Kobe Bryant Rookie Card: Investment Guide and Value (Buy Now?)

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Kobe Bryant Rookie Card

Kobe Bryant (aka The Black Mamba, aka KB24) was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers with the 13th overall pick in the 1996 NBA Draft (talk about an absolute steal!)

Kobe Bean Bryant (was born on August 23, 1978, and passed on January 26, 2020, in a tragic helicopter accident. He was an American professional basketball player and was considered to be one of the best players of all-time (some experts but in in the top 5 of all-time),

His first year was somewhat average as Kobe only averaged 7.6 points per game. That didn’t last long as he went on to average 15.4 points per game in his second year and then 19.9 in his third year )at that point it was safe to say he was on his way to NBA stardom).

Here are the top Kobe Bryant rookie cards to invest and watch your money grow to new heights and retire early!


Best Kobe Bryant Rookie Cards on eBay


1996-97 Topps Kobe Bryant Rookie Card #138 (purchase on eBay)

kobe bryant rookie card ebay

WE love, love, LOVE this card! Did we mention we LOVE this card?

If we could only buy one Black Mamba rookie card this would be it… no questions ask.

Also full disclosure; we have bought a total of 9 of these bad boys and plan on picking up a few more over the next month or so while COVID-19 is bringing the sportscard market back to earth for a month or so.

The 1996-97 Topps Chrome  #138 Kobe Bryant Lakers Refractor version is our white whale but that will cost us an arm and a leg (we are still saving up for that purchase).


1996 Kobe Bryant Skybox E-X2000 Credentials Rookie Card /499 #30


Not a bad card but then again it fails to compete with the 1996 Topps Chrome Bryant rookie card.

We have not purchased any of these cards nor plans too unless we find it at a dirt-cheap price.


Kobe Rookie Card Values

Kobe rookie cards should see a steady rise over time and should perform better than most rookie cards only besides a few (i.e. Michael Jordan Rookie Cards, Derek Jeter, Ty Cobb Rookie Cards).



1996 Kobe Bryant Topps Chrome Rookie Card #138

1996 SkyBox Premium Kobe Bryant Rookie Card #55

1996 Topps Finest Kobe Bryant RC #74

1996 SP Kobe Bryant Upper Deck Auto #134


Other Kobe Bryant Key Cards

kobe bryant national treasures

  • 2009 National Treasures Notable Names Kobe Bryant: This bad boy sold for $30,100 in February 2020 (purchase on eBay)


Bottom Line

One of the best card investment in all of the hobby! If you don’t already have some of the Topps Chrome in your card portfolio change that ASAP.

10 out of 10

Claim Your Chick-fil-A Missed Transaction Points Today!

Need to claim your Chick-fil-A missed transaction?

Here’s How to Claim Your Chick-fil-A Missed Transaction!

Go to www.chick-fil-a.com/missedtransaction and login with your CFA app information (likely something you’ve done MANY times before).

Once logged in, follow the instructions to claim your lost points!

Here’s a time-saving tip:  Have the receipt from your missed transaction ready (you’re gonna need it).

Chick-fil-A Missed Transaction Registration

You’ll need to sign up for a Chick-fil-A One account to log a missed transaction!

In order to do so, simply fill out the online registration form and……TADA!  Now you have a single login for ALL of your Chick-fil-A accounts.

Once inside you’ll be able to see your complete transaction history (and also claim the ones you missed!).

Additionally, you can manage your payment options and save your favorite Chick-fil-A location (something VERY important for anyone who fancies them-self a TRUE Chick-fil-A fan!).

Chick-fil-A Missed Transaction Account Recovery

  • First, enter your email; address to recover a forgotten password
  • Next, you’ll receive an email with a link to begin the account reset
  • Please be sure to enter the email address you used to sign up with
  • Don’t see the email?  Might want to dig through your SPAM inbox

Finally, you may have also been direct to one.chick-fil-a.com/forgot2scan to log your missed transaction.  If so, never fear, the process works exactly the same as at www.chick-fil-a.com/missedtransaction.

Questions?  Give Chick-fil-A CARES a shout! 

