Nobody expected Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson to take the NFL by storm.
The Seahawks drafted Wilson 75th overall out of Wisconsin in the 2012 NFL Draft.
At that point in team history, Seattle’s most successful signal-callers were Matt Hasselbeck (29,434 passing yards) and Dave Krieg (26,132 passing yards).
If you thought Wilson would be on pace to surpass them someday, people would’ve called you crazy.
Since turning pro seven years ago, Wilson has exceeded lofty expectations. Not only is he going to become the Seahawks all-time passing leader, but he should also earn serious Pro Football Hall of Fame considerations once he hangs up his cleats.
He’s that good. Seattle wouldn’t have won Super Bowl XLVIII without him under center. Wilson has been on fire this season.
Through nine games, he has passed for 22 touchdowns and thrown just one interception for a gaudy 114.1 passer rating – the best of his eight-year NFL career.
It’s a sure bet he will earn his seventh Pro Bowl nod.
He could also win his first NFL MVP award. Let’s check out some of the best Russell Wilson rookie cards for investment purposes.
2018 Bowman Chrome Russell Wilson Prospects Red Refractor Auto
This is one of our favorite cards period.
The card features Wilson fielding a baseball in a New York Yankees jersey and is numbered BCPA-RW.
Wilson is a two-sport star: he also played baseball for the North Carolina State Wolfpack from 2008 to 2010.
Plus, the Colorado Rockies made him the 140th overall pick of the 2010 MLB Draft.
He has since suited up for the Texas Rangers and New York Yankees.
This rare sealed autographed card shows Wilson in a throwing stance while wearing Yankees Blue.
Only five of these cards exist – consider yourself very fortunate if you get one.
The 2018 Bowman Chrome Russell Wilson Prospects Red Refractors Auto also commands a hefty price on the market – it will set you back by at least four digits.
Nonetheless, you can make up for it. With a card this rare, you should expect a sizeable ROI in the next few years.
2012 Panini Contenders Rookie Ticket Russell Wilson On-Card Auto Rookie Card
Another sick card that comes with a sick price tag (over $1,000).
This is one slick Russell Wilson rookie card, to say the least.
The prominent Seahawks Green and Blue colors in the left panel take center stage – it’s a rookie ticket that features the team name, a Seahawks team helmet, and “CenturyLink Field.”
The section at the bottom shows “QB,” (Wilson’s position) “3,” (Wilson’s number) and “A” (presumably Wilson’s status as a top rookie).
The card’s photo shows Wilson rearing back for a pass. You can’t miss his autograph scribbled at the bottom of the card.
Investing in this card will cost you at least $1,000. We won’t be surprised if you earn twice as much in the next five years or so.
2012 National Treasures Russell Wilson RC #325 Autographed Patch /99 (Redemption)
If you want a hefty return on your investment, go for rare rookie sports cards. When supply is low, demand is high.
The 2012 National Treasures Russell Wilson RC Autographed Patch /99 (Redemption) is another rare Russell Wilson rookie card.
This card has a relatively simple layout – it features a picture of Wilson, a game-worn patch, and his autograph.
Don’t let its simplicity fool you, though – it commands a high price on the market. Prepare to shell out at least $5,000 for this one.
Expect high demand for this card since Wilson shows no signs of slowing down. Don’t act surprised if you get a huge ROI.
2012 Upper Deck Exquisite Russell Wilson #127 Autographed Patch /150
If you are looking for a cheaper investment, the 2012 Upper Deck Exquisite Russell Wilson #127 Autographed Patch should be up your alley.
This card shows Wilson during his playing days with the Wisconsin Badgers.
It features a game-worn patch and an autograph scribbled below his photo.
The back of the card reads, “Congratulations! You received a trading card with event-worn football memorabilia of Russell Wilson and an autograph of Russell Wilson.
The autograph was signed in the presence of a company representative or sent from, and certified as to its authenticity by, Russell Wilson.
We hope you enjoy this piece of football history, as we continue to keep you as close as you can get!” It doesn’t get any better than that.
Investing in this card will cost you in the $450 to $500 range. You should get a fast return on your investment sooner than later.
Like we said, Russell Wilson shows no signs of slowing down. In fact, he’s getting better as the years go by. He should win his first NFL MVP plum and another Super Bowl Trophy or two in the next several years. It also wouldn’t surprise us one bit if he breaks several records along the way. We’re talking about a potential Pro Football Hall of Famer.