2017 Panini Impeccable All Stars Kobe Bryant AUTO JERSEY NUMBER 8/18 BGS 9.5 GEM
BGS Pop 1 of 8 - None Higher - Jersey # Serial 8/18
Impeccable firmly establishes itself as a top tier Panini brand, and clearly the best Panini brand for pure auto cards, which collectors find classy and clean in the age of auto patch overload. Impeccable has a water ink style background, giving a vibe of fine art captured on palm sized cards, combing the nicest attributes in both worlds. This offering together with draft pick 8/13 in another listing are probably THE best Kobe impeccable cards by far. The main flagship sets for Impeccable are the ones featuring a foiled number in the background, celebrating the player's achievement or key number that defines his legacy in a brief snapshot. Those are the essence of the product. Kobe has two years of release in 2016-17 and 2017-18 in pack-pulled form, with the third year 2018-19 in redemption not redeemed in the end as exact cards. Those redemption cards have recently been replaced by various late Kobe autos by Panini (but not in a faithful way) which are selling on fire (but they are not pack inserted, nor produced for 2018-19 sets); and among several sets, only one of them has foil number in the background. All these are nice cards no doubt, but to debate about the best, one needs to take into account of rarity in print run as well as whether a true jersey number (a jersey number worn by the player at the time of the action shot) is possible. Counter-intuively, the second year (offered here) has been in the most demand and performing the strongest prior to Kobe’s late autos, because (i) the foil number in the background in 2017-18 becomes more pronounced, more mesmerizing and texturized and with crazy refracting pattern, (ii) print run becomes much less by choosing achievement corresponding to a small number, and (iii) strong signer group in each set. To have an overall picture, there are three such sets in the initial year 2016-17 with foil numbering in background design, all featuring Kobe in 24 uniform; here, 20 season one /20 makes true jersey number impossible, 81 point one /81 just has too large a print run, 24/24 is very cool but foil number theme being jersey number has been featured in three more sets since, making it slightly less unique. This second year 2017-18 issue, all featuring Kobe in 8 jersey number action shot for which fans seem to gravitate more towards; and this All star appearance /18 (together with draft pick /13) is one of the rarest with jersey number 8 possible. With these objective rationals understood, this card and draft /13 in another listing are clearly the best Kobe impeccable cards. Collecting is about collecting substance over hype, which is the only way to stand the test of time. Various 2019-20 Impeccable Kobe autos are on fire and hailed as Kobe’s late autos which is a fitting tribute to Kobe’s greatness, which has lifted earlier releases also, also making collectors and investors realize and start to chase the real essence of this product. The long term prospect of those latest direct issues for replacements remains to be seen, but impeccable Kobe autos in this auction is the true essence and a guaranteed bet and absolute asset with zero risk and still largely untapped potential. A random serial number of this very card in the same condition has fetched a staggering level very recently, but this is the best numbering out of all 18 copies and far more desirable in comparison. The picture depicted is a young Kobe in his celebrated Afro hairstyle, so 8 is the jersey number he was wearing then and therefore this is the true jersey number. 18 is a single snap shot summarizing Kobe’s sustained greatness and popularity in his storied career. Again, this Kobe example is particularly special as it features a rare jersey number 8/18 in very meaningful and yet rare print run, full of irreplaceable and incomparable traits discussed above. In addition, the card is entirely fresh with a bright smiling image of Kobe which sits just above a pristine autograph. A tremendous investment piece which holds a bright future. One of over 22,000 cards, lots and sets up for bid in our 1st Auction of 2021. Click on the link above to view the other PWCC auction lots.
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