Basketball collectibles are soaring in value of late. Joining the likes of Michael Jordan and LeBron James is Kobe Bryant on a burgeoning marketplace.
Collectibles that once belonged to Kobe Bryant are now at an all-time high in auction value. The Lakers legend died in a tragic helicopter crash in January last year, along with 8 other girls. The Mamba is revered as an all-time NBA great, and still has a fanatic following.
Even in a year that ravaged the world with millions of deaths in a pandemic, Kobe’s death reverberated around the world long after his departure.
The All-Star Game played yesterday featured Giannis Antetokounmpo bagging the second Kobe Bryant All-Star Game MVP. Given the going rates for collectibles at this time, this trophy will also be worth a lot in coming years.
Goldin Auctions sells Kobe Bryant rookie card for $1.8 million
Five trading cards sold for over $1 million each on the first night of Goldin Auctions’ latest major catalog sale. Three of these belonged to basketball superstars.
A 2006-07 Topps Chrome Kobe Bryant rookie card graded BGS 10 (black label) netted $1,795,000, a record price for any Bryant card sold at public auction. It’s one of only two ever rated at that level by Beckett.
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The other two basketball cards on sale were two LeBron James rookie cards. A 2003-04 Upper Deck Exquisite Rookie Patch Autograph graded BGS 8.5 set a record for the grade at over $1.5 million. Another 2004-05 Upper Deck Ultimate Signature Logos 1/1 eventually went under the hammer $1.2 million.
The market for basketball collectibles is reaching a new level. Programs and services like NBA Top Shot are taking full advantage – the platform has handled millions in sold items over the past few months.