When the Lakers won their first title of the Kobe Bryant/Shaquille O’Neal era in 2000, Kobe paid for two extra full-sized championship rings to be made. He gave one ring to his father, Joe “Jellybean” Bryant, and one to his mother, Pamela.
The Kobe Bryant championship ring is expected to sell for more than $250,000. Goldin Auctions sold Pamela’s ring a month ago for $260,000.
Other Kobe memorabilia going up for sale includes a Kobe, Michael Jordan, and LeBron James signed basketball; and, a very rare 1996-1997 Topps Chrome Refractors Kobe Bryant rookie card.
Since the tragic death of Kobe, his daughter Gianna, and seven others in a helicopter crash earlier this year, the value of Kobe memorabilia has shot up as buyers jumped at the chance to have a memory of him in their collections.