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Kobe Bryant and his top 3 rookie cards

Kobe Bryant is always in the conversation when talking about the top 5 basketball players of all time.

The shortlist includes Michael Jordan and Lebron James.

But for many Lakers fans and collectors, Bryant rookie cards are the ones to collect first.

Here’s our selection for his 3 best rookie cards available on the market. Just click any of the links below to see the listings to bid or buy.

1. 1996 Topps Chrome Rookie card #138

This particular card is difficult to find in good condition with the chrome look susceptible to chips and scratches.

But one that’s graded nicely can go for thousands of dollars. Plus there’s a refractor parallel version that goes for much more in price.

1996-97 Kobe Bryant Topps Chrome #138 BGS 8.5 w/ 2x 9.5 Rookie RC regrade PSA 9?

$2,824.24  
End Date: Friday Oct-23-2020 18:50:46 EDT
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1996-97 TOPPS CHROME #138 KOBE BRYANT RC BGS 9 10 CENTERING/TWO 9.5's LOW PRICE

$3,999.99  
End Date: Sunday Oct-11-2020 18:00:10 EDT
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1996-97 TOPPS CHROME KOBE BRYANT RC BGS 9 (triple 9.5 Subs .5 Away From BGS 9.5)

$4,750.00  
End Date: Saturday Oct-03-2020 05:50:23 EDT
Buy It Now for only: $4,750.00
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1996-97 Topps Chrome KOBE BRYANT Rookie RC 138 BGS 8 Corners 10

$3,250.00  
End Date: Wednesday Sep-30-2020 19:47:59 EDT
Buy It Now for only: $3,250.00
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1996-97 Topps Chrome #138 Kobe Bryant RC Rookie BGS 8.5 NM-MINT ... PSA? Invest.

$3,695.00  
End Date: Tuesday Oct-13-2020 18:29:37 EDT
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1996 Topps Chrome Kobe Bryant Rookie RC 138 PSA 8 BGS 9 MINT? Well Centered

$4,000.00  
End Date: Saturday Oct-17-2020 11:30:23 EDT
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Kobe Bryant 1996-97 Topps Chrome RC Rookie Card Graded BGS 9 Mint #136 2629043

$4,999.99  
End Date: Saturday Oct-24-2020 20:45:11 EDT
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2. 1996-97 Bowman’s Best Rookie card #R23

Here’s another chrome-stock rookie card of Bryant’s.

The Bowman brand might be stronger in baseball cards, but this die-cut Bryant rookie basketball card still has decent value.

There are refractor and atomic refractor parallels, which command even greater value.

🔥 Kobe Bryant 1996 Bowmans Best Die Cut Refractor Rookie RC CLEAN 🔥

$600.00  (19 bids)
End Date: Monday Sep-28-2020 17:37:08 EDT

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1996-97 Bowmans Best Kobe Bryant RC Rookie #R23 ~ Mint...PSA or BGS 9/10?

$37.00  (2 bids)
End Date: Tuesday Sep-29-2020 20:57:39 EDT

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1996-97 Bowmans Best Kobe Bryant RC Rookie #R23 Ungraded

$199.99  
End Date: Friday Oct-09-2020 20:39:24 EDT
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1996-97 Bowman's Best Kobe Bryant Rookie PSA 9 R23 1996 Bowmans Lakers RC

$385.00  
End Date: Saturday Oct-10-2020 19:19:53 EDT
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3. 1996-97 E-X2000 Rookie card #30

An attractive green border highlights Bryant in an action shot.

While the card might be hard to find in great condition due to the darker border, mint condition cards are quite affordable.

There is also a “Credentials” parallel version that is worth a lot more.

1996-97 E-X2000 Kobe Bryant RC BGS 7 (2x 9.5) Tough grade

$250.00  
End Date: Saturday Oct-24-2020 20:27:50 EDT
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1996-97 Kobe Bryant E-X2000 CREDENTIALS PSA 9 #/499 EX RC EXTREMELY RARE POP 20!

$79,000.00  
End Date: Friday Oct-23-2020 19:17:54 EDT
Buy It Now for only: $79,000.00
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1996-97 Skybox E-X 2000 #30 Kobe Bryant Los Angeles Lakers RC Rookie

$400.00  
End Date: Thursday Oct-08-2020 05:27:59 EDT
Buy It Now for only: $400.00
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1996 Skybox E-X2000 Kobe Bryant ROOKIE RC #30 BGS 8.5 NM-MT+

$113.50  (12 bids)
End Date: Wednesday Sep-30-2020 22:24:17 EDT

Bid

1996-97 Skybox E-X2000 Kobe Bryant Star Date 2000 Rookie RC EX 2000 Insert

$255.00  (17 bids)
End Date: Sunday Sep-27-2020 23:15:38 EDT

Bid

Kobe Bryant 1996-97 Skybox E-X2000 #30 BGS 8 Nm-Mt Rookie RC Lakers

$600.00  
End Date: Saturday Oct-24-2020 07:54:45 EDT
Buy It Now for only: $600.00
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96-97 Kobe Bryant RC E-X2000 Stardate “GEM MINT” BGS 9.5 (PRISTINE Slab) PSA 10

$3,975.00  
End Date: Sunday Oct-18-2020 18:47:34 EDT
Buy It Now for only: $3,975.00
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1 thought on “Kobe Bryant and his top 3 rookie cards”

  1. John R Shaw

    I have a number1 of 24 gold elite ungraded for sale call me at 2086406706 my name is john …i believe it will be close to a 10

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