October 2018 Fall Classic Auction
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This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 11/4/2018
Derek Jeter's rookie period of 1992 to 1996 coincided with the dawn of the insert craze that now dominates modern card collecting. The offered 1996 SP Special F/X Die-Cut parallel features a handful of the baseball card innovations that occurred in the mid-1990s. The card features a holographic image of the Yankee phenom as well as a unique die-cut design that distinguishes it from the regular insert, offered in the following lot. The card was also short-printed and inserted at a rate of one in every 75 packs. With 48 cards comprising the complete checklist, that equates to a ratio of 1 in 3,600 to find a copy of the 1996 AL ROY and World Series champion. In the final years of the 1990s, inserts like these would start showcasing game-used swatches, signatures, and serial-numbering, all of which can be found on today's most collected cards, and none of which would be possible if not for cards like this one.

From a historical perspective, the success of Derek Jeter in the years following the 1994 players' strike is often overshadowed by the McGwire and Sosa madness later in the decade, but there is no doubt that they both helped draw fans back to the sport in record numbers. Likewise, Derek Jeter's 320-something rookie cards produced between 1992 and 1996 might not have been the sole impetus or inspiration for modern insert cards, but they played a significant role in shaping the hobby as we know it today. One of just 11 copies graded PSA 10 and very strongly recommended, the offered 1996 SP Special F/X Die-Cut is among the more popular and iconic Jeter rookies. Take a moment before leaving to admire its exquisite design. Simply stated, it is as good as it gets.
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Minimum Bid: $250
Final prices include buyers premium: $407
Number Bids: 4
Auction closed on Sunday, November 4, 2018.
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