Spring 2017 Major League Baseball "Set Registry Masters" Premium Auction
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Derek Jeter didn’t spend long with the Double-A Albany-Colonie Yankees, playing only 34 games in upstate New York before being promoted to the AAA Columbus Clippers. The future Captain’s quick promotion in 1994 meant that most minor league cards of the shortstop from that year were printed with him in his Columbus uniform and not in Albany pinstripes. The card offered here, therefore, is special for three reasons: 1) it’s Jeter’s only card from his time with the Albany-Colonie Yankees; 2) it’s extremely rare; the offered PSA 10 Gem Mint is one of only 16 total copies ever evaluated by PSA from a total submission pool of just 44, making it his rarest 1994 issue and one of the rarest of all 320 issues produced during his rookie era of 1992 to 1996; and 3) like the infamously condition-sensitive 1996 Sports Illustrated for Kids Tiger Woods rookie card, this rarefied Jeter is a magazine insert, with the same delicate perforated edges and paper thin card stock, making extraction a challenge for even the most sure-handed surgeon.

It's a perfect storm for scarcity: A rookie card of The Captain pulled from an obscure Eastern League team's yearbook, complete with blue borders and perforations. First, find the Albany-Colonie yearbook -- in the last year of the team's existence -- with this card (for several hundred if not thousand dollars) that has a problem-free Jeter in it. Then, detach the card carefully from the other player card and hope that you do it perfectly, and we mean perfectly. Then send it in to PSA and pray that it comes back a Gem Mint 10. So it's little wonder this card comes up for sale so seldom in a PSA 10, and when it does, it's capable of producing price tags of $1,407 to $2,426 like it did in STs monthly auctions in 2013, but that was before The Captain had announced his retirement and long before the recent baseball card boom, which has seen prices for key cards quadruple and quintuple in just the last two years. However, the offered card isn't just exceedingly rare or valuable; it's a milestone memento in terms of Jeter's development as a player. He hit .377 during his short stay at Albany-Colonie (34 games), earning him a promotion to Triple-A Columbus, his final minor-league destination. If you're a serious Jeter collector and you've even heard of this card, congratulations. If you weren't aware of it, then you're welcome. Either way, it's time to get busy.

1994 Albany-Colonie Yankees Yearbook Derek Jeter RC Rookie Card PSA 10 Gem Mint Pop 161994 Albany-Colonie Yankees Yearbook Derek Jeter RC Rookie Card PSA 10 Gem Mint Pop 16
1994 Albany-Colonie Yankees Yearbook Derek Jeter RC Rookie Card PSA 10 Gem Mint Pop 16
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