James Rodríguez, pronounced "Hahm-ez," entered the 2014 World Cup as a young player with limited name recognition on the international stage, but that is certainly not the case any longer. It was there in Brazil that James Rodríguez cards exploded onto the hobby scene.
Although his career has not quite gone as anticipated, James has played for some of the top clubs in the world, including Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.
Like most star players, the most popular James Rodríguez cards tend to be some of his earliest releases. This includes a few different sticker cards. Naturally, his autographs are also very popular.
Top James Rodríguez Cards to Collect
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The 2010-11 Panini Futebol sticker release was available in Portugal and chronicles the first season for James with Porto. The stickers are not currently available in large quantities.
World Club Champion Football (WCCF) doubles as both a card game and Sega video game. The 2011-12 Japanese release is the first true card for James and notes his main skill as "The Artistic Left Foot."
Another early card for James, this Mega Craques release might eventually emerge as the go-to "rookie card" for the young Colombian.
Simplicity at its finest, 2014 Panini World Cup Stickers are inexpensive and readily available. While this means that the value will always remain low, it also makes this James card the easiest to locate for collectors and special as it documents his breakout World Cup performance.
Easily his most popular card, James Rodríguez's 2014 Panini Prizm Signatures card enjoyed a ridiculous increase in value thanks to the 2014 World Cup. Values started out in the $30-to-$60 range before pushing up over $300. Prices have since cooled off and the base version can normally be purchased for under $100.
Although he was omitted from both the base and insert sets, James was included in both autograph sets in Prizm World Cup. This incredibly rare card pairs him with former Colombian great, Carlos Valderrama. Only ten cards exist for the base version and another ten are available as a Prizm parallel.