Top 50 Kobe Bryant Basketball Cards: Ultimate Buyers Guide 2022

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

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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.

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.

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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.

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Let’s look at the top 10 Kobe cards in terms of long-term return on investment over the next 20 years. Please email any questions regarding alternative investments in sports cards to info@lycostax.com.

 

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: LYCOSTAX 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)

 

2. 1996 Kobe Bryant Topps Finest RC #74

1996 Kobe Bryant Topps Finest Rookie card 74

 

PSA Population Report

  • 1725 at PSA 10 GEM MINT
  • 4892 at PSA 9 MINT
  • 2041 at PSA 8 NEAR MINT – MINT

As you can see this card is abundant at high grades.

Past Graded Sales

  • 9/13/2022 – PSA 10 – $771 (EBAY)
  • 9/9/2022 – PSA 7 – $70 (EBAY)
  • 8/28/2022 – PSA 8 – $930 (Heritage)

 

3. 2012 Kobe Bryant Panini Select Silver Prizm #54

2012 Kobe Bryant Panini Select Silver Prizm 54

Another gorgeous Kobe card is clocking in at number four on our list. It’s hard to beat the 2012 Kobe Select Silver Prizm when combing the overall looks of the card design, price, and return on investment.

PSA Population Report (Silver Prizm)

  • 30 total at PSA 10 GEM MINT
  • 72 at PSA 9 MINT
  • 9 at PSA 8 NEAR MINT – MINT

PSA Graded Value Estimates

  • PSA 10 – $2000+
  • PSA 9 – $500+/-
  • PSA 8 – $275 +/-

 

4. 2008 Kobe Bryant w/ Lebron James Topps Chrome (Base/White or Orange Refractor) #24

3. 2008 Kobe Bryant w/ Lebron James Topps Chrome (Base or Orange Refractor) 24

This is one of the best looking cards in the game and has thew added side bonus of being an outstanding long-term money maker.

Full Disclosure: LYCOSTAX is currently invested in two of the 2008 Kobe Bryant w/ Lebron James Topps Chrome Orange Refractor /499 #24 cards at a PSA 10 and PSA 9 grade.

PSA Population Report

  • 503 total at PSA 10 GEM MINT
  • 1137 at PSA 9 MINT
  • 414 at PSA 8 NEAR MINT – MINT

Past Graded Sales

  • 9/1/2022 – PSA 10 – $425 (EBAY)
  • 8/13/2022 – PSA 10 – $670 (EBAY)
  • 7/8/2022 – PSA 10 – $500 (EBAY)

 

5. 1997 Kobe Bryant Skybox Metal Universe #81

1997 Kobe Bryant Skybox Metal Universe

The card is tremendously popular and will be a hot item when it is up for auction.

PSA Population Report

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

Past Graded Sales

  • 9/11/2022 – PSA 9 – $123 (EBAY)
  • 8/24/2022 – PSA 9 – $121(EBAY)
  • 1/14/2022 – PSA 10 – $1,900 (EBAY)

 

6. 1997 Kobe Bryant Metal Universe Precious Metal Gems #81

1997 Kobe Bryant Metal Universe Precious Metal Gems 81

A 1997 Skybox Metal Universe Precious Metal Gems #81, numbered 60 out of 100 is shown below.

1997 Kobe Bryant Metal Universe Precious Metal Gems

The signature was authenticated and the card was graded in mint condition, making it “incredibly rare” with an expected final price of over $1 million.

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7. 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.

Past Graded Sales

  • 2/28/2022 – $4,327 – PSA 7 (EBAY)
  • 8/31/2021 – $6,179.00 – PSA 6 (EBAY)
  • 8/11/2021 – $55,350.00 – PSA 10 (Goldin Auctions)

 

8. 1997 Topps Chrome Refractor Kobe Bryant HOF #171

1997 Topps Chrome Refractor #171 Kobe Bryant HOF PSA 10

In all honesty this card should have been much higher on this list and is one of the better Kobe basketball card investments.

The image depicted in the 1997 Refractor Kobe Bryant Topps Chrome card is a true masterpiece and truly embodies the real Kobe.

