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A Kobe Bryant jersey photo-matched to his rookie season and the 1996-97 NBA playoffs is expected to attract $3-$5 million at SCP Auctions.

The gold and purple jersey, which highlights SCP’s Spring Premier Auction, has been matched by Resolution Photomatching to four games during Bryant’s rookie season, including two playoff games. According to Resolution and SCP, Bryant worn the jersey during games on April 13, April 17, May 8 and May 10 of 1997.

UPDATE: With two days remaining in the auction, the Kobe jersey has a current bid of $1,523,250. 

Kobe Bryant rookie jersey photo-matched to the 1996-97 playoffs.

Kobe Bryant rookie jersey photo-matched to the 1996-97 playoffs.

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The May 8 and May 10 games were Games 3 and 4 of the Lakers’ Western Conference Semifinals matchup with the Utah Jazz, the first playoff games for Bryant. The 18-year-old Lakers star scored 19 points in a 104-84 Lakers victory in Game 3 and scored nine points in a 110-95 Game 4 loss. The Game 4 loss was the final game of Bryant’s rookie season.

Kobe Bryant is guarded by John Stockton during the 1996-97 NBA playoffs.

Kobe Bryant is guarded by John Stockton during the 1996-97 NBA playoffs.

The jersey has also been photo-matched to Bryant’s 1997 Skybox Z-Force trading card, which shows the jersey on the back of the card.

SCP estimates the jersey could set a record for a game-worn basketball jersey. The current record is $3.69 million for a Kobe rookie jersey worn during the regular season.

Bidding in the 2022 Spring Premier begins May 18 and concludes June 4. For more information, visit www.scpauctions.com

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