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Chipper Jones rookie cards are similar to those of his cross-league rival Derek Jeter in many ways. Although he has dozens of baseball cards produced before his actual rookie year of 1995, it took the hobby many years to finally recognize all of those cards produced up to and during 1995 as legitimate Chipper Jones rookie cards. For both players, this means there are dozens of drool-worthy insert and parallel rookie cards from the mid-90s, which is part of what makes collecting them so fun and so challenging. For all the glamour and glitz of 90s inserts, however, both players are also featured in dozens upon dozens of minor league issues. Many of those were produced in massive quantities, but a handful of select issues were extremely limited. For Chipper, one of those was the 1992 Classic Best Durham Bulls issue, in which he was featured as the #1 card. It is very similar to the following year's 1993 Classic Best Greensboro Derek Jeter, which was likewise card #1 and often sells for a small fortune whenever it surfaces, especially in top grades.

As the #1 top cards in both years' cellophane-wrapped sets, it turns out that most cards suffered an unusual amount of surface dents and dings. Not only that, but only a few thousand sets of each team were produced. Keep in mind, we're talking about Class-A ball teams here, and we're talking about two future Hall of Famers, whose tenures with those teams would not last very long. There's a seller on eBay who currently lists a BGS 9.5 Gem Mint graded example of Chipper's 1992 Classic Best Durham Bulls #1 card for $3,000. It is one of only four copies ever graded Gem Mint by BGS. With 321 on record, PSA has reviewed considerably more copies, but only nine (9) of those have made the top Gem Mint 10 grade. Here are two of them. PWCC auctioned another PSA 10 copy for $1,035 back in 2014. It is a tough card that is both rare and condition sensitive. Compare it to the 31 PSA 10 copies of Chipper's 1991 Topps Desert Shield rookie on record, which sell for between $10,000 and $15,000. There is no longer any debate; here is one of Chipper's best rookie cards, period.

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