Kobe Bryant rookie cards have been hobby royalty for decades, and his untimely death in January of 2020 only magnified his stature among collectors.

From the moment the Charlotte Hornets drafted Kobe with the 13th pick in the June 1996 NBA Draft — and, really, even before — as a high schooler, Kobe had high expectations heaped on him.

Those pressures exploded less than a month later when the Hornets traded Bryant to the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for Vlade Divac.

And, just like that, the Lakers had their new face of the franchise, the “kid” who was going to lead them back to the top of the NBA heap.

Not only that, but young Kobe was being hailed as the “Next Michael Jordan,” an impossible yoke to bear that he nevertheless handled with great aplomb while doing little to dispel the idea with his play on the court — increased minutes and scoring averages over his first several seasons, and an NBA title after his third.

From there, it was just up, up, up, with two scoring titles and four more championships to accompany his 18 All-Star and 15 All-NBA selections.

And, sure, there were controversies and even criminal problems along the way, from Kobe’s not-so-friendly banter with teammate Shaquille O’Neal to his much publicized sexual assault incident in a Colorado hotel room.

Through it all, though, Kobe continued his march toward the Hall of Fame and managed to carve out his own unique spotlight in the sport, separate and different from Jordan’s, O’Neal’s, LeBron James’, and everyone else’s.

Bryant retired after the 2015-16 season as a lifetime Laker (draft notwithstanding), which of course helped to elevate his profile in the game and hobby even further.

Collectors sure took note, and we made his first cards in the 1996-97 sets like Topps, Bowman, Flair, and Upper Deck among the hottest of all hoops cards right from the tip, and, just like the man himself, we — and his cards — never looked back.

Today, Kobe Bryant rookies remain among the hottest of all basketball cards, and you can get an eyeful anytime you want to over on eBay.

To help whet your appetite for that show, then, here are the hottest, most watched Kobe Bryant rookie cards on eBay right now. It’s a fun list to watch, and updated every few minutes … so check back often!

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Kobe Bryant RC 1997 Score Board Visions Artistry PSA 10 AUTO

Watchers: 96  
# of Bids: 40
Current Bid: $750
Auction Ends: 22-Jul-2024 03:07
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1996-97 Topps Chrome #138 Kobe Bryant ROOKIE RC LAKERS PSA 8 NM-MT

Watchers: 79  
# of Bids: 62
Current Bid: $510
Auction Ends: 23-Jul-2024 01:07
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1996 Topps Finest Kobe Bryant #269 Heirs Gold RC Rookie SP BGS 9.5 Non Refractor

Watchers: 77  
# of Bids: 33
Current Bid: $960
Auction Ends: 21-Jul-2024 01:07
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1996 KOBE BRYANT FLAIR SHOWCASE CLASS OF NINETY-SIX BGS 9.5 GEM MINT ROOKIE

Watchers: 73  
# of Bids: 15
Current Bid: $325
Auction Ends: 22-Jul-2024 01:07
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1996 Fleer Flair Showcase Row 0 Zero #31 Kobe Bryant RC Rookie NM-MT PSA 8

Watchers: 70  
# of Bids: 27
Current Bid: $280.2
Auction Ends: 22-Jul-2024 02:07
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1996-97 Topps Kobe Bryant Rookie Card RC #138 PSA 10 GEM MINT Los Angeles Lakers

Watchers: 67  
# of Bids: 62
Current Bid: $730
Auction Ends: 21-Jul-2024 02:07
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1996-97 Fleer Ultra All Rookie #3 Kobe Bryant PSA 10 Gem Mint RC 🔥 Pop 13

Watchers: 65  
# of Bids: 56
Current Bid: $2601
Auction Ends: 22-Jul-2024 02:07
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HUGE ROOKIE PATCH AUTO PRIZM SSP SELECT RPA AUTOGRAPH SPORTS CARD COLLECTION LOT

Watchers: 62  
# of Bids: 27
Current Bid: $182.5
Auction Ends: 21-Jul-2024 01:07
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1996-97 Kobe Bryant BGS 8.5 NM MINT Skybox Premium STAR RUBIES Rookie Rare #203

