August 2018 Summer Classic Auction
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This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 9/1/2018
A longtime favorite of hobbyists, Derek Jeter's 1993 Upper Deck #449 rookie card is both aesthetically pleasing and easily attainable. Raw examples of this card can be had for less than the cost of a cup of Starbucks coffee, meaning it is accessible to collectors from ages 9 to 99. However, with its full-bleed obverse color photograph and delicate gold accents on front and back, it can be very difficult to uncover examples with borders that are free of chipping. Graded gem mint copies, whether in BGS 9.5 or PSA 10 holders, can sell for as much as $200, an astounding 50 times the price of what ungraded specimens command. And though gems of this Jeter are uncommon, they are by no means in short supply. In fact, BGS has awarded 332 gem mint grades, while PSA has encased another 536.

For collectors seeking Jeter rookie rarity, it is difficult to best the card up for bids here. This BGS 10 Pristine example of the Yankee Captain's 1993 Upper Deck #449 card is one of just four to earn Beckett's top mark (out of 5,766 copies evaluated). This 25-year-old cardboard RC is an absolute stunner; there are no two ways about it. Its razor sharp corners, flawless color and photo registration, and near-perfect borders put it in the running for the top example in the entire hobby. With his Hall of Fame induction right around the corner in 2020, look for the market for high-end Jeter material to explode. And they don't get more high end than the offered BGS 10 masterpiece.
Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $1,000
Final prices include buyers premium: $1,965
Number Bids: 6
Auction closed on Saturday, September 1, 2018.
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