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Kaepernick Keeps Quarterback Card Market Humming

Suddenly 2011 football card boxes are hot again.  While the rookie card focus shifted to this season’s unprecedented class, last year’s first years kind of faded from view—until a fresh face came along to heat things up.  Now, with Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin and Russell Wilson on the sidelines, Colin Kaepernick football cards have become smoking hot.  A recent check of eBay shows virtually every moderately priced Kaepernick rookie card is selling.

Despite not being a first round pick, over 1,000 different Kaepernick cards  have been issued since the summer of 2011, according to Beckett.  There are 34 Kaepernick rookie cards, 549 memorabilia cards, 476 autographed cards and 884 that carry a serial number.

Colin Kaepernick Topps SuperfractorWhen he took over the starting quarterback spot from 2005 NFL number one pick Alex Smith, Kaepernick drew interest but it wasn’t until his head-turning performance in last Saturday night’s NFC Divisional Playoff game against  Green Bay that prices started to soar.  Kaepernick , who told Panini last year that he collected cards as a kid, set a record for most rushing yards by a quarterback, scored two touchdowns and threw for two to put the Packers’ promising season on ice.  He’s been the most talked about player on talk radio this week and a very popular topic in hobby shops and online forums.

Regular issue Kaepernick rookie cards, languishing in the 50-cent box with few takers last season, now sell for $3-5.  The Topps X-Fractor brings $20-25.  Mid-level autographed cards are bringing $150 and up including the numbered to 25 2011 Prime Auto Relic.

The most valuable Kaepernick rookie cards  are the autographed cards that were limited to just a few copies.  A 2011 Topps Chrome Black Refractor Auto is sitting at $999 with two days left in the auction.Colin Kaepernick National Treasures

Sales have included a 2011 National Treasures Auto Rookie Patch, numbered to 5 at $2,999.  His Topps Five Star Auto Patch cards are also pricey.

He’s singlehandedly lifted the once quiet market for 2011 football boxes back onto center stage and if he can earn the 49ers a spot in the Super Bowl, expect prices on boxes and individual Kaepernick football cards to go up again. Here’s a look at the most watched Kaepernick rookie cards on eBay now:

2011 Panini GS COLIN KAEPERNICK 3 Clr Patch Silver Auto Rookie RC /525 49ER'S
12 bids - Price: $20.50 - Watchers: 15
Item # 151565285930
2011 COLIN KAEPERNICK PLATES & PATCHES ROOKIE AUTO 3 CLR PATCH RC 392/499 !!!
7 bids - Price: $21.50 - Watchers: 13
Item # 371243575648
COLIN KAEPERNICK $150 SP MINT 2011 11 CONTENDERS ROOKIE TICKET AUTO ON CARD #227
3 bids - Price: $22.50 - Watchers: 13
Item # 221674928646
COLIN KAEPERNICK 2011 TOPPS CHROME REFRACTOR ROOKIE RC 49ERS
1 bids - Price: $0.99 - Watchers: 8
Item # 171660759177
TOPPS CHROME PLATINUM 2011 COLIN KAEPERNICK ROOKIE RC LOT (3) CARDS 1 XFRACTOR
3 bids - Price: $2.25 - Watchers: 5
Item # 111586338478
2011 PANINI ELITE COLIN KAEPERNICK 49ERS ROOKIE AUTO AUTOGRAPH SP 174/199 MADE!
6 bids - Price: $12.50 - Watchers: 5
Item # 161577251776
COLIN KAEPERNICK 2011 ROOKIE Bowman Sterling RARE 49ers JERSEY RC Card AUTHENTIC
2 bids - Price: $2.36 - Watchers: 4
Item # 231462156272
COLIN KAEPERNICK 2011 Score #320 RARE Variation ROOKIE Card
2 bids - Price: $1.25 - Watchers: 4
Item # 161576150396
COLIN KAEPERNICK 2011 PANINI THREADS ROOKIE AUTO LETTER "K" PATCH SP #/500 $175
1 bids - Price: $0.99 - Watchers: 4
Item # 291368154761
(5) 2011 Topps Colin Kaepernick RC ROOKIE CARD LOT #413 49ERS
2 bids - Price: $1.82 - Watchers: 3
Item # 141554280151
COLIN KAEPERNICK LOT OF 38 SP AUTH ROOKIE CHROME FINEST PRIZM REFRACTOR NINERS
2 bids - Price: $11.50 - Watchers: 2
Item # 221672762025
2011 Upper Deck 2 Card RC Lot Colin Kaepernick With UD Star Rookie & UD 20A-56
1 bids - Price: $0.99 - Watchers: 2
Item # 141557167536

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