The Oregonian reported the Air Jordan appeal is only partly nostalgia for the former NBA star Michael Jordan. Collectors known as "sneakerheads" save them for special occasions or never take them out of the box.

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