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It also stands as the fourth-most expensive basketball trading card. A Mickey Mantle 1952 Topps card sold for $5.2 million stands as the all-time record.
Goldin provided a description of the Kobe rookie card:
“Graded PRISTINE/Black Label 10 by BGS. Hall of Famer, in a universally and fervently pursued Rookie Card appearance. The card’s BGS condition report: Centering 10, Corners 10, Edges 10, Surface 10; its run of perfect scores qualifies the item for prestigious “Black Label” recognition. A bright and thoroughly lovely Kobe Bryant collectible—and a wondrous spectacle—in Black Label Pristine condition.”
The card jumped a Michael Jordan 1997 autographed jersey card ($1.4 million) for No. 10, per Rovell.
Bryant’s 20-year NBA career, which occurred entirely with the Los Angeles Lakers, included five NBA championships, two NBA Finals MVP honors, 18 All-Star Game nods and the 2007-08 NBA MVP award.
The two-time scoring champion was also named to the All-NBA first team 11 times.