Just found a Kobe in Unreleased Players

The thing is, he has a signature series card art, and his stats are signficantly better than the other unreleased cards, which are just the historic domination cards. We might be seeing him later in the year.
https://2kmtcentral.com/19/players/7960/kobe-bryant

You can also see this card in game if you go to the section that explains card tiers.

5 bronze badges tho ? Wtf is this lol