The Kobe Bryant Air Jordan PE in Lakers purple-and-gold are to sneakerheads what a 1959 Mickey Mantle card is to baseball card collectors. Well, maybe not that: the Kobe Jordan PEs aren’t $95,000. But they aren’t cheap either — if you can find them. Which you can’t, pretty much. That’s what makes so tantalizing the rumor that Jordan Brand plans to honor Kobe’s career — and print itself a bunch of money, too — by releasing a two-pack of the Kobe Bryant Air Jordan Player Exclusives. (In 2003 Kobe had a year without a sneaker contract — Nike made these exclusives for him to try during that period.)
Word that Jordan Brand will drop a Kobe two-pack consisting of a pair of Air Jordan 3 Retro and a pair of Air Jordan 8 Retro emanates from ajordanxi, who knows the game. These Jordans could fly out around February’s NBA All-Star Weekend, Kobe’s much-anticipated swan song in the annual classic. Maybe Kobe even puts aside his current signature Kobe 11 for the All-Star game and goes a half each in these Kobe Jordan retros? Earlier Jordan two-packs retailed at $500. No price is yet named for what’s just a rumor, but these won’t be cheaper.