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One of only two examples ever graded Gem Mint from any grading company. The 1997 SPx Grand Finale is a super short-printed, gold-holofoil enhanced parallel to the 1997 SPx base. Limited to just 50 copies produced, it is one of Derek Jeter's most sought-after cards from his sophomore season of 1997. Similar SPx Grand Finale cards featuring hardwood heroes Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, and Tim Duncan routinely sell for small fortunes.

Consider the card the culmination of all the mid-90s insert madness. Like its 1993 SP Foil forefather, it is an ultra sensitive all foil production. Similar to the following year's 1994 SP Foil, the card is delicately die-cut in extraordinary fashion. Similar to the SP Holoviews first produced that same year, the card features a holographic image of the 1996 Rookie of the Year that leaps to life when handled in person. Importantly, the coveted Grand Finale versions show a gold holofoil background to the holographic image, where the similarly designed base cards show a silver background. Finally, the card is among the very first ultra short-printed parallels in the hobby, taking its cue from the 1996 Select Certified Mirror cards, which saw Gold and Blue parallels similarly limited to just 30 and 45 copies produced, respectively.

The offered 1997 SPx Grand Finale Derek Jeter is one of just two examples ever graded Gem Mint by Beckett Grading Services, whereas PSA has never awarded a single copy with the Gem Mint designation. The card epitomizes all that we love about late 1990s inserts and should be considered among the most important and desirable Derek Jeter cards of the late 1990s insert boom and New Yankees dynasty period.

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Minimum Bid: $1,000
Final prices include buyers premium: $1,786
Number Bids: 4
Auction closed on Saturday, February 29, 2020.
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