The uniform, which included the NBA Finals logo patch and the black armband worn in remembrance of Wilt Chamberlain, was one of several game-worn and autographed Bryant items in the catalog.
A pair of black and white autographed Adidas shoes dating from the 1999-2000 season sold for $25,600 while a 2006-07 game-worn jersey went for $22,400.
Bryant’s 2011 handprints in cement from Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood was the top selling item in the auction, netting $75,000. Bryant was the first athlete to cast prints at Grauman’s, which usually honors only Hollywood stars.
A few recent eBay sales of note:
*A new record price of $31,655 was set Sunday for a 1986 Topps Jerry Rice PSA 10.
*The 1/1 Babe Ruth Cut Autograph card from 2020 Topps Transcendent has sold on eBay via a best offer price of $20,000.
*An SGC 9.5 copy of the 1980-81 Larry Bird/Magic Johnson rookie card sold Sunday for $32,500.
Two Long Island college students have been busy over the last several weeks, conducting auctions of baseball cards on Twitter to benefit numerous charities.
William and Alexander Manolarakis were inspired by a Boston sportswriter who was doing the same. Their handle is CardsforCovid. Food banks, animal shelters and other charities benefit from their efforts, which aren’t just confined to New York.
“When we get a certain player or team, like in Pittsburgh or Chicago, we will specifically look to designate the auction for the area the team is from,” William recently told Newsday. “So if the player is from Chicago, we’ll designate that auction for the Greater Chicago Food Depository.”
Both are selling mostly cards from their own collections.
“It’s been breathtaking to see how people have been coming together from across the country to support something like this,” William said. You can learn more about the brothers and their efforts in the article.
Topps has released a second series of the “52 Card Baseball” game created earlier this year in collaboration with ESPN’s Kenny Mayne. The simple card game was inspired by one he played as a kid with his Uncle Bud.
The second series has 54 additional cards including some rookies. It’s priced at $19.99 via the Topps website.
Jon Matlack, who appeared on two Topps New York Mets rookie cards in the early 1970s, will soon be inducted into the team’s Hall of Fame.
He recently talked with Brian Cataquet on KMET Radio about his career, collecting baseball cards as a kid, signing autographs through the mail and more.