Sports card and memorabilia shops have been flooded with phone calls and visitors looking for Kobe Bryant-related items.
Here are some stories from newscasts around the country:
Fox 6 in Milwaukee:
WFMY in Winston-Salem, NC
KOAT in Albuquerque:
8 News in Las Vegas:
CCX Media in Minneapolis-St. Paul
Unfortunately, unscrupulous sellers also took to eBay and other sites in the wake of Bryant’s death, peddling non-genuine autographs.
This @ebay seller sold 21 counterfeit/forged Kobe Bryant Upper Deck Ovation cards today.
Q: How does any seller have 21 “rare” pack-pulled autographed cards?
A: When they are mass-produced counterfeit pack-pulled cards with fake signatures.
— 🚀 Steve Zarelli 🚀 (@SteveZarelli) January 26, 2020
As always, be wary of sellers with little or no feedback. Quick opinion services offered by autograph authentication firms can be useful for obtaining a non-binding opinion of any autographed items that are for sale.
Here’s some more insight on Kobe’s autograph history from Beckett Authentication’s Steve Grad.
You can check out the most watched Kobe Bryant basketball card auctions on eBay here.