Ranking the Best Derek Jeter Rookie Cards

Ranking the Best Derek Jeter Rookie Cards

With lots to pick from, what is the best Derek Jeter rookie card? Over the course of his career, all have reached a certain level of respectability. That said, a handful have taken things even further, including the 1993 SP Derek Jeter, which is one of the most iconic cards of the 1990s.

Excluding inserts, special issues, minor league cards and parallels, Derek Jeter has eight rookie cards. We've ranked them all from worst to best. Value was certainly an important part of the the criteria, but design and status in the hobby world were also taken into consideration.

Best Derek Jeter Rookie Card Countdown

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8. 1993 Score Derek Jeter RC #489

When Score first burst onto the scene, it was popular simply because the hobby was growing fast and there weren't a lot of options. By the time 1993 rolled around, collectors had lots of choices and the base brand was losing its way. Simply put, the 1993 Score Derek Jeter doesn't have nearly the same appeal as his other rookies. It starts with the low-end quality but is hurt further by the overly busy design that includes Jeter's name written as though he were a part of The Dukes of Hazzard opening credits. Not surprisingly, this is often the cheapest Derek Jeter rookie card on the market.

1993 Score Derek Jeter

7. 1993 Select Derek Jeter RC #360

A few years before R. Kelly serenaded us with "I Believe I Can Fly" in Space Jam, Jeter was ready to take off in 1993 Select Baseball. While the cloud-based design certainly stands out, the product didn't reach the same heights. For some, it might be the most fun Derek Jeter rookie card. It's also one of the cheapest.

1993 Select Derek Jeter

6. 1993 Topps Derek Jeter RC #98

The greatest strength of the 1993 Topps Derek Jeter is that it comes from the most iconic brand in the hobby. It has been used on various reprints and will likely continue to do so as long as Topps opts to recycle classic cards. Part of the Draft Picks subset, the card is found in Series 1 packs and boxes of 1993 Topps Baseball. Besides the regular version, there's also a Topps Gold parallel.

Even rarer are versions included in special Florida Marlins and Colorado Rockies Inaugural sets. These are essentially the same except they have a special stamp noting each team's debut. The sets were available primarily in the local Colorado and Florida markets and have a relatively low print run.

1993 Topps Derek Jeter

5. 1993 Upper Deck Derek Jeter RC #449

Like Topps, flagship Upper Deck cards always have a lot of broad appeal. Slightly higher quality than Topps, Jeter is part of the Top Prospects subset. 1993 Upper Deck Baseball was released in two series. Jeter's rookie is in the second.

While the basic version is one of the more affordable Derek Jeter rookie cards, there's also a much rarer version that has a gold hologram on the back. Random factory sets were filled with the slight variations but the cards were never in traditional packs. These command significant premiums over the regular 1993 Upper Deck Derek Jeter.

1993 Upper Deck Derek Jeter RC

4. 1993 Bowman Derek Jeter RC #511

It was to be tough to follow up on the popular 1992 Bowman Baseball release and its loaded rookie crop. 1993 Bowman doesn't have nearly the same depth, but it does have Jeter. Easily the most popular card in the set, its place on the secondary market is bolstered by the Bowman brand, which remains a top choice with rookie card collectors and prospectors.

1993 Bowman Derek Jeter RC

3. 1993 Pinnacle Derek Jeter RC #457

At the time, Pinnacle was one of the hobby's premium brands. It's slicker than many of the other Derek Jeter rookie cards. The simple design and portrait make it one of his most attractive cards. Although it is by no means rare, the black borders make it a little tougher to grade. As a result, top-grade versions command a bit of a premium over many of his other rookies.

1993 Pinnacle Derek Jeter RC

2. 1993 Stadium Club Murphy Derek Jeter RC #117

The 1993 Stadium Club Murphy Derek Jeter is found in a special box set. In recent years it has become very popular, bolstered largely by a smaller print run than a lot of his other rookie cards. The card does have the same design as 1992 Stadium Club, not 1993. However, because of the set's late release, it's considered by most as a 1993 card.

1993 Stadium Club Murphy Derek Jeter

1. 1993 SP Derek Jeter RC #279

One of the most iconic baseball cards of the 1990s, this is, by far, the most popular Derek Jeter rookie card. It's also the most valuable. Since its debut in 1989, Upper Deck focused on pushing boundaries for high-end cards. 1993 SP Baseball took things to another level. While it's not nearly as premium as it was when Jeter was breaking in with the Yankees, this is an extremely important card from an equally important release.

Produced with a foil background, it's notorious for being a tough card to find in top condition. Most come with a noticeable amount of edge or corner wear. As a result, high-grade PSA and BGS 1993 SP Derek Jeter rookie cards can command four figures.

1993 SP Baseball Derek Jeter RC

What's your favorite Derek Jeter rookie card? Let us know in the comments below.

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User Comments

  1. I believe the 93 score rookie and the pinnicle 457 are my fav’s

  2. I have the 1993 SP Derek Jeter RC #279 FOIL card sealed in a plastic case and can not find the value anywhere. As far as I can tell my grandfather either bought it like that or put it in a case (as is all his rookie cards are) as soon as he got it. Other than Beckett website where can I find the value?

  3. Stephanie » Largely depends on the condition. Here is a link to the recent sales prices on eBay: http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_sacat=0&_nkw=1993%20sp%20derek%20jeter&LH_Complete=1&LH_Sold=1&rt=nc&_trksid=p2045573.m1684

  4. Stadium Club Murphy my favorite. It is rather odd to me, because he looks like a little kid in that particular photo, like he’s 13 or 14; yet, he’s at the highest peak of the game, and he’s DEREK JETER!

  5. Derek jeter 1993 sp foil. I have 1 that i have to have graded and i can almost guarantee it will be gem mint.

  6. I have a 1997 Pinnacle Derek Jeter Artist’s Proof card. Looks like the regular Pinnacle card but it’s gold and has Artist’s Proof at the bottom. Can’t find it online anywhere. Help please

  7. I have a Derek Jeter 8×10 signature series card. It is in mint condition. The card state its 1 of 5000 and this is number 642 of the first 1000 I’m trying to get an idea of the value , as my husband is trying to decide, whether to sell it or give it to a family member. Thank you for any input you can give me.

  8. What series is jeters Rc In pinnacle

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