Spring 2017 Major League Baseball "Set Registry Masters" Premium Auction
The Derek Jeter Master Set, by sheer volume, is the PSA Registry's most challenging player set. With 6,873 unique cards, it surpasses its closest rival, the Ken Griffey Jr. Master Set, by an astounding 2,083 items! What separates the Jeter set from those of other baseball stars is the number of collectors who are seriously pursuing this nearly 7,000-card venture. There are 75 sets registered with PSA, the top five of which have acquired over 28 percent of the Jeter cards on the checklist. The current finest set belongs to super collector Cary Crane, whose master set project is, as of writing, 68.37% complete and has been honored with awards by PSA for seven straight years. When it comes collecting New York's #2, Crane is indisputably #1.
We here at Small Traditions have had the privilege of working with Cary these past few years helping him build his incredible set. In fact, he graciously allowed us to display his Jeter collection at our company booth at last summer's National Sports Collectors Convention in Atlantic City. As we've learned, Mr. Crane is constantly looking to upgrade his set, either by acquiring new cards or purchasing better examples of the ones he already owns. So what then does the #1 Jeter aficionado in the world do with his extras and duplicates? He registers them as a separate set, of course. Proudly offered here is Cary Crane's 660-card duplicates collection, which is currently ranked 11th on the PSA Derek Jeter Master Set Registry. There are some heavy hitters among these cards, too, including a PSA 8 example of the Captain's 1996 Topps Chrome Refractor, PSA 9s of Jeter's 1993 Topps Colorado Rockies and Florida Marlins Inaugural rookie cards, and a Near Mint 7 exemplar of the Yankee legend's rare 1996 Leaf Steel Gold Promo, each of which are among the highlights of this lot included in the photos below. Please keep in mind that for the 60 cards highlighted in these scans, there are 600 cards, or ten times more, not showing. Some other major draws include the rarely offered 1994 Collectors Choice Gold Signature in PSA 8.5 as well as a PSA 9 example of the Silver Signature version, which PSA failed to recognize as the ultra rare Silver Signature White Letter variation, most likely because it was graded before PSA starting recognizing this elusive error. There are autograph cards, game-used cards, dozens after dozens of artist proof cards and refractors and serial-numbered cards. (The full list is available on PSA's website at: https://www.psacard.com/psasetregistry/baseball/player-sets/derek-jeter-master-set/publishedset/232437.)
This lot has incredible potential, either for a dealer to take apart as a set break or for a collector to jump-start his or her ranking in the Derek Jeter Master Set Registry. With a starting bid roughly equivalent to the value of the 60 highlights showing below and less than the total grading cost for the entire collection, never again will you have the chance to buy this many PSA certified Jeter cards in one fell swoop. This is truly an amazing collection—don't miss out on an unprecedented opportunity for you to own it!
Significant 1992-2015 Derek Jeter Master PSA Player Set Registry w/ 660 PSA-Graded Cards #11 Current Finest #1 Cary Crane Duplicate Set
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