10 Must-Have Derek Jeter Cards

10 Must-Have Derek Jeter Cards

The most popular player of his generation, Derek Jeter is also one of the most respected names in the modern hobby. Derek Jeter cards have long been among the most popular among collectors.

Despite playing for the Yankees, "The Captain's" ascension to greatness came rather quietly. Known more for his consistency and clutch play than his power, Jeter's play has often let his teammates shine. Still, none will argue the shortstop's place among other Yankee greats.

As Jeter enters the twilight of his career, with every milestone he reaches, Jeter's appeal is becoming even more prominent. Although he has been among the hobby's elite since his early days, Derek Jeter cards are quickly becoming something more. His reach is now well beyond the Yankee faithful. He's taking up a place reserved for baseball's true elite.

There are no shortage of great and valuable Derek Jeter cards available today. In the years to come, there will likely be many more. Here are ten of the greatest. They may not be the most valuable or the rarest, but each has made a significant impact on the hobby.

10 Amazing Derek Jeter Cards

1992 Little Sun High School Prospects Autographs Derek Jeter

Limited to 250 copies, the 1992 Little Sun Derek Jeter autograph is tough to find. Released at a time when In Living Color was popular, the mix of pink, green and wood grain are downright ugly. But the simple fact that it has an autograph from the school-aged shortstop and its rarity make it one of the most sought-after Derek Jeter cards among high-end collectors.

1992 Little Sun Autographs Derek Jeter 211x300 Image

1992 Front Row Draft Picks Autographs Derek Jeter #6

Another early autograph, the 1992 Front Row Draft Picks Derek Jeter autograph is limited to 500 copies. Like the 1992 Little Sun card, it suffers from an amateurish design. The background of Jeter's photograph brings back the horrors of Picture Day. Still, autographs and rarity trump the ugliness.

1992 Front Row Draft Picks Derek Jeter Autograph 214x300 Image

1993 SP Derek Jeter RC #279

The 1993 SP Derek Jeter is his most desirable and most iconic rookie card. It's the go-to choice for collectors who can afford it. The foil design makes it extremely condition sensitive. Copies without chipping command a strong premium with professionally graded copies often selling for four figures.

1993 SP Baseball Derek Jeter RC 214x300 Image

1993 Topps Inaugural Colorado Rockies and Florida Marlins

In 1993, Topps produced special factory sets to commemorate the debut seasons of both the Colorado Rockies and Florida Marlins. Every card in these sets featured a special foil stamp. Sets were originally offered only at team retail outlets. The Rockies set has a reported print run of 10,000. The Marlins set is reportedly lower, at 6,000 sets. Although not terribly rare and somewhat available, both cards provide a tougher chase for collectors looking for early Derek Jeter cards.

1993 Topps Inaugural Marlins Derek Jeter 212x300 Image 1993 Topps Inaugural Rockies Derek Jeter 213x300 Image

1993 Upper Deck Gold Hologram Derek Jeter #449

To increase demand for 1993 Upper Deck Baseball factory sets, every tenth set came with a variant gold hologram. The rest of the card remains the same. Because a lot of factory sets remain in tact, singles can be tough to come by. Combine that with one of the most popular Derek Jeter rookie cards and you've got something worth chasing.

1993 Upper Deck Derek Jeter RC 211x300 Image 1993 Upper Deck Gold Hologram Derek Jeter 215x300 Image

1996 Leaf Signature Series Autographs Derek Jeter

One of the best sets for autograph collectors of all-time, 1996 Leaf Signature Series gives collectors one of the cleanest options for early Derek Jeter autographs. The card comes with a sharp on-card autograph. Released in two series, there are Derek Jeter cards in both. In the first series, the shortstop has three different versions. Bronze is limited to 700 copies. Silver and Gold Autographs have just 200 and 100 copies respectively. The Extended Series Derek Jeter autograph features a different design. Once again, it's a short print limited to 1,000 copies. Finally, Jeter was included in the Extended Series Century Marks parallel, which was limited to just 100. Jeter was a redemption.

1996 Leaf Signature Series Bronze Autograph Derek Jeter 211x300 Image

1996 Select Certified Mirror Gold Derek Jeter #100

1996 Select Certified brought low print runs to a new level. At this point, cards limited to the hundreds were considered extremely rare. 1996 Select Certified has three levels of Mirror parallels. Mirror Red is the most plentiful with 90 copies. Mirror Blue had just 60. And then there's Mirror Gold and its minuscule print run of just 30 copies. Although they're not numbered, the 1996 Select Certified Mirror Gold Derek Jeter is one of the benchmarks rare 90s parallels.

