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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1996 Score Board Kobe Bryant On Card Rookie Auto BGS 9.5/10 Gem POP 17 RC SM

Watchers: 136  
# of Bids: 51
Current Bid: $1386
Auction Ends: 04-Jul-2022 01:07
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2000 Upper Deck KOBE BRYANT On Card AUTO “Ovation Signatures” 🔥RARE SSP🔥

Watchers: 96  
# of Bids: 46
Current Bid: $1333
Auction Ends: 04-Jul-2022 02:07
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2009 Rookies Stars Kobe Bryant Jersey Auto /25 PSA 10 GEM MINT ON CARD AUTOGRAPH

Watchers: 91  
# of Bids: 66
Current Bid: $2150
Auction Ends: 04-Jul-2022 01:07
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2009 Panini Elite KOBE BRYANT On Card AUTO Hand # (10/24) Die Cut GOLD RARE SSP

Watchers: 77  
# of Bids: 29
Current Bid: $1650
Auction Ends: 04-Jul-2022 02:07
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1996-97 Topps Kobe Bryant Rookie #138 PSA 10 GEM MINT RC Basketball Card Trade

Watchers: 66  
# of Bids: 27
Current Bid: $560
Auction Ends: 03-Jul-2022 22:07
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1996-97 Topps Kobe Bryant 138 PSA 10 RC Rookie Gem Mint + 10 raw rookie cards

Watchers: 63  
# of Bids: 18
Current Bid: $1225
Auction Ends: 02-Jul-2022 15:07
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1996-97 Skybox E-X2000 Kobe Bryant Rookie Card RC #30 PSA 8 Lakers NM-MT M82

Watchers: 50  
# of Bids: 14
Current Bid: $306
Auction Ends: 30-Jun-2022 01:06
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1996 UD3 KOBE BRYANT RC #43 PSA 10 GEM MINT!! AERIAL ARTISTS!

Watchers: 46  
# of Bids: 14
Current Bid: $326
Auction Ends: 04-Jul-2022 00:07
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1996-97 Topps Kobe Bryant Rc #138 LA Lakers Rookie PSA 9 Mint 2 Card Lot

Watchers: 36  
# of Bids: 26
Current Bid: $306
Auction Ends: 04-Jul-2022 02:07
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1996-97 NBA Hoops Hill's All-Rookie Team #3 Kobe Bryant RC HOF SGC 7 NM

Watchers: 34  
# of Bids: 17
Current Bid: $206.5
Auction Ends: 30-Jun-2022 02:06
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1996 Topps Chrome #138 Kobe Bryant RC BGS 9 Rookie

Watchers: 33  
# of Bids: 32
Current Bid: $1125
Auction Ends: 04-Jul-2022 02:07
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KOBE BRYANT 1996/97 TOPPS #138 RC ROOKIE CARD LOS ANGELES LAKERS PSA 9 MINT

Watchers: 32  
# of Bids: 18
Current Bid: $127.5
Auction Ends: 03-Jul-2022 03:07
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1996-97 Topps Finest #74 Kobe Bryant RC Rookie HOF w/ Coating PSA 10 GEM MINT

Watchers: 32  
# of Bids: 52
Current Bid: $142.5
Auction Ends: 06-Jul-2022 03:07
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1996-97 Topps Kobe Bryant Rookie Card RC #138 Lakers (Great Card)

Watchers: 31  
# of Bids: 11
Current Bid: $21.5
Auction Ends: 01-Jul-2022 02:07
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1995-96 Topps Series 2 NBA Basketball Cards Box 24 Packs Sealed

Watchers: 30  
# of Bids: 21
Current Bid: $71
Auction Ends: 01-Jul-2022 01:07
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1996-97 FLEER METAL KOBE BRYANT RC #181 CSG 10 LAKERS COMBINE FREE SHIPPING

Watchers: 30  
# of Bids: 9
Current Bid: $127.5
Auction Ends: 04-Jul-2022 00:07
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KOBE BRYANT 1996 SP PREMIUM COLLECTION ROOKIE CARD INSERT#PC18 MINT CONDITION

Watchers: 30  
# of Bids: 12
Current Bid: $76
Auction Ends: 30-Jun-2022 04:06
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KOBE BRYANT 1996 TOPPS ROOKIE CARD #138 MINT CONDITION HOF

Watchers: 29  
# of Bids: 13
Current Bid: $37
Auction Ends: 30-Jun-2022 03:06
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1996 Topps Kobe Bryant RC - Rookie Card🔥🔥🔥

Watchers: 27  
# of Bids: 9
Current Bid: $10.5
Auction Ends: 04-Jul-2022 03:07
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1996-97 Chrome Topps #138 Kobe Bryant (RC)

Watchers: 27  
# of Bids: 11
Current Bid: $1175
Auction Ends: 01-Jul-2022 16:07
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2020 Panini Donruss Optic Bronze Prizm Justin Herbert #153 RC Rookie Card PSA 9

Watchers: 26  
# of Bids: 18
Current Bid: $197.5
Auction Ends: 05-Jul-2022 01:07
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