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Kobe Bryant and his top 3 rookie cards

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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.


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.


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.



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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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