1996-97 Topps Chrome Refractor Kobe Bryant BGS 10 Black Label Sells for $1.8 Million


$1,795,800. That was the final price for a 1996-97 Topps Chrome Refractors Kobe Bryant that sold late March 6 through Goldin Auctions.

Graded a BGS 10 Pristine Black Label, it’s the most ever for a Kobe Bryant card.

1996-97 Topps Chrome Refractors Kobe Bryant BGS 10 Black Label

It’s one of two copies of the iconic Bryant rookie Refractor to get Black Label status for having 10s for all four subgrades: corners, centering, edges and surface.

In March, 2016, the exact same copy of the card sold for $58,100 on eBay.

The Bryant wasn’t the only basketball card to pass the million-dollar mark in Goldin’s 2021 Winter Auction. Two LeBron James cards also passed the milestone.

First was a 2003-04 Upper Deck Exquisite Collection LeBron James Rookie Card. Numbered 32/99, the rookie patch autograph has a BGS 8.5 grade, the card sold for $1,537,500.

2003-04 Upper Deck Exquisite LeBron James Rookie Card BGS 8.5

There was also a one-of-one 2004-05 Upper Deck Ultimate Collection Ultimate Signatures Logos LeBron James that reached $1.29 million. The card is authenticated by PSA with a score of 10 for the signature. The logoman card itself does not have an assigned grade.

2004-05 Upper Deck Ultimate Collection Ultimate Signatures Logos LeBron James


Ryan Cracknell

A collector for much of his life, Ryan focuses primarily on building sets, Montreal Expos and interesting cards. He's also got one of the most comprehensive collections of John Jaha cards in existence (not that there are a lot of them). Got a question, story idea or want to get in touch? You can reach him by email and through Twitter @tradercracks.

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  1. Josh Isengard 9 March, 2021 at 00:44

    You know what’s interesting to me? There are 2 Kobe 1996 Topps Chrome refractor BGS 10 Black labels. One is serial number 0008995279 and the other is 0008995280. It seems as though someone submitted 2 of them and they were both graded 10 pristine black label. The odds of that happening have to be near 0. Let’s just say that I want the person who graded them looking at my MJ rookies when I send them in :).

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