April 2019 Spring Premium Auction - Rare & High-Grade Cards You Won't Find Anywhere Else
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This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 5/5/2019
Appearing for the first time in 1997, so-called masterpiece 1/1 or one-of-one cards were an inevitable product of the late 1990s race to produce the most sought after insert or "chase" cards in the hobby. The only problem was that they were so rare that most collectors hardly ever knew they existed, let alone ever saw one with their own eyes. Today, with so many different products and so many different versions of the same player's card within those products, one-of-ones are not nearly as scarce, although they still command extremely hefty premiums for star and rookie players. One-of-ones that hail from the late 1990s, however, are an entirely different story.

In 1997, Fleer introduced the one-of-one (or 1/1) parallel card in its revolutionary 1997 Flair Showcase Baseball Legacy Masterpieces set. The hobby landscape changed overnight, as a new bar for rarity was established. Unlike the aforementioned ubiquitous 1/1s of today's hobby, when every product seems to have many one-of-one parallels such as multiple printing plates, Superfractors, and Black Finite Prizms, pulling a card numbered to 1 in a 1990s baseball product was truly a lottery-like win. As a result, collectors still view 1/1s from their inaugural decade with great reverence, and countless hobbyists are still trying to secure an early one-of-one of their guy, but most without any luck.

If your guy is Derek Jeter, however, then your luck may be changing. Offered here is the one-and-only 1999 Flair Showcase Legacy 1/1 Masterpiece Derek Jeter card, graded BGS 9.5 Gem Mint. It's taken two decades, but high-end baseball inserts and parallels from the 1990s are finally catching up to the insatiable world-wide demand for similar cards featuring the period's basketball superstars like Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant. Indeed, the market has never been stronger for high-end material from the decade that brought us grunge music, Furbys, and Ross Perot. For fans of the Yankee Captain, this is the stuff dreams are made of. If you are looking to make your collection standout from the rest, there's no better way to accomplish your hobby goal than with this literal masterpiece.
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Minimum Bid: $1,000
Final prices include buyers premium: $4,642
Number Bids: 10
Auction closed on Sunday, May 5, 2019.
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