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Panini Authentic Donates Rare Kobe-Signed Shoes to 2012 Industry Summit Auction

March 5, 2012

Panini Authentic, the high-end autographed memorabilia division of Panini America, announced today that it will donate a rare pair of autographed Kobe Bryant shoes as the headline item in the annual 2012 Industry Summit Silent Auction.

The extremely rare Nike ID Zoom VI shoes utilize a design created exclusively for Bryant through the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Bryant wore one pair of the shoes on March 8, 2011, while scoring 26 points in a 101-87 victory over the Atlanta Hawks. Although the shoes being donated to the Industry Summit Silent Auction weren’t worn in a game, both shoes are autographed by Bryant and carry an approximate value of between $1,500 and $2,000 according to Panini Authentic’s Brian Bayne.

It should be noted that Panini Authentic owns the pair Bryant wore in that game against Atlanta, and those shoes are available for sale on the Panini Authentic website.

“These particular sneakers are among the rarest Kobe Bryant shoes available and we’re honored to be able to deliver them to the 2012 Industry Summit Silent Auction in hopes of raising additional money to help support this wonderful industry of ours. To be sure, whoever wins these beauties will have the new centerpiece of their entire collection.”

Proceeds from the 2012 Industry Summit Silent Auction will be utilized to create first-time Retailer Scholarships for the 2013 Industry Summit.

12 Comments leave one →
  1. March 5, 2012 2:07 pm

    I’ll get this lame comment out of the way early: it’s gotta be the shoes!

  2. Matt Gilman permalink
    March 5, 2012 2:20 pm

    Wow! those are some sick sneakers! And signed to! awesome!

  3. March 5, 2012 2:39 pm

    Too bad it isn’t the game used pair!

  4. Ryan permalink
    March 5, 2012 2:44 pm

    Where did Nike find a purple snake to make those shoes?!?

  5. Don permalink
    March 5, 2012 3:08 pm

    So where does one need to go to see this and other items and be able to actual bid on them??? Is there a website?

  6. Don permalink
    March 5, 2012 3:08 pm

    I mean where do I find the 2012 Industry Summit Silent Auction?

    • March 5, 2012 9:28 pm

      The Summit silent auction is open to the attendees — Local Card Store owners and industry professionals from various classes of trade, including manufacturers, distributors, licensors and service providers. If you would like to bid, contact your local card store owner — I’m sure he would be glad to represent you at this year’s Summit.

  7. March 5, 2012 6:52 pm

    The colors and the surface of the shoe are very cool! Going towards a good cause too!

  8. March 5, 2012 10:06 pm

    The kicks alone are sweet, never mind the auto too. Very cool item.


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