Basketball legend Kobe Bryant’s childhood basketball hoop from his home in Pennsylvania was auctioned off for over $35,000.
Picture a young Kobe, outside his home in Philadelphia, practicing his dunk and jump shot for hours a day. Gosh, the thought make us miss the legend even more.
After Bryant’s sudden and unfortunate death in late January of 2020, the price of memorabilia, including shoes, jerseys, autographs, or anything involving the NBA star, have skyrocketed.
The basketball hoop located on the garage outside his childhood home was sold in Heritage Auctions for $37,200.
TMZ reports that Kobe Bryant’s home recently sold for $810,000. However, despite the seller’s demand for a top-notch price for the hoop and backboard, the buyer was not interested. Furthermore, it led the seller to remove the basketball hoop and auction it off separately for thousands.
This isn’t the only Kobe Bryant relic that has raked in some serious cash.
A piece of hardwood from the Staples Center in Los Angeles signed by the legend after his final NBA game sold at an auction for over $600,000.
Yes, a piece of wood went for that much. But, come on, it’s Kobe Bryant we are talking about.
In addition, a Lakers jersey that used to belong to Bryant from 2004-2005 was projected to sell for $6,000. However, die-hard Kobe fans pre-bid on the number eight jersey starting at $6,500. The auction is still open and rising.
One dealer, who spoke to TMZ, said that an “extremely rare Kobe basketball card” was valued around $2,500 but sold in a private auction after Bryant’s death for around $50,000.
Kobe Bryant won five NBA Championships and claimed two NBA Final MVPs. He played in 18 All-Star games and was named MVP of four of them.
Kobe Bryant’s Death
Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, and six others died in a helicopter crash on January 26, 2020. After an investigation into the cause of the crash, authorities found that the experienced pilot had “spatial disorientation” due to the thick fog that covered the Calabasas, California, area. The group was on their way to a basketball tournament that Gianna was playing in, and Kobe was coaching. In addition, the other victims involved in the crash were family and friends of other athletes partaking in the basketball tournament.