Kobe Bryant cards remain among the hottest in the hobby. Along with LeBron James, the Lakers superstar has led the NBA's post-Michael Jordan era, winning five NBA championships. Within the hobby, his cards and autographs are consistently among the top sellers. In particular, limited versions of Kobe Bryant rookie cards and autographs generate a lot of buzz when they surface.
Hottest Kobe Bryant Cards to Collect
Bryant's audience is a global one and he has fans all over the world. It's that international following that has driven some of his rare inserts to seemingly unthinkable levels. In particular, tough parallels from the 1990s carry particular clout. Kobe Bryant Metal Universe Precious Metal Gems, Topps Chrome Refractors, Flair Showcase Legacy and SkyBox Ruby cards are just a few of the high-end options for collectors among his top NBA cards.
When Panini landed the exclusive rights for NBA trading cards in 2009-10, they quickly signed Bryant to be a company spokesman. His autographs are in most of the company's sets and continue to attract lots of attention, still outselling just about everything except for the hottest rookies.
While Kobe Bryant does have his critics, it's tough to deny his impact on the game. And a handful of championship rings is even harder to argue against. Bryant's legacy will last far beyond his playing days. As a result, Kobe Bryant cards continue to be some of the most collected in the hobby.
Most-Watched Kobe Bryant Cards Hot List
Below is a real-time look at the 50 most-watched Kobe Bryant cards currently listed on eBay. The list is constantly updating as some are sold and new cards are listed. It's a great indicator of what interests collectors and showcases some of the top Kobe Bryant cards on the market.
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| E-Mail Author Ryan is a former member of The Cardboard Connection Writing Staff.
His collecting origins began with winter bike rides to the corner store, tossing a couple of quarters onto the counter and peddling home with a couple packs of O-Pee-Chee hockey in his pocket. Today, he continues to build sets, go after inserts with cool technologies, chase Montreal Expos and finish off his John Jaha master collection.