Top 10 Russell Wilson Rookie-Year Cards

Top 10 Russell Wilson Rookie-Year Cards

Who would have guessed on the night of the 2012 draft that Russell Wilson would be the first quarterback of the crop to start and win a Super Bowl? Under 6' tall, he was overlooked by many. But a strong training camp saw he become the starter of a strong Seattle franchise. And while he's just one piece of the team that crushed Denver in Super Bowl XLVIII, when it comes to the hobby, Russell Wilson cards have the highest profile.

Collectors have tons of Russell Wilson rookies to choose from. Some are cheap, others are far from it. He has also got plenty of great and highly desirable inserts, autographs and memorabilia cards.

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Below is a list of the top Russell Wilson cards from 2012, his rookie year. We didn't limit the list to strictly rookie cards, opting for a mix of base rookie cards, inserts and NCAA cards.

While value certainly comes into play, it's not the only factor. Card quality, secondary market reception and potential also comes into play. Extremely limited cards were not included and parallels were also avoided. It's safe to say that if they were included, you'd see similar cards, only with lower serial numbers. So while you may have other cards or switch the spots of the ones we've included, we think the following ten cards are awesome additions to anyone considering going big on Russell Wilson cards or those who might just want to pick up a few cool cards.

Top 10 Russell Wilson Rookie Year Cards

10. 2012 Topps Valor Russell Wilson RC #35 #/170

This isn't the most valuable Russell Wilson card, though it does carry significant clout considering it doesn't have an autograph. Numbered to 170, it's an official rookie card, albeit one from a one-and-done standalone brand. It's also a decent card for those who might not be able to afford an autograph or extremely limited parallel.

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9. 2012 Topps Triple Threads Russell Wilson RC #131 Autographed Jersey #/99 - 2 versions

The 2012 Topps Triple Threads Russell Wilson rookie card is a bit of a strange beast. It has two different versions, both of which are numbered to 99. The only difference is how the jersey windows are cut. Individually, this makes each card rare. However, if you don't have a preference and aren't going for both, it shouldn't take too much looking to find one. The sticker autograph is something of a turnoff. Base versions also use plain jersey pieces. Both of these factors take it down a notch, especially given Triple Threads' high-end pedigree.

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8. 2012 Panini Prime Signatures Russell Wilson RC #269 Autograph #/199

Prime Signatures wasn't one of Panini's hottest sellers in 2012. However, its rookie cards are certainly worth a look. Hard signed and relatively rare, this Russell Wilson card takes a less is more approach. The look is simple, but it emphasizes the autograph. It's also very reasonably priced considering what you get. It was originally a redemption but is now live on the secondary market.

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7. 2012 Panini Black Rookie Signature Materials Prime Russell Wilson #25 #/349

Yes. Panini Black is a brand that borrows very liberally from Upper Deck Black. That said, these cards still look very strong. This Russell Wilson card comes with an on-card autograph that's done in gold on a black background. The result is a striking signature that's about as bold as you're going to find. Combine that with a prime jersey swatch and a relatively rare but not scarce print run and you've got one of the strongest 2012 Russell Wilson cards.

2012 Panini Black Football Rookie Signature Materials Prime 25 Russell Wilson Image

6.2012 Topps Chrome Rookie Autographs Russell Wilson #40

Topps Chrome has a long history with collectors, offering a nice balance of pop and widespread appeal. Unlike sets like National Treasures and Five Star, Topps Chrome comes with an affordable price tag. Not all cards are huge, but big names are very well received. This autograph was a redemption. Unfortunately, it comes with a sticker, which really stands out with the Chrome stock. Distributed as a redemption, the many Refractor parallels are extremely popular.

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5. 2012 Topps Strata Clear Cut Autographed Relic Rookie Russell Wilson #CCAR-RW

Building off of the Shadow Box concept started several years earlier by Upper Deck, the big draw of 2012 Topps Strata Football are the one-per-box Clear Cut Autographs. Featuring a massive player-work jersey or patch swatch, the layered cards have autographed acetate on top. A neat feature of the cards is that they also have a small window so that you can feel the swatch. Basic versions have plain swatches, but once you get into the rarer parallels, there are some very nice Russell Wilson patch pieces to be found.