Watchers: 61  
# of Bids: 19
Current Bid: $510
Auction Ends: 22-Jul-2024 01:07
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1996-97 Skybox E-X2000 Kobe Bryant Rookie Card RC #30 BGS 8 Los Angeles Lakers

Watchers: 59  
# of Bids: 23
Current Bid: $121
Auction Ends: 21-Jul-2024 02:07
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1996 Fleer Ultra FRESH FACES Kobe Bryant #3 RC ROOKIE PSA 9 MINT

Watchers: 59  
# of Bids: 25
Current Bid: $405
Auction Ends: 22-Jul-2024 01:07
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1996 TOPPS #138 KOBE BRYANT ROOKIE RC PSA 10

Watchers: 59  
# of Bids: 20
Current Bid: $560
Auction Ends: 21-Jul-2024 01:07
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1996-97 Fleer Metal Precious Metal #181 Kobe Bryant RC Rookie HOF BGS 9

Watchers: 59  
# of Bids: 15
Current Bid: $656
Auction Ends: 25-Jul-2024 02:07
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1996 TOPPS #138 KOBE BRYANT ROOKIE RC PSA 10

Watchers: 58  
# of Bids: 22
Current Bid: $285
Auction Ends: 25-Jul-2024 00:07
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1996 Topps - #138 Kobe Bryant (RC) PSA 10

Watchers: 54  
# of Bids: 20
Current Bid: $133.5
Auction Ends: 23-Jul-2024 17:07
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1996 FLAIR SHOWCASE CLASS OF '96 #4 KOBE BRYANT ROOKIE RC PSA 9

Watchers: 54  
# of Bids: 22
Current Bid: $202.5
Auction Ends: 22-Jul-2024 01:07
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KOBE BRYANT 1996-97 SKYBOX E-X2000 ROOKIE LA LAKERS #30 RC BGS 8.5 Q1569

Watchers: 53  
# of Bids: 19
Current Bid: $125.5
Auction Ends: 22-Jul-2024 00:07
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***1996-97 Topps Chrome Kobe Bryant Rookie Card PSA 9 MINT #138, L@@K, NR!!***

Watchers: 49  
# of Bids: 31
Current Bid: $610
Auction Ends: 27-Jul-2024 01:07
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(134) Huge Michael Jordan Card Lot Basketball Various Years All Card Included

Watchers: 49  
# of Bids: 15
Current Bid: $157.5
Auction Ends: 20-Jul-2024 19:07
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1996 Fleer Showcase Kobe Bryant #31 RC Rookie Row 0/Seat 31/Sec 1 PSA 8 New Slab

Watchers: 49  
# of Bids: 33
Current Bid: $309
Auction Ends: 20-Jul-2024 02:07
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1996-97 Bowman's Best Picks Refractors #BP10 Kobe Bryant RC Rookie PSA 9 MINT

Watchers: 47  
# of Bids: 33
Current Bid: $780
Auction Ends: 24-Jul-2024 01:07
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1996-97 Fleer Ultra Gold Medallion Kobe Bryant RE #G266 BGS 9.5 Gem Mint

Watchers: 46  
# of Bids: 20
Current Bid: $260
Auction Ends: 22-Jul-2024 01:07
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(9) LOT 1996-97 Fleer Metal Kobe Bryant Lakers SP RC HOF ALL ROOKIES Nice LOOK

Watchers: 45  
# of Bids: 15
Current Bid: $62
Auction Ends: 22-Jul-2024 02:07
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1996 Collectors Choice Kobe Bryant PSA 10 Gem Mint Rookie Card RC #267

Watchers: 43  
# of Bids: 23
Current Bid: $110.5
Auction Ends: 20-Jul-2024 23:07
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1996 NBA HOOPS KOBE BRYANT ROOKIE RC GOLD FOIL CARD #3 of 30 BGS 9.5 GEM MINT

Watchers: 41  
# of Bids: 22
Current Bid: $299
Auction Ends: 22-Jul-2024 01:07
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