2011 Topps Chrome Colin Kaepernick Autograph Ref /99
2011 Topps Chrome Football
Colin Kaepernick Autograph Refractor #/99
Rookie Card – Autographed – Refractor – Serial Numbered #/99
Card #: 25
52 Week Range: $26.65 – $199.99*
Date Range: January 1, 2012 – December 31, 2012
Approx Volume Sold on eBay: 21
*The version 7/99 sold for $230.00 on 12-23-2012
#7 is his jersey number
2011 Topps Chrome Football Checklist
Colin Kaepernick grew up in Turlock, CA where I used to live. It’s low key in Turlock. Could probably leave your door unlocked depending where you lived. It’s a far cry from the bright lights of the NFL. In 2011, as a rookie, Kaepernick watched Alex Smith lead the 49ers to the NFC Championship game. Smith’s cards exploded in value, and it was hard for anyone to think he’d lose his job the following season. People close to the 49ers organization loved Kaepernick though, with his blend of size, speed and a rocket arm. Smith played fairly well in the first half of the 2012 season, but got knocked out of a game due to a concussion and Kaepernick has played and started every game since. Collectors who bought Kaepernick cards during 2011 and even the start of 2012 were rewarded if they decided to sell once Smith went out with injury. Most of Kaepernick’s football cards have gone up in value, even the more common ones, and his autographed versions like the Topps Chrome have seen a good pop.
One of the limitations with looking at Kaepernick’s card values – and stopping at December 31, 2012 – is that it won’t track the 2012 NFL playoffs in January. Depending what happens there, it could boost or level off the market for his cards. Barring disaster, Kaepernick looks like a lock to be the 49ers starter in 2013 and beyond. Even at the prices his 2011 Topps Chrome Refractor Autograph are selling for at years end (roughly $175), it still feels like there is room to grow potentially in 2013 if he plays well. But that could be the Turlock bias setting in…..
NOTE: Prices are averaged per month. The November $133.07 number takes into account the boost in sales when he took over as a starter for Alex Smith.