The uniform and shoes worn by Kobe Bryant in the last road game of his career and other memorabilia from the late Hall of Famer’s 20-year run with the Los Angeles Lakers is arriving on the auction block Wednesday.
The purple jersey and matching trunks from an April 11, 2016 game in Oklahoma City—just two nights before his 60-point “Mamba Out” final game at Staples Center. The lot is the headliner in SCP Auctions’ Fall Premier, which is set to run through Dec. 2. The lot carries a $500,000+ estimate.
It was the final meeting between Bryant and Thunder stars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. While Bryant scored 12 points, it was Westbrook who stole the show that night, registering a triple-double by halftime while offering praise to the soon to be retired Bryant after the game.
“It was very special for me,” he said. “Growing up in L.A., a young boy watching the Lakers and watching him kind of take over the town, and to be here now, in the NBA, being a part of his last (road) game is something special to me. It’s a blessing. It’s something I never take for granted.”
The jersey, shorts and shoes have each been conclusively photo-matched by both Resolution Photomatching and Sports Investors Authentication.
The auction also includes other historic Bryant memorabilia including an autographed, gamu-used ball from the night he set the Madison Square Garden single game scoring record with 61 points on Feb. 2, 2009.
A 2000 Lakers championship ring gifted to his father Joe “Jellybean” Bryant and a game worn shooting shirt photomatched to 17 regular season and playoff games during his MVP 2007-08 season are also being offered.
Laettner Collection, Other Hoop Relics
Christian Laettner has consigned several items from his personal collection to SCP.
The college hoops legend is selling his 1991 and 1992 NCAA Duke NCAA championship rings, one of his game-worn uniforms from the 1992 US Olympic Dream team and his Dream Team Basketball Hall of Fame ring.
Collectors looking for a 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle card or Mantle rookie will have several to choose from. The trio of ‘52s include those graded 6, 4 and 3 by PSA while the two 1951 Bowman cards rate PSA 3.5 and 6.
Also up for grabs are a pair of impressive Honus Wagner cards: a 1902-11 Sporting Life Cabinet graded PSA 5 (only one rates higher) and the highest graded 1911 M116 Sporting Life Hans Wagner (Pastel Background, ‘300 Subject Back’)—a PSA 8.
The sale also includes part one of the best collection of Pete Rose cards ever to be offered publicly. The second-ranked Pete Rose master set out of over 100 in the PSA registry will be offered in nearly 150 separate lots in the auction. There will also be an option to bid on every card being presented in one single lot. SCP’s consignor also owns the #1 ranked set.
Original Photos, Jerseys and Awards
A 1927 Lou Gehrig portrait, a 1928 image of Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Ty Cobb and Tris Speaker and a 1920 Ruth shot from his first season with the Yankees are among more than 100 lots of historic PSA Type 1 photos in the catalog.
Among the championship jewelry and awards are Dick Groat’s 1960 NL batting champion silver bat, a pair of gold and silver medals awarded to Ukrainian skier Oleksandr Abramenko at the 2018 and 2022 Winter Olympics, a 2005 Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl XL ring, and a Lakers championship ring also share space in SCP’s final major auction of 2023.
Other Auction Highlights
- August 24, 1931 Babe Ruth career home run #602 baseball signed by Ruth, Gehrig and Tony Lazzeri –est. $85,000+
- Babe Ruth Autographed 1926-29 Exhibit Postcard – PSA GD 2, PSA/DNA 7 Auto. — $50,000+
- Bobby Thomson’s 1951 “Shot Heard ‘Round the World cleats –$100,000+ est.
- 1960 Brooks Robinson twice-signed Baltimore Orioles road jersey — $75,000+ est.
- 1984-85 Star Co. Michael Jordan XRC PSA 8 — $85,000+ est.
- 10, 1990 Michael Jordan NBA All-Star Weekend Air Jordan V Shoes Worn in 3-Point Shootout – LOAs from Sports Investors & NBA Player In Contest — $50,000+
- 11/2/2022 LeBron James L.A. Lakers photomatched game jersey (Gold Icon Edition) – Est. $50,000+
The auction runs through Saturday, December 2 at SCPauctions.com.