Kobe Bryant was purple and gold as a 13-year-old — signing his middle school friend’s yearbook with “How bout those Lakers” — and now the book can be yours.
Iconic Auctions has the super-unique piece of memorabilia on the auction block … and it’s pretty amazing.
In 1992, Kobe — who just returned to the U.S. from Italy — attended Bala Cynwyd Middle School in Pennsylvania … where he played on the basketball team.
Bryant arrived midway through the school year, so he didn’t have a standard school photo. He only appeared in the boys’ basketball team photo.
When yearbooks were issued, Kobe’s buddy asked him to sign the autograph page … and what Mamba wrote was pretty prophetic.
“In a few years you probably will be dunking on me. Not!! How bout those Lakers. Your friend Kobe Bryant #24”
Kobe was just 13 years old in 1992 … and wasn’t a member of the Los Angeles Lakers (or the NBA) until June 1996.
Of course, Bryant — even back then — wore (and signed) one of the numbers, #24, that would eventually hang forever in the rafters of Staples Center.
Iconic tells us they expect the yearbook to sell for over $20k … when the auction closes this weekend.