In a recent auction, the Los Angeles Lakers jersey and shorts worn by Kobe Bryant during his final road game have been sold for an impressive sum of money. SCP Auctions closed the bidding on Saturday for the “24” jersey and matching shorts that the late basketball legend wore on April 11, 2016.
With a minimum bid set at $50,000, twenty people made offers, resulting in a final sale price of $366,967 for the uniform. Additionally, the Nike “Kobe 11 Elite Low” tennis shoes that Bryant wore during his last game were also sold, fetching $118,230. The combined total for the full uniform and shoes reached an astounding $485,197.
Kobe Bryant’s Final Road Game Uniform and Nike Shoes Net $485K in Auction
What makes Bryant’s uniform even more intriguing for sports memorabilia collectors is the added bonus it offers. The jersey, sized 4XL4, and the 3XL shorts come with a microphone pouch inside the front waistband. This feature allowed Bryant to be mic’d up during games, providing a unique insight into his on-court interactions.
While most jerseys have the microphone pouch along the inseam near the inner armpit, Bryant opted to keep it in his shorts, as it may have been more comfortable for him. SCP Auctions has matched this particular uniform to nine additional games from the last two months of Bryant’s farewell season, making it an even more valuable piece of history.
SCP Auctions emphasized that these items have been perfectly preserved since the last time Bryant wore them. The uniform represents a significant moment in Bryant’s career, as he played his final away game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, scoring 19 points in a 112-79 loss. The auctioned items provide a tangible connection to that memorable game and the legendary player who left an indelible mark on the sport.
This is not the first time that memorabilia from Bryant’s final games has fetched high prices. In March 2020, a towel used by Bryant during his last game with the Lakers sold for $33,077. The towel, seen in photos and videos as Bryant delivered his farewell speech on April 13, 2016, became a symbol of his departure from the game, with the Body Armor towel draped over his shoulders as he uttered his famous phrase, “Mamba Out.”
Another notable auction sale occurred in October 2020 when Heritage Auctions sold a piece of hardwood floor cut from the Staples Center and signed by Bryant for an impressive $631,000. This piece of memorabilia, also from his April 13, 2016 game, holds significant sentimental value for fans and collectors alike.
Kobe Bryant’s Last Game Memorabilia Holds Sentimental Value, Unlikely for Public Auction
While some items from Bryant’s final game have found their way to auction, SCP Auctions believes that certain key pieces, such as uniform pieces (jersey, shorts, or shoes) from the “Mamba Out” game, are unlikely to be made available to the public. These cherished relics will likely remain within the Bryant family or find their place in the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts, in the future.
Kobe Bryant’s legacy continues to resonate with fans worldwide. The basketball icon played his entire NBA career with the Los Angeles Lakers, leaving an enduring impact on the sport.
Tragically, Bryant, along with his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and seven others, lost their lives in a helicopter crash on January 26, 2020, at the age of 41. The auctioning of his memorabilia serves as a testament to his enduring influence and the deep admiration fans hold for the Black Mamba.