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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HUGE IMMACULATE ROOKIE PATCH AUTO PRIZM PSA GRADED SP SPORTS CARD COLLECTION LOT

Watchers: 89  
# of Bids: 30
Current Bid: $449
Auction Ends: 25-Feb-2024 02:02
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1996 Topps Kobe Bryant Rookie Card PSA 10

Watchers: 81  
# of Bids: 35
Current Bid: $769
Auction Ends: 22-Feb-2024 04:02
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1996-97 Skybox E-X2000 Star Date 2000 #3 Kobe Bryant RC Rookie HOF BGS 9.5

Watchers: 72  
# of Bids: 20
Current Bid: $1384
Auction Ends: 22-Feb-2024 04:02
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2008 Topps #24 Kobe Bryant With Lebron James Card PSA 10 GEM MINT

Watchers: 60  
# of Bids: 29
Current Bid: $227.5
Auction Ends: 22-Feb-2024 18:02
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HUGE AUTO JERSEY #'d LOT + PSA GRADED CARDS Ohtani Trout Kobe Lebron Brady Jeter

Watchers: 58  
# of Bids: 42
Current Bid: $275
Auction Ends: 24-Feb-2024 20:02
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1996 Topps Finest Gold Kobe Bryant RC Rookie Card w/ Coating PSA 9 Well Center

Watchers: 55  
# of Bids: 21
Current Bid: $630
Auction Ends: 26-Feb-2024 03:02
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1996 Stadium Club Rookie Showcase #RS11 Kobe Bryant RC PSA 10 Gem Mint LOW POP

Watchers: 52  
# of Bids: 22
Current Bid: $531
Auction Ends: 26-Feb-2024 03:02
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1996 Topps Chrome Youthquake #YQ15 Kobe Bryant RC Rookie HOF PSA 9

Watchers: 48  
# of Bids: 11
Current Bid: $227.5
Auction Ends: 23-Feb-2024 02:02
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1996-97 Fleer Metal KOBE BRYANT RC Rookie #181 Lakers PSA 10 GEM MINT

Watchers: 44  
# of Bids: 18
Current Bid: $127.5
Auction Ends: 28-Feb-2024 02:02
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Huge NBA Basketball Card Lot💥🏀 9000+ Cards! Rookies, Stars, Inserts 90s, Prizm

Watchers: 40  
# of Bids: 16
Current Bid: $137.5
Auction Ends: 21-Feb-2024 19:02
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1996 Fleer Lucky 13 KOBE BRYANT RC Rookie #13 Lakers PSA 10 GEM MINT

Watchers: 37  
# of Bids: 14
Current Bid: $449
Auction Ends: 28-Feb-2024 01:02
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1996-97 Flair Showcase Row 2 #31 Kobe Bryant RC Rookie BGS 9 Mint LAKERS

Watchers: 36  
# of Bids: 14
Current Bid: $47
Auction Ends: 23-Feb-2024 04:02
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1996 Skybox E-X2000 Kobe Bryant RC PSA 3 VG Looks WAY Better!!!

Watchers: 33  
# of Bids: 8
Current Bid: $28.1
Auction Ends: 29-Feb-2024 03:02
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Kobe Bryant RC 1996-97 Topps Youthquake #YQ15 Los Angeles Lakers RARE SP Rookie

Watchers: 33  
# of Bids: 13
Current Bid: $102.5
Auction Ends: 24-Feb-2024 02:02
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2016-17 Devin Booker Panini Grand Reserve Prizm Auto /75 On Card Refractor Gold

Watchers: 33  
# of Bids: 15
Current Bid: $60
Auction Ends: 27-Feb-2024 03:02
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1996-97 Topps Kobe Bryant Rookie Card RC #138 Los Angeles Lakers !!!.

Watchers: 32  
# of Bids: 16
Current Bid: $26
Auction Ends: 22-Feb-2024 08:02
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1996-97 Skybox Kobe Bryant NBA Hoops Gold Foil Rookie Card #3 of 30 Lakers OB1

Watchers: 31  
# of Bids: 16
Current Bid: $18.5
Auction Ends: 23-Feb-2024 02:02
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Kobe Bryant 1996-97 Topps #138 Rookie Card RC LA Lakers NBA HOF PSA 9 MINT

Watchers: 31  
# of Bids: 13
Current Bid: $56
Auction Ends: 26-Feb-2024 03:02
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1996 Flair Showcase Row 2 Kobe Bryant Rookie Card #31 PSA 9 MINT RC

Watchers: 31  
# of Bids: 14
Current Bid: $94
Auction Ends: 23-Feb-2024 04:02
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1996 Topps #138 Kobe Bryant RC Rookie PSA 9 MINT

Watchers: 30  
# of Bids: 29
Current Bid: $92
Auction Ends: 23-Feb-2024 18:02
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2008 Topps Kobe Bryant Guarded By Lebron James PSA 10 GEM MINT 🔥Iconic Card🔥

Watchers: 29  
# of Bids: 4
Current Bid: $177.97
Auction Ends: 26-Feb-2024 02:02
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HUGE ROOKIE PATCH AUTO PRIZM CHRONICLES PSA POKEMON SPSPORTS CARD COLLECTION LOT

Watchers: 28  
# of Bids: 7
Current Bid: $111
Auction Ends: 24-Feb-2024 02:02
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1996 Skybox E - X2000 KOBE BRYANT ROOKIE CARD RC Graded PSA 8

Watchers: 27  
# of Bids: 16
Current Bid: $202.5
Auction Ends: 26-Feb-2024 07:02
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1996 TOPPS FINEST KOBE BRYANT ROOKIE RC PSA 9 MINT CARD 74 THEME A10 JT3

Watchers: 27  
# of Bids: 14
Current Bid: $83
Auction Ends: 23-Feb-2024 09:02
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Kobe Bryant Card Collection Rookies Inserts Uncommon Sets 60+ Cards NM

Watchers: 26  
# of Bids: 21
Current Bid: $210.5
Auction Ends: 22-Feb-2024 01:02
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