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Easily Jeter's most appealing "Refractor" insert parallel card from his rookie period of 1994 to 1996, the 1996 Topps Chrome Refractor is well known for its condition sensitivity. PSA 10 Gem Mint examples of famous basketball cards from the nearly identical 1996 Topps Chrome hoops product, namely Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan, sell for over five figures when they occasionally surface, and while Kobe's might be one of his officially recognized (or traditional) rookie cards, it is not nearly as cool as Jeter's "Future Star" design on this card from his Rookie of the Year season of 1996, which many collectors and dealers believe is good enough for "rookie card" or "RC" status, while others don't. Can you tell where Small Traditions stands on this question?

Much like Donruss's memorable "Rated Rookie" cards from the 1980s and early 90s, the Topps Future Star cards began in 1987 and hold a special significance to all collectors who remember opening packs and hoping to pull these special "Future Star" subset cards, a good decade before the inevitable insert mania of the 1990s that would ultimately produce this gorgeous but intensely condition-sensitive masterpiece. One of just 8 to ever grade PSA 10 Gem Mint, it is perhaps the most underappreciated and undervalued Derek Jeter rookie card from the 320-card checklist of Jeter rookies produced between 1992 and 1996. Then again, it hardly ever surfaces for sale these days in any condition, let alone PSA 10 Gem Mint, so previous sales are out the window, and the sky is truly the limit for this "Future Star." (See what we did there?)

Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $1,000
Final prices include buyers premium: $2,618
Number Bids: 7
Auction closed on Sunday, November 4, 2018.
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