Lakers memorabilia from Kobe Bryant’s 81-point game fetches a wild price at auction » FirstSportz

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Kobe Bryant

While the Black Mamba may not be considered the greatest hoop star of all time in the NBA, some of his attributes, traits and memories are fresh in the minds of even modern fanatics. One of them is the outrageous and historic 81-point game he had with the Purple and Gold Army against the Toronto Raptors. It’s so special that a certain fan decided to spend a fortune just to get a slice of that night.

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Kobe Bryant

According to reports from TMZ, Kobe Bryant’s game-worn shooting jersey was auctioned off for an outrageous price of $277,200. However, this isn’t your average Laker fan, it’s actually Lakers memorabilia collector David Kohler. For those who don’t know, he owns one of the largest private collections of Lakers memorabilia in the entire world. In addition, Kohler is President of SCP Auctions.

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David Kohler reveals why he paid such a high price for Kobe Bryant’s game-worn shooting jersey

Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant scored 81 points in the January 22, 2006 Lakers game against the Toronto Raptors. He converted 28 of 46 field goal attempts and 18 of 20 free throws. Also, the Black Mamba knocked down 7 of his 13 3-point shots that night. Bryant added six rebounds, two assists, three steals and had just three turnovers in the game against the Eastern Conference franchise.

“Having collected Kobe Bryant memorabilia for many years, I am thrilled and honored to add this very special artifact from one of the most defining games in NBA history to my collection.‘ said Koehler.

Multiple bids were received for the coveted item, which is reportedly the only piece of Bryant’s in-game memorabilia from his 81-point outing to go on the market. In addition to the shooting jersey, Kohler also received a one-time NFT from Upper Deck Exquisite Collection Basketball, per TMZ. The artwork pays homage to Bryant’s historic 2006 excursion, which, interestingly, is an achievement yet to be replicated.

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