A Kobe Bryant jersey photo-matched to his rookie season and the 1996-97 NBA playoffs sold for $2.735 million in SCP Auctions’ 2022 Spring Premier Auction Saturday.
The sale was the second highest for any game-worn basketball jersey and topped SCP’s $8 million auction.
The gold and purple Lakers jersey was photo-matched by Meigray, Resolution and Sports Investors to the Lakers’ 1997 playoff run, as well as multiple games at the end of Bryant’s rookie season.
“The overall auction brought extremely strong numbers and many record sales,” SCP President David Kohler said. “The auction total went over $8 million, which is the second biggest auction in company history. This incredible sale happened amidst stock market volatility and war overseas, too.”
The legendary Lakers star also led the way in card sales with the only known example of an autographed Kobe Bryant Precious Metal Gems selloing for $403,664. The 1997 Skybox Metal Universe Precious Metal Gems #81 Kobe Bryant (60/100) is graded PSA AA, with a Mint 9 auto.
SCP also set a record with a 1914 Cracker Jack Joe Jackson PSA 1.5 that sold for $97,710, the highest ever for the card in that grade.
Other six-figure sales include: a 1951 Bowman Mickey Mantle rookie card (PSA 8) that sold for $342,379; an autographed 1933 Goudey Babe Ruth #181 card with a PSA 7 auto for $275,696; a 1934 Goudey #37 Lou Gehrig (PSA 8) for $137,866; and a 1934 Goudey #61 Lou Gehrig (PSA 8) for $137,854.
The auction also included an impressive ticket sale, with one of the eight PSA-slabbed copies of the ticket stub from Jackie Robinson’s MLB debut selling $230,291, a record for the ticket in the grade.
Among sports memorabilia, a 1920-22 Babe Ruth game-used bat sold for $227,856.
Several rare and historic PSA/DNA Type 1 original photos also brought big prices, including: a 1947 Jackie Robinson photo taken the day of his rookie debut selling for $103,163; a 1920 photo by legendary photographer Paul Thompson of Babe Ruth during his first season with the Yankees for $40,819; a 1923 New York Yankees team photo for $30,629; and a Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio passport photo that brought $24,244.
Other auction highlights include:
• A 1955 Topps Baseball PSA-graded Complete Set (206) with a 7.93 GPA & ranked #15 on the PSA Registry for $110,293.
• A 1952 Topps #311 Mickey Mantle Rookie (SGC EX-NM 6) for $103,577.
• A 1959 Topps Baseball PSA-graded Complete Master Set (572 + 9 Variations) with a 8.06 GPA and ranked #10 on the PSA Registry for $82,727.
• A 1957 Topps Baseball PSA-graded Near Complete Set for $80,750.
• A 1960 Topps Baseball PSA-graded Complete Set for $80,750.
• A DeShawn Stevenson's 2011 Dallas Mavericks NBA Championship Ring for $73,253.
• 1996-97 Kobe Bryant dual-signed Los Angeles Lakers rookie season game-worn Adidas sneakers for $64,313.
• 1970 Topps #580 Pete Rose (PSA 10) for $55,152.
• 1972 Topps #559 Pete Rose (PSA 10) for $55,152.
• Cortez Kennedy's 2010 New Orleans Saints Super Bowl XLIV Champions 14k Gold Ring for $50,118.
• Circa 1910 Walter Johnson Tuxedo Tobacco Trolley Car Advertising Sign for $50,062.
• 1986 Fleer #57 Michael Jordan Rookie (BGS 9.5) for $46,693.