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Respectfully known as The Captain, Derek Jeter played his entire 20-year MLB career with The New York Yankees and Derek Jeter rookie cards have been popular since he entered the league.
His accolades go on and on, which include five-time World Series champion, 3,465 career hits, rookie of the year, multiple MVP awards, just to name a few.
As he first broke into the league in the 1990s when many of the baseball cards released were mass produced, his most valuable rookie cards tend to be the ones that are hard to find in good condition.
Here’s what we feel are his best rookie cards (with links below to bid or purchase on eBay).
1. 1993 SP Foil #279
The foil background makes this Derek Jeter rookie card one of the most difficult to get a high grade as it chips very easily.
So each incremental increase in the grade can significantly increase the card’s value. For example, a PSA 9 (mint) can sell for about $5,000 while a PSA 10 (gem mint) sold in 2018 for more than $99,000.
On the flip side, the lower graded ones are much more affordable. It’s a clean looking rookie card that’s great to have in your personal collection.
2. 1993 Topps Gold #98
From the iconic baseball card brand Topps, this Derek Jeter baseball card is much more accessible (price wise) than the SP Foil mentioned previously.
The Topps Gold card is actually a parallel version from the original 1993 Topps Baseball Series 1 set, which is even more affordable.
But if you’re looking for a more rare version, search for the Topps Gold card issued in the Colorado Rockies and Florida Marlins inaugural sets.
3. 1993 Stadium Club #117
This set is known for the better photographs taken for each card and the Derek Jeter rookie card is no exception.
Featuring the young Yankees shortstop in a staged batting pose, this card is also more limited in number than most of the other sets produced that same year.
And cards graded gem mint could be had for a few hundred dollars.
MORE INFO ON DEREK JETER: Derek Jeter made his major league debut in 1995 and quickly made headlines in the Bronx, being named the American League Rookie of the Year that season and helping lead the Yankees to their first World Series championship in 18 years.
Over the course of his career, Jeter had many accolades including being a 14-time All-Star, winning five Gold Gloves, and being a five-time Silver Slugger Award winner.
He was also named the World Series MVP in 2000 and was a key member of the Yankees’ championship teams in 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, and 2009.
Jeter retired from baseball after the 2014 season, finishing his career with 3,465 hits (sixth on the all-time list.) He also had a career batting average of .310 and scored 1,923 runs. Jeter was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2020 and unsurprisingly was the top vote-getter in that year’s election.
Even after his retirement years ago, Derek Jeter rookie cards and non-rookie cards continue to be popular, especially the ones autographed by him.
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