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Prior to committing Kobe to an endorsement deal, Nike gave the Black Mamba somewhat of a trial run with its sneakers, which also included the Jordan Brand lineup. One those sneakers happened to be this Air Jordan IX player exclusive colorway. Wrapped in a beautiful purple patent leather contrasted with white leather and a matching outsole, gold graphics help to complete the Lakers theme. Kobe’s number “8” has been embroidered at the heel. Most likely only a handful of these were actually created. This sample was originally posted on eBay by seller phyuck_yo_kixx, selling for a whopping $55,100!

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