Update: The jersey — yes, the torn one — sold for $45,000.
LeBron James‘ first game-used jersey of the year is heating up the auction block for a good cause.
It’s part of an auction from the NBA, Turner Sports and the Cleveland Cavaliers to support hurricane relief efforts via OneAmericaAppeal.org, and it’s one of nearly 60 gamers presently up for grabs via NBA Auctions.
All of the stars are up for grabs — and there’s a Sager Strong touch, too.
That’s the best way to sum up the All-Star 2017 New Orleans auction that ends later this week via NBA Auctions.
It’s a sale that includes game-worn jerseys worn during one half of the showcase event, players’ warm-up jackets and shooting shirts, shorts and even one autographed item that could steal the some of the spotlight away from the big stuff at a much lower price.
Update: It sold for $179,100 on May 16.
Kobe Bryant‘s final game sparked a few fireworks with his 60 points at the Staples Center, but the show is not over.
The No. 8 added to the floor just for that game, which Bryant signed afterward, is heating things up on the auction block.
One of Kobe Bryant‘s final NBA All-Star Game jerseys got a big send-off on Thursday just like the star who wore it.
How? Via NBA Auctions.
The jersey was worn during the first half of his final All-Star Game on Feb. 14 in Toronto and sold for $100,040 after 74 bids — basically doubling what is believed to be the previous high for a jersey sold on the site.
Game-used collecting has changed immensely in the last 20 years or so with the memorabilia card — you know, those little swatches embedded into cards that can still get us going if it’s the right player or an impressively designed piece of cardboard.
Relics may not always be expensive these days, but they can add some definite variety and surprise into packs of cards — and partly because of the need for game-used items for cards it seems memorabilia has become more available than ever.
It’s not always expensive. In fact, it can be downright enticing to chase jerseys of players who you might not see all that often on cardboard (or even like!) simply because there are game-used bargains to be found.