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    1996 Topps Chrome Kobe Bryant #138 PSA Gem Mint 10. Kobe Bryant and basketball were entwined from the beginning. The son of long-time NBA player Joe "Jellybean" Bryant, Kobe was born in Philadelphia and later starred at nearby Lower Merion High School. He averaged 30.8 points a game in high school and was the nation's premier college prospect, but Kobe decided to turn pro, and after a draft-connected deal, wound up with the Los Angeles Lakers as an 18-year-old rookie. At 6'6", he played small forward for two years and then moved to shooting guard, which he played for most of his career. Within a few more years, he had established himself as a superstar. Bryant played all his career with Los Angeles, winning five NBA championships.

    The final vision of Bryant in a purple and gold uniform occurred on April 13, 2016. Outside the arena before the game against the Utah Jazz on that day, fans had chanted, "Ko-be! Ko-be!" The Lakers' legend went on to score a spectacular 60 points in that farewell NBA game. Bryant, whom Magic Johnson referred to in the pregame ceremony as the greatest Laker, finished the evening with "Mamba out" -- a reference to his nickname, "The Black Mamba" -- a kiss and a literal mic drop. Offered is his 1996 Topps Chrome rookie card. Graded PSA Gem Mint 10.

    Guide Value or Estimate: $20,000 - up.

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