Panini Announces Plans for Outstanding Kobe Bryant Autograph Redemptions


Kobe Bryant’s sudden passing in January created a lot of holes. While most are emotional, there are some more practical things to be taken care of. To that end, Panini has announced plans for the remaining Kobe Bryant autograph redemptions.

Depending on the card, it involves a couple of different things.

Some autographs are available that, wherever possible, collectors will receive. Panini said they will do what they can to match up the exact card from the redemption, however this won’t be the case for all. In those where it can’t be done, they said they’ll do their best to do something comparable.

2020 Panini Kobe Bryant Redemption Packs

In the instances where no autographs are available, the card maker is creating special 2020 Panini Kobe Bryant Redemption packs. Six exclusive cards are in each pack.

The first five are an assortment of 2019-20 Panini Mosaic Basketball parallels befitting Black Mamba:

  • Purple Snakeskin – /24
  • Purple and Gold Snakeskin – /20
  • Gold Snakeskin – /8
  • Black Snakeskin – 1/1

2019-20 Panini Mosaic Basketball Purple Snakeskin Zion Williamson

The final card comes from a new Kobe Career Highlights set only available here. The checklist has 48 cards, each looking at one of Bryant’s many accomplishments. Done on chrome stock similar to Prizm. Base Purple versions have 24 copies each. Additional parallels include:

  • Purple and Gold – /20
  • Gold Snakeskin – /10
  • Gold – /8
  • Black – 1/1

2020 Panini Kobe Career Moments Kobe Bryant

Panini plans to start shipping Kobe Bryant Redemption packs in December.


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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    • Ryan Cracknell 26 December, 2020 at 23:17

      @Jason – Not knowing the card, but it’s possible Panini expanded the checklist from the originally announced 48 cards. They haven’t released a checklist yet and people are only just starting to receive their cards.

  1. ADAM D 10 January, 2021 at 15:14


    • Ryan Cracknell 12 January, 2021 at 12:01

      @Adam – LeBron has had an exclusive autograph deal with Upper Deck since his rookie season.

  2. Nathan 27 February, 2021 at 10:42

    Does anyone know if there’s been an update on these? I pulled a premium blue shimmer auto redemption after being out of the hobby for a decade and have since been reading horror stories of redemptions not being honored for several years with no response from Panini. Makes me leery about buying more Panini products, but unfortunately they’re the only game in town for NBA…

    • Ryan Cracknell 1 March, 2021 at 14:11

      @Nathan – Panini has sent out their remaining Kobe Bryant autographs I believe.

  3. Caleb D. 19 July, 2021 at 03:50

    How many collectors have experienced a 3+ year wait for a Kobe Bryant autograph only to falsely raised hopes when this announcement broke from Panini? I am still waiting for a replacement. At this point, 9 months since the announcement and 4 years since my redemption, will I ever get anything from Panini? So far no response from emails, phone messages, and haven’t actually spoken with a Panini representative going on two years now when calling every few months.

  4. Jack 28 October, 2021 at 02:34

    Still waiting on my auto redemption to be fulfilled with something…don’t know what at this point and it’s been more than a year

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