UPDATE: The mask has sold for $67,100 after a bid war between two bidders that sparked up in the final hour, around 3 p.m. EST yesterday, with a bid of $24,240. From there it was back-and-forth all the way to the buzzer. No word yet on who the anonymous buyer is, but if we find out, we'll let you know.
Original story (Monday May 7 at 9:46 a.m.)
Yep, that headline pretty much tells you what you need to know. Hustle up, bidding ends tomorrow. And if you really want it, be prepared to dig deep: As of 9:45 this morning bidding, unbelievably, was already over $22,000. Yes, for a sweaty, game-worn mask. Click the link below to get there.
Every dime (basketball pun!) will go to Bryant's Kobe and Vanessa Bryant Foundation's Youth Homelessness Initiative, which tries to help, well, homeless youth in Los Angeles.
Bryant wore the mask for a couple weeks after getting concussed and getting a broken nose courtesy Dwyane Wade in the NBA All-Star Game. Bryant actually played all right with the mask, averaging 29.5 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game, according to Basketball-Reference.com, and the Lakers went 9-2 in his mask-wearing tenure.
When he was cleared to play without it, Bryant said he'd "see if anybody's dumb enough to buy that sweaty mask."
Kind of a terrible sales pitch, but hey, it's working. I mean, $22,000? And still with 30 hours to go?
To quote a commercial: That's not crazy. That's sports.
To add to said commercial: But it's also crazy.