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What would YOU have Kobe Bryant sign?

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Upper Deck is holding an autograph signing with Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant early next week and they want you to be in on it.

Say what?

They want you to tell Kobe what to sign.

blackmambaMany collectors will remember Bryant’s cards inscribed with his nickname “Black Mamba” from Exquisite Collection and SP Authentic last year.

Those unique cards command some good money on the secondary market because they’re unique and carry an extra cool factor.

But now it’s your turn — right here — as Upper Deck and Beckett Media will select 15 readers’ suggested inscriptions and have them signed by Bryant for inclusion in packs of a future Upper Deck product.

Perhaps you liked his Nike commercials where he jumped an Aston Martin, so he should sign that. Or perhaps you remember his father’s career so he should sign a reference to “Jellybean.” Or maybe you prefer something simple like “81 points” for his career-high game?

Surely you can come up with something better. Something really, really, cool, right?

Here’s what you do…

Leave a comment right here with the cool inscription you would recommend (keep ‘em clean) — along with your name and e-mail address as Upper Deck will get you some free packs of cards if yours is one of the 15 selected.

A gallery of these cards will appear here and in an upcoming Beckett magazine. (Be sure to visit Beckett.com for more on sports cards and memorabilia, too.)

Chris Olds has collected sports cards and memorabilia since 1987. Before coming to Beckett Media, he wrote about the hobby for the Orlando Sentinel on his blog, SportsStuff, and for the San Antonio Express-News and The Tuscaloosa (Ala.) News. Do you have a comment, question or idea? Send e-mail to him at colds@beckett.com.

50 Comments

Tom Langan

“Philly Pride”

Posted March 20, 2009 at 3:07 pm | Permalink
flightposite

Nike Zoom Kobe IV

Posted March 20, 2009 at 3:14 pm | Permalink
Shar

“Olympic Ice” –icewater in his veins as he drilled the dagger three-pointer last summer vs. Spain.
“Hyper Dunker” –for Nike

Posted March 20, 2009 at 3:14 pm | Permalink
Richard

This is how my ass tastes.

Posted March 20, 2009 at 3:21 pm | Permalink
Mike

“The Dagger”

Posted March 20, 2009 at 3:56 pm | Permalink
eric

sign on a real black mamba

Posted March 20, 2009 at 4:10 pm | Permalink
Damian

S.O.G.(Son of God)
61 Points MSG
Carpe Diem
Clutch 24/7
Ko Ditty Ko
The Cobra
Lakers Dynasty
3 Peat
Lakers 4 Life

Posted March 20, 2009 at 4:25 pm | Permalink
James Crowley

“The Best since West”

Posted March 20, 2009 at 4:47 pm | Permalink
Tom

Shaqtastic.

Posted March 20, 2009 at 4:48 pm | Permalink
Anonymous

I think a really cool inscription would be “61 Points MSG” if it showed a nice photo of him in that game. That would be one of those perfect cards of a great memory, if done right.

Posted March 20, 2009 at 5:13 pm | Permalink
G $MONEY$

Hollywood Hero

Posted March 20, 2009 at 5:17 pm | Permalink
James W

“Game Is In The Refrigerator!!”

Posted March 20, 2009 at 5:59 pm | Permalink
James W

or one of these:
“The eggs are coolin”
“The Jello’s jigglin”
“The lights are out”

Posted March 20, 2009 at 6:01 pm | Permalink
dan

Kobe “all american hooper”bryant would be so sick with a pic of him in his usa jersey

Posted March 20, 2009 at 6:16 pm | Permalink
ChrisD

Colorado sucks,

Kobe

Posted March 20, 2009 at 6:32 pm | Permalink
Tomlinson21RB

Dear Jerry,
Thanks for Pau last season.
-Kobe

Posted March 20, 2009 at 6:33 pm | Permalink
Huan

How about..

“Roger Maris” in reference to his 61 points @ MSG. Plus Kobe’s a big Yankee fan.

Another one is

“Strength and Honor” If you read Kobe’s blog you’ll understand this.

Posted March 20, 2009 at 6:50 pm | Permalink
Daniela F.

IL MIGLIORE
GRAZIE
8 – 9 – 24 – 81
GOL ITALIANO
KOBE AMIGO
EL KOBE
NEVER GIVE UP
KB24

Posted March 21, 2009 at 3:24 am | Permalink
Sean D.

“Showtime”
“Captain Clutch”

Posted March 21, 2009 at 8:13 am | Permalink
President Obama

8 was great, but 24 is to die for

Posted March 21, 2009 at 11:32 am | Permalink
Anthony Chu

No feuds
Laker for life

Posted March 21, 2009 at 1:41 pm | Permalink
Greg Wingrove

FTMFW

Posted March 21, 2009 at 4:49 pm | Permalink
greg adibi

Lebron who?

