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Remember football cards? Colin Kaepernick has made them cool (and valuable) again

Jan 16, 2013, 2:39 PM EDT

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I at times catch myself living under the misunderstanding that once I stop doing something, it’s basically not cool anymore. And I stopped collecting football cards in the sixth grade. But, of course, the world keeps spinning with or without you, and football cards have actually made quite the resurgence in value recently.

And the most coveted new card is that of sophomore quarterbacking sensation Colin Kaepernick, whose uncanny cool and sneaky athleticism combined with a rocket arm and maturity beyond his years has led the San Francisco 49ers to an NFC Championship bid against the Falcons this weekend. To eBay:

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. 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.

You can go here for a quick perusal of some of the cards up for sale on eBay. Who knows, if Kaepernick goes all Hall of Fame on everybody, one of those cards could be future college tuition money if you can track him down for an autograph.

For those more Russell Wilson inclined, here’s a link to his eBay cards page.


  1. kkingprior - Jan 16, 2013 at 5:02 PM

    2nd year quarterbacking sensation Colin Kaepernick…