Kobe Bryant High School Jerseys and Championship Rings to Be Auctioned

Kobe Bryant High School Jerseys and Championship Rings to Be Auctioned

Several pieces of rare Kobe Bryant memorabilia are headed to the auction block this June. Among the items are high school jerseys and rings as well as a team-issued 2000 NBA Championship ring that was given to Bryant's father, Joe Bryant and a special version made for is mother, Pamela Bryant.

The Kobe Bryant Collection is being sold by Goldin Auctions, who recently sold a 1909 T206 Honus Wagner for $2.1 million.

The cornerstone of the Kobe Bryant auction is a uniform from his freshman year at Lower Merion High School. Comprised of a road jersey and shorts, it is believed to be the only remaining high school jersey with the number 24 on it. He only used the number during his freshman year before switching to 33. Bryant later switched back to 24 for the 2006-07 NBA season. Two other Kobe Bryant LMHS uniforms are also being sold, one home and one away. Both have the number 33.

The auction also features the earliest-known Kobe Bryant game-used jersey available at auction. Up for bid will be his Italian Rieti #44 jersey.

Besides the Lakers championship rings, other rings are also part of the sale including his McDonald's All-American ring, 1996 High School State Championship ring, and Bryant's 1998 and 2000 NBA All-Star rings.

"A team-issued championship ring is among the most treasured of all sports collectibles and the opportunity to own one from an active player as historically significant as Kobe Bryant is rare," said Kenny Goldin, founder of Goldin Auctions. "

All of the items in the auction are being consigned by Bryant's family. They come a letter of authenticity from Pamela Bryant, stating they've been held by the family until now. A second LOA is being included by Goldin Auctions.

Here's a list of some of the other pieces of Kobe Bryant memorabilia scheduled to be sold in June:

  • 1993-94, 1994-95 and 1995-96 LMHS MVP plaques
  • 1996 Gatorade High School Player of the Year plaque
  • Several LMHS practice jerseys, sweatsuit tops and warm-up jerseys
  • Multiple LMHS Varsity Letters awarded for basketball
  • LMHS Central League Champions jacket

More Kobe Bryant items are scheduled to be added closer to the auction.

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Ryan's collecting origins began with winter bike rides to the corner store, tossing a couple of quarters onto the counter and peddling home with a couple packs of O-Pee-Chee hockey in his pocket. Today, he continues to build sets, go after inserts with cool technologies, chase Montreal Expos and finish off his John Jaha master collection. Ryan can be found on Twitter @tradercracks and Google+.

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