It wasn’t a memorable debut…at least from an accomplishment standpoint…but it was a small piece of NBA history. LeBron James’ 2010 Miami Heat debut jersey captured the interest of bidders in the NBA Tip Off Jersey Auction. James’ black #6 topped all bids when he first batch of shirts closed Tuesday night, selling for $14,600.
James and the Heat lost to the Boston Celtics on opening night but the jersey still generated 44 bids and rose from its opening bid of $250 two weeks ago.
The NBA and MeiGrayare offering jerseys worn by each team’s starting five during the season’s first games, while the entire Los Angeles Lakers’ roster was offered.
A Kobe Bryant opening night jersey took runner-up honors in the sale, having sold for $10,020.
Celtics fans chased jerseys worn by the team’s stars. Jerseys worn by Kevin Garnett, Rajan Rondo, Ray Allen, Shaquille O’Neal and Paul Pierce sold for over $13,000 combined.
Dwayne Wade’s opening night Heat jersey was the third highest-selling lot. It brought $6060 while the Steve Nash Phoenix Suns gamer went for $4220.
Among the barains: Game-worn jerseys of Robin Lopez ($310), Marcus Camby ($323) and Luis Scola ($371).
The auction marked the first time that NBA Revolution 30 jerseys, introduced across the league this season, were available for auction. More opening night jerseys will be sold in the weeks to come.