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Shoe aficionados quickly snatch up highly-anticipated Air Jordan 12 'Gammas'

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A much anticipated pair of shoes came out the day after Christmas, and dozens of people camped out in front of the Country Club Plaza's Foot Locker to get their hands on them.

"I got the Gamma 12s that came out today, actually got two pair, doubled up on them," said Joe Aquino, a shoe collector.

Aquino really likes Air Jordans.

"I wear Jordans, my daughter, my wife, it's heavy with me. I got married in a pair of Jordans," he said.

Thursday morning when the Air Jordan 12 "Gammas" came out Aquino was there, but was lucky enough to skip this line.

"They did raffle for those. I won my pair in a raffle, but I do go out and try to get other pairs for people who can't make it out. I grab tons of pairs," he said.

Aquino said the limited editions really bring out the campers who are willing to wait hours in the cold and pay hundreds of dollars for a pair of sneakers.

"To me it's a hobby. I've been doing it so long, hopefully my kids can do whatever they want with them. For right now I just collect them. I really don't wear them, it's just a hobby, like baseball cards," he said.

Ronnie Bandy says it's all about supply and demand and, Thursday morning, demand won.

"The limited editions, if you want to snag them, you've got to be here really early," he said.

Bandy didn't camp out, but is willing to wait for a great pair of shoes.

"I know the deal, being out here in freezing temperatures for hours. The longest camp out I've been on is 14 hours," he said.

Bandy said most collectors have roughly the same reasons for enduring hours of waiting.

"I've been addicted to shoes since I was a kid. I grew up playing basketball. That's what really got me into sneakers, sports in general," he said.

Bandy works with KC Sole to promote sneaker culture in Kansas City, but says she'd never try to make a profit reselling her sneakers, she's simply a fan of great shoes.

The Air Jordans released Thursday cost $170 a pair and were sold out at all the stores KCTV5 checked. The shoes are already selling on eBay for $250 to $300.

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