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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:

49'ers Colin Kaepernick 2011 Playoff Contenders Rookie Ticket Autograph Auto
12 bids - Price: $51.00 - Watchers: 26
Item # 361095431924
COLIN KAEPERNICK 2011 PLAYOFF CONTENDERS BGS 9.5/10 GEM MINT ROOKIE AUTO SS609
6 bids - Price: $81.00 - Watchers: 19
Item # 231375348836
2011 Exquisite Colin Kaepernick RC Rookie 3 Color Patch AUTO #19/135 NO RESERVE
7 bids - Price: $265.00 - Watchers: 16
Item # 121474137931
COLIN KAEPERNICK $300+ MINT 49ERS ROOKIE TICKET AUTO RC 2011 PLAYOFF CONTENDERS
6 bids - Price: $26.00 - Watchers: 15
Item # 161464341252
2011 UPPER DECK COLLEGE LEGENDS COLIN KAEPERNICK ROOKIE AUTO 9.5 GEM/10 AUTO WOW
5 bids - Price: $10.50 - Watchers: 12
Item # 171516091527
COLIN KAEPERNICK ROOKIE RC AUTOGRAPH #/299 - 2011 Panini Prestige - 49ers
4 bids - Price: $3.75 - Watchers: 12
Item # 381033773157
2011 Rookies & Stars COLIN KAEPERNICK 49ers 4-color PATCH AUTO RC Rookie #5/10
7 bids - Price: $46.00 - Watchers: 11
Item # 181570175762
2011 Playoff Contenders Rookie Ticket Colin Kaepernick 49ers RC Signed AUTO
2 bids - Price: $27.66 - Watchers: 11
Item # 361098629669
2011 Playoff Contenders Rookie Ticket Colin Kaepernick no logo sp RC Signed AUTO
5 bids - Price: $11.61 - Watchers: 11
Item # 371177696834
COLIN KAEPERNICK 2011 TOPPS FIVE STAR BGS 9/10 ROOKIE PATCH AUTO #33/65 SS631
3 bids - Price: $10.50 - Watchers: 10
Item # 361098962442
COLIN KAEPERNICK /90 $300+ MINT 49ERS ROOKIE ON CARD AUTO RC 2011 TOPPS PREMIERE
2 bids - Price: $20.50 - Watchers: 9
Item # 351212153679
2011 Panini Threads COLIN KAEPERNICK Rookie Auto "N" Nameplate Patch #'d 247/500
5 bids - Price: $8.27 - Watchers: 8
Item # 251697304700
COLIN KAEPERNICK 50 MIXED CARD LOT REFRACTOR INSERTS ROOKIE RC SP $325+
1 bids - Price: $0.99 - Watchers: 7
Item # 151453335179
2011 PANINI CERTIFIED COLIN KAEPERNICK ROOKIE JERSEY #069/250
1 bids - Price: $0.99 - Watchers: 6
Item # 121475481727
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