Kobe Bryant’s game-worn NBA Finals jersey pops on Pawn Stars episode
With all the achievements he’s had during his playing days, it does not come as a surprise that Kobe Bryant memorabilia has been one of the most valuable and expensive among all basketball collectibles. The price of his game-worn apparel has skyrocketed since he retired and are often sold in auctions, or even online.
However, one of The Black Mamba’s signed practice jerseys from the 2010 Finals popped-up in one of the recent episodes of History’s Pawn Stars. A man walked into the shop and tried to sell it after it was checked by an expert, but Rick and Chumlee were not able to purchase it for the price they wanted, and the seller left with the jersey still with him.
Like how it was explained in the episode, practice jerseys are usually sold at half the price of the ones worn during games. Although the 2010 Finals was the last time Bryant competed in a series for the NBA championship, since it was not the one he rocked on the court in an actual Finals game, the retail price was way lower than what the seller had in mind.
For what it’s worth, it’s still a surprising sight to see the five-time champion’s memorabilia brought inside a pawn shop instead of auctions. However, with the popularity of the show, it could also be one of the reasons why the seller decided to offer it to them, as well as being seen by a lot of viewers to also raise his chances of having a buyer purchase it from him for the price he wants.