Kobe Bryant Rookie Signed Authentic 1996-97 Los Angeles Lakers Game Jersey JSA


Presented here is a Los Angeles Lakers #8 home jersey signed by Hall of Famer Kobe Bryant during his rookie era. Bryant was selected with the 13th overall pick of the draft out of Lower Merion High School by the Charlotte Hornets, and immediately flipped to the Lakers with Vlade Divac heading the other way. Bryant played in 76 games for the Lakers his rookie year, coming off the bench to average 17.6 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 3 assists per 36 minutes. Bryant’s rise was extraordinary, and by his sophomore year had already picked up his first of 18 All-Star nods. The lifelong Laker played until the end of the 2015-2016 season and gained entry into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2021.

The presented item is a gold with purple and white stripes on the sleeves and collar pullover Los Angeles Lakers number 8 jersey signed by Kobe Bryant during his early days in the NBA. The jersey features “LAKERS” across the chest in purple-on-white tackle twill. The number “8” appears on the chest and back of the jersey in purple-on-white tackle twill. A Champion size “44” manufacturer’s tag rests on the jersey’s left front tail. A gold NBA “Logoman” patch rests on the left chest. “BRYANT” is displayed across the back of the jersey in purple-on-white tackle twill. Bryant signed the number “8” on the back of the jersey with a gold metallic paint pen. The signature is bold and clear, and the jersey is in great condition and comes with an LOA from JSA (BB71871) for the signature and a Kobe Bryant hologram.

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