Spring 2017 Major League Baseball "Set Registry Masters" Premium Auction
If you've ever caught a glimpse of one of the autographed versions of the offered 1997 Bowman's Best Derek Jeter Atomic Refractor cards, then congratulations—you've seen one of the Holy Grails of Jeter collecting. At Small Traditions, we've established a national reputation as the go-to depot for Yankee Captain rarities, and we've only handled one example of this card, a PSA 10 beauty with a stunning signature which we sold on two occasions in 2013 for $2,697 and $3,554, respectively.
Though the offered card sports Topps's "Certified Autograph Issue" markings, it clearly was never signed, which we believe means it was either an unsigned proof or was a sample taken home by a Topps employee. The experts at Beckett Grading Services have recognized the ink-free '97 Jeter Atomic Refractor as a separate variation from its rare autographed cousin. The specimen here has been graded Gem Mint 9.5 by BGS, and is one of only three to earn this exalted grade. Although it does not bear Jeter's famous John Hancock, we are certain this autograph-free Atomic Refractor is just as scarce as the pack-pulled signed version. You don't need a PhD in nuclear physics to know that this atomic gem is da bomb! Add it to your collection today.
Extremely Rare 1997 Bowman's Best Atomic Refractor Autographs #82 Derek Jeter Missing Autograph BGS 9.5 Gem Mint Pop 3
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