Updated: Apr 9
The year was 1992, and Kobe -- who just made it back to the U.S. from Italy -- went to Bala Cynwyd Middle School which was located in Pennsylvania ... and of course he played on the school basketball team.
Kobe entered midway through Bala's school year, so unfortunately he did not get to take a school photo. The picture above is one of the only few images of him in the yearbook, shown of course in the boys' basketball group photo.
When everyone got their yearbooks , Kobe's friend asked him if he could sign his autograph page ... and what the young Black Mamba wrote was really prophetic.
"In a few years you probably will be dunking on me. Not!! How bout those Lakers. Your friend Kobe Bryant #24" Essential - Men's Neck Gaiter Face Mask
Kobe Bryant was only 13 years old at this point ... and definitely wasn't a member of the Los Angeles Lakers (or even the NBA) until June of 1996. However even at this point it seems Kobe had full faith that he would be on the lakers and still number 24 even at the young age of 13.
This yearbook is now being sold by a company called Iconic Auctions, and they are expecting the yearbook to be sold for over $20k.