UPDATE: 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday, April 30 by Zach Buckley
Tom Hoffarth of InsideSoCal.com pulled back the curtain for a glimpse at the Bryant collection that's soon to be auctioned off.
His Lower Merion High School jersey from his freshman season, the lone year in which he donned No. 24, could be the main draw.
But it's far from being the only attraction.
A pair of 1996 high school rings from the McDonald's All-American game and from his state championship are both up for bid. Plaques, trophies and awards are also on the docket, along with a variety of practice uniforms once filled by a young Mamba.
Mama Bryant couldn't pry any of Kobe's personal championship rings off his finger, but she did round up a pair of team-issued 2000 championship rings given to her and Kobe's father.
History is clearly there for the taking...but only if your money's right.
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According to ESPN's Darren Rovell, there's a massive Kobe Bryant auction on the horizon with a number of collectible items worthy of your hard-earned cash:
darren rovell (@darrenrovell) April 30, 2013
Considering an autographed, game-used Mamba mask topped $67,000 on eBay last year (via Ben Golliver of CBSSports.com), suffice to say you'll want a small fortune for any real negotiating power.
Goldin Auction's official website is already displaying some of the potential treasures to be offered up, including jerseys, autographed basketballs, shoes and a horde of trophies and plaques.
Love him or hate him, Bryant's an all-time great.
Opinions aside, this is, after all, a five-time NBA champion, a former MVP winner and a 15-time All-Star. He has 14 All-NBA team selections, four All-Star Game MVP awards, two scoring titles and a pair of NBA Final MVPs to his credit.
He's already fourth on the NBA's career scoring leaders list (31,617 points, via Basketball-Reference.com) and well within striking distance of Michael Jordan for the third slot (32,292 points). Given that he just poured in 2,133 points at age 34, there's no telling what he could still add to his already impressive resume.
Any piece of the Bryant collection is a piece of history.
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