  • Write to PO Box 725489 Atlanta, GA 31139-9923
  • Or call 866-232-2040 between the hours of 8 AM and Midnight ET Monday through Saturday


MORE offers to consider

Need some tea?  Sign up for Lipton Rewards and you could find yourself on the receiving end of a FREE pack of tea.

Fill up at Noodles & Co. recently?  Then take the Feedback Noodles Survey for a chance to cash in on a crisp $1,000!







Lipton Rewards Sweepstakes & Buy 3 Get 1 Free Offer

  • This one is a special offer and sweepstakes combo
  • You can enter the sweepstakes with or without a purchase
  • The promotion ends on December 15th, 2019 (plenty of time left!)
  • You can upload your purchase receipt to claim the offer
  • Just enter your email address to get started!
Interested in free Lipton?

Anyone want some free tea?  If you do, NOW is the time to take action.  The Lipton Rewards sweepstakes and special offer is now up and running so let’s see what’s up.  The offer portion allows you to upload a receipt showing at least 3 qualifying purchases of Lipton Tea 12 packs to receive an extra one FOR FREE.  Meanwhile, the sweepstakes is giving away a trip to the upcoming Super Bowl in Miami, FL (slightly better than a 12 pack of Tea).  If you want in on the fun, go to the registration page and enter your email address to begin.

Notes on the Lipton Rewards Sweepstakes

  • The total value of the Grand Prize trip to the Super Bowl comes to $9,200
  • A random drawing around December 26th, 2019 will decide the winner
  • You receive 1 entry to the sweepstakes for each qualifying receipt you upload
  • You’re only allowed to enter the sweepstakes a total of 16 times (max it out!)
  • The sweepstakes also allows you to enter via mail request
  • More info here:  www.liptonrewards.com/en-us/Rules

While on the topic of mail entries, let’s break down how you can enter this way.  In order to enter via mail, simply write your name , email address, mailing address (no PO Boxes!), phone number, and date of birth on a 3.5 by 5 inch card.  Next, mail the card to PO Box 251328, West Bloomfield, MI 48325 to receive 1 entry to the sweepstakes (don’t forget to slap a stamp on it!).

Notes on the Lipton Rewards Special Offer

  • You can get a total of 5 free Lipton 12 pack coupons from this promotion
  • The last day to upload a receipt is December 15th, 2019
  • The approximate retail value of the coupon is $5.99

Finally, you can find out who won the trip to the Super Bowl if your heart so desires.  If it does, send a request for the winners list to PO Box 251328, West Bloomfield, MI 48325 (same address as the mail entries).  Oh yea, just make sure your request is received no later than the February 15th, 2020 cut-off.


Thanks for stopping by,


Tea not your thing?  Calling all coffee drinkers!  – Check out the Be a Brew Gooder Promotion

File for the Hot Topic Text Message Settlement (EASY!)

  • Filing difficultly?  Peace of cake!  File online in minutes
  • Settlement amount?  Not too shabby.  Just south of 3 mil’
  • How much can I get? It just depends on how many folks file
  • How do I know if I’m eligible? We’ll get into that
  • When can I file?  Open now!!
Get a text from Hot Topic? Keep reading.

You may soon find yourself on the receiving end of a recent class action settlement involving Hot Topic (it’s the store in the mall with all the wild stuff inside).  In order to be eligible, you must have received a text message from the store between August 1st, 2012 and July 26th, 2019.  If you’re part of the settlement class, simply go to www.hottopictextmessagesettlement.com and pull up the online claim form.  Once you see the form confirm whether or not you have a Claim ID and PIN Code to begin filing.

More on the Hot Topic Text Message Settlement

  • Your Claim ID and PIN are located on the notice you received
  • The filing page has sample of the notices (highlights the Claim ID and PIN)
  • Procrastinator?  The last day to file is December 13th, 2019
  • December 13th is also the last day to request an exclusion or object
  • FAQs: www.hottopictextmessagesettlement.com/frequently-asked-questions
  • If you file by mail the form must be post-marked by the deadline

While on the topic of mail filing, you should make note that you’ll need to send your form directly to the settlement administrator.  In addition to taking claim forms, the administrator is also responsible for collecting exclusion requests.