Past Graded Sales

  • 7/25/2022 – $852 – PSA 9 – (eBay)
  • 11/22/2021 – $1,285 – PSA 8 – (eBay)
  • 12/22/2020 – $22,090 – PSA 10 – (eBay)

 

9. 1998 Skybox Thunder Noyz Boyz Kobe Bryant #3

1998 Skybox Thunder Noyz Boyz Kobe Bryant 3

 

Past Graded Sales

  • 7/24/2022 – $3,240 – PSA 9 (Heritage Auctions)
  • 10/6/2021 – $2,706 –  PSA 8 (Goldin Auctions)
  • 10/21/2020 – $8,887 – PSA 10 (eBay)

 

10. 1998 Skybox Molten Metal Supernatural Fusion Kobe Bryant #33F

1998 Skybox Molten Metal Supernatural Fusion Kobe Bryant 33F

 

PSA Population Report

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

 

Past Graded Sales

  • 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)

 

11. 1998 Kobe Bryant Fleer Electrifying #1

1998 Kobe Bryant Fleer Electrifying 1

One of the more popular of all Kobe cards and clocks in at a “won’t break the bank” price tag at high grades.

 

12. 1999 Kobe Bryant Upper Deck Game Jerseys Patch #GJP11 (#GJP27)

1999 Kobe Bryant Upper Deck Game Jerseys Patch

 

13. 2012 to 2018 Kobe Bryant Panini Flawless Auto or RPA Cards

Kobe Bryant Panini Flawless RPA auto

 

14. 2012 Kobe Bryant National Treasures Notable Nicknames /49 #6

2012 Kobe Bryant National Treasures Notable Nicknames 6

 

15. 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.

 

16. 2000 to 2003 Kobe Bryant Ultimate Collection Ultimate Signatures Auto #KB

Kobe Bryant Ultimate Collection Ultimate Signatures

If you have the coin to back up the investment, we suggest making a bid regarding a Kobe Ultimate Collection Sig Series(2000 to 2003).

It’s rare to see any of these cards up for auction, including all three years. If you are lucky enough to have the cash flow buy, buy, BUY.

 

17. 1996 Kobe Bryant SkyBox E-X2000 #30

1996 Kobe Bryant SkyBox E-X2000

 

18. 2019 Kobe Bryant Panini Prizm #8

2019 prizm kobe bryant psa 10

 

19. 1998 Kobe Bryant NBA Hoops Bams /250 #2

1998-99 NBA Hoops Bams Kobe Bryant 2

 

20. 1998 Fleer Playmakers Theatre /100 Kobe Bryant #3

1998 Kobe Bryant Fleer Playmakers Theatre 3

 

21. 1997 Ultra Stars Kobe Bryant #3

1997 Ultra Stars Kobe Bryant 3

 

22. 2017 Panini Eminence Black Mamba Moments Auto Kobe Bryant #17

2017 Panini Eminence Black Mamba Moments Auto Kobe Bryant

 

23. 1997 Kobe Bryant E-X2001 Jambalaya #12

997 Kobe Bryant E-X2001 Jambalaya 12

 

24. 1997 Ultra Star Power Supreme Kobe Bryant #SPS3

1997 Ultra Star Power Supreme Kobe Bryant SPS3

 

25. 2017 Kobe Bryant Panini Hoops Premium /199 #299

2017 hoops kobe Bryant premium psa 10

Full Disclosure: LYCOSTAX is currently invested in one 1998 Kobe Bryant Intimidation Nation card at a PSA 10 grade.

 

26. 1996 Kobe Bryant Flair Showcase Legacy Collection /150 RC #31

1996 Flair Showcase Legacy Collection Kobe Bryant rookie card 31

 

27. 2019 Kobe Bryant Panini Contenders Tribute Auto (#all/numerous)

 2019 Kobe Bryant Panini Contenders

 

28. 1996 E-X2000 Credentials Kobe Bryant RC /499 #30

1996 E-X2000 Credentials Kobe Bryant RC 30

 

29. 2006 Kobe Bryant Fleer 20th Anniversary #58

kobe bryant 2006 fleer 20th anniversary

DOPE LOOKING CARD.

Buy it and thanks us later.

Enough said.

