Spring 2017 Major League Baseball "Set Registry Masters" Premium Auction
The late 1990s were a period of metamorphosis and ingenuity in the sports card industry. Collectors had a wide variety of companies and different releases to choose from, and this healthy hobby competition led to many developments we take for granted today, including parallel sets, prismatic foil cards, game-used memorabilia inserts, and rare serial-numbered sets. Fleer was one of the leading companies pushing the envelope of innovation, and in 1995 it introduced the Gold Medallion parallel for its Fleer Ultra brand, a scarce mirror version of Ultra base and insert sets emblazoned with a special gold foil stamp. Two years later, Ultra upped the ante (and the rarity) by debuting its Platinum Medallion parallel, numbered to 200 copies each.
The offered Derek Jeter card hails from 1999 Ultra's Platinum Medallion edition, which was even more limited than its '97 predecessor. Serial numbered 46/99 and graded Gem Mint 10 by PSA—one of only three examples in PSA's highest grade—it is the quintessential late '90s parallel card of the sport's then-hottest rising star. Nineties cards of baseball's top players are white hot right now, as Gen Xers and millennials are purchasing cards they could only dream of as kids. If you are searching for an item worth more than its weight in nostalgic '90s gold (or platinum, as the case may be), then you've discovered the perfect card of the great Yankee Captain.
1999 Ultra #30P Derek Jeter Platinum Medallion PSA 10 Gem Mint Pop 3 Serial Numbered 46/99
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