Six lots of historic 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 Saturday morning, July 19th. 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 LOA’s 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% 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.
Lot #13 – Kobe Bryant 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
Lot #14 – Kobe Bryant 2000 Lakers NBA Championship Ring 14K-40 Diamonds (Laker Issued Player ring gifted by Kobe to Pam Bryant) – $108,153
Lot #15 – Kobe Bryant’s 2000 NBA All-Star Game Ring * – $55,597
Lot #16 – Kobe Bryant’s Lower Merion H.S. game used #33 maroon uniform (shirt & shorts)* – $50,450
Lot #17 – Kobe Bryant’s 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
About Goldin Auctions
Sports memorabilia impresario Ken Goldin has sold more than $600 million in memorabilia from many of the biggest names in sports, history and pop culture and was the pioneer of using the medium of television to sell sports memorabilia. Earlier this year, Goldin Auctions sold a Honus Wagner T206 card for a public sale record $2.1 million. Goldin Auctions strives to break new ground and offer collectors the best in collectible treasures up for auction in the marketplace. All game worn or autographed items come with team, player, league or additional LOA from industry leading authenticators; and collectors can bid with confidence that their proxy/ceiling bids remain confidential. All prices above include the buyer’s premium. For more information, visit www.goldinauctions.com.