 

30. 1997 Metal Universe Championship Precious Metal Gems Kobe Bryant /50 #86

kobe bryant 1999 skybox apex cutting edge

 

31. 1997 Skybox Premium Golden Touch Kobe Bryant #GT3

1997 Skybox Premium Golden Touch Kobe Bryant

 

32. 2003 Kobe Bryant Upper Deck Ultimate Collection Signatures #KB-A

2003 Kobe Bryant Upper Deck Ultimate Collection Signatures

 

33. 1997 Kobe Bryant Skybox Premium Star Rubies /50 #23

1997 Kobe Bryant Skybox Premium Star Rubies

 

34. 1997 Kobe Bryant Skybox Z-Force Big Men on Court #2

1997 Kobe Bryant Skybox Z-Force Big Men on Court 2

 

35. 1998 Kobe Bryant Upper Deck Game Jerseys #GJ19 or 21

1998 Kobe Bryant Upper Deck Game Jerseys gj19

 

36. 1998 Kobe Bryant SkyBox Intimidation Nation #2

3. 1998 Kobe Bryant SkyBox Intimidation Nation basketball card

In our opinion, the 1998 Kobe SkyBox intimidation Nation card is a terrific sleeper investment, as you won’t see this card on many of the so-called experts’ Kobe card picks.

Full Disclosure: LYCOSTAX is currently invested in one 1998 Kobe Bryant Intimidation Nation card at a PSA 10 grade.

 

37. 2007 Kobe Bryant UD Black Ticket Auto /50 #TA-KB

2007-08 UD Black Ticket Kobe Bryant HOF Signed 23/50 PSA PSA/DNA 10 Silver AUTO

 

38. 2000 Kobe Bryant UD Hardcourt Authentics Auto Inscribed #8

KOBE BRYANT 2000 UD HARCOURT AUTHENTICS AUTO ON CARD AUTOGRAPH INSCRIBED 8

 

39. 2005 Kobe Bryant Topps Chrome Refractor #40

2005 Kobe Bryant Topps Chrome Refractor 40

 

40. Any Kobe Bryant KABOOM! Basketball Card

Kobe Bryant KABOOM Basketball Card

You can never go wrong investing a players KABOOM! card as they are crazy popular.

 

41. 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.

 

42. 2010 Kobe Bryant National Treasures RPA #18

2010 Kobe Bryant National Treasures

 

43. 2008 Skybox Metal Universe Precious Gems Kobe Bryant #4

2008 METAL UNIVERSE PRECIOUS GEMS-RED 4 KOBE BRYANT

 

44. 2009 Rookies Stars Kobe Bryant Jersey Auto #4

009 Rookies Stars Kobe Bryant Jersey Auto

 

45. 1998 Kobe Bryant Upper Deck Ionix #31

1998 Kobe Bryant Upper Deck Ionix 31

 

46. 1996 Topps Draft Redemption Kobe Bryant Rookie Card #DP13

1996 Topps Draft Redemption Kobe Bryant Rookie Card

 

47. 2018 Panini Select Kobe Bryant In Flight Signatures #IF-KBR

2018 Panini Select Kobe Bryant In Flight Signatures

 

48. 1996 Kobe Bryant SP RC #134

1996 Kobe Bryant SP 134

 

49. 1996 Kobe Bryant Upper Deck Exclusives RC Insert #R10

1996 Kobe Bryant Upper Deck Exclusives RC Insert

 

50. 1998 Kobe Bryant Ultra Gold Medallion #61G

1998 Kobe Bryant Ultra Gold Medallion 61G

Last but not least is Fleer’s 1998 Ultra Gold Medallion Kobe card.

The card features Kobe exploding through the air, attempting a backward slam dunk NBA Jam style. His name and team name are in rainbow color with cursive print.

 

FAQ

How much is Kobe Bryant basketball card worth?

The 1997-98 Skybox E-X2001 Essential Credentials Future #8 Kobe Bryant basketball card is worth $52,100 at a BGS 8.5 grade. This card sold via eBay auctions on 8/22/22. The 2016 Panini Impeccable Stats Kobe Bryant card is worth $28,566.

 

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?

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.

 

What is the most valuable Kobe Bryant basketball/rookie card?

most expensive kobe Bryant basketball 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.

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