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Card of the Day: Derek Jeter Patch Card

Updated on October 20, 2014

2003 Genuine Long Ball Threats Dual Patches

Derek Jeter and Nomar Garciaparra
Derek Jeter and Nomar Garciaparra

Derek Jeter Cards Still Rule

OK, I'm not a huge Jeter fan, I'm a long-suffering Mets fan. That said, I'm also a baseball card dealer and in that world, Derek Jeter cards are still hot. All of his rookie cards are up for the year and this gem, I just happen to come across in one of my local stores.

Why is This Cool?

Well, first off, it has two pieces of game-used equipment, from two of the best shortstops of the era, Derek Jeter and Nomar Garciaparra. Jeter's patch is Yankee blue and white, likely from a letter or number. Nomar's patch is red, blue and a small amount of white, maybe from a logo. The difference between patches and swatches is that patches come from special parts of the jersey, whereas a swatch is a basic piece of the jersey itself, oftentimes only white or gray.

This is a well designed card to begin with. Fleer had it's problems over the years having troubles establishing brands like Genuine, Authentix and a host of others, but the design of this card wasn't bad to start with like so many other game used cards. The patches included were also placed well, sometimes that doesn't happen either.

Reverse - The Text is Specific and Well Written

In later years, the text is very generalized.
In later years, the text is very generalized.

Straightforward Text on Reverse is a Huge Win

It may not seem important, but the text on the back of this card is very straightforward and direct. Cards in later years have text that's very generalized and many collectors, usually the older ones, noticed the change. The text specifically states that the patches on the front of the card were from jerseys used in official MLB games. That text slowly got fazed out over the years.

The card is also serial numbered to just 42 copies. Why 42? That's how many home runs these two players hit total in 2002: Jeter hit 18 and Garciaparra hit 24. So at least that makes some sense. That formula was used on the other cards in this set as well but 42 is the second lowest total in the set. And lets be clear on this, 42 is an extremely low number for a card from 2003. Card collectors in 2014 may not consider that a low number now, but back in 2003 it was.

So I was able to pick up this card for $35. I don't usually spend that kind of money on one card but I wanted something cool to talk about on my table and Jeter cards are selling well right now. That card is likely going t help me sell other Jeter cards as well so it made sense.

Of course, the fact that the card is valued at $100 made it a great buy in any case.

For the foreseeable future, if you have the opportunity to pick up low-numbered Derek Jeter cards, regardless of whether they are game used or include an autograph, you should probably pick them up. They make good additions to any collection and if you aren't a fan, they make great trade bait as Jeter fans seem to be everywhere....

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