A Derek Jeter rookie card was just sold at auction to one very happy collector, Adrian Proietti, who paid $99,100 to Brent Huigens, CEO of PWCC, who sold the card on eBay.
“In 2008, I was offered a PSA 10 for $25,000,” Proietti said, per ESPN’s Darren Rovell. “I passed on it. I think the $99,100 is still a very good deal.”
The nearly $100,000 price tag represents the highest amount paid for any modern-day baseball card, Rovell reports.
Prior to Proietti’s winning bid on the Jeter card, the previous record for a modern-day baseball card was $54,576, which had been set just a week before Proeitti purchased the Jeter card.
This card also represents the culmination of a dream for Proietti, who has been hunting for a full set of 1993 Upper Deck SP for 25 years. He told Rovell that he has gotten more than 20 Jeter cards for this set, but that none of them would grade out as a perfect 10 from the premiere hobby card grader, PSA/DNA.
Only three modern-day cards have sold for more, per Rovell, who shared that “A LeBron James rookie card sold for $312,000 in 2016 and two Tom Brady rookie cards sold for $250,000 and more than $100,000 this year.”
We’ve certainly seen some huge auction numbers for baseball memorabilia of late, including a signed Sandy Koufax jersey that went for a crazy amount of money last month.