February 2019 Winter Premium Auction
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Because the beginning of Derek Jeter's professional career (.202 in 47 games with the 1992 Rookie League Yankees before moving up to Class A Greensboro later in the year) coincided with the explosion of baseball card companies and product, it's not hard to find rookie cards featuring the Yankees icon and the club's all-time hits leader. With only 2,500 copies printed, however, this card is the exception.

Fleer's '92 Procards Gulf Coast Yankees set, which features Jeter's first team-issued minor-league card, isn't only rare, but it is also one of the Captain's most challenging minor league cards to grade in PSA 10 Gem Mint condition. To date, only 25 of the 497 submitted have made the grade. Moreover, very few of those perfect PSA 10 specimens have turned up in recent searches on major auction sites, and ungraded copies are dwindling as well, as collectors start to hoard them in anticipation of Jeter's Hall of Fame induction in 2020. In addition to notorious centering issues, the gray and brown borders on these distinctively '90s-looking cards chip very easily, posing significant obstacles in the hunt for flawless examples.

We've saved you the trouble with the card offered here, but all indications are that you won't get too many more shots at a PSA 10 Gem Mint Fleer Procards Gulf Coast Yankees Jeter any time soon, at least not at current market prices. Two years ago, this card was virtually guaranteed to reach $2,000 at auction, but more recent sales have hovered in the $800 to $1,000 range, an absolute bargain given its small print run and relatively minuscule PSA 10 population. Don't wait any longer to make this important early Jeter a centerpiece in your rookie card collection. As the picture on the card proves, time is a-tickin'.

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Minimum Bid: $500
Final prices include buyers premium: $1,922
Number Bids: 7
Auction closed on Sunday, March 3, 2019.
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