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Signed Kobe Bryant 81-point scorecard sale to benefit crash victims’ families

A scorecard autographed by Kobe Bryant from the late Los Angeles Lakers legend’s iconic 81-point game has been placed on the auction block.

The proceeds from the sale of the one-of-a-kind piece of NBA memorabilia will benefit families who lost loved ones in the tragic helicopter crash on Jan. 26, according to a TMZ Sports report.

Bryant, along with 13-year-old daughter Gianna, were among the nine people who perished in the crash in Calabasas, Calif.

The signed scorecard, from Kobe’s legendary 81-point output against the Toronto Raptors on Jan. 22, 2006 in a 122-104 comeback win at Staples Center, is described as follows in the listing by Goldin Auctions, which is handling the sale.

The accomplishment stunned even Bryant himself. “Not even in my dreams,” Bryant said. When Bryant scored his final two points on a pair of free throws with 43.4 seconds remaining, the chants of “M-V-P! M-V-P!” from the 18,997 fans at Staples Center couldn’t have been more fitting. Bryant finished the second half scoring 55 of his 81 points — the second highest point total in a half in NBA history behind Chamberlain’s 59-point second half in his 100-point game. 

Goldin Auctions also noted in the listing that all proceeds from the sale of the signed scorecard will be donated to MambaOnThree.org,

Both Lakers co-owner and CEO Jeanie Buss and Vanessa Bryant also directed people to visit MambaOnThree.org to learn how they can help the families impacted by the tragedy in their first respective public comments on Kobe’s tragic death.

“The MambaOnThree Fund exists to honor and support loved ones of the seven other victims involved in the tragedy that occurred on January 26, 2020,” reads the organization’s mission statement. “All donations to the Fund will be directed to their families.”