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If you are looking for a quality investment you will want to consider a Kobe Bryant rookie card.  Kobe has developed into one of the greatest basketball players of All-Time.  Their are many that believe he is a better all round player than Michael Kobe Bryant rookie cardJordan.  He recent NBA championship victory over the Boston Celtics has brought his basketball cards back into the forefront.  Whether you love or hate Kobe Bryant you still must respect his abilities.

Their are a variety of great Kobe Bryant rookie cards that are worth buying. Here is a list of some of the best Kobe Bryant rookie cards to date with their current values.

1996 Topps Chrome Kobe Bryant Rookie Card

This is the holy grail of Kobe Bryant RC’s.  Their are two different versions of these cards that were produced by Topps.  The regular issued card and the Refractor.   The regular issued card sells for about $400 in Gem MT 10 condition while the Refractor normally sells for over $2000 in the same condition.  Watch out for centering issus on these rookie cards as well as counterfeits that exist.

1996 EX2000 Kobe Bryant Rookie Card

This is one of the nicest looking Kobe Bryant basketball cards to date.  Their were 2 different versions of these basketball cards produced.  The regular green version and the Silver Credentials rookie which is numbered to only 499.  The Credentials rookie card recently sold for $2100 on Ebay.

1996 Finest Kobe Bryant rookie card

The value of these rookie cards are based on the condition that they are in.  Many of these cards have centering issues which make centered one’s much more valuable.  Finest RC’s have sold recently for about $125 on current ebay auctions in Gem MT 10 condition.  In retrospect you can find off centered, un-graded cards for about $15-$20.  Topps also produced Finest Refractors which normally sell for two times the regular issued card.

Collectors are debating which is the better rookie card to invest in.  A Lebron James rookie card or a Kobe Bryant rookie card.  To be every honest your money is safe with both players.  Kobe Bryant will do his very best this season for a another NBA championship and if he is successful their will be know doubt who the best basketball player in the NBA is.

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Alan Karpuch

Owner of GMA Grading Inc. Over 20 years experience in the sports card industry.

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