Six lots of Kobe Bryant memorabilia – including NBA All-Star and Championship rings, high school uniforms and medals – sold for a combined $433,531 by Goldin Auctions, when the month-long auction closed early on July 20. As part of the sale, Goldin Auctions is donating $62,565 to The Bully Project, a Kobe Bryant supported charity.
In all, Goldin Auctions sold more than $2.4 million worth of memorabilia in the 1,150-lot auction. Goldin Auctions is currently accepting consignments for its next auction, scheduled for Fall, 2013. For more information visit www.goldinauctions.com.
“Collectors surely recognized that these are historically significant pieces of memorabilia that are rarely made available for a player like Kobe Bryant,” said Ken Goldin, founder of Goldin Auctions. “Fresh on the heels of selling the Honus Wagner T206 card for a record auction price of $2.1 million this spring, we are certainly thrilled with the response collectors had to these items.”
The six Kobe Bryant items are each accompanied by a Letter of Authenticity signed by his mother Pamela Bryant. The LOAs state that the items are all authentic and have been in her possession until being part of this auction. The donation to The Bully Project represents 50 percent of the final bid price of four of the items (* indicated below). Here’s a look at the six items and the respective final sale price. All prices include the buyer’s premium.
- 2000 Lakers NBA Championship Ring 14K-40 Diamonds (Laker Issued Player Ring Gifted by Kobe to Joe Bryant – size 11 ½ – same as Kobe’s) – $174,184
- 2000 Lakers NBA Championship Ring 14K-40 Diamonds (Laker Issued Player ring gifted by Kobe to Pam Bryant) – $108,153
- 2000 NBA All-Star Game Ring * – $55,597
- Lower Merion H.S. game used #33 maroon uniform (shirt & shorts)* – $50,450
- Lower Merion H.S. game used #33 white uniform (shirt & shorts)* – $41,694
- Lot #18 -Kobe Bryant’s 1996 Magic’s Roundball Classic All Star Medallion and Ribbon * – $3,453
Some of the other highlights of the auction included:
Lot #1 – Dated 1855, the Constitution and By-Laws from the Excelsior Base Ball Club of Brooklyn is perhaps the oldest such document of its kind – in fact it’s older than the edition currently on display at the National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum. The final price of $52,773 is believed to be a record for this type of book.
Lot #2 -1949 Jackie Robinson MVP Season Game-Used Bat – the only bat from his only MVP season (Graded PSA GU-9). – $159,867 – a record for a Robinson bat.
Lot #3 – T206 Ty Cobb card with a rare Ty Cobb Tobacco Company back. An estimated
12 known examples are in existence (PSA Graded PR1) – $120,109 – a record for this card in this grade.
Lot #5 – T206 Partially Graded Set of 337 cards – $24,031
Lot #8 – 1947-49 Yogi Berra game-used catchers’ mitt signed by the Hall of Famer – $61,120
Lot #10 – Thurman Munson temporary airman certificate $4,926
Lot #12 – Hakeem Olajuwon’s personal copy of the NBA’s 50 Greatest Players montage – $72,071
Lot #38 – Derek Jeter Game Used and Signed Fielder’s Glove – a record for a non-milestone event player glove – $48,647
Lot #44 – Gil Hodges 1950’s game used Brooklyn Dodgers warm-up jacket -$15,496
Lot #98 – 1964-65 Hillerich & Bradsby game-used bat from Roger Maris (PSA/GU 9.5) – $10,582
Lot #270 – Mickey Mantle signed 1950’s A.L. baseball – $12,224 – believed to be a record for a non-inscribed single signed Mantle ball
Lot #899 – Elgin Baylor 1970-72 yellow home Lakers jersey – $26,435
Lot #910 – Michael Jordan Game Worn and Signed/Inscribed Sneakers personally given by Air Jordan to Mike Tyson with an inscription that reads: “TO MIKE – STAY STRONG – Michael Jordan.” – $9,030.