February 2019 Winter Premium Auction
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Webster’s Dictionary defines aficionado as “a person who likes, knows about, and appreciates a usually fervently pursued interest or activity.” In 1996, Pinnacle attempted to attract such cardboard devotees with their Pinnacle Aficionado set. The set was not successful, and ’96 was its only release year.

The cards are nevertheless well-designed, boasting a minimalist look compared to other, flashier issues of the era. They are, however, extremely condition sensitive. Notes BaseballCardPedia.com: “All cards are printed on a 20-point thick cardstock that, unfortunately, was easily chipped. The chipping is especially evident on the black backs of the base cards making truly mint condition cards tough to find.” The PSA Population Report backs this up: only eight copies of the base Derek Jeter card have ever graded Gen Mint 10, with just one single copy of its identically designed Artist's Proof parallel grading the same.

Imagine, then, finding this rookie season card of Derek Jeter not in Mint, but in Gem Mint condition, and not just once, but twice! Graded on behalf of our consignor as a part of a our Cost-Free Grading program, offered in this lot is 25% of the PSA 10 population of the challenging 1996 Aficionado Derek Jeter rookie Card. Ironically, the offered cards will today interest the precise target audience of its failed distribution two decades ago, but in a way never quite imagined. With proven condition sensitivity, who knows if this might remain one of the few Jeter RCs to maintain single digit Gem Mint 10 populations into the future. Very strongly recommended, this may be one of the best under-the-radar PSA-graded Jeter rookie cards in existence. Apropos to its subject, the winning bidder takes home not one but 2 copies!

Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $250
Final prices include buyers premium: $1,174
Number Bids: 13
Auction closed on Sunday, March 3, 2019.
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