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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.

1996 Kobe Bryant Topps Chrome Rookie RC BGS 9.5 (10,95,95,95)

$20,000.00  
End Date: Wednesday Aug-11-2021 18:35:45 EDT
Buy It Now for only: $20,000.00
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1996-97 Topps Chrome Kobe Bryant Rc #135 BGS 7

$1,250.00  
End Date: Saturday Aug-21-2021 23:40:05 EDT
Buy It Now for only: $1,250.00
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KOBE BRYANT 1996/97 TOPPS CHROME #138 RC ROOKIE CARD LAKERS SP BGS 9.5 GEM MINT

$6,999.00  
End Date: Thursday Aug-12-2021 10:47:35 EDT
Buy It Now for only: $6,999.00
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1996-97 TOPPS CHROME #138 KOBE BRYANT BGS 9.5 GEM MINT RC LAKERS ROOKIE CARD

$14,995.00  
End Date: Saturday Aug-14-2021 17:33:06 EDT
Buy It Now for only: $14,995.00
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1996-97 Topps Chrome #138 Kobe Bryant Rookie RC BGS 10 Pristine

$149,999.99  
End Date: Monday Aug-09-2021 02:11:10 EDT
Buy It Now for only: $149,999.99
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1996 Topps Chrome Kobe Bryant ROOKIE RC #138 BGS 10 PRISTINE

$50,000.00  
End Date: Saturday Aug-21-2021 16:45:39 EDT
Buy It Now for only: $50,000.00
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1996 Topps Chrome Kobe Bryant ROOKIE RC #138 BGS 9.5 GEM MINT

$7,000.00  
End Date: Saturday Aug-21-2021 19:37:54 EDT
Buy It Now for only: $7,000.00
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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.

1996 BOWMANS BEST ROOKIE #R23 Kobe Bryant Rookie Card RC Graded BGS MINT 9 HOF

$179.00  
End Date: Monday Jul-26-2021 23:45:17 EDT
Buy It Now for only: $179.00
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1996 BOWMAN’S BEST REFRACTOR KOBE BRYANT RC #R23 PSA 8 LAKERS BOWMANS ROOKIE

$1,699.00  
End Date: Saturday Jul-31-2021 21:39:47 EDT
Buy It Now for only: $1,699.00
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1996-97 TOPPS Bowmans Best MINT 🏀 Pack(S) 6 Cards. KOBE HOF RC, IVERSON, NASH

$229.95  
End Date: Tuesday Aug-17-2021 15:46:05 EDT
Buy It Now for only: $229.95
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1996-97 Bowmans Best Kobe Bryant ROOKIE RC #R23 Lakers HOF Black Mamba NM/MT

$375.00  
End Date: Monday Aug-16-2021 17:53:39 EDT
Buy It Now for only: $375.00
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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 Star Date 2000 Rookie Card RC #3 BGS 9.5 GEM Q863

$2,798.00  (21 bids)
End Date: Monday Jul-26-2021 21:02:16 EDT

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1996-97 E-X2000 Kobe Bryant Rookie Card RC Star Date 2000 #3 Lakers BGS 8.5 R232

$330.00  (3 bids)
End Date: Sunday Aug-01-2021 21:26:40 EDT

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1996 SKYBOX E-X2000 STAR DATE EX-2000 3 KOBE BRYANT ROOKIE RC RAW Lakers HOF

$800.00  
End Date: Tuesday Aug-03-2021 20:55:23 EDT
Buy It Now for only: $800.00
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1996 Skybox E-X2000 Kobe Bryant ROOKIE RC #30 PSA 7 NM Mint Rare Gem LAKERS GOAT

$142.50  (6 bids)
End Date: Thursday Jul-29-2021 01:30:35 EDT

Bid

1996-97 Skybox E-X2000 #30 Kobe Bryant Lakers RC Rookie HOF PSA 8 NM-MT

$329.00  (26 bids)
End Date: Monday Jul-26-2021 23:00:37 EDT

Bid

1996 Skybox E-X2000 Star Date Kobe Bryant ROOKIE RC #3 PSA 8 NM-MT

$618.00  (30 bids)
End Date: Tuesday Jul-27-2021 21:59:26 EDT

Bid

1996-97 Skybox E-X2000 Kobe Bryant ROOKIE RC #30 BGS 9 MINT

$150.00  (13 bids)
End Date: Sunday Aug-01-2021 21:59:35 EDT

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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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