It’s one of the most sought after basketball cards of the modern era. The 1997-98 Metal Universe Precious Metal Gems Kobe Bryant was a rare pull, with only 90 Red and 10 Green examples produced. On the rare occasion any of them come to market, there’s no shortage of bidders ready to pounce.
Next month, though, what’s believed to be the only autographed copy in existence will be offered at SCP Auctions. It’s expected to sell for at least $500,000.
Numbered 60/100, the card carries an Authentic grade from PSA with the black “Kobe” ink autograph rating a Mint 9. The signature has also been authenticated by JSA.
SCP says it’s not known when or where the autograph was obtained and consignor doesn’t wish to be identified.
The 1997-98 season was the second of Bryant’s NBA career and the youngster from Philadelphia didn’t disappoint, earning his first All Star appearance and leading the Lakers to the Western Conference Finals. It was a sign of things to come for the eventual five-time NBA champion.
The cards were produced with colored foil, making them very difficult to find in a high grade
Bidding begins May 18 and concludes June 4 at SCPAuctions.com.