A jersey worn by Kobe Bryant when he burst onto the NBA scene as a Lakers rookie was a slam dunk to attract hefty bids at auction.
After a rush of bids on Saturday, the No. 8 jersey ended at $2.7 million. The exorbitant price is the second highest for any jersey worn at a basketball game, SCP Auctions said in a press release.
The The jersey is the only one ever to be photo-associated with Bryant’s rookie season playoff run with the Lakers. He was paired in the team’s 1997 playoff series and several games late in Bryant’s rookie regular season.
The auction also included ticket stubs from Jackie Robinson’s monumental MLB debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947, a pair of Mickey Mantle rookie cards, an autographed Babe Ruth baseball card, and more.
A photo of Jackie Robinson taken in 1947 on the day the baseball pioneer’s first rookie debuted sold for $103,163.
Other Bryant items have been on offer, including his 1997 Skybox Metal Universe PMG basketball card, which ended at $403,664. The PSA Authentic Altered card is autographed and numbered 60 out of only 100 cards worldwide.
The total bid exceeded $8 million, which is the second-highest bid in the company’s history, the auction company said.
Here are some other highlights from the auction.
- $342,379 for a 1951 Bowman Mickey Mantle rookie card
- $275,696 for an autographed 1933 Babe Ruth card
- 230,291 for a ticket stub from Jackie Robinson’s 1947 debut for the Brooklyn Dodgers
- $227,856 for a bat used in the Babe Ruth game from 1920 to 1922
- $73,253 for DeShawn Stevenson’s 2011 NBA Dallas Mavericks Championship Ring