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Skeptics of Derek Sanderson Jeter's place in the history of baseball often overlook "The Kalamazoo Kid's" pre-professional baseball accomplishments. In his sophomore year at Kalamazoo Central High, he batted .557, followed by .508 his junior year and then .508 again as a senior, striking out only once. Already a star, he received All-State honorable mention and a heap of impressive national awards -- including the 1992 High School Player of the Year Award from the American Baseball Coaches Association, the 1992 Gatorade High School Player of the Year award, and USA Today's High School Player of the Year. A Yankee fan by right of birth, and with Dave Winfield as his childhood idol and an admirable work ethic instilled by his parents and high school teachers, he was well on his way to eventually becoming the 11th New York Yankee Captain and one of the most prolific batsmen in the history of baseball. Here is one of the hobby's few collectibles that acknowledge Derek's Kalamazoo Central High School roots, the famous 1992 Little Sun High School Autograph issue, offered in the incredible grade of Gem Mint 10 from PSA. Imagine, for a moment, if the hobby had produced high school era cards of any other superstar in the 150-year history of baseball, or from any other sport, for that matter, and then imagine if a small number of those cards were signed by the teen-aged future star. It is almost incomprehensible to imagine the existence of such masterpiece collectibles of Mickey Mantle or George Brett, Michael Jordan or Kobe Bryant, Joe Montana, Wayne Gretzky, you name them. But this is exactly what we have in the 1992 Little Sun Autograph issue, a specially designed card limited to only 250 copies produced and inserted into regular sets of the 1992 Little Sun issue, which themselves were limited to a print run of just 1500. The offered example features Derek's unmistakable early signature style, without question penned in his own hand and applied directly to the card's glossy surface, which often produced a somewhat sloppy, streak-riddled endorsement, but not so on this prominent copy. Although not perfect, the bold signature featured here is as good as if not better than most examples from this condition sensitive set, which was also plagued with centering issues. The extra handling required for the signature process took a toll on most cards as well, which is another reason why only a half dozen other examples have ever attained the golden grade of Gem Mint 10 from PSA. Long after he retires and enters the Hall of Fame, the 1992 Little Sun High School Autograph, unlike many of Derek's cards from his rookie period of 1992 to 1996, will be at the top of most collectors' wish lists, right up there with rookie cards of Babe Ruth and Mickey Mantle. Why wait until then?

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Minimum Bid: $1
Final prices include buyers premium: $6,447
Number Bids: 26
Auction closed on Sunday, January 5, 2014.
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