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The 1990s Derek Jeter "gold" theme has its roots in the Captain's first years on cardboard, first with the 1992 Classic Gold and 1992 Front Row Gold parallels, followed of course in 1993 by the iconic Topps Gold parallel, the elusive Upper Deck Gold Hologram, and even the mysterious Front Row Gold. The concept would continue in 1994 and 1995 with various manufacturers producing new gold-themed parallels, which ultimately set the stage for the groundbreaking 1996 Select Certified Mirror Gold. Limited to just 30 unnumbered copies produced, the last 1996 Mirror Gold Jeter PSA 10 famously fetched over $202,000 at auction last year. But Jeter's cardboard gold story didn't end there; in fact, it was just beginning.

From 1997 to 1999, during the hey-day of the late 1990s insert mania, the gold-themed parallel concept reached its pinnacle (no pun intended). Dozens of issues offered gold-themed parallels to their set's base issues, several of which were even constructed of or printed on pure gold. Very few of these, however, created more collector frenzy than the 1999 Bowman Chrome and Topps Finest Gold Refractors that were serial numbered to 25, fewer even than the famed Mirror Gold of 1996. Topps essentially melded multiple concepts to create these masterpieces: it used its own popular Refractor technology, coupled it with Select's ultra low print run, and certified it with Upper Deck's characteristic serial-numbering. Voila! 

Offered here for the first time in several years in any condition is a stunning 1999 Topps Finest Team Finest Gold Refractor, serial numbered 22/25 on back, and graded PSA 10 Gem Mint. According to worthpoint.com, this same card fetched $7,999 on eBay back in 2018. No other comparable copies sold in the previous decade, and none have sold since. Interested buyers should beware, however, that several non-serial-numbered examples exist (PSA does not grade these, but BGS does). In summary, although not made of actual gold, the offered 1999 Finest Team Finest Derek Jeter Gold Refractor is a veritable treasure among even the most advanced Jeter collectors, and this may be your only chance to ever secure this Midas-touched masterpiece, as only one other PSA 10 exists.

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Minimum Bid: $2,500
Final prices include buyers premium: $4,463
Number Bids: 3
Auction closed on Sunday, May 3, 2020.
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