The sports memorabilia craze continues, as another highly-coveted piece has been sold on the open marker for an absolutely insane sum of money.
Last night, a game-worm Kobe Bryant jersey from his rookie season fetched a cool $2.735-million at SCP Auctions. According to the description, this Lakers home jersey was photo-matched with five games from Kobe’s 1996-97 rookie season. Of those five games, two are said to be postseason contests from the Lakers’ second-round battle with the Utah Jazz — which the Jazz won, 4-1.
Specifically, Kobe wore the jersey during a 19-point performance in a winning effort for the Lakers in Game 3. And two days later, he had it on once again, this time during a 110-95 Lakers loss.
The jersey was advertised as the “only known Kobe rookie season playoffs matched jersey.”
Despite the insane selling price, this Bryant jersey didn’t even come close to touching the record for most expensive jersey sale. Earlier this year, Diego Maradona’s jersey that he wore while scoring the “Hand Of God” goal against England in the quarterfinals of the 1986 World Cup sold for an insane $9.28-million at Sotheby’s auction house in London. That not only broke the record for game-worn jersey sales, but it was also the most expensive piece of sports memorabilia ever sold — beating out the $8.8-million that was paid for the original hand-drawn Olympic manifesto back in 2019.
Here’s a closer look at Kobe’s multi-million-dollar, game-worn, rookie jersey: