Derek Jeter hits 3,000 … and we rank his Rookie Cards

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By Chris Olds | Baseball Editor

Derek Jeter made history with his 3,000th career hit on Saturday, a home run to left field off of Tampa Bay’s David Price in the third inning at Yankee Stadium in New York that was welcomed with a standing ovation from the hometown crowd and the spotlight of the entire baseball world.

We knew it was coming — but it didn’t come as fast as many had hoped — but it was a hit that placed him in elite company as he became the only member of the New York Yankees to reach that Hall-of-Fame-assuring plateau and just the 28th player in MLB history to reach the mark.

We all know that the label of “The Greatest Yankee” might not be so easily applied here — and that’s certainly not one that would apply on cardboard, either. There are too many big names among the past pinstripes — Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle. But that got us thinking … how would we rank Jeter’s eight Rookie Cards?

You can see where we ranked them all in the current issue of Beckett Baseball — but you can get a teaser of what we said after the jump.

We have more about each card in the issue, which features the Yankees shortstop on the cover noting his new achievement.

1. 1993 SP #279, $120
One sign this card is the king besides its price? It’s been slabbed more than 9,100 times by Beckett Grading Services — almost 2,000 more times than the Topps card.

2. 1993 Stadium Club Murphy #117, $100
Jeter’s rarest Rookie Card — not that 128,000 copies is all that rare. It’s rare for its era, though. For those who eschew etched-foil overload and prefer more traditional cards, this one’s your No. 1.

3. 1993 Topps #98, $20
This one has parallel lookalikes in Topps Gold, Marlins Inaugural, Rockies Inaugural and Topps Micro versions — but none of them are technically Rookie Cards. Topps is the mainstay in the hobby and for many this would be their starting point.

4. 1993 Pinnacle #457, $25
Foil-stamping and high gloss go with a great photo. An under-rated card.

5. 1993 Upper Deck #449, $15
It’s tough to find in good shape because of packaging and its gloss. Those things probably hurt perception of this one.

6. 1993 Bowman #511, $30
Not the sexiest Bowman card of all time … we’ll say that.

7. 1993 Score #489, $20
The Dukes of Hazzard font used for his name is just one of this card’s flaws.

8. 1993 Select #360, $12
The 1993 Photoshop Whiz was working the day that the draft picks sets were designed.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball magazine. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at colds@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.

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15 comments

  1. Charlie DiPietro 9 July, 2011 at 15:34

    Although I would not rank Jeter above Ruth, Gehrig, DiMaggio, or Mantle, he is a class act and deserves being mentioned with the “Big Four.” Your list of Jeter RCs got me thinking. With the “rare” 1993 Stadium Club Murphy card numbering 128,000 copies, where are they? Why is it that when people bring in their 1990’s cards to sell to me, no one brings me a 1993 Stadium Club Murphy Set Jeter RC??????

    Someone, please bring me in a nice raw 1993 Stadium Club Murphy Derek Jeter RC, so I can get it graded by Beckett………

    Charlie DiPietro, Owner
    Sports Cards Plus of San Antonio

  2. Ben 10 July, 2011 at 12:02

    jeters sp rookie is far and away his best! No hardcore baseball collector should be without it lol!

  3. Richard 10 July, 2011 at 16:34

    Funny, people want the SP because of the rookie label, and yet they could a nice clean auto
    from his minor league sets with a fraction of the production for less money.

  4. JGJG97 18 July, 2011 at 15:37

    I personally enjoy the 1992 Upper Deck Minors #5 as well as his 1992 Front Row Drafts Picks #55. His 92-93 Excel #210 card is also one to look for! BTW, back in 1992, Jeter was listed for only $.30 cents. How everyone LOVES to jump on the band-wagon!!

  5. Riley Tellegen 26 August, 2012 at 11:37

    i found four mint condition 1992 draft pick Derek jeter in a bag at goodwill. Two are perfectly centered and all have no chips or scratches. Just thought Id share my rare find with everyone!!

  6. Larry Zyla 10 January, 2014 at 21:11

    I have a 1997 Topps Factory Set and when l opened it l found 2 three card set of Derek Meter. I am unable to find anything on this three card set, any info would help and price.

  7. Barb 8 April, 2014 at 14:28

    I have a dozen derek jeter cards from the 90’s including the #279 rc in mint condition. Looking to sell them but unsure of the value and have no idea how to find a buyer. Any suggestions? I am in youngstown ohio.

  8. Luke 20 April, 2014 at 23:21

    Can anyone tell me what the value of a 92 upper deck #5, 92 fleer excel #210, and a 93 score #489 would be? all three are signed and in mint condition.

  9. Ginny 12 October, 2014 at 21:26

    I have a authentically signed Derek Jeter 1993 Fleer Greensboro Hornets rookie card in great shape! Looking for what it may go for

  10. roy whalen 2 July, 2016 at 18:40

    i have a donruss 1996 PSA 9.5 derek jeter #211 does anyone know how much it could be worth ???? gold leaf rookie card

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