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

  1. Tom Langan
    Posted March 20, 2009 at 3:07 pm | Permalink

    “Philly Pride”

  2. flightposite
    Posted March 20, 2009 at 3:14 pm | Permalink

    Nike Zoom Kobe IV

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

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

  4. Richard
    Posted March 20, 2009 at 3:21 pm | Permalink

    This is how my ass tastes.

  5. Mike
    Posted March 20, 2009 at 3:56 pm | Permalink

    “The Dagger”

  6. eric
    Posted March 20, 2009 at 4:10 pm | Permalink

    sign on a real black mamba

  7. Damian
    Posted March 20, 2009 at 4:25 pm | Permalink

    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

  8. James Crowley
    Posted March 20, 2009 at 4:47 pm | Permalink

    “The Best since West”

  9. Tom
    Posted March 20, 2009 at 4:48 pm | Permalink

    Shaqtastic.

  10. Anonymous
    Posted March 20, 2009 at 5:13 pm | Permalink

    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.

  11. G $MONEY$
    Posted March 20, 2009 at 5:17 pm | Permalink

    Hollywood Hero

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

    “Game Is In The Refrigerator!!”

  13. James W
    Posted March 20, 2009 at 6:01 pm | Permalink

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

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

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

  15. ChrisD
    Posted March 20, 2009 at 6:32 pm | Permalink

    Colorado sucks,

    Kobe

  16. Tomlinson21RB
    Posted March 20, 2009 at 6:33 pm | Permalink

    Dear Jerry,
    Thanks for Pau last season.
    -Kobe

  17. Huan
    Posted March 20, 2009 at 6:50 pm | Permalink

    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.

  18. Daniela F.
    Posted March 21, 2009 at 3:24 am | Permalink

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

  19. Sean D.
    Posted March 21, 2009 at 8:13 am | Permalink

    “Showtime”
    “Captain Clutch”

  20. President Obama
    Posted March 21, 2009 at 11:32 am | Permalink

    8 was great, but 24 is to die for

  21. Anthony Chu
    Posted March 21, 2009 at 1:41 pm | Permalink

    No feuds
    Laker for life

  22. Greg Wingrove
    Posted March 21, 2009 at 4:49 pm | Permalink

    FTMFW

  23. greg adibi
    Posted March 21, 2009 at 4:52 pm | Permalink

    Lebron who?

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

    Who needs Shaq?

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

    8 Karat Kobe

  26. Posted March 22, 2009 at 3:13 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.

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

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

  28. Alex
    Posted March 22, 2009 at 1:40 pm | Permalink

    il più grande

  29. Paul
    Posted March 23, 2009 at 2:49 pm | Permalink

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

  30. Michael D
    Posted March 23, 2009 at 10:17 pm | Permalink

    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

  31. Stan
    Posted March 24, 2009 at 9:21 am | Permalink

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

  32. Skillz
    Posted March 24, 2009 at 1:33 pm | Permalink

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

  33. Craig J. Reilly
    Posted March 25, 2009 at 3:25 am | Permalink

    81 & counting

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

    81’s the 1

  35. Curt
    Posted April 9, 2009 at 2:58 pm | Permalink

    Setting the bar

  36. h berthel
    Posted April 23, 2009 at 11:57 pm | Permalink

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

  37. Roger
    Posted May 21, 2009 at 6:35 am | Permalink

    I love LA

  38. Rafael Ramirez
    Posted August 27, 2009 at 3:37 am | Permalink

    Jordan who?

    Lak24rs

    The Real MVP

  39. ivan
    Posted February 28, 2010 at 12:56 pm | Permalink

    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..

  40. Fernando Sanchez
    Posted March 11, 2010 at 3:30 am | Permalink

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

  41. Chris Copeskey
    Posted February 15, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Permalink

    Lord of the Rings

  42. Samy Fineman
    Posted February 15, 2011 at 8:21 pm | Permalink

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

    or

    #1 All Time Laker Scorer

  43. Scott
    Posted February 21, 2011 at 6:37 pm | Permalink

    Champion

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

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

    or even Kobe Bryant ‘ASAS’ supporter

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

    Purple n Gold, Kobe

    Purple people eater, Kobe Bryant

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

    I luv L.A! Kobe Bryant

  47. Jeremy Robinson
    Posted February 23, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Permalink

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

  48. chrisolds
    Posted February 23, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Permalink

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

  49. Kevin Graves
    Posted February 24, 2011 at 8:45 pm | Permalink

    MVP

    ALLSTAR GAME
    SEASON
    FINALS

    Kobe

  50. Jose A. Gonzalez
    Posted March 12, 2011 at 4:24 am | Permalink

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

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