The first game-worn jerseys from the NBA’s restart in Orlando have hit the auction block.
NBA Auctions has launched a group of 58 jerseys from the league’s first few games in the “bubble” including those donned by LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Zion Williamson.
Jerseys worn by members of the Lakers, Pelicans, Spurs and Nets are the first to reach the auction block from games played after the league stopped play in March due to COVID-19. Most of the jerseys are game-worn while a few were made for players who didn’t see action.
All proceeds will be donated to the Players’ Justice Fund, which will be administered by the National Basketball Players Association Foundation. The money raised through the ongoing auctions is expected to go to a wide-ranging list of local and national community-based organizations.
Most of the jerseys feature social justice messages instead of names on the back although several players, including James and Davis, have opted to wear their last names on the back as usual.
Bidding for James’ jersey had surpassed $25,000 after bidding opened Wednesday. He wore the Icon Edition jersey during the Lakers’ 103-101 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on July 30 and during a loss to the Toronto Raptors on August 1.
Williamson wore his blue “New Orleans” jersey during the Pelicans’ 106-104 loss to the Utah Jazz on July 30and during a loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on August 1.
New Orleans failed to make the NBA playoffs which will limit the remaining number of his rookie season jerseys that will be available to collectors. He played in only 24 games this season. In February, NBA Auctions sold a jersey from his NBA debut for just over $80,000. Another early gamer went for over $42,000 in March.
The first round of auctions from the games in Orlando is scheduled to close August 27 at NBAAuctions.com.