Categories
Basketball Cards Football Cards Sneakers

15 Best Kobe Bryant Rookie Cards, Values, Checklist

Kobe Bryant basketball cards have been one of the most popular alternative investment purchases over the last few years, particularly since his passing.

Contents hide

Kobe Bean Bryant was born to play basketball. He was born in Philadelphia, the youngest of three children, the only son of Pamela Cox Bryant and former NBA player Joe Bryant.

Trending:
The Ultimate Sergei Fedorov Rookie Card Guide (2022)
Top 10 Baseball Rookie Cards From The 1980s
Best Patrick Roy Rookie Cards, Values, & Checklist

BELOW: Watch Lobe drop 81 points vs the Toronto Raptors on January 22, 2006.

During host time in the league, he was well respected and regarded as one of the best basketball in the NBA. During his career, Kobe won five NBA championships, took home the NBA Most Valuable Player award in 2008, and has too many scoring titles to count.

Not only are Kobe cards a tremendous long-term investment, but when compared to similar cards, they outperform in the short term by a country mile.

If you are a first-time sports card buyer as an alternative investment, you can’t do much better than a Kobe Bryant basketball card.

Best 50 Kobe Cards

Let’s look at the top 10 Kobe cards in terms of long-term return on investment over the next 20 years.

 

15. 1996 Fleer Skybox E-X2000 Star Date 2000 #3

1996 Kobe Bryant Fleer Skybox E-X2000 Star Date 2000 #3

A great starter Kobe rookie card at an affordable price.

The non-graded 1996 Kobe Bryant Fleer Skybox E-X2000 Star Date rookie card recently sold on eBay for $660 and had a total of 71 bids.

A super popular card combined with a solid long term return on investment.

 

14. 1996 Kobe Bryant Flair Showcase Legacy Collection /150 RC #31

1996 Flair Showcase Legacy Collection Kobe Bryant rookie card 31

Collecting 1996-97 Flair Showcase is a daunting task, with three distinct base sets, titled Row 0, Row 1, and Row 2. There are 270 base cards in the set, with differing odds of pulling specific cards.

The 1996-97 Flair Showcase set is known for being the first basketball card product to feature serial-numbered cards.

One of the set’s most valuable cards is Kobe Bryant’s #31 rookie card, which is part of the Legacy Collection, of which each card is serial-numbered to only 150 copies.

Considering this is the first basketball set that features serial-numbered cards and features Kobe Bryant’s rookie card, this is a true grail in the sports collecting landscape.

PSA Population Report

Row 0:

  • 7 PSA 10 Gem Mint
  • 16 PSA 9 Mint
  • 15 PSA 8 Near Mint-Mint

Row 1:

  • 9 PSA 10 Gem Mint
  • 30 PSA 9 Mint
  • 21 PSA 8 Near Mint-Mint

Row 2:

  • 3 PSA 10 Gem Mint
  • 24 PSA 9 Mint
  • 23 PSA 8 Near Mint-Mint

Past Graded Sales

Row 0:

  • PSA 10 – $233,700 – 5/24/2021 (Goldin Auctions)
  • PSA 9 – $40,590 – 6/7/2021 (Goldin Auctions)
  • PSA 7 – $44,280 – 4/6/2021 (Goldin Auctions)

Row 1:

  • PSA 10 – $96,000 – 11/20/2021 (Heritage Auctions)
  • PSA 9 – $11,172.09 – 4/1/2022 (Mile High Card Company)
  • PSA 8 – $10,300 – 1/25/2022 (eBay)

Row 2:

  • PSA 9 – $435.00 – 5/17/2021 (eBay)

 

13. 1996 E-X2000 Credentials Kobe Bryant RC /499 #30

1996 E-X2000 Credentials Kobe Bryant RC 30

Card number 17 on the list delved into Kobe Bryant’s base card from 1996 E-X2000, and now we’re going to pivot to his Credentials variation, one of the most valuable Kobe cards in existence.

Kobe Bryant’s #30 Credentials rookie card is similar in design to his base, though it features a white border instead of green.

While Bryant’s base card (0.004% earning a PSA 10) is significantly more condition-sensitive than his Credentials insert (0.04%), his Credentials card is extremely valuable due to being serial-numbered to just 499 copies.

Bryant’s PSA-10 graded 1996 E-X2000 Credentials is one of the most sought-after basketball cards in existence, recently conveying $617,460 in October 2021.

