One lucky basketball fan is going home with a rare gift and a piece of basketball history, signed by the one and only Kobe Bryant.
There were a total of 15,407 paying fans in attendance to witness the professional debut of Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant. The first-ever game for Kobe “Bean” came on November 3, 1996. The Lakers pulled out a close win of Western Conference rival Minnesota Timberwolves. And although Bryant didn’t score, he did play the first six minutes of his career.
Meanwhile, one of the lucky fans witnessing the game also had their ticket signed by Bryant. They recently sold that ticket for more than $34,000. According to sports betting insider Darren Rovell, the historic ticket sold at Goldin Auctions. He posted a photo of the sold ticket on Twitter.
“Kobe signed debut ticket sells for $34,400 in @GoldinAuctions sale,” Rovell wrote alongside the photo.
Fan Sells Signed Ticket from Kobe Bryant’s Last Game
Today, the news of Kobe Bryant’s debut ticket being sold for big money is making its rounds on the internet. But just a couple of months ago, tickets sold online from Bryant’s last-ever game. And they, too, were signed by the Black Mamba.
Kobe Bryant played his last-ever game for the Los Angeles Lakers on April 13, 2016. In his final performance on the court, the Mamba put up 60 points against the Utah Jazz, providing his loyal fans with one last memory of his greatness. He scored 15 of the team’s final 17 points, as he led LA to a 101-96 win. There were 18,997 paying spectators there to witness Bryant’s very last game.
And similar to the debut game for Bryant, one of those lucky fans were able to sell their ticket online for more than $40,000. The ticket, according to TMZ, sold at Goldin Auctions for $40,590 after receiving 42 bids. However, other than the buying price, not much else is known about the buyer. We do know that the ticket was for section 302, Row2W, Seat 2.
Kobe’s final game marked the 1346th time that he had put on a Lakers jersey and laced up his shoes. He played 20 years in the NBA and amassed five championship rings, two NBA finals MVP awards, a league MVP trophy, and 18 All-Star appearances.
After passing away last year in a tragic helicopter crash, the prices of Kobe Bryant memorabilia have went through the roof. For example, a signed piece of hardcourt from his final game sold for $630,000 last October. Further, a 2006-07 Topps Chrome rookie card of Kobe Bryant sold for nearly two million dollars.