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Kobe Bryant Sneakers

Welcome to the Sports Memorabilia Insider – FREE VERSION. Today we have a deep dive into a pair of 2002 Kobe Bryant Signed Game-Worn Sneakers that are IPOing on Collectable Thursday June 3rd at 8 PM EST.

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Kobe Bryant Game Worn and Signed Sneakers

About the Asset

This is a pair of signed Yellow Toe Reebok Questions worn by Kobe Bryant in a game on December 8, 2002. The model was originally made for Allen Iverson but customized by Reebok for Kobe as part of their pitch to have him sign a shoe contract with them. Each shoe is signed. Collectable is playing up the 1/1 aspect of it, but pretty much all game-worn items are inherently 1/1. There are plenty of other signed, game-worn Kobe sneakers out there.

This pair of shoes was bought from a private collector who got absolutely fleeced on Pawn Stars (the shoes are featured starting at the 4:30 mark and then again around the 7:20 mark):

Seriously, though — the guy sold a bunch of items (two other pairs of shoes, and other signed items) for $40,000 (after asking for $70,000). To get so badly ripped off and then have it shown on television. Ouch.

Later in the clip, the buyer offers to sell this exact pair of sneakers for $19,000. I have no idea when it was filmed but the clip is from November, 2020.

It appears that Collectable (or the consignor) purchased the shoes for $80,000.

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  • Asset class ROI, volatility and risk statistics
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  • Our verdict

About the Drop

This asset will drop on Collectable at 8 PM EST on June 3rd for $88,000. There is no retained equity. Collectable have been scheduling their assets for trading around 60 days after the IPO funds and from that point it trades every weekday.

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About Luka Doncic

We’ve covered Kobe a bunch with the most detailed write-up here. But you know who he is – a transcendent cultural figure whose tragic death has led to his memorabilia being even more desirable. I suspect that over the next generation, it’s going to be Jordan, LeBron and Kobe that stand above everyone else.

In 2002-03, the year the sneakers are from, Kobe was an All-Star and All-NBA 1st team but the Lakers lost in the playoffs to the eventual champion Spurs.

Recent Sales and Current Valuation

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Category Strength

The sports memorabilia category had a -8% ROI in Q1 2021.

Subcategory Strength

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Growth Potential and Future Catalysts

The Lakers might be eliminated from the playoffs soon, but if they happen to come back and make a deep run or win the title, you can bet that Kobe memorabilia will benefit. As a speculative investment long-term, you could do worse – Kobe items will always remain desirable.

Verdict

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Be advised that most recent Collectable IPOs, especially the sports memorabilia ones, are falling (some around 25-30%) immediately upon entering the secondary market.

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Author

Adam Katz

Adam Katz

Adam is a lawyer and real estate investor with a finance background. His diverse job experience includes stints in a MLB front office, a major global law firm and the real estate investment fund he co-founded. He is bringing his well-honed research and valuation skills to the world of fractional investing. Born and raised in San Francisco, he currently lives in Brooklyn with his dog, a pit bull mix named Beaux.

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