Well after he finished his final game and delivered a masterpiece to cap off a 20-year NBA career, Kobe Bryant stood at center court. The Lakers’ star knelt down and signed his name on the hardwood panels that formed his jersey numbers, “8” and “24.”
It marked Bryant’s final gesture toward saying goodbye to both a game and organization he loved. Nearly two weeks later, that moment also turned into an opportunity for the Lakers to hold an auction and raffle to benefit the Lakers Youth Foundation.
The Lakers will auction off three panels of hardwood to create the No. 8 at a $10,000 starting price. MeiGray, the NBA’s official game used memorabilia authenticator, will sell the three panels as a single item in an online auction.
The Lakers will also hold a raffle for memorabilia from Bryant’s final game, with tickets starting at $10 through NetRaffle.org. Fans can purchase raffle tickets for the change to win of the 24 autographed tickets of Bryant’s last game. That will also run through May 13.
“Conducting a raffle with a low price point gives all of our fans an opportunity to own a keepsake from that memorable night in Lakers history,” Kiesha Nix, Executive Director of the Lakers Youth Foundation said in a statement.
Meanwhile, the Lakers will display the panels creating the No. 24 at their new practice facility in El Segundo.