1996 Topps Chrome Refractor Kobe Bryant ROOKIE RC #138 PSA 10 GEM MINT
Critically Important Investment Piece
When thinking about highly desired, prestigious Kobe Bryant rookie cards, collectors and investors instantly think about his 1996 Topps Chrome Refractor. Easily regarded as one of Kobe's most attractive rookie cards with its beautiful in-action image with name in gold lettering at the bottom of the card. This iconic '90s rookie card is almost always plagued by a slew of condition issues including: greening, refractor lines, surface wear and centering issues. Due to this laundry list of issues, PSA 10 GEM MINT copies are incredibly rare with only sixty-three in existence. With such a high demand for PSA 10 GEM MINT copies, it's no wonder why we've seen this card skyrocket in value since Kobe's tragic passing. Offered here is perhaps the very best PSA 10 we've had the pleasure of brokering in our long tenure; and we've seen quite a few. Right off the bat, we notice this card's elite surfaces which are free of oxidation, refractor lines and indents. The color is bright and the clarity is precise. The chrome borders are flawless, the alignment is 50-50 and the corners are all untouched. They just don't get any better than this! Within the early stages of Kobe's NBA career and as Michael Jordan's career waned, Kobe was dubbed as Jordan's 'Air-Apparent' with his ability to dazzle fans with his acrobatic dunks and possessing the ability to completely take over the game. Oh boy, did he live up to the hype! Kobe Bryant's statistics are out of this world having won five championships, an MVP, four scoring titles and now being fourth on the all-time scoring leaders list. All told, we love this card and strongly feel that it sets the tone for what a truly perfect '96 Topps Chrome Refractor Kobe Bryant rookie can truly offer. Don't miss it! One of over 27,000 cards, lots and sets up for bid in our 9th Auction of 2020. Click on the link above to view the other PWCC auction lots.
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