PSA Population Report

  • 4 PSA 10 Gem Mint
  • 22 PSA 9 Mint
  • 17 PSA 8 Near Mint-Mint

Past Graded Sales

  • PSA 10 – $617,460 – 10/27/2021 (Goldin Auctions)
  • PSA 9 – $54,000 – 8/28/2022 (Heritage Auctions)
  • PSA 8 – $78,000 – 2/24/2021 (Heritage Auctions)

 

12. 1996 Kobe Bryant Topps Youthquake RC #G15

kobe Bryant youthquake rookie card

A nice looking Kobe rookie card that won’t cost a small fortune even at top grades.

Kobe Bryant’s highly coveted Youthquake insert arises from 1996-97 Topps Chrome, one of the most coveted hobby boxes from the 90s due to the demand for Bryant’s rookie cards.

The YouthQuake checklist features 15 of the most promising NBA rookies from the class of 1996, highlighted by Kobe Bryant, the 15th card of the checklist. YouthQuake insert card from 1996-97 Topps Chrome can be found in one of every 12 packs.

Bryant’s YouthQuake insert is one of his most cost-effective yet investable rookie cards, with PSA 10’s conveying low four figures.

PSA Population Report

  • 77 PSA 10 Gem Mint
  • 441 PSA 9 Mint
  • 268 PSA 8 Near Mint-Mint

Past Graded Sales

  • PSA 10 – $3,119 – 1/18/2022 (eBay)
  • PSA 9 – $420.00 – 5/23/2022 (Robert Edward Auctions)
  • PSA 8 – $227.50 – 9/20/2022 (eBay)

 

11. 1996 Topps Draft Redemption Kobe Bryant Rookie Card #DP13

1996 Topps Draft Redemption Kobe Bryant Rookie Card

1996-97 Topps Basketball was issued in two series, as well as in a factory set. The set also features 1996 NBA Draft Pick Redemption cards, awarded to collectors based on the players’ draft pick position.

As Kobe Bryant was drafted as the 13th overall pick in the 1996 NBA Draft out of Lower Merion High School, he’s the number 13 card in the Draft Pick Redemption checklist.

Bryant’s Draft Pick Redemption card is one of his loudest rookie cards, depicting a holographic Kobe zooming through the air for an emphatic finger roll.

Bryant’s 1996-97 Topps Draft Pick Redemption rookie card is one of his most underrated rookie cards. Yet, a PSA 10 recently fetched $6,300 through Robert Edward Auctions.

PSA Population Report

  • 68 PSA 10 Gem Mint
  • 265 PSA 9 Mint
  • 394 PSA 8 Near Mint-Mint

Past Graded Sales

  • PSA 10 – $6,300 – 4/25/2022 (Robert Edward Auctions)
  • PSA 9 – $895.00 – 8/3/2022 (eBay)
  • PSA 8 – $625.00 – 3/2/2022 (eBay)

 

10. 1996 Kobe Bryant SP RC #134

1996 Kobe Bryant SP 134

1996-97 SP Basketball features a 146-card base set and introduces one of the most cost-effective Kobe Bryant rookie cards out there. The first 126 cards of the set are dedicated to NBA veterans, while the final 20 cards introduce the most promising NBA rookies of the 1996 rookie class.

Kobe Bryant is depicted resting his head on an official NBA game ball in his 1996-97 SP rookie card on the front, while a livelier Bryant is taking on an entire defense on the reverse.

Hobbyists can purchase 1996-97 SP Basketball hobby boxes for as low as $30, a small price to pay to potentially acquire Steve Nash, Allen Iverson, Ray Allen, and Kobe Bryant rookie cards.

PSA Population Report

  • 1,016 PSA 10 Gem Mint
  • 4,319 PSA 9 Mint
  • 3,954 PSA 8 Near Mint-Mint

Past Graded Sales

  • PSA 10 – $350.00 – 9/28/2022 (eBay)
  • PSA 9 – $61.00 – 9/25/2022 (eBay)
  • PSA 8 – $27.00 – 9/26/2022 (eBay)

 

9. 1996 Kobe Bryant Upper Deck Exclusives RC Insert #R10

1996 Kobe Bryant Upper Deck Exclusives RC Insert

1996-97 Upper Deck was issued in two series, with series two offering the Rookie Exclusives checklist, paying homage to the 1996-97 NBA rookie class.  

Upper Deck features two distinct Rookie Exclusives cards, one numbered R10 and the other being the much rarer R10 Sample card. Bryant’s R10 rookie card has a PSA population of 2,198, while the R10 Sample card only has a PSA population of 61. 

