Russell Wilson Rookie Card Rankings

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If you pulled a Russell Wilson Rookie Card back in 2012, it was something of a consolation prize for not getting Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III. That’s all changed now. Wilson may have been drafted much later but he’s the quarterback from the 2012 draft class to put together the greatest career.

And it’s not even close.

Russell Wilson Rookie Card Guide

Since his rookie season, Wilson has been the anchor of a Seattle Seahawks franchise that has been one of the most consistent in the NFL. Under Wilson, the team has never finished lower than second in the NFC West. Of course, there’s that 2013 Super Bowl win and near repeat the following year.

Through every win and loss, Wilson has been there. Between 2012 and 2019, the quarterback started every Seattle game. And he’s still rolling.

Wilson is well past the early part of his career. It’s time to start looking at his bigger impact, career numbers and overall legacy. There’s still much to be written but it’s probably fair to say that Wilson is a legend. Just how far that goes and how much we recognize it remains to be seen.

The Russell Wilson Rookie Card lineup has plenty of variety. This includes more than 30 base RCs. More than half of these come with autographs and represent many of the most expensive Russell Wilson Rookie Cards. As he becomes more widely appreciated, even the more affordable ones are starting to creep up in price. But with so many options, a lot of it is relative.

Here’s a breakdown of what to look for according to value.

The First Russell Wilson Cards

Although the Russell Wilson Rookie Card lineup took shape in 2012, that isn’t the first year he appeared on sports cards. It was actually 2010.

And they’re baseball cards.

2010 Bowman Chrome Draft Russell Wilson Refractor

Wilson has Bowman and Bowman Chrome Prospect cards in 2010 Bowman Draft Baseball. He’s also in 2010 Topps Pro Debut Baseball as a minor leaguer. The Colorado Rockies took Wilson in the fourth round of the 2010 draft.

2010 Topps Pro Debut Russell Wilson

These have a certain level of popularity, but more as novelties. That said, even these have been trending upwards like his other cards.

Most Valuable Russell Wilson Rookie Card Rankings

Only base cards with the RC tag in the Beckett database are included here. Inserts and parallels are not. Rankings are based primarily on the Beckett price guide. A comprehensive Russell Wilson football card checklist can be found here.


1. 2012 Panini National Treasures Russell Wilson RC Auto Patch #325 /99

Parallels: Gold (/49), Black (/25), Platinum (/5), Printing Plates Black (1/1), Printing Plates Cyan (1/1), Printing Plates Magenta (1/1), Printing Plates Yellow (1/1), Red (1/1)

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2012 Panini National Treasures Football Russell Wilson Rookie Card Auto Patch




2. 2012 Panini Contenders Russell Wilson RC Autograph #225

Parallels: Playoff Ticket (/99), Cracked Ice (/20), Championship Ticket (1/1), Printing Plates Black (1/1), Printing Plates Cyan (1/1), Printing Plates Magenta (1/1), Printing Plates Yellow (1/1)

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2012 Panini Contenders Russell Wilson Rookie Card Autograph




3. 2012 Panini Prizm Russell Wilson Rookie Card #230

Parallels: Prizms, Prizms Green, Prizms Red, Prizms Gold (/10), Prizms Finite (1/1), Prizms Pylon Orange (1/1)

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2012 Panini Prizm Russell Wilson Rookie Card




4. 2012 Rookies and Stars Longevity Russell Wilson RC Auto Jersey #246 /25

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2012 Panini Rookies and Stars Longevity Russell Wilson RC Auto Jersey




5. 2012 Prime Signatures Russell Wilson RC Autograph #269 /199

Parallels: Silver (/49), Gold (/25), Platinum (/5), Black (1/1), Printing Plates Black (1/1), Printing Plates Cyan (1/1), Printing Plates Magenta (1/1), Printing Plates Yellow (1/1)

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2012 Prime Signatures Russell Wilson Rookie Card Autograph




6. 2012 Limited Russell Wilson RC Auto Patch #225 /299

Parallels: Silver Spotlight (/49), Gold Spotlight (/25), Platinum Spotlight (1/1)

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7. 2012 Panini Playbook Russell Wilson RC Auto Patch-Jersey Book #205 /149

Parallels: Gold (/49), Platinum (/25), Green (/5), Black (1/1), Printing Plates Black (1/1), Printing Plates Cyan (1/1), Printing Plates Magenta (1/1), Printing Plates Yellow (1/1)

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8. 2012 Topps Triple Threads Russell Wilson RC Auto Tripe Mem #131 /99

Has two different versions.

