Report: Kobe Bryant’s Epic 1st Playoff Jersey Sells For Millions
Collectibles from the career of Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant continue to sell for absurd prices.
Since the Lakers icon’s untimely death in 2020, many fans have gone to great lengths to obtain rare Bryant items. For example, earlier this year, a rare Bryant card reportedly fetched $2 million on the market.
Recently, a game-worn Bryant jersey, which he used in his first postseason, reportedly sold for over $2 million.
“The Lakers jersey worn by Kobe Bryant in his first playoff series – the only one publicly known/available – just sold for a ridiculous amount of money…$2,735,546 million, to be exact!” TMZ Sports reported.
“The Sons were on the block at SCP auction…and after 26 bids, the Lakers’ purple and gold home jersey went into 7 figures.”
The jersey can be seen below.
The jersey has some very unique features.
Bryant entered the league in 1996, making his debut with the Lakers. During his rookie season, LA reached the playoffs, advancing to the Western Conference Semifinals to face the Utah Jazz.
Despite only playing 15.5 minutes per game in the regular season and 14.8 minutes per game throughout the 1997 playoffs, Bryant had significant playing time in the final two games of the team against the Jazz. He averaged 28.5 minutes per contest during that streak. However, the Lakers were eliminated by Utah in five games.
The following season, Bryant continued his rise to stardom, as he roughly doubled his scoring average from his rookie campaign. He averaged 15.4 points per game in his sophomore season. He earned the first of his 18 All-Star nominations that year. He even became the youngest All-Star starter in NBA history.
After a few more years of steady improvement, the Lakers icon finally achieved his dream of becoming an NBA champion in the 1999-00 season. He finished his NBA career with five titles and an MVP award, which he won in 2008.