Bryant’s R10 Rookie Exclusives Sample rookie card bears a realistic basketball textured background on the front and several Q & A’s with Kobe on the reverse.

The most recent 1996-97 Upper Deck Exclusives Kobe Bryant R10 rookie card graded a PSA 10 sold for north of $600, while a PSA 10 graded R10 Sample rookie card obtained four figures.

PSA Population Report

  • 9 PSA 10 Gem Mint
  • 37 PSA 9 Mint
  • 10 PSA 8 Near Mint-Mint

Past Graded Sales

  • PSA 10 – $1,125.60 – 7/24/2022 (Heritage Auctions)
  • PSA 9 – $624.25 – 3/21/2021 (eBay)

 

8. 1996 Kobe Bryant Flair Showcase Legacy Collection /150 RC #31

1996 Flair Showcase Legacy Collection Kobe Bryant rookie card 31

Collecting the 1996-97 Flair Showcase is a daunting task, with three distinct base sets, titled Row 0, Row 1, and Row 2. There are 270 base cards in the set, with differing odds of pulling specific cards.

The 1996-97 Flair Showcase set is known for being the first basketball card product to feature serial-numbered cards.

One of the set’s most valuable cards is Kobe Bryant’s #31 rookie card, which is part of the Legacy Collection, of which each card is serial-numbered to only 150 copies.

Considering this is the first basketball set that features serial-numbered cards and features Kobe Bryant’s rookie card, this is a true grail in the sports collecting landscape.

PSA Population Report

Row 0:

  • 7 PSA 10 Gem Mint
  • 16 PSA 9 Mint
  • 15 PSA 8 Near Mint-Mint

Row 1:

  • 9 PSA 10 Gem Mint
  • 30 PSA 9 Mint
  • 21 PSA 8 Near Mint-Mint

Row 2:

  • 3 PSA 10 Gem Mint
  • 24 PSA 9 Mint
  • 23 PSA 8 Near Mint-Mint

Past Graded Sales

Row 0:

  • PSA 10 – $233,700 – 5/24/2021 (Goldin Auctions)
  • PSA 9 – $40,590 – 6/7/2021 (Goldin Auctions)
  • PSA 7 – $44,280 – 4/6/2021 (Goldin Auctions)

Row 1:

  • PSA 10 – $96,000 – 11/20/2021 (Heritage Auctions)
  • PSA 9 – $11,172.09 – 4/1/2022 (Mile High Card Company)
  • PSA 8 – $10,300 – 1/25/2022 (eBay)

Row 2:

  • PSA 9 – $435.00 – 5/17/2021 (eBay)

 

7. 1996 Kobe Bryant Flair Showcase Legacy Collection /150 RC #31

1996 Flair Showcase Legacy Collection Kobe Bryant rookie card 31

Collecting 1996-97 Flair Showcase is a daunting task, with three distinct base sets, titled Row 0, Row 1, and Row 2. There are 270 base cards in the set, with differing odds of pulling specific cards.

The 1996-97 Flair Showcase set is known for being the first basketball card product to feature serial-numbered cards.

One of the set’s most valuable cards is Kobe Bryant’s #31 rookie card, which is part of the Legacy Collection, of which each card is serial-numbered to only 150 copies.

Considering this is the first basketball set that features serial-numbered cards and features Kobe Bryant’s rookie card, this is a true grail in the sports collecting landscape.

PSA Population Report

Row 0:

  • 7 PSA 10 Gem Mint
  • 16 PSA 9 Mint
  • 15 PSA 8 Near Mint-Mint

Row 1:

  • 9 PSA 10 Gem Mint
  • 30 PSA 9 Mint
  • 21 PSA 8 Near Mint-Mint

Row 2:

  • 3 PSA 10 Gem Mint
  • 24 PSA 9 Mint
  • 23 PSA 8 Near Mint-Mint

Past Graded Sales

Row 0:

  • PSA 10 – $233,700 – 5/24/2021 (Goldin Auctions)
  • PSA 9 – $40,590 – 6/7/2021 (Goldin Auctions)
  • PSA 7 – $44,280 – 4/6/2021 (Goldin Auctions)

Row 1:

  • PSA 10 – $96,000 – 11/20/2021 (Heritage Auctions)
  • PSA 9 – $11,172.09 – 4/1/2022 (Mile High Card Company)
  • PSA 8 – $10,300 – 1/25/2022 (eBay)

Row 2:

  • PSA 9 – $435.00 – 5/17/2021 (eBay)

 

6. 1996 Kobe Bryant SkyBox E-X2000 #30

1996 Kobe Bryant SkyBox E-X2000

The most significant pulls of the 1996-97 SkyBox E-X2000 are undoubtedly Kobe Bryant’s rookie cards. There are numerous Kobe Bryant rookie cards to obtain from the set, though his #30 card is by far the most desired. For now, we’ll strictly discuss Kobe’s #30 base card, one of 80 cards in the base set checklist. 

