10 Most Valuable Kobe Bryant Cards of All-Time

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As one of the best and most popular players in NBA history, there are plenty of valuable Kobe Bryant cards. But which ones are worth the most?

Here are the top 10 Kobe Bryant cards as valued in the Beckett Basketball Card Price Guide. It’s a mix of autographs, memorabilia cards and other early rarities.

It’s important to note that there scarce and valuable Kobe Bryant cards that aren’t listed because they are too rare to get an accurate price on. For the purposes of this list, cards are limited to those with values in the price guide.

10 Most Valuable Kobe Bryant Cards

10. 1998-99 SkyBox Thunder Super Rave Kobe Bryant #108 /25

SkyBox Thunder Super Rave Kobe Bryant

Today, if you land a card numbered to 25, your reaction is more likely to be, “That’s cool” and move on. But as the 1990s came to a close, such cards weren’t in every product let alone multiple levels. They were scarce. Factor in landing a superstar and the reaction would have been more akin to “OMG!” (if OMG was a thing back then).

The “1998-99 SkyBox Thunder Super Rave Kobe Bryant” comes from a breed of ultra-rare parallels that were only starting to emerge at the time. Although not nearly as bright and bold as a lot of the Fleer’s other inserts and parallels at the time, there is some glitz to it in the lettering. But the big draw here is the low serial number.

9. 2003-04 SP Authentic Signatures Triple Michael Jordan/LeBron James/Kobe Bryant #JJB /15

Authentic Signatures Triple Michael Jordan/LeBron James/Kobe Bryant

Not many multi-signature cards exist where Bryant would be considered the weakest link. It’s no knock against him here, though. Paired with Michael Jordan and a rookie LeBron James is some exclusive company. The combination also makes for one of the most valuable Kobe Bryant cards.

8. 2004-05 Exquisite Collection Limited Logos Kobe Bryant Auto Patch #KB1, KB2 /50

The Lakers legend has two 2004-05 Exquisite Collection Limited Logos cards. Both rank among the most valuable Kobe Bryant cards of all-time.

Exquisite Collection Limited Logos Kobe Bryant Auto Patch

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Exquisite Collection Limited Logos Kobe Bryant Auto Patch

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The autographed patch inserts were an Exquisite staple during the brand’s basketball run. The massive patch windows make from some impressive color and pattern combinations, many of which are easy to spot what part of the jersey they came from.

7. 1997-98 SkyBox Premium Star Rubies Kobe Bryant #23 /50

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Here’s one of the bolder 1990s inserts. 1997-98 SkyBox Premium Star Rubies have a shiny print in the background that’s sort of like a disco-leopard mash up. This popular Kobe Bryant card also features a low print run of 50 copies. Put the two together and you’ve got a card that fetches thousands in the rare instances it surfaces today.

In addition to card #23, Bryant has a second Star Rubies card at #226. This is another extremely valuable Kobe Bryant card.

6. 1996-97 Topps Chrome Refractors Kobe Bryant #138

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When it comes to valuable Kobe Bryant parallels, this is where it all began. 1996-97 marked the basketball debut for Topps Chrome. And it was a retail-exclusive at that. Considerably rarer than a lot of other products that year, it quickly skyrocketed in popularity and value.

Refractors are essentially the same as the regular 1996-97 Topps Chrome Kobe Bryant Rookie Card. The difference is in the finish. When put under light, Refractors have a rainbow backdrop. Of course, the parallels are significantly rarer. Inserted 1:12 packs, it works out to less than two per 20-pack box. Spread over the entire set, and these were tough back then.
Another factor in the 1996-97 Topps Chrome Refractor Kobe Bryant’s value is the fact that it’s hard to find in top condition. In March, 2016 a BGS 10 Black Label copy sold for more than $58,100 on eBay.

5. 2003-04 Exquisite Collection Noble Nameplates Kobe Bryant Auto Patch #KB /25

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Another 2003-04 Exquisite Kobe Bryant autographed patch card, Noble Nameplates has a smaller swatch from the more popular Emblems of Endorsements card. However, we’re talking 2003-04 Exquisite, so everything featuring Kobe Bryant is valuable.

This card also has a smaller print run of 25 copies. That’s 50 less than Bryant’s Limited Logos card.

4. 2007-08 Exquisite Collection Limited Logos Kobe Bryant Auto Patch #LLKB /50

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Remember Limited Logos? It’s back with another one of the best Kobe Bryant cards ever made. Once again numbered to just 50 copies, many come with a swatch that’s clearly from an All-Star jersey. It’s a different kind of game-used. For many, though, it makes an already impressive card even stronger.

3. 2003-04 Exquisite Collection Limited Logos Kobe Bryant Auto Patch #KB /75

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Every legend has a beginning. For Upper Deck Exquisite Basketball, it was 2003-04. The Lebron James-led rookie class was a big factor. But Upper Deck’s deals with Bryant and Michael Jordan have resulted in more of a lasting impact than ZarkoCabarkapa Rookie Cards.

Although the 2003-04 Exquisite Limited Logos has a bigger print run than Bryant’s Noble Nameplates card from the same set, it also has a significantly bigger patch swatch. As a result, this one typically commands a higher value.

2. 2008-09 Exquisite Collection Emblems of Endorsements Kobe Bryant Auto Patch #EE-KB /10

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In case you haven’t realized already, but Exquisite Collection brought some truly impressive cards to light. For the 2008-09 Exquisite Emblems of Endorsements Kobe Bryant, it has the same autograph-patch combination expected from the brand. However, the swatch comes in a die-cut window helping it stand out. The fact that it’s numbered to just 10 copies certainly helps cement its place as one of the best Kobe Bryant cards of all-time.

2008-09 was the last time Bryant had autographs in an Upper Deck Exquisite set. The following year Panini entered the basketball card market and signed Bryant to an exclusive autograph deal.

1. 1997-98 Metal Universe Precious Metal Gems Kobe Bryant #81 /100

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Surprise! The most valuable Kobe Bryant card doesn’t have an autograph or a patch. Instead, it’s from a set of wildly popular parallels.

1997-98 Metal Universe Precious Metal Gems shine brighter than just about anything released in the modern era. You can take that from the bold colors that dominate the background. But there’s a lot more happening with this particular Kobe Bryant card.

Like the other cards in the set, the Kobe Bryant PMG has 100 total copies. Today, that’s tough, but not particularly rare. In the 1990s, such a number was considered scarce. All are serial numbered. Ninety of them have the red background. The first ten, though, are green.

When considering Kobe Bryant card values, it’s the more common red version that is ranked higher. The green one is too scarce to get an accurate gauge, but you could likely expect to spend tens of thousands — maybe more — to get one. First, one needs to come up for sale, though.

by Ryan Cracknell

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