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Top 3 Kobe Bryant rookie cards

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Kobe Bryant is always in the conversation when talking about the top 10 basketball players of all time and so it goes without saying that in the hobby, Kobe Bryant rookie cards are always in demand.

Along with Michael Jordan and Lebron James rookie cards, of course.

But for many Lakers fans and collectors, Bryant rookie cards are the ones to collect first. Here’s our selection for his 3 best Kobe Bryant basketball cards available on the market. Just click any of the links below to see the listings to bid or buy.

1. 1996 Topps Chrome Kobe Bryant Rookie cards #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 Kobe Bryant Rookie cards #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 Kobe Bryant Rookie cards #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.


  • Kobe Bryant helped lead the Los Angeles Lakers to three consecutive NBA titles from 2000-2002, alongside Shaquille O’Neal.
  • He was named to the All-Star team 18 times, won back-to-back NBA scoring titles in 2006-2007, and was selected to the All-Defensive team 12 times.
  • Bryant was drafted straight out of high school and quickly matured in the NBA, impressing with his athleticism and his swag on the court.

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1 thought on “Top 3 Kobe Bryant 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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