The outer border of Kobe’s #30 base card is dark green, while a blue sky with scattered clouds is positioned behind Kobe while he aggressively drives through the lane.

Kobe’s #30 base card is extremely condition-sensitive, as only 24 out of 5,338 (0.004%) have warranted a PSA 10, and it is cemented as one of his most sought-after rookie cards.

PSA Population Report

  • 24 PSA 10 Gem Mint
  • 798 PSA 9 Mint
  • 2,095 PSA 8 Near Mint-Mint

Past Graded Sales

  • PSA 10 – $21,100 – 3/30/2022 (eBay)
  • PSA 9 – $1,125 – 5/27/2022 (eBay)
  • PSA 8 – $275 – 9/18/2022 (eBay)

 

5. 1996 Kobe Bryant Fleer 23KT Gold Purple Signature

kobe Bryant gold card

And we thought the 1996 Kobe Topps Finest Gold Refractor card was dripping with gold; the 1996 Fleer Kobe 23kt beats it by a mile and a half.

A super popular card with Kobe fanboys, but we prefer our card with a traditional flavor. Please give us a 1996 base Topps Kobe rookie card any day over this one.

Kobe Bryant’s 1996 Fleer 23KT Gold rookie card features an on-card purple signature of the Lakers icon, pictured releasing a one-handed jump shot.

 Kobe’s 23KT Gold Purple Signature rookie card is one of his most condition-sensitive cards, with only eight of 149 cards meriting a PSA 10 (roughly 5%). 

Although Kobe’s 23KT Gold Purple Signature rookie card is challenging to find in high grade, it’s one of the most cost-effective Kobe Bryant rookie cards on the list, with PSA 10 graded copies available for under $1,000. 

PSA Population Report

  • 8 PSA 10 Gem Mint
  • 64 PSA 9 Mint
  • 68 PSA 8 Near Mint-Mint

Past Graded Sales

  • PSA 10 – $416.00 – 8/9/2022 (eBay)
  • PSA 9 – $113.50 – 6/22/2022 (eBay)
  • PSA 8 – $39.00 – 6/8/2022 (eBay)

 

4. 1996 Kobe Bryant Fleer 23KT Gold Purple Signature

kobe Bryant gold card

And we thought the 1996 Kobe Topps Finest Gold Refractor card was dripping with gold; the 1996 Fleer Kobe 23kt beats it by a mile and a half.

A super popular card with Kobe fanboys, but we prefer our card with a traditional flavor. Please give us a 1996 base Topps Kobe rookie card any day over this one.

Kobe Bryant’s 1996 Fleer 23KT Gold rookie card features an on-card purple signature of the Lakers icon, pictured releasing a one-handed jump shot.

 Kobe’s 23KT Gold Purple Signature rookie card is one of his most condition-sensitive cards, with only eight of 149 cards meriting a PSA 10 (roughly 5%). 

Although Kobe’s 23KT Gold Purple Signature rookie card is challenging to find in high grade, it’s one of the most cost-effective Kobe Bryant rookie cards on the list, with PSA 10 graded copies available for under $1,000. 

PSA Population Report

  • 8 PSA 10 Gem Mint
  • 64 PSA 9 Mint
  • 68 PSA 8 Near Mint-Mint

Past Graded Sales

  • PSA 10 – $416.00 – 8/9/2022 (eBay)
  • PSA 9 – $113.50 – 6/22/2022 (eBay)
  • PSA 8 – $39.00 – 6/8/2022 (eBay)

 

 

3. 1996 Kobe Bryant Topps Finest Gold Refractor RC #269

1996 Kobe Bryant Topps Finest Gold Refractor 269

One of the most stunning of all the Kobe basketball cards. Would fit right in at the Jersey shore with all that gold dripping from head to toe.

Backpacking off Kobe’s #74 rookie card from 1996 Topps Finest is his #269 Gold Refractor card from the set. Kobe’s #74 rookie card was released in the first series, while Kobe’s #269 rookie card was featured in series two.

