Russell Wilson rookie cards are now among the football card hobby’s hot tickets. Priced right in the summer and early fall of 2012, they began to rise once he took control of the Seattle Sehawks’ starting quarterback job and soared as he proved he was much, much better than his draft position. Now, with a Super Bowl title under his belt and a good team behind him, Wilson’s future may be brighter than either of the first two quarterbacks picked in the famous 2012 NFL draft.
Wilson was a bit of an afterthought but after taking over as the Hawks’ starter and performing well, his star quickly rose. One Sunday late in the 2012 season, four autographed Wilson rookie cards appeared to have sold for more than $1,000. A 2012 Bowman Sterling Superfractor 1/1 showed a buyer at $2,000. A Topps Platinum Red Refractor #2/5 went for $1,275. A Topps Chrome Gold Refractor redemption card, numbered to 10, sold for $1,225 and a Triple Threads Pigskin auto brought $1,025 and generated 40 bids.
The rush was on.
In 2013, Wilson’s cards flourished. His rookie cards from the 2012 season have been among the hottest on the ‘most watched’ list. In November, the 1/1 Bowman Sterling Wilson rookie graded BGS 9.5 sold for $3,550. Prices are continuing to rise.
Is his signature on the autograph cards a work of art? Hardly. It’s a quick “R” with a scribble behind it, but these days, collectors have come to expect it. It’s the card itself, the scarcity and the brand that’s most important.
With Wilson proving that he wasn’t just a one year wonder and the Seahawks poised for a run of success under coach Pete Carroll, Wilson has a chance to become the most sought after quarterback from the star-studded 2012 draft or at least give Andrew Luck a run for his money.
Here’s a look at the top 30 hottest Russell Wilson rookie card auctions on eBay right now as collectors decide to watch the bidding unfold. The list updates automatically so if you want to track Wilson cards going forward, be sure to bookmark this page.