Is a Derek Jeter autograph really all that rare?

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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.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an e-mail to him at You can follow him on Twitter by clicking here.


  1. Gerald
    Posted March 3, 2010 at 5:45 pm | Permalink

    It would be interesting to see how the number changed year to year.

  2. Kevin
    Posted March 3, 2010 at 11:18 pm | Permalink

    sounds like someone is ready to raise Swisher stuff in the next beckett.

  3. Posted March 4, 2010 at 12:46 am | Permalink

    Well, in some cases quantity does not always change demand or price. We’ve seen this with Mickey Mantle. There are thousands of Mantle (real) autos on the market yet they always command a premium. Yes, I know Mantle has been dead for a decade and a half, but the point is that when a player is of a high caliber and is considered one of the most iconic players of his era, the number of actual signed cards matters not. What the quantity does, though, if give collectors an opportunity to chose one (or in your case, Chris, three) that they like.

    What stat I want to see if how many of those are on card and how many are of the sticker variety.

  4. amber kay
    Posted March 4, 2010 at 4:36 am | Permalink

    people collect jeter and hang on to them. You don’t see many of his being sold on the open market like others.especially the certified ones.

  5. Zach
    Posted March 6, 2010 at 7:53 pm | Permalink

    Well when you think about Yankee Stadium’s capacity is nearly 60,000 it’s really not that many autos. There’s no telling how many thousands of Yankee fans there are out there and Jeter is the top Yankee in this era. Then Jeter is also well liked by many general baseball fans.

  6. krondon
    Posted June 21, 2011 at 11:49 am | Permalink

    Everytime Jeter comes to Toronto for a game he signs at the hotel atleast once per trip. There is all kinds of real Jeter autogrpahs out there he probably signs at every ballpark.

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