1997-98 Precious Metal Gems Emerald Kobe Bryant Sells for $2 Million

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A 1997-98 Metal Universe Precious Metal Gems Emerald Kobe Bryant has sold for $2 million. The private sale, brokered through the PWCC Marketplace, marks the highest price ever for a Kobe Bryant card.

Graded NM-MT+ 8.5 by BGS, it represents the highest grade the card has ever gotten. 1997-98 Precious Metal Gems are known for being tough to find in top condition due largely to chipping.

Although serial numbered 004/100, there are 10 of the Emerald PMGs. Copies 11-100 are all red.

“These Precious Metal Gems variants are arguably the most desired insert card in the entire world,” said Jesse Craig, PWCC Marketplace’s Director of Business Development. “These set the tone for the insert market going forward. It’s just incredibly difficult to find them in any condition, and because of their delicate nature, to find one in such good condition is incredibly rare.”

In March, 2021, a BGS 10 Black Label 1996-97 Topps Chrome Kobe Bryant Refractor sold for nearly $1.8 million.

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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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5 comments

  1. Eustace L Henderson 25 February, 2022 at 13:36

    I have a huge collection of Kobe Bryant cards and most are in mint condition. How do I have someone with knowledge of what they could be worth take a look at them?

    • Ryan Cracknell 25 February, 2022 at 17:11

      The price guide can be accessed in the link at the top of the page. You could also try taking them to a card shop or local show.

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