A Derek Jeter rookie card is a must have for any baseball card collector. Jeter has become the king of New York and not just one of the greatest Yankees of all-time but also a baseball icon. Jeter has established a reputation of being one of the greatest shortstops in Major League baseball history. Many of the best Derek Jeter rookie cards are expensive and their value has been determined by the amazing demand of collectors. To help determine the value of a Jeter rookie we have compiled a list of some of his most valuable RC cards to date. Some of the most expensive Derek Jeter cards are still great buys as he is coming closer to the 3,000 hit mark which is a direct ticket to the Hall of Fame.
1993 SP Derek Jeter Rookie
This is the best Derek Jeter rookie card bar none. The 1993 rookie was produced on a silver foil card stock which makes it almost impossible to find in good condition. Cards in Mint 9 condition sell for over $350 while Gem MT 10’s hover over $3000. This is amazing when you consider the age of the card. It is not too often that you find cards being worth so much money that were produced in the 1990’s. This card has amazing value potential and will continue to rise as he gets closer to 3,000 hits. The Yankees current success keeps Jeter cards in the spotlight and the SP rookie in the center of that spotlight.
1993 Upper Deck
The 1993 Upper Deck rookie is also one of his better baseball cards to date. This is also a very hard card to find in good condition due to its colored sides. These cards flake easily and hard very difficult to find with sharp corners. You can pick up one of these rookie baseball cards on Ebay for about $15 in NM-MT condition.
The 1993 Pinnacle Jeter rookie is one of the classier looking cards produced. This black bordered glossy card is a fan favorite and a very valuable baseball card if you can find in top condition. Due to the black borders chipping and bad corners are very common. Expect to pay $25 for a mint 9 version of this card.
1993 Topps Jeter Rookie Card
Regular issued Topps cards have always been fan favorites. Topps did not hold the production on these cards but they are still some of the most traded Jeter rookie cards to date. One of the main problems to watch out for is centering issues. Many of these cards are off centered. There are a few different versions of this card including a gold version which is much more expensive and a Topps Micro or mini rookie card which is also very hard to find.
1993 Score Select
This is also a condition sensitive card due to the green borders and lighter card stock. You can find these Jeter rookies for around $15 ungraded. Also watch the centering as many have issues like the 1993 Topps cards.
1993 Stadium Club Jack Murphy
This is one of the better long term investments when it comes to Jeter RC cards. The print run on these was limited due to the unpopularity of the set when it was produced. Out of all the Derek Jeter cards this is one of the rarest RC’s. Gem MT 10 cards sell for about $300 while Mint 9’s you can find for $40.
1992 Classic 4 Sport Derek Jeter Rookie
This is one of the more affordable Jeter rookies. You can pick one of these up for about $3. There is also an autographed or signed version of this card that was randomly inserted in packs which is also very rare. Some of these autographed Derek Jeter rookies have sold for over $3000 in Gem MT condition.
1993 Classis Best Autograph
The 1993 Classic best is another great rookie card that has a few variations. The regular issued card you can find for about $5. There was also a gold version of the card which was extremely limited in production. These cards currently sell for about $35. Finally there was an autographed version that was very hard to find that costs about $250.
Much like Alex Rodriguez rookie cards, Derek Jeter RC’s are very popular with Yankee fans. They are also popular with baseball fans in general which make the demand of these cards very competitive. This in turn raises the value of almost every Derek Jeter baseball card. If you intend on buying Derek Jeter rookies you are going to want o do so soon before he gets closer to some of the elite records in Major League Baseball.