Parallels: Sepia (/70), Emerald (/50), Gold (/25), Sapphire (/10), Pigskin (1/1), Platinum (1/1), Printing Plates Black (1/1), Printing Plates Cyan (1/1), Printing Plates Magenta (1/1), Printing Plates Yellow (1/1)

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9. 2012 Topps Five Star Russell Wilson RC Auto Mem #159 /50

Parallels: Gold (/55), Rainbow (/25), Five Star (1/1)

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2012 Topps Five Star Russell Wilson Rookie Card




10. 2012 Panini Black Russell Wilson RC Auto Patch #25 /349

 Parallels: Gold (/99), Platinum (/49), Black (/25), Black NFL Shield (1/1)

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11. 2012 Crown Royale Russell Wilson RC Auto Mem #280 /349

Parallels: Silver Holofoil (/149), Gold Holofoil (/99), Green (/49), Purple (/25)

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2012 Panini Crown Royale Russell Wilson Rookie Card




12. 2012 Rookies & Stars Russell Wilson RC Auto Jersey #246 /499

Parallels: True Blue (/399, no autograph), Longevity (/249, no autograph), Prime (/49)

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13. 2012 Momentum Russell Wilson RC Auto Triple Mem #131 /599

Parallels: Gold (/49), Platinum (/25), Black (1/1), Printing Plates Black (1/1), Printing Plates Cyan (1/1), Printing Plates Magenta (1/1), Printing Plates Yellow (1/1)

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14. 2012 Topps Chrome Russell Wilson Rookie Card #40

Parallels: Refractors, Orange Refractors, Xfractors, Purple Refractors (/499), Pink Refractors (/399), Camo Refractors (/499), Black Refractors (/299), Prism Refractors (/216), Blue Refractors (/199), Sepia Refractors (/99), Gold Refractors (/50), Red Refractors (/25), Printing Plates Black (1/1), Printing Plates Cyan (1/1), Printing Plates Magenta (1/1), Printing Plates Yellow (1/1), Superfractors (1/1)

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2012 Topps Chrome Russell Wilson Rookie Card




15. 2012 Totally Certified Russell Wilson RC Auto Mem #230 /199

Parallels: Blue (/26), Gold (/25), Green (/5), Black (1/1)

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16. 2012 Absolute Russell Wilson RC Auto Triple Mem #230 /299

Parallels: AFC/NFC (/99, no autograph), NFL Prime (/50, no autograph), Oversize Jersey Number (/50, no autograph), AFC/NFC (/49), AFC/NFC Prime (/25, no autograph), AFC/NFC Prime (/25), NFL Prime (/25), Oversize (/25), Oversize Jersey Number Prime (/25, no autograph), Oversize Prime (/25, no autograph), Oversize Prime (/10), Laundry Tag (1/1, no autograph), Laundry Tag (1/1), NFL Shield (1/1, no autograph), NFL Shield (1/1)

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17. 2012 Certified Russell Wilson RC Auto Dual Mem #346 /499

Parallels: Mirror Red Materials (/149, no autograph), Mirror Blue (/49), Mirror Blue Materials (/49, no autograph), Mirror Gold (/25), Mirror Gold Materials (/25, no autograph), Mirror Emerald (/5), Mirror Emerald Materials (/5, no autograph), Black (1/1), Black Materials (1/1, no autograph)

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2012 Certified Russell WIlson Rookie Card




18. 2012 Gridiron Russell Wilson RC Auto Jersey #320 /299

Base version has 249 copies. Remaining 50 are the Gold Ink versions.

