When drummers throw their sticks after a rock show, I generally duck to avoid catching one in an eye. If an athlete ever tossed a soaked sweatband into the crowd, the very sight of the soggy "souvenir" would make me feel ill. If Michael Jordan ever auctioned off a signed pair of his gym socks, I think I'd pass.
Clearly, I've never cared much for odd memorabilia.
I think it's wonderful that the proceeds from the mask will go to a good cause. Charity auctions that include rare items are a fantastic way to raise money that can go toward doing positive work in our communities.
But this one is kind of gross.
I mean, he sweat in that thing. What if he had a runny nose? And c'mon, other sweaty dudes definitely came in contact with the mask at some point.
I don't find that appealing.
Would you want a Kobe Bryant signed, game-worn mask?
Yes, I'm sure it's been disinfected, I get that. I still don't want it, though. A rare Kobe Bryant trading card, sure, or maybe a signed copy of Sports Illustrated in which he appeared on the cover, that I would want.
But not this.
But if bizarre memorabilia is your thing, go for it. You'll be helping a good cause, and you'll be able to say you are the only owner of a Kobe Bryant game-worn face mask.
Congratulations. I think.
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