Most Expensive Kobe Bryant Card Ever Hits $1.2 Million In Ongoing Auction at Goldin Auctions

Goldin Auctions, the leading marketplace for collectibles and trading cards, announces a new record for the most valuable Kobe Bryant card ever. An extremely rare 1996-97 Topps Chrome Refractors #138 Kobe Bryant Rookie Card in Goldin’s current Winter Auction is currently up for bid for over $1.2 million.

Goldin is also auctioning for the first time an officially-licensed NBA Top Shot, featuring an iconic reverse layup by Milwaukee Bucks star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo against the New York Knicks. Blockchain-backed digital collectible highlight clips are a rapidly-growing area of the sports memorabilia market, with NBA Top Shots seeing $43.8 million in sales in January 2021 alone.

The auction also features several other notable items, including:

  • A 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle Rookie Card that has reached $950,000 in bids
  • Lebron James Signed Logoman Game Used Patch Card (with Autograph Grade “10” by PSA/DNA) that has reached $850,000
  • A Signed Upper Deck “Ultimate Signatures Logos” Lebron James Patch Rookie Card that is currently at $850,000
  • Earliest Known Worn Michael Jordan Rookie Jersey (Chicago Bulls Home Jersey 1984-85) that is currently at $140,000
  • Michael Jordan’s Sneakers from his First NBA Championship Win in 1991 that has reached $75,000 in bids
  • Cal Ripken Jr.’s Louisville Slugger Bat From His 3000th Career Hit that is at $51,000

“It has been incredible to see the soaring interest in the hobby. The items in our winter auction are both rare and valuable, and I’m honored to have our cosigners trust us with these amazing assets,” said Ken Goldin, the founder of Goldin Auctions. “I’m also proud to see that the hard work of our team on behalf of our consignors led to these record setting results. We expect that this will break the record for the highest-grossing sports memorabilia auction of all time when it concludes.”

Goldin Auctions has built a reputation as the trusted leader in trading cards, memorabilia and collectibles. The company has overseen more than $300 million worth of sales, including more than $100 million in 2020 alone. Last month, the company shattered the industry record for the largest sports collectibles auction ever, completing $33 million in sales for over 1,000 items, including incredibly rare Michael Jordan, Patrick Mahomes and Mickey Mantle trading cards.

The company also recently announced that it raised $40 million in growth financing led by The Chernin Group (“TCG”), a multi-stage investment firm known for building and investing in leading, emerging consumer businesses. The investment was made during exponential market growth of trading cards and other memorabilia as collectors increasingly view collectibles as both a fun hobby and a valuable alternative investment.

The 2021 Winter Auction closes on March 6th (Lots 1-481) and March 7th (Lots 482-2284). Goldin Auctions is also actively accepting consignments for its upcoming Spring Auction, Monthly Card Auctions and Goldin Elite Auction, which is anticipated to take place in April of 2021. To inquire about consigning items, email