2012 Topps Strata Clear Cut Signature Russell Wilson Image

4. 2012 Topps Five Star Russell Wilson RC #159 Autographed Patch #/50

An on-card autograph, patch swatch and a tiny print run of just 50 copies makes this one of the top official Russell Wilson rookie cards. However, the pricey brand has yet to catch on fully like National Treasures and Contenders have. It doesn't help that many of the patch swatches are small and plain. The print run may actually work against it as it's impossible for it to gain widespread appeal. In the long-term, it could also prove to be one of the biggest bargains.

2012 Topps Five Star Russell Wilson RC Image

3. 2012 Upper Deck Exquisite Russell Wilson #127 Autographed Patch #/150

When Upper Deck was producing NFL cards, Exquisite was the go-to brand. However, collectors shouldn't overlook their college products as they're still garnering tremendous secondary market attention. The 2012 Exquisite Russell Wilson may not be an official rookie card in the traditional sense, but it still demands a ton of respect. It comes with an on-card autograph and a patch from a player-worn jersey.

2012 Upper Deck Exquisite Russell Wilson Image

2. 2012 Panini National Treasures Russell Wilson RC #325 Autographed Patch #/99

Once this card finally comes out, it will likely become the best Russell Wilson rookie card. It already sells for the most. However, right now, collectors only have an IOU and a white piece of cardboard to show for it. The final card will have an on-card autograph and a generous patch swatch.

1. 2012 Panini Contenders Russell Wilson RC Autograph #225

Contenders has long been a popular set for rookie collectors. And that's a huge reason why this is the top-selling Russell Wilson rookie card outside of the National Treasures redemption. With so many Russell Wilson rookie autographs coming with stickers and/or redemptions, this card has gotten even more of a boost. Although it was a redemption in packs, it is now live. The card is not numbered, but Panini has confirmed the print run at 550 copies. A variation with Wilson in a white jersey is limited to 25 copies.

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2012 BOWMAN STERLING #BSJRRRW RUSSELL WILSON BGS MINT 9
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RUSSELL WILSON 2012 TOPPS PLATINUM BLACK REFRACTOR RC ROOKIE BGS 9.5
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2012 TOPPS CHROME #40 RUSSELL WILSON ROOKIE RC SEATTLE SEAHAWKS F
$10.75
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2012 TOPPS VALOR RUSSELL WILSON ROOKIE RC *SPEED* 3 COLOR PATCH RELIC #54 70
$22.00
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#39 50 Russell Wilson 2012 Bowman Sterling Gold Refractor RC #5
$93.03
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Russell Wilson 2012 Topps Strata #ed 150 RC #29 . RARE . VALUE
$23.00
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Russell WIlson 2012 TOPPS PRIME 250 RC #78 . mint . seahawks
$20.00
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Russell Wilson 2012 Topps Strata #ed 99 RC #29 . RARE . VALUE
$34.00
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Russell Wilson 2012 SPX Finite rookies RC 499 MINT AMAZING!
$24.00
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Russell WIlson 2012 ELITE SERIES GOLD 149 RC #25 MINT
$30.00
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RUSSELL WILSON 2012 FIVE STAR RPA 3 COLOR PATCH AUTO RC #21 25 SEAHAWKS
$450.00
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RUSSELL WILSON 2012 TOPPS CHROME BLACK REFRACTORS 96 299 #40A BGS 9
$160.00
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2012 Panini Russell Wilson Auto RC Beckett 10 Autograph SSP Seahawks Rookie
$238.88
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2012 Russell Wilson Finest Gold Refractor- BGS 9.5 w two 10 subs... Only 50 made
$199.99
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2012 RUSSELL WILSON PANINI BLACK FRIDAY ROOKIE KINGS BGS 10 PRISTINE
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2012 Russell Wilson valor certified and turbin prominence rookies
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Ryan's collecting origins began with winter bike rides to the corner store, tossing a couple of quarters onto the counter and peddling home with a couple packs of O-Pee-Chee hockey in his pocket. Today, he continues to build sets, go after inserts with cool technologies, chase Montreal Expos and finish off his John Jaha master collection. Ryan can be found on Twitter @tradercracks and Google+.

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