Posted March 21, 2009 at 4:52 pm | Permalink
Anonymous

Who needs Shaq?

Posted March 22, 2009 at 3:01 am | Permalink
Anonymous

8 Karat Kobe

Posted March 22, 2009 at 3:03 am | Permalink

1. 02.02.09: I owned MSG.
2. 02.02.09: Sorry Lebron.
3. Who needs a king when you’ve got Kobe?
4. 24 > 23
5. NBA finals 08. Broken pinky. Enough said.
6. Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.

Posted March 22, 2009 at 3:13 am | Permalink

3. Should be: Who needs a king when you’ve got me?

Posted March 22, 2009 at 3:13 am | Permalink
Alex

il più grande

Posted March 22, 2009 at 1:40 pm | Permalink
Paul

Lower Merion
#33
Philadelphia Born & Raised
2002 NBA All Star MVP
2007 NBA All Star MVP
2x NBA All Star MVP

Posted March 23, 2009 at 2:49 pm | Permalink
Michael D

Ice Water
(in his veins)

Refrigerator Closer
(this game is in the refrigerator, the lights are out… etc.)

24 karat Kobe

Mr. Fourth Quarter

The Second Mr. Clutch
or
The 2nd Mr. Clutch

Team

Kob-mania

KBMVP08
(or if he wins it this year: KBMVP0809 )

Gold Card

Cool Customer

Balla 4 Life

Rain Man
(he makes it rain on the court)

The Second Coming

Mr. Champion

23+1

Master of the Wood Floor

An L.A. Staple

Mr. Hollywood

My Blood Runs Purple and Gold

The Closer

Mr. Dynasty

Mr. Basketball

Poster Maker

Posted March 23, 2009 at 10:17 pm | Permalink
Stan

Am I still worth a Vlade Divac? (reference to Laker’s trade with Charlotte for Kobe’s draft rights)

Posted March 24, 2009 at 9:21 am | Permalink
Skillz

Kobtastic
Go hard
LA’s Finest
Captain Clutch
TEAM USA
GOLD
Dream Team
HOPE
KB24
Italia
Lower Merion HS
Phillie’s Phinest

Posted March 24, 2009 at 1:33 pm | Permalink
Craig J. Reilly

81 & counting

Posted March 25, 2009 at 3:25 am | Permalink
Curt

81’s the 1

Posted April 9, 2009 at 2:56 pm | Permalink
Curt

Setting the bar

Posted April 9, 2009 at 2:58 pm | Permalink
h berthel

lakers 4 life
81 was just the warm up
the nba is in my dna

Posted April 23, 2009 at 11:57 pm | Permalink
Roger

I love LA

Posted May 21, 2009 at 6:35 am | Permalink
Rafael Ramirez

Jordan who?

Lak24rs

The Real MVP

Posted August 27, 2009 at 3:37 am | Permalink
ivan

i would say he should be called the “living legend” his amazing he holds the all time leading scores as a laker and he still has more game to play, he never quits his love for the game carry him to pursue perfection..

Posted February 28, 2010 at 12:56 pm | Permalink
Fernando Sanchez

I think something in reference to all his game winning shots…”Buzzer Beater Bryant”
Those are the games nobody can forget.

Posted March 11, 2010 at 3:30 am | Permalink
Chris Copeskey

Lord of the Rings

Posted February 15, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Permalink
Samy Fineman

Guitar Hero MVP (if a shot of his famous commercial is used on the card)

or

#1 All Time Laker Scorer

Posted February 15, 2011 at 8:21 pm | Permalink
Scott

Champion

Posted February 21, 2011 at 6:37 pm | Permalink
Jeremy Robinson

How about ‘Lower Merion Aces #33/24′ or Kobe Aces #33 or 23

or even Kobe Bryant ‘ASAS’ supporter

Posted February 23, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Permalink
Jeremy Robinson

Purple n Gold, Kobe

Purple people eater, Kobe Bryant

Posted February 23, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Permalink
Jeremy Robinson

I luv L.A! Kobe Bryant

Posted February 23, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Permalink
Jeremy Robinson

Have him draw a triangle for the Triangle O’ and sign Kobe Bryant

Posted February 23, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Permalink
chrisolds

FYI: The contest portion of this post is long since over. (It’s a story from 2009.)

Posted February 23, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Permalink
Kevin Graves

MVP

ALLSTAR GAME
SEASON
FINALS

Kobe

Posted February 24, 2011 at 8:45 pm | Permalink
Jose A. Gonzalez

can’t hold me down signed black mamba aka kobe bryant

Posted March 12, 2011 at 4:24 am | Permalink

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