Rookie Card Year: 2011
Investment Rating: 7.5
As soon as he was christened the starting quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, Colin Kaepernick cards soared. And why not? In just his second season, he was given the chance to lead one of the NFL's most storied franchises. With speculation running rampant, many are wondering how Kaepernick can stack up against the likes of legends Joe Montana and Steve Young.
For Colin Kaepernick cards to ascend to elite levels in the hobby, the biggest thing the quarterback can do is win. The built-in 49ers fanbase is looking for that more than any record. Because quarterbacks are so highly sought after in the hobby, wrestling the starting job away from Alex Smith sent collectors scrambling. As a back-up, Kaepernick was lost in the shuffle behind the likes of Cam Newton and Andy Dalton as far as 2011 rookies went. But now Kaepernick's his turn to shine.
More than 25 Colin Kaepernick rookie cards are available to collectors. Low-end options like 2011 Topps and 2011 Score should never command huge sums because they're so readily available. They make for great options for those who just want a rookie card of an NFL quarterback. Mid-range options for those on a budget include 2011 Donruss Elite or 2011 Topps Chrome. Those looking for pricey Colin Kaepernick rookie cards have lots to choose from. The quarterback has several limited edition rookies that come with both his autograph and a piece of player-worn jersey. The most expensive Colin Kaepernick rookie cards come from 2011 Playoff National Treasures and 2011 Topps Five Star.
It is worth noting that Upper Deck has a couple of very popular Colin Kaepernick cards. Both 2011 Upper Deck Exquisite and 2011 SP Authentic have some of his most valuable first-year cards. However, because they're licensed by the NCAA and not the NFL, we don't rank them as true rookie cards.
Because he is only emerging as an NFL star, there isn't a lot of autographed memorabilia widely available to collectors outside of trading cards. This should change fast as demand rises.
Top Colin Kaepernick Rookie Cards
A beautifully designed card featuring a jersey patch, often multi-colored, and an on-card autograph, it is extremely limited with just 65 serial numbered copies in existence.
Competing head to head with the previous card for top honors, this National Treasures card is equally beautiful, features a larger patch and on-card signature. Slightly more available with a print run of 99 copies, this is a classic Colin Kaepernick rookie card.
While there are certainly more limited edition Kaepernick RC's to choose from, the popularity of the Contenders Rookie Ticket Autographs is unparalleled in the hobby. While the design of the card is heavily reliant on cordoned off sections giving it a "boxey" appearance, this is still one of Kaepernick's key and most popular rookie cards.
Colin Kaepernick Rookie Card Checklist
Budget Rookie Cards
Mid-Range Rookie Cards
Premium Rookie Cards
- 2011 Absolute Memorabilia #232 Autographed Jersey #/299
- 2011 Panini Certified #282 Autographed Jersey #/499
- 2011 Panini Crown Royale #202 Autographed Jersey #/299
- 2011 Panini Gold Standard #262 Autographed Jersey #/525
- 2011 Panini Gridiron Gear #R27 Autographed Jersey #/205
- 2011 Panini Limited #212 Autographed Jersey #/299
- 2011 Panini Plates and Patches #212 Autographed Jersey #/499
- 2011 Panini Playbook #110 Autographed Jersey #/399
- 2011 Panini Prime Signatures #235 Autograph #/249
- 2011 Panini Timeless Treasures #148 Autograph #/165
- 2011 Panini Totally Certified #210 Autographed Jersey #/399
- 2011 Playoff Contenders #227 Autograph
- 2011 Playoff National Treasures #327 Autographed Patch #/99
- 2011 Rookies and Stars #260 Autograph #/299
- 2011 Topps Five Star #181 Autographed Patch #/65
- 2011 Topps Inception #126 Autograph #/500
Colin Kaepernick Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide
Below you will find an example of what Colin Kaepernick's authentic signature looks like. This can be used as a first point of reference for determining the legitimacy of autograph memorabilia, but is not a substitute for having your items authenticated by a well respected professional autograph authentication company. Some of the trusted sources within the sports memorabilia market include the following companies: PSA, JSA, Tristar, and Mounted Memories. Click on any of the images below to view full size photos.
Colin Kaepernick Cut Signature Exemplar #1
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Colin Kaepernik Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Colin Kaepernick signature autograph will exhibit several distinguishing characteristics. However, depending on the type of item signed or in what setting, his signature characteristics can change.
Colin Kaepernick Signature Characteristics #1
- The entire signature is hastily written and largely not legible.
- A letter "C" resembling more of an "l" starts the signature.
- A series of three parallel lines, the second two spaced very closely together, follow the "C."
- A sideways looking over-sized looking "x" follows with one of the lines having a long narrow loop.
Colin Kaepernick Signature Characteristics #2
- The letters "C-l" represent the first name and each letter is very legible.
- The letter "K" is over-sized but fluid and well defined.
- Inscription of jersey number "7" often included on footballs.
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