About Kobe Bryant: 8th Wonder of the World
[23 August 1978-26 January 2020]
Born in 1978 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Pam and Joe, a professional basketball player, Kobe Bryant joined the NBA in 1996. Straight out of high school at the age of 18. For 20 years, up until the day of his passing, he remained loyal to the Los Angeles Lakers. In April 2013, Bryant suffered an Achilles injury and later in December that year, he fractured his knee. He played again for the first time in October 2014 in the season opener. And almost a year later on November 30, 2015 posted a heart-felt letter under â€śDear Basketballâ€ť in The Playersâ€™ Tribune. To announce his retirement. On March 4, 2018, Kobe won an Academy Award for best short-animated film â€śDear Basketball.â€ť He won two Olympic gold medals and five NBA championships during his basketball career.
Black Mamba R.I.P
Kobe Bryant, his 14-year-old daughter Gianna, and seven other passengers tragically died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California on January 26, 2020. A memorial service was held in their honor on February 24. Kobeâ€™s last tweet to LeBron James wrote â€ścontinuing to move the game forward.â€ťÂ Watch Kobe Bryant and Gigiâ€™s life celebration here, including Michael Jordanâ€™s tearful 47 second speech.
Kobe Bryantâ€™s Award-Winning Animation â€śDear Basketballâ€ť (2017)
Kobe Bryant Memorabilia Auction Ends on May 16
Goldin Auctions has categorized its Kobe Bryant memorabilia collection under The Kobe Bryant Hall of Fame Announcement Auction. Which is the largest collection of Kobe Bryant items in one physical location. It consists of nearly 100 items including jerseys, game-worn sneakers, basketballs, and signed objects. The auction was intended to coincide with Kobeâ€™s election into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on April 4. Ken Goldin, the owner of Goldin Auctions, tells ESPN: “We expect the price points here to go from as low as $500 to potentially over $100,000 for some items.”
Where Does Mamba & Mambacita Sports Foundation Stand?
Bidders are naming their prices and in exactly two weeks, Kobe Bryantâ€™s memorabilia will transfer from the Goldin Auctions safety bank as private owned properties. Note that Bryant filed an official lawsuit against his mother on May 8, 2013. To stop her from auctioning off his memorabilia. But it seems that times have changed. However, recent widow Vanessa Bryant is not involved in the auction. But Goldin has clearly stated that 5% of every sold item will be donated to Vanessa Brantâ€™s charity Mamba & Mambacita Sports Foundation. In honor of Kobeâ€™s legacy and namesake. With over 1,000 volunteers, the foundation aims to positively impact youths through sports and self-empowerment.
Kobe Bryant Memorabilia: Top 5 Honorable Mentions
The following are the top 5 auction items receiving among the highest bids. For the full available catalog, visit here.
2000 Kobe Bryant Los Angeles Lakers NBA Championship Player Ring 14K-40 Diamonds
[Current Bid: $91,000]
This ring was gifted by Kobe to his mother, Pam Bryant after he won his first NBA championship. Itâ€™s an 8.5 size and weighs 32.9 grams. For more information, visit here.
2001 Kobe Bryant NBA Finals Game Used and Signed Adidas Sneakers
[Current Bid: $28,000]
Although Kobe switched sponsorships from Adidas to Nike, this size 14 all-black Adidas Torsion worn by him during Game 5 of the 2001 NBA Finals is among the most popular items. Kobe scored 26 points in that game and abrasions are still visible. For more description, visit here.
LeBron James Passes Kobe Bryant for #3 All-Time Points Leader Game Used Nets
[Current Bid: $5,000]
These two white nylon nets were taken down after the historic Lakers vs. Philadelphia 76ers on January 25, 2020. A single day before Kobeâ€™s passing and the last game he ever played.Â
2014-15 Kobe Bryant Game Used White Los Angeles Lakers Jersey
[Current Bid: $26,000]
Kobe wore this Adidas soft mesh Jersey to three games before his 2014-15 season was cut short by his injuries. For more information, visit here.
Kobe Bryant Signed 2006 NBA Official Scorer’s Report From 81 Point Game on 1/22/2006
[Current bid: $7,000]
This is the official NBA scoring report of when Kobe scored 81 points against the Toronto Raptors on January 22, 2006. It was an incredible accomplishment for Kobe on which he commented: â€śnot even in my dreams.â€ť For more information, visit here.
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As Ken Goldin stated: â€śThereâ€™s something for everyone.â€ť And if you check the full auction catalog, you will realize that the highest priced bids on items such as the ones above are usually made by 10 to 15 bidders worldwide. Fifteen more days to go. Which means we might be in for a surprise. Since numbers accelerate in no time when linked to a legend. Every Lakers follower and Kobe fan are hoping to snatch their last piece of Kobe Bryant Memorabilia. With a signed Playoffs T-shirt for $275 and a signed Lakers Basketball for $375, it can happen to anyone. What makes you any different? If youâ€™re also a sneakerhead trying to get your copping game on during lockdown, AIO botâ€™s free license key renewal will reboot your journey. Whether itâ€™s still valid or â€śdinosaurâ€ť expired!
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