Winter 2008 Auction
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 2/14/2008
While the comparison is admittedly inane, here’s a card that surfaces less frequently than the T206 Wagner and could perhaps be considered the modern equivalent of that historically significant cardboard monument. Offered is a PSA GEM MINT 10 example of the card that revolutionized the modern market, the 1993 SP Foil rookie of Yankee Captain, Derek Jeter. In 1993, Upper Deck revolutionized the baseball card industry for the second time in less than five years. Four years after its inaugural 1989 release, Upper Deck released its SP product, continuing to rely on the latest advances in printing technology to meet the growing demand for high quality cards. Comprising the final twenty cards of the regular 1993 SP issue was a subset of “Foil” rookies that featured full color action cutouts set against silver metallic surfaces. The novelty of the idea challenged the technology of the time, resulting in cards with consistent defects in the experimental “foil” surfaces. The fact that any cards were produced without scratches or chipped edges and corners is a minor miracle, but a miracle nonetheless. PSA has graded more than 9,000 examples, only nine of which have been crowned GEM MINT. I’ve personally examined four of these miracles, and the offered specimen is unquestionably the most phenomenal, boasting pristine corners and edges and an immaculate surface. From a similar pool of submissions, Beckett has awarded approximately four times as many GEMS because its unique grading system permits GEMS with one of four “subgrades” in inferior MINT 9 condition, giving PSA the edge on this important modern issue. In short, this card is perfect.
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