Hot Topic Text Message Settlement Administrator Contact Info

  • PO Box 43496, Providence, RI 02940-3496
  • 866-442-7823
  • (You can call toll-free with questions about the settlement)

Finally, please note that this settlement is not yet approved.  However, the decision on whether to approve is coming quickly with a hearing scheduled for February 7th, 2020.

Now go file!  www.hottopictextmessagesettlement.com


Settlements not your thing? – Then check out the McCafe Coffee Be a Brew Gooder Sweeps!

Win McCafe Coffee in the Be a Brew Gooder Sweeps

  • You can nominate someone who you thinks makes a positive difference
  • The sweepstakes accepts entries from a 4 different platforms
  • Runs from August 26th, 2019 through September 29th, 2019
  • You are able to make one nomination per day throughout
  • Here’s the rules:  www.beabrewgooder.com/en-us/Rules

McDonald’s wants to award some do-gooders with McCafe Coffee for life!  If you happen to know someone who fits this description you should consider nominating them for the Be a Brew Gooder Sweepstakes.  In order to make a nomination, visit the online entry page or McDonald’s app and sign up for an account.  Once you’re registered you can explain why you’re nominating the person and finalize the entry.


More on the Be a Brew Gooder Sweepstakes
  • The “McCafe for life” prize is awarded as a big ole’ check for $14,372
  • In addition to the check, winners will also get a $500 McDonald’s Arch card
  • The total value of all the prizes in the sweepstakes comes to $148,720
  • Prize winners will be selected through a drawing around October 8th, 2019
  • The sweepstakes is broken into 5 different weekly entry periods

In addition to entering online, you can also enter using Twitter or Instagram.  In order to do so, you’ll need to use one of the social media platforms to post your nomination.  While doing so, be sure to use the tags laid out in the official rules of the contest.

Final Notes on the Be a Brew Gooder Sweepstakes
  • Sponsor: McDonald’s – 110 N. Carpenter St., Chicago, IL 60607-2101
  • Please note that both the nominee and nominator will have a chance won win!

Finally, if you want to find out who the “brew gooders” are, request a copy of the winners list by writing to P.O. Box 1132, Chicago, IL 60690 (always a good idea to confirm who wins the prizes!).  If you decide to send a request, please remember that it must be received December 27th, 2019.

Submit your nominee!  www.beabrewgooder.com



Another promotion to follow – Lindsay Snack to School Sweepstakes

Win $400 in the Lindsay Snack to School Sweepstakes

  • The sweepstakes will be awarding 4 Grand Prize back to school packages
  • You can sign up by filling out a short online registration form
  • Begins August 19th and runs through September 30th
  • 1 entry per day per person (24 hour period to be technical)
  • Review the rules here:  www.lindsaysnacktoschool.com/official-rules

Who says going back to school has to be a drag??  It certainly won’t be, if Lindsay Olives has anything to say about it.  As an illustration how Lindsay is brightening the back to school season, let’s take a look at its new “Snack” to School Sweepstakes (clever title right??).  In order to enter, hop on your computer and fill out the online registration form (you’ll need to include where you get your groceries most often).  Once you submit your entry you’ll receive 1 chance to win one of the 4 Grand Prize back to school packages.



More on the Prizes
  • Each package includes a $400 in retailer gift cards (hopefully some good ones!)
  • Grand Prize packages also include lunchboxes, notebooks, coupons, and more
  • In addition to the 4 Grand Prizes, there are also 24 Second Prizes
  • Each of the Second Prizes is $125 worth of retailer gift cards
  • The total approximate retail value of all the prizes is $4,999.96
  • Please note that you can only win one prize

As is true with all sweepstakes, the odds of winning one of these fabulous prizes depends on the total amount of eligible entries.  However, if you do happen to win one of the prizes, you’ll receive notice via the email address you used to sign up.

Final Notes on the Lindsay Snack to School Sweepstakes
  • Sponsor:  Bell-Carter Foods – 590 Ygnacio Valley Rd., Walnut Creek, CA 94596
  • You can sign up to receive special offers when entering the sweepstakes

Finally, the drawing to decide who gets the cool back to school stuff will be help on October 1st, 2019.  Therefore, you may want to keep an eye on your email around this time to see if you receive that glorious winning message.

