How rare is a Derek Jeter autograph?
That came to mind during a conversation I had with a few collectors on Twitter. And Beckett Baseball Senior Price Guide Analyst Brian Fleischer was able to answer it with a quick search of the Beckett Media database.
We can give a total stat for all 954 certified autographs with announced or serial-numbered press runs. Are you ready?
The autographed cards — his first coming in 1992 — have a combined print run of 48,183. (I own three of those, by the way … )
Throw in all those un-numbered autographs and it’s even higher.
“I would bet that in his career,” Fleischer said, “he’s signed 50,000 to 60,000 autographs for cards.”
One might argue that autographs of some of sports’ biggest stars aren’t as rare as other lesser players — and they’re often right. For example, Nick Swisher, who shares the card above with Jeter, has signed (by my count) just 8,415 total autographs on cards with known or announced print runs.
Throw in all those Jeter-signed memorabilia items through the years and it’s readily apparent that two things are certain.
There’s plenty of them — and there’s apparently plenty of demand.
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