There was definitely something special in the air at the Staples Center last April 13, when Kobe Bryant played the final game of his legendary, 20-year NBA career.
But is that auspicious feeling worth upwards of $10,000? After the Los Angeles Lakers sold a record $1.2 million of Bryant-related merchandise from what turned out to be a 60-point final performance, one eBay user actually attempted to capitalize off the moment and fever for the Black Mamba by selling a bag of air from the game. You just can't make this stuff up.
And what's worse is people actually bid on it like there was something valuable in it besides just Staples Center oxygen.
The bid even reached well over $10,000.
— zaccy (@ZaccyZacZac) April 17, 2016
Fortunately, eBay has some standards and morals and took the item - if you even want to call it that - down before it could get any crazier. For $13,600, one of Bryant's five championship rings better be in that bag. A signed Lakers' jersey, shorts ... heck, even a used towel. But not a bag of air. People who bid on it have to be either too gullible of getting caught in the moment or flat out insane. There's no other way to see it.
Sadly, as Yahoo pointed out, this isn't the first time that someone tried to hustle oxygen on eBay. Back in March 2015, nearly 100 people bid on air from Kanye West's Yeezus Tour, driving the price up to a mind-boggling $60,000.
Just like it did over the rare air from Kobe's final game, eBay pulled the plug on Kanye's hot air, telling Yahoo that it doesn't like to "put a price on natural resources" and "scam people out of thousands of dollars."
We have a theory about people bidding on a Ziploc bag of oxygen from famous live events. We think that with every click that drives up the price, that oxygen is actually leaving those users' brains.
We bet Kobe himself would scoff over people paying upwards of five digits for air from his final game. Kanye might not, though.