Kobe Bryant will soon call it a career, but he recently told us that he and Nike plan to continue making signature models post-retirement. Though his Nike line didn't launch until 2006, Kobe put together his Hall of Fame career in a series of sneakers that have revolutionized basketball footwear in terms of both performance and design.

For the game's ultimate perfectionist, finding the right look and feel in a sneaker can be an intricate process. So it's no surprise that several pairs of Nike Kobes didn't quite make it to retail. Here's a rundown of 81 samples that, for one reason or another, were never available to buy.