The Daily: 1996-97 E-X2000 Kobe Bryant Rookie Card

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The Card: 1996-97 E-X2000 Kobe Bryant RC #30

1996-97 E-X2000 Kobe Bryant RC

If you’re like me and connect Kobe Bryant with youth (even in retirement), prepare to feel a little bit older. Black Mamba turns 40 today.

40!

His Hall of Fame career included five NBA Championships, 18 All-Star appearances, an MVP Award, an apparent beef with teammate Shaquille O’Neal and even an Academy Award.

Needless to say, there are highlights.

Bryant has over a dozen Rookie Cards (not counting inserts from his first season). While the 1996-97 E-X2000 is on the same level as the 1996-97 Topps Chrome Kobe as far as value goes, it’s still among the top. And from a design and construction standpoint, it’s arguably the best.

Mixing acetate, etched foil and a little layering magic, it’s a beautiful Rookie Card. And with that construction comes some condition sensitivity. It’s along those foil edges that even the smallest bits of wear show. So consider mint copies to be somewhat scarce.

The card’s Credentials parallel (/499) is extremely tough to find today and ranks high on the list off all Bryant cards from his first season.

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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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