I should preface this by saying that before two hours ago, I had no idea who Rene Nezhoda was but now I have an undying resentment for him.
Rene, who is apparently a regular on Storage Wars, a show for people who have cigarette burns in their couches, claims to have discovered a jackpot of Kobe Bryant’s personal memorabilia that includes 35 pairs of shoes, practice gear, a laminated credential and even a mink coat, the Daily Mail reports.
According to TMZ, items from a unit located in Los Angeles were recently up for bids off after the owner, a former stylist of Bryant’s named Derek Roshe, neglected. to pay the bills on it. The items were recently sold at auction for just $375, or the price of like 8 stadium beers, and the buyer flipped them to Nexhoda for $13,000.
— Brandon Thompson (@brandonpromo) August 24, 2020
Abandoned gear previously owned by Kobe Bryant found by “Storage Wars”’star. pic.twitter.com/3O1SWjbM40
— 6ixBuzzTV (@6ixbuzztv) August 24, 2020
— Raymond Mora (@raymondmora10) August 24, 2020
Speaking with the Daily Mail, Nezhoda said he has been in touch with Bryant family attorneys and is confident the items belonged to Kobe. Nezhoda went on to say he’s returning some of the items to Bryant’s widow Vanessa at her request.
For perspective, a game-worn Kobe jersey from the 2009 home opener sold for $81,180, 1999 Bryant game-used and signed sneakers sold for $5,535, and a Mamba signed and inscribed game ticket from his 81-point showing in January 2006 sold for $13,530 at auction.
This Rene character is sitting on a gold mine.