Kobe Bryant Rookie Card Sells For $1.8 Million

WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 02: (Editors Note: Image has been converted to black and white) Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks on against the Washington Wizards in the first half at Verizon Center on December 2, 2015 in Washington, DC. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

The booming sports card market doesn’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon.

Over the weekend, a Kob Bryant rookie card sold for a whopping $1.8 million – the highest price tag ever for a basketball card.

The card has the catchy name of “1996-97 Topps Chrome Refractors #138 Kobe Bryant Rookie Card — BGS PRISTINE/Black Label 10”.

It’s one of just two in existence. Kobe Bryant cards have surged in value by more than 600% since the star’s death in January of 2020.

This particular card was sold for just $58,000 back in 2016.

Why are sports cards suddenly so valuable?  Did you ever collect sports cards growing up?

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