The final Los Angeles Lakers jersey and shorts worn by Kobe Bryant in a road game fetched a significant sum at a recent auction.
On Saturday, SCP Auctions concluded the bidding for the “24” jersey and corresponding shorts that the late athlete donned during the last away game of his career on April 11, 2016. A total of twenty individuals submitted offers, with the minimum bid set at $50,000.
As per the website, the jersey is of size 4XL4, and the shorts are 3XL (with an added length of +2” flag tag).
Bryant’s uniform also includes an additional feature that is certain to captivate any sports memorabilia collector.
“One significant feature is a microphone pouch inside the front waistband so that Kobe could be mic’d up during games,” reads SCP Auctions’ listing. “Most jerseys customized for mics keep this pouch along the inseam near the inner armpit; this may have been uncomfortable for Bryant, so he opted to keep it in his shorts instead. We know this was one of Kobe’s favorite pairs to take on road trips. Resolution has matched it to nine additional games over the last two months of his farewell season!”
Besides the Black Mamba’s jersey and shorts fetching $366,967, the Nike “Kobe 11 Elite Low” sneakers worn during his last game were sold for $118,230. The two separate lots, constituting the complete uniform, were purchased for a total of $485,197.
SCP Auctions stated that the items “have been perfectly preserved since the last time he suited up.”
Bryant concluded his last road game in Oklahoma City, where the Lakers suffered a 112-79 defeat to the Thunder. Despite the loss, Bryant managed to score 19 points.
Additional memorabilia from the final games of the NBA legend has previously been auctioned at substantial prices, such as a towel he used in his last game with the Lakers in 2016, which fetched $33,077 at an Iconic Auctions sale in March 2020.
Bryant was photographed and recorded holding the towel as he delivered his farewell speech at the conclusion of his game in Los Angeles on April 13, 2016. Draping the Body Armor towel over his shoulders, he concluded the speech with his iconic phrase, “Mamba Out.”
Heritage Auctions, in October 2020, auctioned a section of hardwood floor taken from the Staples Center and autographed by Bryant for $631,000. This floor piece also originated from his game on April 13, 2016.
Although the towel and a segment of hardwood floor were put up for auction, other significant memorabilia from Bryant’s last game has not been made available.
“The likelihood of any uniform piece (jersey, shorts, or shoes) from the ‘Mamba Out’ game ever seeing the light of day is slim-to-none. Those museum relics will surely stay in the Bryant family or perhaps end up in Springfield, Mass. someday,” noted SCP Auctions.
Bryant spent his entire NBA career with the Lakers. The sports icon tragically lost his life, along with his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and seven others, in a helicopter crash on January 26, 2020, at the age of 41.