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Reviewing Derek Jeter's Rookie Cards

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Which is the Most Aesthetically Pleasing Derek Jeter Rookie Card?

Everyone knows about the 1993 SP Derek Jeter Rookie Card. It’s a great looking card depicting Jeter turning a double play, so it has a high energy feel to it. The card has a silver foil background which gives it a high-end look, but it’s also quite condition sensitive. So, high-grade copies are rarer and quite valuable.


But, with Jeter rookie cards hot as ever, it’s good to look at other Derek Jeter rookie cards to collect and invest in at much more attractive price points. From aesthetic and photographic standpoints, some of Jeter’s other rookie cards certainly deserve to be appreciated. Others have definite aesthetic drawbacks. Let’s look at a few of the most widely traded Jeter rookie cards and you can decide which one YOU think looks the best.

Derek Jeter 1992 Upper Deck Minor League #5
The Upper Deck Minor League card for Derek Jeter isn’t bad. It depicts a young Jeter in the minor leagues making a throw with some effort from shortstop to first base. While it’s not the one of the better action photos among Jeter rookie cards, it’s an early photo, so there’s that to consider.


Derek Jeter 1993 Bowman #511
Jeter’s 1993 Bowman rookie card is arguably one of the most attractive Jeter rookie cards. It shows him ready at shortstop in a practice T-shirt. While it may not be game action, this is a great photograph that looks like the Derek Jeter fans would come to know and love. Collectors and investors alike often love Bowman rookie cards, and it’s often because they look good, much like this one.


Derek Jeter 1993 Score #489
The photograph of Derek Jeter on this First Round Draft Pick card is OK, although it just looks like he’s ready to throw around the infield. But, the layout of the card leaves something to be desired. The first round draft pick circle with the wacky font is more distracting than anything else. Plus, the rest of the card is just fairly bland looking.


Derek Jeter 1993 Select #380
The 1993 Select Jeter rookie card shows a leaping Jeter about to throw, something that Yankee fans would see on many occasions over his long career. But as these Score Select cards liked to do, they had to put what was a fine photo over a blue sky background, as if he leaped into the air. It’s pretty corny.


Derek Jeter 1993 Stadium Club Murphy Rookie Card #117
Derek Jeter’s 1993 Stadium Club Murphy Rookie Card is a great looking Draft Pick card of the future Hall of Fame shortstop. It depicts him in a Yankees practice jersey in a batting stance. While it’s not a game action photo, it clearly depicts a young Derek Jeter ready to bat. It’s a great photo and a sharp looking card.


Derek Jeter 1993 Topps #98
One of the more widely traded Derek Jeter rookie cards, the 1993 Topps Jeter rookie is really not an exciting card when it comes to looks. It’s a weird pose and the face doesn’t even really look like the Jeter we know. The baseball field background is cartoonish and doesn’t add anything to the card. The Gold version of this Topps rookie has his name in gold, which doesn’t really add much in the way of attractiveness to the card. It’s a pretty boring card as far as looks are concerned.


Derek Jeter 1993 Upper Deck #449
Many baseball card investors love the Upper Deck brand, and it’s true many of their cards are aesthetically pleasing. But with the 1993 Derek Jeter #449, the photograph depicts the shortstop shading his eyes to catch a pop-up. While it’s not a bad looking card by any means, the 1993 Top Prospects card doesn’t have the same photographic appeal as other Jeter rookie cards on this list.


There are other widely traded Derek Jeter rookie cards, such as the 1993 Score (meh), the 1992 Classic 4 Sport (which has Jeter in a weird contorted throwing pose), and the 1993 Pinnacle (which doesn’t look all that bad). If you’re looking for an early auto, there’s also the 1994 Signature Rookies card. 

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