Years before he led the Los Angeles Lakers to five championships with No. 8 and No. 24 on his jersey, Kobe Bryant wore No. 33 while playing basketball at Lower Merion High School in Ardmore, Pennsylvania. And while it’s still easy to find Bryant’s Lakers jersey in retail stores, snagging a rare Lower Merion version requires a little more of a search.
That’s why Bryant superfan Liu Zhethis link opens in a new tab of Harbin, China, jumped at the opportunity when he was approached by an online seller who offered him a chance at a rare autographed edition of the NBA legend’s high school jersey. The 28-year-old purchased the jersey from the seller for about $2,000 in October 2018, according to ESPNthis link opens in a new tab, and added it to his extensive collection of Bryant memorabilia.