One of the rarest modern-day baseball cards just sold on eBay – a 1996 Select Certified Mirror Gold #100 Derek Jeter Rookie Card…wow that was really a mouthful! There were just 30 copies of this card produced and I believe only two still exist today that have been graded PSA 10, meaning that the card is in GEM MINT condition. Derek Jeter played his entire career for the Yankees, served as team captain, and was one of the most beloved and respected players, now and then.
Bidding ran for 10 days with the record showing the opening bid at just 99¢, moments later the same bidder placed a real bid of $1000! There were 26 bidders battling it out over the 10 days, with a total of 88 bids. By the last day of the sale, bidders were vetted by PWCC (the company running the auction) and had to be pre-qualified to bid on the final day. In the final seconds of the sale, bids were placed between $125,000 (from the person who started it all at 99¢) to the winner who ended the sale with a winning bid of $202,102.02! In 2014, the year Jeter retired, the only other known 1996 Select Certified Mirror Gold #100 Derek Jeter Rookie Card, in Gem Mint condition, sold for $33,980 – what a difference a few years makes!