In the past few years, hardcore Kobe and basketball fans have spent hundreds and thousands of dollars on timeless relics in hopes to hold on to a piece of the legendary player. Recently, TMZ Sports recorded a steep price tag on a rare game-worn jersey from Kobe Bryant's rookie year. The No. 8 jersey was sold by SCP Auctions and claims that it is the " only jersey ever photo-matched from Mamba's rookie campaign -- making it one of the most valuable pieces of NBA memorabilia to exist."
According to SCP's CEO David Kohler, Bryant wore the jersey a total of five times, specifically on dates April 11, April 13, April 17, May 8 and May 10, 1997 after entering the league straight out of high school. The jersey features the purple and gold Lakers colors with the No. 8 and Bryant's name stitched on the back. Two patches are on the bottom indicating that Bryant wore size 44. The jersey was auctioned over the weekend and sold for a final price of $2.73 million USD.
Take a look at the jersey auctioned below.
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