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    1997 Topps Chrome Kobe Bryant (Refractor) #171 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. He led the NBA in scoring in four seasons, was an 18-time All-Star, 15-time All-NBA team, 12-times All-NBA Defense Team, 2008 NBA MVP and a two-time NBA Finals MVP.

    Bryant was still entwined in basketball at the tragic conclusion of his life in the January 26, 2020 crash of a helicopter. Kobe, his daughter Gianna, and seven others were headed from Orange County on their way to Gianna's basketball game in Newbury Park, at which Kobe was going to coach her team, and all perished in the accident.

    Our offered card comes from Kobe's 2nd year 1997-98 Topps Chrome and in the refractor variation. Topps introduced its first "Chrome" format the year prior in 1996-97 and the Chrome Refractor adds another measure of rarity and aesthetics to the mix. Refractors appeared within approximately one out of every dozen Topps Chrome packs, and, with 220 subjects in the Refractor roster, that would drive the odds of pulling this card well beyond 2,500 to one. Graded PSA Gem Mint 10.


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