1996 Select Certified Mirror Gold Derek Jeter 211x300 Image

1999 Stadium Club Co-Signers Autographs Derek Jeter and Chipper Jones #CS4

Through the years, Stadium Club gave collectors some great autograph combinations with their Co-Signers inserts. They also brought us Marty Cordova and Rondell White. 1999 Stadium Club Co-Signers paired Derek Jeter with several different players. Of the ones that are somewhat readily available, Jeter and Chipper Jones is an all-time great. Both players have extremely loyal followings and are the faces of their respective teams. Jeter and Alex Rodriguez also appear together, although it is extremely rare. Almost impossible to find is a quad autograph with Jeter, Jones, Rodriguez and Scott Rolen.

1999 Stadium Club Co Signers Derek Jeter and Chipper Jones 260x183 Image

2007 Topps Derek Jeter #40

The 2007 Topps Baseball Derek Jeter created a frenzy when it was released. President George W. Bush and Mickey Mantle stand awkwardly in the background. The card generated lots of mainstream attention and prices skyrocketed on the secondary market. Much of that came from speculators assuming it was an intentional short print. It turns out it wasn't and it's still readily available. And while prices have softened, it still sells for more than most of Jeter's base Topps cards.

2007 Topps Derek Jeter 260x185 Image

2009 SP Authentic 1993 SP Buyback Autographs Derek Jeter #279 #/93

Generally, Buybacks don't garner a lot of attention as iconic sports cards. Collectors appreciate them as a certified autograph, but few go on to developing a larger significance. 2009 SP Authentic Baseball had random 1993 SP Derek Jeter Buyback Autographs. Limited to 93 numbered copies, each has a hologram on the back. They also came with a card with a matching hologram.

2009 SP Authentic 1993 SP Buyback Autograph Derek Jeter 218x300 Image

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1997 BOWMAN'S BEST 82 DEREK JETER PSA 9 Mint
$19.99
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1994 CLASSIC 60 DEREK JETER PSA 9 Mint RC Yankees
$21.99
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1994 TED WILLIAMS CO. DAN GARDNER DG3 DEREK JETER PSA 9 Mint Yankees RC
$34.99
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1995 UPPER DECK MINOR LEAGUE 1 DEREK JETER FUTURE STOCK PSA 9 Mint
$29.99
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1996 UPPER DECK V.J. LOVERO COLLECTION VJ3 DEREK JETER PSA 8 NM - Mint Yankees
$24.99
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1996 UPPER DECK V.J. LOVERO COLLECTION VJ3 DEREK JETER PSA 9 Mint Yankees
$39.99
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1997 FLEER 168 DEREK JETER PSA 9 Mint Yankees
$21.99
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1997 FLEER ROOKIE SENSATIONS 7 DEREK JETER PSA 9 mint Yankees
$29.99
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2001 SP AUTHENTIC 36 DEREK JETER PSA 10 Yankees
$24.99
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2004 FLEER SWEET SIGS 41 DEREK JETER PSA 9 Mint Yankees
$17.99
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2006 FLEER TRADITION 200 DEREK JETER PSA 9 Mint Yankees
$17.99
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2006 TOPPS 500 DEREK JETER PSA 10 Yankees
$21.99
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2007 TOPPS FLASHBACK FRIDAYS FF2 DEREK JETER PSA 10 Yankees
$21.99
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2007 TOPPS FLASHBACK FRIDAYS FF2 DEREK JETER PSA 9 mint Yankees
$17.99
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2007 UPPER DECK MASTERPIECES 30 DEREK JETER PSA 9 Mint Yankees
$21.99
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2010 TOPPS 549 DEREK JETER PSA 9 Mint Yankees
$17.99
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User Comments

  1. I’m not a Yankees or Jeter fan by any means but recently I purchased a Derek Jeter /10 2012 Topps Museum Collection Canvas Originals because I like the style of the artist- he did Ichiro’s as well- looks like an Impressionist painting. Stunningly beautiful card.

  2. His 1997 Bowman autograph is a favorite of mine. Still trying to find one for a reasonable price. One of these days…

  3. The Jack Murphy Stadium rookie cards are said to be rare and are priced around 300 in mint condition.

  4. what is the population of derek jeters 1992 little sun high school card graded psa 10 or how many have been graded 10.

  5. did u ever find out the # of jeter psa 10s for little sun high school?

  6. I have a 93 Jeter top prospect card #449 from Upper Deck. I’m curious as to what would be a fair price if I were to sell it in very good condition?

  7. You should put the prices there

  8. Louis allan ยป Prices are constantly in flux, which makes it hard to keep track of everything. However, if you click the eBay links in the titles and check completed listings, it’s a simple way to check going rates.

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