When the 2012 NFL season began, Colin Kaepernick was largely ignored by the hobby. He was backup to Alex Smith, a solid quarterback who led the 49ers to the NFC West division title in 2011 and just signed a new deal with the team. It seemed unlikely that there would be any sort of quarterback controversy in San Francisco.
But when Smith went down with a concussion, Colin Kaepernick stepped in and stepped up big. Within a couple of games, the Kaepernick was named San Francisco's starter going forward.
As the young quarterback's strong play continued, Colin Kaepernick cards saw huge jumps on the secondary market. By far, his rookie autographs and low-numbered patch cards are the most popular on the secondary market. They're seeing a lot of movement, especially now that Kaepernick's future appears solid with the 49ers. Because he wasn't one of the top rookies in 2011, his autographs are a little more plentiful than some of the other standouts like Cam Newton. There is also a huge drop off in the number of Colin Kaepernick cards in 2012 as sets focus primarily on the 2012 rookie class and established superstars.
As high as some of the prices are reaching, a Super Bowl victory would put Kaepernick alongside the likes of legends Joe Montana and Steve Young. Kaepernick's dynamic abilities and youth also work in his favor. So there is room for further growth, both in the short-term and over the long haul.
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| E-Mail Author Ryan is a former member of The Cardboard Connection Writing Staff.
His 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.