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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:

Colin Kaepernick 2011 Panini Rookie Patch Auto 3 Color Patch
14 bids - Price: $57.00 - Watchers: 19
Item # 121466534793
COLIN KAEPERNICK 2011 ABSOLUTE AUTO GAME JERSEY ROOKIE #232 #’D 214/299 49ERS 
14 bids - Price: $39.77 - Watchers: 10
Item # 201197077218
COLIN KAEPERNICK 2011 UD ROOKIE LETTERMAN PATCH AUTO #69/75 (BV=$120) A6675
7 bids - Price: $22.50 - Watchers: 10
Item # 371166995066
2011 Topps Inception 49ers Colin Kaepernick Rookie Auto #444/500
1 bids - Price: $9.99 - Watchers: 10
Item # 121466519798
COLIN KAEPERNICK 2011 TOPPS CHROME REFRACTOR ROOKIE RC BGS 9.5 GEM MINT
7 bids - Price: $10.50 - Watchers: 10
Item # 141443029778
COLIN KAEPERNICK 2011 TOPPS PRECISION RC ROOKIE AUTOGRAPH 49ERS AUTO SP $120
5 bids - Price: $22.50 - Watchers: 10
Item # 390954490720
2011 Colin Kaepernick Topps Chrome Rc Orange Refractor Rookie Set Break
4 bids - Price: $2.25 - Watchers: 9
Item # 161451820446
Colin Kaepernick 2011 Certified Fabric of the Game Rookie Patch # 02/10
3 bids - Price: $8.00 - Watchers: 8
Item # 371170311089
2011 sp authentic rookie patch auto colin kaepernick 418/699
6 bids - Price: $11.94 - Watchers: 7
Item # 221579143240
Colin kaepernick 2011 sweet spot rookie autograph 179/599
1 bids - Price: $9.99 - Watchers: 7
Item # 171507572020
2011 Absolute 49ers Colin Kaepernick Rookie Premiere Materials Auto Jersey
2 bids - Price: $10.49 - Watchers: 6
Item # 121466522019
2011 Colin Kaepernick Gold Standard Rookie Patch Auto 388/525 49ers
13 bids - Price: $41.00 - Watchers: 5
Item # 181563166213
2011 Panini Gold Standard 49ers Colin Kaepernick Rookie Auto Jersey #306/525
3 bids - Price: $10.99 - Watchers: 5
Item # 131327844211
2011 Sp Authentic Colin Kaepernick Rookie Jersey Auto
6 bids - Price: $26.88 - Watchers: 5
Item # 141443743473
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