Like the saying goes, it's better than nothing. After Kobe Bryant and his parents reached a settlement regarding what memorabilia could be sold through Goldin Auctions, less than 10 percent of what was originally announced remained. But collectors will still enjoy the opportunity to get their hands on rare items from one of the best to ever play the game. Even better, for the sale of some of the items, proceeds will benefit charity.
Below is the release by Goldin Auction regarding its upcoming sale, which now opens June 17 and ends July 19.
In the 2013 Goldin Auctions Summer Spectacular, collectors will have the opportunity to bid upon more than 1,100 items of unique and rare memorabilia from a host of sports legends, including NBA great Kobe Bryant. The auction will be open from June 17-July 19, 2013 at www.GoldinAuctions.com. The auction preview will begin on June 14. For more information, or to register for a free catalog, visit www.GoldinAuctions.com.
"Goldin Auctions and Kobe Bryant have reached an amicable resolution. Goldin Auctions thanks Kobe Bryant for his assistance in resolving this matter," said Ken Goldin, founder of Goldin Auctions
Here's a list of key Bryant memorabilia in the 2013 Goldin Auctions Summer Spectacular:
• Kobe Bryant's Lower Merion game used maroon high school uniform number 33 *
• Kobe Bryant's Lower Merion game used white high school uniform number 33 *
• Kobe Bryant's 1996 Magic's Roundball Classic All Star Medallion and Ribbon *
• Kobe Bryant's 2000 NBA All-Star Game Ring *
• Kobe Bryant 2000 Los Angeles Lakers NBA Championship Ring 14K-28 Diamonds (Laker Issued Player Ring Gifted by Kobe to Joe Bryant)
• Kobe Bryant 2000 Los Angeles Lakers NBA Championship Ring 14K-24 Diamonds (Laker Issued Player ring gifted by Kobe to Pam Bryant)
Each of these six items are accompanied by a Letter of Authenticity signed by Kobe Bryant's mother Pamela Bryant. The LOA's state that the items are all authentic and have been in her possession until being part of this auction. Goldin Auctions will also be issuing a LOA with each item guaranteeing its authenticity as well as its origin. Goldin Auctions has title and unencumbered rights to sell each of the six aforementioned items. The four items highlighted with an asterisk (*) above, will have 50 percent of the winning bid price donated to a charity which will be announced shortly.
Many other items related to the Lakers star have been consigned by collectors all across the world including: a 2006-07 Lakers game-worn jersey; a 2001-02 Lakers game-worn uniform; a UCLA basketball signed by legendary coach John Wooden and personalized to Kobe Bryant; several rare prototype sneakers and other footwear; plus a selection of autographed items and more.
"We are thrilled to be able to offer this spectacular collection of memorabilia from one of the most collectable sports superstars of this generation," said Mr. Goldin. "The Kobe Bryant items we are offering, coupled with the rare collectibles we have from the likes of Derek Jeter, Babe Ruth, Mike Tyson and Jackie Robinson makes this one of the most anticipated sports memorabilia auctions in recent memory."