Parallels: Jerseys Combos (/249, no autograph), Jerseys (/199, no autograph), Gold Ink (/299, 50 copies), Jerseys Retail (/249, no autograph), Jerseys Jumbos (/99, no autograph), Jerseys Combos Autographs (/49), Jerseys Combos Prime (/49, no autograph), Jerseys Jumbos Prime (/49, no autograph), Jerseys Prime (/49, no autograph), Jerseys Combos Autographs Prime (/25)

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19. 2012 Topps Supreme Russell Wilson Rookie Card #23 /462

Parallels: Blue (/96), Purple (/75), Sepia (/40), Green (/15), Printing Plates Black (1/1), Printing Plates Cyan (1/1), Printing Plates Magenta (1/1), Printing Plates Yellow (1/1), Red (1/1)

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20. 2012 Topps Valor Russell Wilson Rookie Card #35 /170

Parallels: Glory (/50), Valor (1/1)

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2012 Topps Valor Russell Wilson Rookie Card




21. 2012 Elite Russell Wilson Rookie Card #190 /799

Parallels: Aspirations (/84), Status (/16)

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2012 Elite Russell Wilson Rookie Card




22. 2012 Topps Russell Wilson Rookie Card #165

Parallels: Gold (/2012), Camo (/399), Pink (/399), Orange (/86), Black (/57), Platinum (1/1), Printing Plates Black (1/1), Printing Plates Cyan (1/1), Printing Plates Magenta (1/1), Printing Plates Yellow (1/1)

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2012 Topps Russell Wilson Rookie Card




23. 2012 Topps Platinum Russell Wilson Rookie Card #138

Parallels: Black Refractors, Orange Refractors, Xfractors, Blue Refractors (/99), Purple Refractors (/75), Gold Refractors (/50), Red Refractors (/25), Printing Plates Black (1/1), Printing Plates Cyan (1/1), Printing Plates Magenta (1/1), Printing Plates Yellow (1/1), Superfractors (1/1)

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24. 2012 Finest Russell Wilson Rookie Card #140

Parallels: Refractors, Prism Refractors, Blue Refractors (/99), Gold Refractors (/50), Red Refractors (/25), Pulsar Refractors (/10), Printing Plates Black (1/1), Printing Plates Cyan (1/1), Printing Plates Magenta (1/1), Printing Plates Yellow (1/1), Superfractors (1/1)

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2012 Finest Russell Wilson Rookie Card




25. 2012 Crown Royale Retail Russell Wilson RC Jersey #280 /299

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26. 2012 Bowman Sterling Russell Wilson Rookie Card #5

Parallels: Blue Refractors (/99), Black Refractors (/75), Gold Refractors (/50), Prism Refractors (/25), Printing Plates Black (1/1), Printing Plates Cyan (1/1), Printing Plates Magenta (1/1), Printing Plates Yellow (1/1), Superfractors (1/1)

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27. 2012 Topps Strata Russell Wilson RC #29

Parallels: Bronze (/150), Gold (/99), Blue (/50), Green (/10), Printing Plates Black (1/1), Printing Plates Cyan (1/1), Printing Plates Magenta (1/1), Printing Plates Yellow (1/1), Red (1/1)

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28. 2012 Prestige Russell Wilson RC#238

Parallels: Extra Points Gold, Extra Points Blue (/999), Extra Points Green (/25), Extra Points Black (/10)

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29. 2012 Topps Prime Russell Wilson RC #78

Parallels: Copper (/350), Gold (/250), Silver Rainbow (/99), Copper Rainbow (/50), Gold Rainbow (1/1)

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2012 Topps Prime Russell Wilson Rookie Card




30. 2012 Topps Strata Retail Russell Wilson Rookie Card #29

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31. 2012 Bowman Russell Wilson Rookie Card #116

Parallels: Gold, Purple, Silver (/99), Green (/25), Printing Plates Black (1/1), Printing Plates Cyan (1/1), Printing Plates Magenta (1/1), Printing Plates Yellow (1/1), Red (1/1)

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32. 2012 Topps Prime Retail Russell Wilson Rookie Card #78

Parallels: Blue

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33. 2012 Score Russell Wilson Rookie Card #372

Parallels: Glossy, Gold Zone, Scorecard, Artist’s Proof (/32), Red Zone (/20), End Zone (/6), Printing Plates Black (1/1), Printing Plates Cyan (1/1), Printing Plates Magenta (1/1), Printing Plates Yellow (1/1)

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34. 2012 Topps Magic Russell Wilson Rookie Card #181

Parallels: Mini, Mini Black Border, Mini Blue Border, Mini Pigskin (/50)

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2012 Topps Magic Russell Wilson Rookie Card


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