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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 /25 $500+ 49ERS ROOKIE AUTO BALL PATCH 2011 TIMELESS TREASURES
11 bids - Price: $20.00 - Watchers: 22
Item # 351180714167
COLIN KAEPERNICK 55/55 $120+ 49ERS ROOKIE JUMBO PATCH JERSEY RC SP TOPPS SUPREME
5 bids - Price: $5.50 - Watchers: 13
Item # 351180680889
Colin Kaepernick rookie sweet spot autographed mini helmet Sf 49ers auto # rc
13 bids - Price: $11.01 - Watchers: 13
Item # 111474549227
2011 Treasures Colin Kaepernick Auto RC Autograph Rookie BGS 9.5 GEM MINT
19 bids - Price: $39.00 - Watchers: 12
Item # 321534027739
Colin Kaepernick 2011 gold standard true rookie on card auto jrsy 265/525
4 bids - Price: $41.00 - Watchers: 10
Item # 251657973501
COLIN KAEPERNICK 2011 TOPPS CHROME ORANGE REFRACTOR ROOKIE RC 49ERS BGS 9.5 10
21 bids - Price: $53.25 - Watchers: 9
Item # 361066647868
2011 Donruss Elite Turn Of The Century Rookie Autograph Colin Kaepernick #/199
2 bids - Price: $18.00 - Watchers: 8
Item # 281452533119
COLIN KAEPERNICK 2011 TOPPS FINEST ROOKIE RC 49ERS ALL BGS 9.5 SUBGRADES
2 bids - Price: $1.04 - Watchers: 7
Item # 361066647915
LOT (2) BGS 9 MINT 2011 TOPPS RISING ROOKIES COLIN KAEPERNICK RC ROOKIE 49ERS
8 bids - Price: $5.50 - Watchers: 7
Item # 131307656064
2011 Playoff Contenders #227A COLIN KAEPERNICK Rookie Ticket AUTO
4 bids - Price: $22.50 - Watchers: 7
Item # 400780834029
2011 Topps Prime Rookie Autographs Gold #47 Colin Kaepernick /50
2 bids - Price: $1.25 - Watchers: 7
Item # 141424626089
COLIN KAEPERNICK 2011 TOPPS CHROME #25 ROOKIE RC ORANGE REFRACTOR 49ERS MINT!
1 bids - Price: $4.99 - Watchers: 7
Item # 381007532798
2012 Prime Signatures Colin Kaepernick Autograph Rookie Card 234/249 BGS 9 Nice!
2 bids - Price: $1.04 - Watchers: 7
Item # 321535963317
Lot of (3) 2011 Colin Kaepernick Topps Platinum Rookie 49ers Rc 3x
4 bids - Price: $4.39 - Watchers: 6
Item # 131307179255
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