February 2020 Winter Premium Auction
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Proudly offered is one of only six total copies of Derek Jeter's rarest rookie card on record in the entire hobby. High-end Derek Jeter rookie cards are all the rage in today's modern baseball card hobby, with several of the recently inducted HOFer's best cards routinely fetching five and even six figures at auction. None of those cards, however, are remotely as rare as the featured 1995 Kroger Columbus Clippers Perforated Yearbook card, not even the fabled 1996 Select Certified Mirror Gold card, which sold last October for over $200,000.

Graded PSA 9 Mint, the offered scarcity is one of just three copies ever graded by PSA, all in the same Mint 9 category, while Beckett Grading Services has handled an identical number, one graded Mint 9, one NM-MT+ 8.5, and one NM+ 7.5. With just a half dozen copies on record between the hobby's two largest grading firms, the card is so rare that most collectors simply don't know of its existence. And if they do know about the card, no collector we've ever encountered can begin to explain its scarcity.

Not only is the card inexplicably scarcer than virtually any other modern Hall of Fame rookie card in existence—far scarcer even than the 1977 Modesto Rickey Henderson card or the 1980 Charlotte O's Cal Ripken cards—but it is also extremely condition sensitive. Similar to the famous 1996 Sports Illustrated Tiger Woods rookie card, the 1995 Kroger Derek Jeter rookie is perforated on all four edges, making extraction from its yearbook a delicate and dangerous task. A similarly scarce and condition sensitive, esoteric rookie card depicting Mickey Mantle or Michael Jordan would unquestionably command a small fortune, but what this unique Jeter rookie is worth today is anybody's guess. I'll say it again: offered is one of only six total copies of Derek Jeter's rarest rookie card on record in the entire hobby.

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Minimum Bid: $2,500
Final prices include buyers premium: $3,687
Number Bids: 3
Auction closed on Saturday, February 29, 2020.
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