The full uniform and shoes worn by Kobe Bryant in the final road game of his 20-year career are heading to the open market.
SCP Auctions says it will offer them in its next major auction, which opens in mid-November.
The company says Bryant wore purple jersey and matching trunks in Oklahoma City against the Thunder on April 11, 2016 – just two nights before his famous 60-point “Mamba Out” finale at Staples Center.
Resolution Photomatching says it has matched the items to his final game while the shorts have been matched to nine additional games over the final two months of Bryant’s farewell season. The identity of the person who consigned the items or how they were acquired hasn’t been revealed.
With Bryant’s final game jersey and shoes unlikely to ever be made available anytime soon–if at all–the uniform and shoes stand as the last game-worn Bryant items that will ever be offered publicly.
Earlier this year, a jersey worn by Bryant during his 2007-08 MVP season sold for $5.8 million, the second biggest price ever paid for an NBA jersey. In 2021, one of his rookie year game jerseys sold for $3.69 million.
The Nike ‘Kobe 11 Elite Low’ sneakers that Bryant laced up for his final road contest come in the gold and purple Lakers-themed colorways that are coveted by sneakerheads and basketball collectors.
“The unique stitch pattern on the shoes and the patch-to-mesh hole alignment on the uniform made for easy photo-matches during on-court action,” SCP stated.
Bidding in SCP’s 2023 Fall Premier Auction runs November 15 through December 2. More information is available on the company’s website.