As noted by Reuters, this card, issued by Topps, is one of only two in the world that have been preserved in such perfect condition.
A collectible card featuring multiple National Basketball Association (NBA) champion Kobe Bryant (1978-2020), who died in 2020, went under the hammer at Goldin Auctions for a record $1,795,800. This was announced by the press service of the auction house, which specializes in the sale of such collectibles.
“The all-time record for a Kobe Bryant card is $1,795,800,” the auction house said in a post on its Facebook page. Information about the identity of the buyer is not provided.
According to Reuters, this card, issued by Topps, is one of only two in the world that has been preserved in such perfect condition. The cost was also affected by the worldwide fame of the basketball player, who died along with his daughter Jinna in a helicopter crash on January 26, 2020. “The fact that the final price was $1 million 795 thousand, an absolute record for Kobe Bryant cards, says how much he was loved around the world,” the agency quotes the words of the founder of Goldin Auctions Ken Goldin.
Bryant won the NBA championship five times with the Los Angeles Lakers, was named the NBA Most Valuable Player in 2008, and the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player in 2009 and 2010. As a US national team member, Bryant won the Olympic Games twice (2008, 2012). He has appeared in 18 NBA All-Star games.