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Kobe Bryant’s rookie jersey could fetch $5 million at auction

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Another piece of Kobe Bryant memorabilia could sell for millions at auction.

Bryant’s Los Angeles Lakers #8 jersey worn by the late superstar during home games during his 1996-97 rookie season is featured in SCP Auctions’ Spring Premier 2022 set which runs until June 4. It is the only known ever photo-matched jersey from his rookie year, SCP Auctions said in an emailed statement.

The auction site estimates it will sell for between $3 million and $5 million. CEO/Chairman David Kohler has confirmed that the $5 million mark at TMZ Sports. The jersey is gold with purple trim and features two patches at the bottom for the Lakers and Champion size.

Bryant’s jersey matched the 1997 playoffs

Lakers general manager Jerry West, Kobe Bryant and head coach Del Harris show off the rookie in 1996. The jersey worn by Bryant is up for auction. (Steve Grayson/WireImage)

Experts matched the uniform to five games, including two playoff games, when Bryant was a rookie. SPC Auctions said he was matched in Games 3 and 4 of the Western Conference Semifinals with the Utah Jazz on May 8 and 10, 1997.

“All three authenticators conclusively matched the purple and gold threads to these two sets,” SCP Auctions said in a statement.

The Lakers won Game 3 and lost Game 4. They lost the series in five games. It was Bryant’s first-ever playoff appearance. He appeared in 16 playoffs and won five NBA championships.

The jerseys were also photomatched for regular season games on April 13 and 17.

“Most experts agree the jersey was worn at the end of Bryant’s rookie season, as well as in all home playoff games that year,” SCP Auctions said.

A signed Bryant jersey from the same season sold last year for $3.69 million, a record for a basketball jersey. The record for a jersey is the New York Yankees jersey worn by Babe Ruth in 1920 and sold for $4,415,658 in 2012.

Bryant, James, Jordan at auction

The auction also includes Bryant’s work-playing Adidas sneakers from his rookie year. There is also a signed and “highly sought after” PMG autograph Mint 9 card which is the “first and only known example ever offered publicly”, the auction house said.

“He could very well be the only one there, period,” the auction house said. It could very well be the only one that exists, period. “It’s a rarer card than even his unsigned green BGS-rated NM-MT+ PMG that sold for $2 million in February.”

The auction includes a used game Automatic double-card Kobe and Michael Jordan, a Tom Brady rookie refractor, a 1986 Fleer Jordan card and a Joe Burrow rookie card. Bryant’s autographed All-Star NBA shoes from 2004, LeBron James’ photomatched Lakers shoes for two games in 2021-22 and a pair of Giannis Antetokounmpo sneakers from the 2020-21 championship campaign are up for auction.