If you’ve ever wanted to own a pair of sneakers signed by Kobe Bryant, but don’t have an extra $89,000 laying around, Collectable has a unique solution for you.
Yahoo is reporting that the online sports memorabilia company is offering the late basketball legend’s signed French Blue Air Jordan 12 Retro sneakers as an IPO. Collectable’s idea is that memorabilia collectors can own a piece of sports history at an affordable price (in this case, for $10/share), so more fans can access things they otherwise wouldn’t be able to access.
“Investors are limited to $5,000 in the first 15 minutes and $15,000 in the next 45 minutes. The cap will be lifted after the first hour. $10 per share, $89,000 All-in, $89,000 IPO, $5,000 share cap for first 15 mins,” explained the company.
This offering is one of two pairs of Air Jordans worn by the late Kobe Bryant. The sneakers were verified as authentic, and Bryant wore them to play a Lakers vs. Boston Celtics game in December 2003. The pair features white leather high-top uppers with flared stitching, as well as blue leather side panels signed by Bryant in a silver paint pen. Bryant also signed the sneakers on both sides.
Check out an Instagram post about the unique Kobe Bryant offering below.
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Kobe Bryant considered Michael Jordan to be a mentor, especially in his basketball career and he reportedly “honored” Jordan by wearing the sneakers. He even appeared in the Michael Jordan documentary, “The Last Dance,” talking about the impact the basketball great had on his life.
“I was a kid that shot a bunch of air balls, you know what I mean? And at that point, Michael provided a lot of guidance for me. Like I had a question about shooting this turnaround shot, so I asked him about it. He gave me a great, detailed answer but on top of that, he said, ‘If you ever need anything, give me a call.’ That’s like my big brother,” he said, according to Fansided.