Probably the most famous base rookie card of Kobe Bryant. This regular paper card comes with the iconic Kobe artwork. Not a very rare card as it was one of the main set back in the days but one of the most noticeable and demanded due to it being so iconic.
This insert was part of the regular Topps set but actually is a card with a Chrome look that features an NBA 50th anniversary logo. It is quite hard to find Gem Mint copies of this card. Therefore, it comes with a five figures price tag in PSA 10 condition.
Topps Chrome saw its first release in 1996, Kobe‘s rookie year. Being the most sought-after premium version of the Topps set, Topps Chrome has always been the most in-demand set till 2010. The Kobe base chrome card comes with the same artwork as the Topps one but with the iconic Chrome surface.
Refractors are rare variations of the regular Topps Chrome cards that come with an extremely shiny surface that makes the card shimmer in rainbow colors. This card is the most sought-after Kobe rookie card and a BGS 10 Black Label sold for more than $1.5 million at GoldinAuctions.
The Skybox Premium set comes with great-looking foil surface cards. While the regular card comes with golden lettering, this more rare Rubies version comes with ruby red lettering that makes the card really stand out. A very rare and valuable card.
Even though this isn’t a rookie card or a second-year card, this card is still really sought after and it is due to its artwork. The photo included on the card shows Kobe dueling Lebron. Two legends on one beautiful card. Especially the Refractor versions of this card are extremely valuable.
Topps Finest was another more high-end set released by the Topps company back in the days. The cards came with a removable coating foil on the front that some collectors took off and others didn’t. The #269 shows Kobe doing a reverse slam with heir written above him. Definitely collector‘s favorite.
In 1997, the first issue of the legendary Precious Metal Gems was released as a subset of the Metal Universe set. Each player in the set received a total of 100 Precious Metal Gems with 90 of them being red. A very expensive card that is known for its surface issues. That is why good condition copies are extremely rare and valuable.
The green variation of the Precious Metal Gems was limited to only 10 copies which makes the card extremely rare and due to its high demand quite expensive as well. A holy grail card for every basketball and Kobe collector.
Numbered to only 499 copies in existence, this Kobe rookie card doesn’t really show up for sale often in a good condition and when it does, it sells for some serious money. The card comes with a high-quality appeal and a marble white border.