For 50 Racks: Kobe Bryant’s Game-Worn Protective Mask Will Be Auctioned Off
Black Mamba fans… get your coins up for this one.
Kobe Bryant’s historic protective mask which he wore in the 2012 All-Star game will be auctioned off and is likely to fetch upwards of $50,000. The L.A. star received a nasal fracture from then Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade during a game. He was then forced to wear a protective mask for the rest of the season.
The clear mask is now up for auction while bidding will continue on through October 29th according to TMZ. Diehard fans of Kobe seem so have no problem with spending an absurd amount of money for an exclusive item. The online fanboys are going crazy over this already.
From the listing:
Rarely does the opportunity arise to acquire such an iconic piece from a legends career. A legend known for being able to play through pain, where one of his most painful moments was in the 2012 All-Star game in Orlando. Despite passing Michael Jordan as the All-Star Game’s all-time leading scorer, he suffered a broken nose and concussion courtesy of a hard foul by Dwayne Wade of the Miami Heat.As a result of Bryant’s freak injury during the All-Star game, Bryant was forced to seek protective measures in order to resume his season with the Lakers. It was decided that a protective mask was needed to be made. To do that, a molding of Bryant’s face had to be created.
Check out the play that forced Kobe to wear a protective mask in the 2012 All-Star game.