Kobe Bryant’s earliest known, game-worn L.A. Lakers jersey — rocked by the Mamba during his ’96 rookie season — is about to hit the auction block … and we’re told it could rake in over $500k!!
Bidding for the awesome piece of sports memorabilia opens Monday at Goldin Auctions … and Ken Goldin tells TMZ Sports the ultra-special threads have a chance to break the record for most expensive regular season NBA jersey of all-time.
FYI, the current record belongs to Michael Jordan‘s Washington Wizards jersey from his last ever NBA game in 2003 … which a collector dropped $570k on.
As for the KB jersey … it’s pretty special.
An 18-year-old Kobe — fresh off being selected with the 13th overall pick in the NBA draft — donned the gold Lakers jersey during his 23rd NBA game ever … when Bryant and Shaq‘s squad took on the Minnesota Timberwolves on December 8, 1996 at The Forum.
Kobe wasn’t (yet) a starter, but played 22 minutes … and dropped 11 points, 3 assists and 3 rebounds in the Lakers’ 110-86 victory.
And, get this, Goldin Auctions officials say Bryant didn’t only wear the jersey once … they say it’s been expertly photo matched to at least 4 games during his rookie campaign — AND his rookie photo shoot before the season started.
If half a milli’s a little too high a price to pay, Goldin says they have over 360 other pieces of Kobe memorabilia — including a rare, mint-graded ’97-’98 Metal Universe Precious Metal Gems Kobe card — that they expect to go for over $300k.
All the Kobe pieces close on May 23 … happy bidding!!
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