Ready to win?? www.lindsaybacktoschool.com



Been to a Noodles & Co.?  Take the Noodles Feedback Survey and enter a sweepstakes!

Feedback.Noodles.com – $1,000 Customer Survey Sweeps

  • You can enter after taking a brief survey about a Noodles visit
  • The sweepstakes includes both monthly and quarterly drawings
  • You can even enter without taking a survey (keep reading)
  • The survey won’t take long (like less than a few minutes)
  • You may enter multiple times (if your heart so desires)


Noodles & Co. is now giving its customers a chance to win some serious dough (not the kind used to make noodles either!).  The online survey available at www.feedback.noodles.com is now available for customers who have recently dined at a participating location.  In order to begin your feedback sesh, enter the 20 digit code found on your receipt.  Once you’ve entered your code begin answering questions for an invite to join a sweepstakes that will award cash prizes to the winners.

Diving Into the Feedback.Noodles Survey Sweeps

  • You can enter each monthly drawing 1 time (assuming you eat at Noddles that often)
  • However, the quarterly drawings can be entered up to 3 times per person
  • Each monthly drawing has a total of 10 $100 prizes up for grabs
  • Meanwhile, each of the quarterly drawings has 2 $1,000 prizes
  • When all said and done, the sweepstakes will dole out $8,000

In the event you didn’t dine at noodles (or just don’t feel up to taking a survey), you can always enter the sweepstakes by mail.  In order to do so, write your name, address, email address, phone number, and date of birth on a card and mail it to P.O. Box 251328, West Bloomfield, MI 48325.  By the way, the card must be 3.5 by 5 inches in length for some strange reason.

Gladys’ Final Thoughts

  • Great little perk if you dine at Noodles & Co.
  • The enter by mail method is always welcome
  • Hopefully this one sticks around for a while
  • Just as good as the AJ Offer

By the way, you can find out who won by sending a request for the winners list to the same address used for mail entries.  Meanwhile, you can send general correspondence for Noodles & co. to 520 Zang Street, Suite D, Broomfield, CO, 80021-8239.

Ready, set, GO!www.feedback.noodles.com

Thanks for reading,


Join Dora’s What’s In My Backpack Sweeps!

  • You’ll need to submit a short video to join this sweepstakes
  • The video can be submitted by Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram
  • 25 winners will be randomly selected to receive a prize
  • You can only enter this sweepstakes one time
  • A copy of the rules is available online

Anyone who’s a fan of Dora the Explorer may be interested in her new “What’s In My Backpack” Sweepstakes.  In order to enter, you’ll first need to film a a video that’s no more than 60 seconds in length.  Additionally, the video should show you explaining what’s in your backpack.  Once the video is complete, you can go ahead and submit it via Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram to receive your chance to win.  You can also submit the video through the sweepstakes site:  www.whatsinmybackpacksweeps.com.


A Look at the Prizes
  • The 25 prizes come as a package bundle (variety is always welcome!)
  • The most valuable item in the package is a Herschel Daypack ($39.99)
  • In second comes the Mini Maglite worth $30 even
  • Third most valuable prize is a Dora t-shirt worth just under $10
  • Lastly, the package also comes with a bag of chips and a yo-yo
  • Overall each prize package has an Approximate Retail Value of $83.59

While we’re talking about the winners, each should expect to receive notice sometime around August 19th, 2019.  Additionally, the winners will receive notice via the social media platform they signed up with.  If you happen to be one of the lucky winners, be prepared to respond to the winning notice within 48 hours.

Final Notes on the What’s In My Backpack Sweepstakes
  • You must at least 18 to join the sweepstakes and a U.S. resident
  • The sweepstakes runs from June 27th through August 9th, 2019
  • Sponsor:  Performance Entertainment USA, Inc., 21900 Burbank Blvd. Ste. 300, Woodland Hills, CA 91367

By the way, here’s a link to the Official Rules of the sweepstakes:  www.whatsinmybackpacksweeps.com/official-rules



Ready for a special offer?  Check out the AJ Offer!


Cash in on the AJ Offer & Get Emoji Pancake Molds!