Bryant’s 1996 Topps Finest Gold Refractor rookie card is an Heir subset, depicting Kobe performing an acrobatic one-handed reverse layup. 

Like Kobe’s #74 Topps Finest rookie card, his #269 card is also introduced as a base card and a refractor, both of which can be obtained with or without the clear coating.

PSA Population Report

Base: 

  • 40 PSA 10 Gem Mint
  • 91 PSA 9 Mint
  • 54 PSA 8 Near Mint-Mint

Base with Coating:

  • 39 PSA 10 Gem Mint
  • 242 PSA 9 Mint
  • 185 PSA 8 Near Mint-Mint

Refractor:

  •  26 PSA 10 Gem Mint
  • 51 PSA 9 Mint
  • 11 PSA 8 Near Mint-Mint

Refractor with Coating: 

  • 19 PSA 10 Gem Mint
  • 59 PSA 9 Mint
  • 37 PSA 8 Near Mint-Mint

Past Graded Sales

Base:

  • PSA 10 – $3,950 – 4/27/2022 (eBay)
  • PSA 9 – $2,100 – 12/9/2021 (eBay)
  • PSA 8 – $610 – 8/3/2022 (eBay)

Base with Coating:

  • PSA 10 – $6,765 – 8/11/2021 (Goldin Auctions)
  • PSA 9 – $1,600 – 9/14/2022 (eBay)
  • PSA 8 – $769 – 7/31/2022 (eBay)

Refractor:

  • PSA 10 – $70,110 – 5/24/2021 (Goldin Auctions)
  • PSA 9 – $25,108.08 – 4/20/2021 (eBay)
  • PSA 8 – $15,100 – 3/4/2021 (eBay)

Refractor with Coating:

  • PSA 10 – $55,350 – 8/11/2021 (Goldin Auctions)
  • PSA 9 – $12,600 – 7/26/2021 Robert Edward Auctions)
  • PSA 8 – $4,920 – 5/24/2021 (Goldin Auctions)

 

 

2. 1996 Kobe Bryant Topps Finest RC #74

1996 Kobe Bryant Topps Finest Rookie card 74

1996-97 Topps Finest features arguably one of the most renowned rookie classes in recent memory, highlighted by the late Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Ray Allen, and Allen Iverson.

Topps released the treasured set in two series, each comprised of 24 packs of six cards. The first set contained cards #1 to #146 and presented the Apprentices, Gladiators, Maestros, and Sterling subsets. In contrast, the second set was composed of cards #147 to #291, introducing the Foundations, Heirs, Mainstays, and Sterling subsets.

The most coveted Kobe Bryant rookie card from 1996 Topps Finest is dubbed Apprentices, highlighting Kobe soaring through the air for an emphatic one-handed jam.

What’s distinctive about 1996 Topps Finest is the transparent film or coating affixed to the top of each card, designed to protect the card’s surface. Hobbyists can collect multiple variations of Kobe Bryant’s #74 1996 Topps Finest rookie card, including his base card, a base card with coating, a refractor, and a refractor with coating.

PSA Population Report

Base: 

  • 978 PSA 10 Gem Mint
  • 1,979 PSA 9 Mint
  • 577 PSA 8 Near Mint-Mint

Base with Coating:

  • 1,726 PSA 10 Gem Mint
  • 4,907 PSA 9 Mint
  • 2,055 PSA 8 Near Mint-Mint

Refractor:

  • 8 PSA 10 Gem Mint
  • 157 PSA 9 Mint
  • 91 PSA 8 Near Mint-Mint

 

Past Graded Sales

Base: 

  • PSA 10 – $502.00 – 9/24/2022 (eBay)
  • PSA 9 – $132.51 – 9/27/2022 (eBay)
  • PSA 8 – $89.99 – 9/20/2022 (eBay)

Base with Coating:

  • PSA 10 – $898.00 – 9/23/2022 (eBay)
  • PSA 9 -$190.510 – 9/27/2022 (eBay)
  • PSA 8 – $79.00 – 9/25/2022 (eBay)

Refractor:

  • BGS Black Label 10 – $1,752,000 – March 2021 (Goldin Auctions)
  • PSA 10 – $50,000 – 8/17/2020 (eBay)
  • PSA 9 – $3,250 – 5/24/2022 (eBay)
  • PSA 8 – $2,026.05 – 1/31/2022 (eBay)

Refractor with Coating:

  • PSA 10 – $100,860 – 5/24/2021 (Goldin Auctions)
  • PSA 9 – $5,500 – 1/28/2021 (eBay)
  • PSA 8 – $4,050 – 7/21/2021 (eBay)

 

1. 1996 Kobe Bryant Topps Chrome (Refractor, Chrome, Base) RC #138

1996 Topps Chrome Refractor #138

The 1996 Kobe Bryant Topps rookie card is an ROI cash cow racking enormous profits for its investors.

