Who Wants To Buy A $6,000 Jacket Or A $38,000 Hat From The Lakers To “Honor” Kobe Bryant?
Everyone is trying to find a way to cash in on the final days of Kobe Bryant’s career right now. People who have tickets to his last games are selling them for ridiculous amounts of money. Those who are able to attend the games are doing whatever they can to convince Kobe to give them an autograph, a pair of sneakers, an armband, or whatever else he’s willing to part ways with. And apparently, the Los Angeles Lakers are trying to cash in on Kobe, too, in the form of some pretty strange merchandise that feels like it’s just a little bit overpriced.
There are a handful of new additions to the Lakers Store, and just about all of them are well beyond your price point when it comes to practical purchases. From a lambskin jacket that is going for almost $6,000 to a 24-karat gold fitted hat that is selling for a whopping $38,248.08, there is something for everyone. And by “everyone,” we really mean “just about no one.” We get trying to sell limited-edition Kobe gear, but who in their right mind is going to pay the prices they’re asking for some of these items?
Outside of the products listed above, there’s also a 24-karat gold medallion going for more than $10,000, a diamond lapel pin going for more than $12,000, and varsity jackets going for around $800. Fortunately, there are a couple of affordable items. For example, there’s a sculpted 24 lapel pin that’s only $8.24, but we’d guess that it costs about 10 cents to make it. And really, what in the world are you going to do with it once you get it? There are also several hats under $100 and shirts that will cost you less than $50. But the whole experience of looking through the Lakers Store will likely turn you off right now. It’s nice that the Lakers are trying to honor Kobe in whatever ways they can, but do they really need to do it by ripping people off?
Then again, you could argue that every single ticket the Lakers have sold in recent years has been overpriced and worthless, so maybe all of this merchandise was just designed to fit the format. Either way, we think we’ll find a better way to “honor” Kobe than by spending $80K on a hat.