  • You’ll need to purchase 2 qualifying products to be eligible for the offer
  • After the purchase take a picture of that receipt! (You’ll need it later)
  • The offer runs through August 12th, 2019 (it’s currently open)
  • However, qualifying purchases must be made by August 1st, 2019
  • You cannot receive your offer at a PO Box (provide a regular street address)

Special offers come in all shapes and sizes, but one that comes in the shape of an EMOJI is a rare site indeed.  Believe it or not, that is exactly what you’ll get with the new AJ Offer.  In order to cash in on this deal, you’ll first need to go out and buy 1 bottle of Aunt Jemima syrup (must be at least 24 ounces) and 1 box of Aunt Jemima pancake mix (must be at east 32 ounces).  Once you’ve made the purchases, you can visit www.ajoffer.com and upload your receipt that shows the purchases.

Aunt Jemima has an offer for you!

Important Details on Redeeming the AJ Offer

  • Your receipt must show the store name and address along with the purchase date
  • Additionally, the receipt must be FULLY visible and clear, flat, and focused (sheeeesh!)
  • If your receipt is massive you can use up to 5 photos to capture it all
  • Your photo must be in JPEG, JPG, or PNG format and can’t be bigger than 8 MB
  • Tip:  Try keeping it simple and buy the qualifying products separately

After you fill out the form and upload your receipt, you’ll receive a confirmation email of your offer submission.  Next, your offer bundle will be shipped to the address you provided within 4 to 6 weeks.  By the way, the offer comes with a 4 pack of emoji pancake molds and an Aunt Jemimna branded spatula (should make your mornings a little brighter!).

Gladys’ Final Thoughts

  • This is a decent offer that doesn’t require an exorbitant amount of purchases
  • The offer period is nice and long (it runs for 3 whole months!)
  • It’d be nice if it were truly a FREE offer (with no purchase required)

By the way, in case you were wondering the retail value of the offer bundle comes to $10.50.  Therefore, you stand to come out on top as you can usually pick up both qualifying products for well below this price.  So if you like pancakes, syrup, emojis, and spatulas the AJ Offer is definitely for you!

Here you go! www.ajoffer.com

Thanks for reading,


Online Filing for the Volaris Call Recording Settlement

  • Filing difficultly?  Easy.  The settlement offers an online claim form
  • Settlement amount?  Moderate.  The fund is just over $3 million
  • What about the I can claim? Modest.  About $22 per call received
  • How do I know if I’m eligible? Stay tuned, we’ll get into the details
  • When can I file?  Now through the July 27th, 2019 deadline
Did you call a Volaris toll-free number?


A new class action settlement is now “taking flight” (sorry, couldn’t resist the pun!).  The settlement alleges that the Defendant, Volaris Airlines, recorded the calls of people WITHOUT receiving permission.  In order to be eligible, you must have called a Volaris toll-free number between June 21st, 2016 through June 23rd, 2017.  Additionally, the settlement requires that you were in California when making the call.  Finally, you also must have spoken with a representative and had your called recorded.   If you believe you’re eligible go to www.volariscallrecordingsettlement.com to start a claim.

More on the Volaris Call Recording Settlement

  • You should receive approximately $22.66 for each qualified call you placed
  • The total amount you get per call may be more or less (the $22.66 is the best estimate)
  • In addition to the claim deadline, July 27th is also the last day for exclusion requests
  • The settlement should be approved on September 19th (if all goes well at the hearing!)
  • If the settlement is approved your payment could show up as early as January 2020
  • Administrator Mailing Address:  Po Box 44 Minneapolis, MN 55440-0044
  • Administrator Email Address: info@volariscallrecordingsettlement.com

In order to file online, you must either submit your Claimant ID or telephone number.  Your Claimant ID can be found in your email or postcard notice (we hope you know what your phone number is).  Please note the online claim form is available in both English and Spanish.

Harold’s Final Thoughts

  • Overall this is a decent sized settlement with an easy online filing process
  • It would be nice if we had more than just an “estimate” of the payments
  • This should be a fairly popular settlement with a good amount of Class Members

In the event you have questions about the settlement, try peeking at the FAQs found at the online filing page or within your notice.  Additionally, you may want to try calling the administrator for help at 877-418-8086.


Need another bargain? – Check out the Elnett Sweepstakes