Top 10 Derek Jeter Baseball Cards

Top 10 Derek Jeter Baseball Cards

The most popular player of his generation, Derek Jeter is also one of the most respected names in the modern hobby. Unlikely to shock anyone, Derek Jeter cards have long been in demand with collectors, and that has only increased since his retirement.

Despite playing for the storied New York Yankees, "The Captain" emerged 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.

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 and he has entered a place reserved for baseball's true legends.

See also: Ranking the Best Derek Jeter Rookie Cards

There is 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.

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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 is downright ugly. But the simple fact that it has an autograph from the school-aged shortstop makes it one of the most sought-after Derek Jeter cards among high-end collectors. It is also one of the most valuable Jeter prospect cards.

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1992 Front Row Draft Picks Autographs Derek Jeter #6

Another early option, 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. Most evident is the background of Jeter's photograph that evokes the horrors of senior portraits. Still, as is normally the case in the hobby, the signature helps overcome the ugliness.

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1993 SP Derek Jeter RC #279

The 1993 SP set offers the most desirable and iconic Derek Jeter rookie card. While very pricey, it's the go-to choice for collectors who can afford it. As the foil design makes it extremely condition sensitive, copies without chipping command a strong premium. Of course, high-grade copies are the top draw, pushing close to the five-figure range.

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1993 Topps Inaugural Colorado Rockies / Florida Marlins Derek Edition Jeter RC #98

In the 1993 set, Topps produced special factory editions to commemorate the debut seasons of both the Colorado Rockies and Florida Marlins. Originally offered only at team retail outlets, every card in these sets featured a special foil stamp. The Rockies set has a reported print run of 10,000 while the Marlins set is 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.

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1993 Upper Deck Gold Hologram Derek Jeter #449

To increase demand for 1993 Upper Deck Baseball factory sets, every tenth box came with a variant gold hologram. The rest of the card remains the same. Because a lot of factory sets are still intact, 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.

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1996 Leaf Signature Series Autographs Derek Jeter

One of the best autograph sets in the hobby, 1996 Leaf Signature Series gives collectors one of the cleanest options for early Derek Jeter autographs. The card comes with a sharp on-card signature and large foil logo.

Released in two series, there are Derek Jeter cards in both releases. The first series has three different versions, including Bronze (700 copies), Silver (200 copies) and Gold (100 copies). Meanwhile, the Extended Series Derek Jeter autograph features a different design and a print run of 1,000 copies. Finally, Jeter was included in the Extended Series Century Marks parallel, which was limited to just 100 cards. In this instance, Jeter was a redemption.

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1996 Select Certified Mirror Parallels Derek Jeter #100

Ahead of its time, 1996 Select Certified brought low print runs to a new level. At this point, cards limited to the hundreds were considered extremely rare, and Select pushed that into overdrive. 1996 Select Certified has three levels of parallels. Mirror Red is the most plentiful with 90 copies and Mirror Blue has just 45. 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 of rare '90s parallels.

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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 insert. 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.

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2007 Topps Derek Jeter #40

The 2007 Topps Baseball Derek Jeter created a frenzy when it was released as 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. While prices have since softened, it still sells for more than most of the other Derek Jeter base Topps cards.

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

Generally, buybacks don't garner the same as attention as iconic sports cards. Collectors appreciate them as a certified autograph, but few go on to developing a larger significance. A clear exception is found in 2009 SP Authentic Baseball, which had random 1993 SP Derek Jeter Buyback Autographs. Limited to 93 numbered copies, each has a hologram on the back and a COA card with a matching hologram.

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Ryan is a former member of The Cardboard Connection Writing Staff.   His collecting origins began with winter bike rides to the corner store, tossing a couple of quarters onto the counter and peddling home with a couple packs of O-Pee-Chee hockey in his pocket. Today, he continues to build sets, go after inserts with cool technologies, chase Montreal Expos and finish off his John Jaha master collection.

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. 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?

  6. Louis allan 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.

  7. Yeah I was wondering do you have any idea what the print run on the 2011 Topps Derek Jeter Sparkle Card might be, I had my best week to date as far as buying baseball cards, I bought a hanger box from a department store for 5.99 on sale(usually 9.99)and what do you know finely after so much money and time invested in collecting sports cards I actually had a great week. Pulled a 2011 Sparkle Jeter in Fantastic shape, so I decided to buy a hanger box of Topps 2013 update and what do you know pulled the best card from that set also(besides maybe a few autographed card’s)A beautiful mint condition Yasiel Puig with those arms way up in the air”hell yeah “couldn’t believe it+A COUPLE of other short prints out of another hanger box for 5.99(Seaver, Gibson and a Babe Ruth that could only be found in the Walmart boxes, still excited about this past week, was definitely one to remember, might not be much to some but for us people living on a tight budget it was phenomenal, thanks for listening or reading or whatever I appreciate all the time and effort you put into this hobby so I just wanted to let you know what happened and to say thanks for having me on your list, Clint

  8. I’m just to wonder how his 1996 Upper Deck Diamond destiny gold doesn’t meet the list? Extreme scarcity and an awesome design.

  9. I am a Red sox fan but collect over 78 different MLB players. Jeter is one of them and have over 100o different Jeter different cards. I am over 76 and hope to get one card with his Autograph. I have sent him about 10 different cards but he never sent them back. for some reason he does not realize that the fans pay his salary. I am a Vietnam Air force retiree who has both lung and kidney cancer . I also donated over 5000 different cards to the Hall of Fame

  10. I have an autographed derek jeter 1997 donruss card #123 and 1998 autographed pinnacle card #64. How much for both cards in mint condition. Can’t find a listing fof them.

  11. I have a 1997autographed derek jeter donruss card# 123 and an 1998 autographed pinnacle card#65. What are their vs lie?

  12. I really was never a Jeter fan but Im an avid yankee fan Once i realised how much he really did mean all those yrs to the yanks I started collecting about 130 Jeter cards, Armand

  13. Trying to find out if a 2000 upper deck derek jeter legendary signatures card is worth anything. In great shape. Not familiar with cards. Father passed and it was his

  14. Craig Anything signed by Jeter has good value. Easily worth a few hundred depending on condition.

  15. I saw it before but disregarded most of it. Now back to full hunt mode.right now just doing and hopefully finishishing the task I started. Onward with the quest to solve the mystery of the mystery set of the 199? topps finest baekeball. Was getting paranoid and some of my friends thick I’m going crazy and just seeing things.Thanks for tips Alf the way.or is this still a test or I’m really losing it. HELLO!!! is this logically and rationally sound?

  16. I have several cards in protective cases I would like to sell. Some are very old and in very good or like new condition. How do I find buyers who are reputable?

  17. thanks,i think it alot scarcer to get than way price guide scoring it,ive been checking last 2 yrs on ebay and amazon and never once laid eyes on a sparkle jeter,thankss for ur help

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