February 2020 Winter Premium Auction
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In recent months, we've seen what the better Derek Jeter cards from the mid 1990s have done at auction. In October, a PSA 10 Gem Mint graded example of the famous 1996 Select Certified Mirror Gold card made headlines when it fetched $202,102 in a PWCC auction on eBay. Two months later, another of the 30 extant copies of this famous card, this one graded PSA 8 NM-MT, fetched a handsome $50,000 in another eBay auction. During this same time, an ungraded 1998 EX-2001 Essential Credentials Now, serial numbered 06/07 made, fetched $34,100, while an ungraded 1998 Donruss Crusade Red, numbered 01/25 made, brought in $13,122. Meanwhile, the 1993 SP Foil PSA 10 realized three sales, first for $138,000 with Heritage in mid December, followed the next day by $168,000 with REA, and then $180,000 with Memory Lane in January. These are staggering numbers once thought unattainable within the realm of 1990s-era baseball cards, but the trend is clear: Derek Jeter's most coveted cards from the 90s are among the hottest cards on the planet right now.

Offered in this lot is a spectacular card from the Captain's sophomore season which history will count among those five- and six-figure masterpieces listed above. 1997 Pinnacle Certified was the immediate successor of the now famous 1996 Select Certified issue, which contained the coveted Mirror Red, Blue, and Gold parallel cards. Pinnacle originally planned for similar Mirror Red, Blue, and Gold parallels of its renamed set, limited to the same quantities of 90, 45, and 30, but they dropped the ball by printing not one, not two, not three, not four, but five print runs of the 1997 Pinnacle Certified issue. So popular was the 1996 issue that Pinnacle simply could not keep up with demand for its newest ultra premium product. The unfortunate effect of these multiple print runs, of course, is that the coveted Miirror Gold cards became far more common on the secondary market than the previous year's issue, with populations measuring 150 instead of 30.

Pinnacle's saving grace to this blunder was the production of an additional ultra high-end parallel brand to the overproduced 1997 Pinnacle Certified set. Named Pinnacle Totally Certified, the set followed the same checklist but employed a much different design of etched foil on chromium stock. Only one print run was ordered, and only 999 twenty-box cases were produced. Each pack of each serial numbered box contained three cards: two Platinum Red cards numbered to 3999 and one Platinum Blue card numbered to 1999. The star of this set, and the legitimate heir to the brand's 1996 Mirror Gold cards, were the Platinum Gold cards, a similarly super short-printed parallel to the 150 card base set, limited to just 30 serial numbered copies each.

Proudly offered in this lot is one of the set's key cards featuring Derek Jeter. Serial numbered 05/30 made and graded PSA 10 Gem Mint, the card is significant for a number of reasons in addition to its scarcity. With its undisputed print run of 30, it is Select/Pinnacle's successor to the 1996 Mirror Gold cards, which history will recognize as the most valuable "modern" baseball cards for decades and centuries to come. It is also one of the first Jeter cards to make use of serial-numbering. Only one Jeter card from 1996 was serial numbered, the 1996 Circa Rave, and by 1998 there were hundreds of different serial-numbered inserts featuring the Kalamazoo Kid. By all measures, 1997 was the inaugural year of the super short-printed and serial-numbered insert parallel, and this card is one of the most important of them all. Finally, although they'd fail to repeat as World Series champs in 1997, Jeter's Yankees would go on to three-peat over the next three seasons, securing four titles in five years and establishing one of the last real dynasties in baseball history. Hailing from Jeter's rookie period in his sophomore season, and from the Yankees' last dynasty period, and from the dawn of the late 1990s insert era that would come to redefine sports cards, this PSA 10 Gem Mint Totally Certified Platinum Gold Derek Jeter is without question one of the Captain's most coveted cards in existence.

Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $2,500
Final prices include buyers premium: $3,687
Number Bids: 3
Auction closed on Saturday, February 29, 2020.
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