Kobe Bryant's Game-Worn Lower Merion HS Jersey Could Sell for $200K at Auction

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistMay 12, 2021

Kobe Bryant answers questions from students during a visit to Lower Merion High School in Ardmore Pa., on Friday Mar. 9, 2007. Bryant is still the most popular guy around at Lower Merion High, in the Philadelphia suburbs, and his trip back on Friday before the Lakers played the 76ers sent the student population into a frenzy not unlike when he led the 1996 basketball team to a state championship. (AP Photo/ Joseph Kaczmarek)
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One of Kobe Bryant's game-worn high school jerseys is being sold at auction.

Per the official listing from Leland Auctions, Bryant's No. 33 Lower Merion jersey received a perfect A10 rating from Memorabilia Evaluation and Research Services.

According to TMZ Sports, the auction house believes the jersey could end up selling for more than $200,000.

The consignor wrote in a letter of authenticity that Bryant personally gave him the jersey as well as "game-worn material from said NBA player's rookie year."

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.@Lelandsdotcom is auctioning off a game-worn Kobe Bryant jersey from his Lower Merion High School days.<br><br>Bidding begins at $50,000 and runs through June 4th.<br><br>Kobe scored 2,883 points in his high school career and had his No. 33 jersey retired by Lower Merion. pic.twitter.com/pDo9JwVQjH

Bryant attended Lower Merion High School in a Philadelphia suburb from 1992-96. He was named the Naismith Prep Player of the Year and the Gatorade Player of the Year as a senior during the 1995-96 season.

After skipping college to turn pro, Bryant was drafted No. 13 overall by the Charlotte Hornets, and his draft rights were traded to the Los Angeles Lakers for Vlade Divac.

Bryant was among nine people killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, on Jan. 26, 2020. He was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame three months later.