Not only is this card one of the best Kobe cards to invest in, but it is one of the best in the entire alternative investment realm.

Full Disclosure: CourtingGreatness is currently invested in five 1996 Kobe Bryant Chrome rookie cards all at PSA 10 grades.

The card comes in three versions, with the highest being the refractor, followed by the chrome, and then the base. The ROI should be similar regardless of the version (the chrome should be slightly higher than the other two).

PSA Population Report (Refractor)

  • 63 at PSA 10 GEM MINT
  • 286 at PSA 9 MINT
  • 48 at PSA 8 NEAR MINT – MINT

Only 63 at a PSA 10 grade explains the 6-figure price tag shown below.

Past Graded Sales (Refractor)

  • 8/28/2022 – PSA 10 – $156,000 (Heritage Auctions)
  • 8/17/2022 – PSA 9 – $26,100 (EBAY)
  • 7/11/2022 – PSA 8 – $10,300 (EBAY)

 

Checklists

Below is a rookie card checklist. If we have missed any Kobe rookie cards please email us at info@courtinggreatness.com and we will update the list ASAP.

  • 1996 Topps Chrome #138
  • 1996 Fleer Skybox E-X2000 Star Date 2000 #3
  • 1996 Topps Stadium Club #R12
  • 1996 Bowman’s Best #R23
  • 1996 Collector’s Choice #267
  • 1996 E-X2000 #30
  • 1996 UD3 RC #19
  • 1996 Fleer Metal #181
  • 1996 Upper Deck Rookie Exclusives #R10
  • 1996 SPX GOLD Rookie RC Die-Cut Holo #SPX-22
  • 1996 Topps Finest Apprentices #74
  • 1996 Flair Showcase Row 2 #31
  • 1996 Hoops RC #281
  • 1996 Fleer  #203
  • 1996 Metal #137
  • 1996 SkyBox Premium #55
  • 1996 Skybox E-X2000 Credentials #30
  • 1996 Topps Draft Redemption #DP13
  • 1996 Hoops RC #281

 

Is Kobe Bryant the GOAT?

No.

That title is owned by Michael Jordan (see our top 50 MJ basketball cards).

But we do rank Kobe number four behind MJ, Magic, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

 

How much is Kobe Bryant’s basketball card worth?

A Kobe Byrant basketball card can range from a few dollars to a few million dollars depending on the year, grade, and set.

Please email us at value@courtinggreatness.com if you would like an estimated value of your Kobe card.

Include at minimum two photos of the card along with a return email address.

 

What is a 1999 Kobe Bryant card worth (Topps)?

1999 Kobe Bryant Topps Finest Dunk Masters Refractor card is worth $2,224 at a BGS 9.5 grade. This stunning card sold via eBay auctions on 6/22/2022 and had 31 bids.

 

What is the best Kobe Bryant card?

Rookie

best kobe rookie card

In terms of pure ROI, the 1996 Topps Chrome or 1996 Topps Chrome Refractor Kobe Bryant rookie cards at a PSA 10, PSA 9, or SGC 10 are the best Kobe card to buy as an alternative investment.

Non-Rookie

Kobe Bryant w/ Lebron James - 2008 Topps Chrome Orange Refractor

This one is a little harder but we feel the 2008 Kobe Bryant w/ Lebron James Topps Chrome Refractor will be the top Kobe basketball card in terms of ROI in the long term. If not number one it should absolutely be in the top five.

 

What is the most valuable Kobe Bryant card?

most expensive kobe Bryant basketball card

Most Valuable Non-Rookie Card

The 1997-98 Metal Universe Kobe Bryant basketball card sold for a mind-blowing 2 million US dollars in the Spring of 2022.

This card received an 8.5 grade from Beckett Grading Services.

The buyer is not known but one lucky dog.

Most Valuable Rookie Card

The most expensive Kobe RC is the 1996 Topps Chrome Refractor RC #138.

This card sold for $461,250 via the 2021 Goldin Elite Auctions by Goldin Auctions on 1/31/2021.

%d bloggers like this: