Russell Wilson rookie cards are becoming very popular with collectors.  The Seattle Seahawks quarterback has a variety of rookie cards that are worth buying.  The rookie if the year contender has made is mark and has proven himself to the critics that said he is too small to be an NFL QB.

Knowing which Russell Wilson rookie cards to buy can be quite confusing to novice collectors.  Here is a list that that we have compiled of the best Wilson rookie cards worth buying.

Best Russell Wilson Rookie Cards

2012 Topps Chrome 

These are some of the most popular Wilson rookie cards in today’s hobby.  The 2012 Topps Chrome Russell topps russell wilson rookie cardsWilson rookie cards come in many variations which include autographs, colored refractors, Xfractors and short print variations.  All of these football cards make great investments at their current prices.   For collectors that can afford them, signed and low numbered variations make the best long term investments as they will dry up much faster than some of his more common cards.

Buyer Tips:  Like most Topps Chrome cards, centering can be a major issue with these cards.  Buyers should pay close attention to surface scratches as well and refractor lines which are also very common.

2012 Topps Platinum

The Topps Platinum Russell Wilson rookie cards are selling amazingly well online.  Buyers are buying all the colored variations and refractors that exist of the young superstar.  Topps did a great job with this set and Russell has become one of the hottest cards in the 2012 set.  Buyers can purchase these cards online for around $3.

Buyer Tips:  For those looking at Russell Wilson rookie cards as an investment, buying card lots can be a great way to get these great rookie cards at a cheaper price.  Make sure to pay close attention to the centering of these cards as many tend to be off-centered.

2012 Topps Russell Wilson Rookie

The regular Topps set has always been popular with football card collectors.  This year is no different.  The 2012 Topps Russell Wilson rookie card is very affordable and can be purchased for around $2-$3.  Short Print variations have become some of his most coveted cards this year.  These cards sell for $10-$15 depending on the condition.

Buyer Tips:  Buyers should pay close attention to the corners of these cards as the white borders tend to hide imperfections.  Centering can also be an issue and should be taken into consideration before any purchase is made.


topps finest russell willson rookie2012 Finest

The 2012 Finest Russell Wilson RC’s are some of his nicest cards produced this year.  Topps did a great job including autographed and individually numbered Wilson rookie cards in this year’s Finest set.   Jersey or patch cards have also been getting a lot of attention from buyers with some low numbered versions selling for over $200.00.

2012 Score

The 2012 Score Russell Wilson rookie cards may also be great investments.  Some of the most popular cards in the set are Glossy variations as well as short print photo variations.  Many of these cards can be purchased at bargain prices online.  Currently Mint or better condition base cards are selling for $3.00.  Not bad for a potential rookie of the year candidate.

2012 Bowman Russell Wilson Rookie Card

These are pretty ordinary looking cards. Topps produced these football cards early in the year before the players joined their given teams. These cards are borderless and cheap very easily. These are some of the most condition sensitive Russell Wilson rookie cards produced in 2012. Gold and purple parallel versions of his rookie cards exist but don’t sell for much more than the base card. Currently you can find these cards selling for $5 online.

2012 Bowman Sterling Russell Wilson Rookie

This card has a nice chrome finish and is harder to find then most people think. Bowman Sterling packs were very expensive which kept some russell wilson topps rookiecollectors away from the product. Currently these Russell Wilson football cards sell for $10-$15. Gem mint 10 versions of the cards are bringing $75-$80. As far as condition, buyers should pay close attention to common surface flaws like scratches.

2012 Panini Contenders Russell Wilson RC Ticket

Panini Contenders rookie ticket autographs have always been popular with collectors. These are some of the most interesting and most valuable Russell Wilson autographed cards in the hobby. Three different versions of these cards exist including a white jersey version numbered to only 25. The playoff Ticket variation is also numbered to only 99 and has a clean foil finish.
All of these signed cards are condition sensitive especially on the left hand side of the cards. This side contains a blue frame which shows even the minutest flaw. The base autographed has a print run of under 600 copies which make them extremely rare. Currently the base autograph card is selling for $250-$300. The Playoff Ticket variation is selling for over $1,000. The White Jersey variation is hovering just over the $1,200 range.

2012 Prizm Russell Wilson Rookie Card

These are some of the nicest looking football cards produced in 2012. They all have a beautiful chrome finished and Prizm inserts are clear russell wilson autograph rookiereminder of Topps refractors. These Wilson RC cards sell for $10 ungraded and SP variations of the card have been bringing $25. Autograph Russell Wilson cards were randomly inserted into packs as well selling for around $250 online.
Collectors should pay close attention to the surface of these cards as scratches can affect their value.

2012 Prestige

Wilson’s Prestige rookie is a very affordable card. They have a nice glossy finish which adds to the quality of the card stock. These cards normally grade very well. Currently you can purchase these cards on Ebay for around $5 ungraded.

2012 Topps Magic Russell Wilson RC

White borders help these cards grade very well. Buyers should pay close attention to the corners of these cards as they tend to nick with time and handling. Currently you can purchase these football cards for $3.00 while autographed mini versions which are quite rare are selling for over $1,300 in gem mint condition.

Here are some other valuable Russell Wilson rookies and autographed cards that are worth taking a look at.russell wilson autograph value

2012 Topps Prime
2012 Absolute
2012 Topps Valor
2012 Panini Momentum
2012 Strata
2012 Panini Momentum
2012 Panini Prime Signatures
2012 Panini Certified
2012 Panini Elite
2012 Panini Prominence

Russell has proven that he can not only play in the NFL but excel.  With the Seahawks on their way to a second Super Bowl the sky is the limit when it comes to the value of Russell Wilson rookie cards. If he can pull off his 2nd straight victory against Tom Brady and the patriots you can expect his cards to go BOOM!

Alan Karpuch

Owner of GMA Grading Inc. Over 20 years experience in the sports card industry.

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