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    1992 Derek Jeter First Single Signed Baseball as a Member of the New York Yankees. Only the original scouting report--likewise presented within this "Yankee Legends" auction--predates the offered relic in the full breadth of Derek Jeter memorabilia relating to his long and illustrious service to the pinstriped cause. Both that scouting report and this baseball originally derive from the same source, Yankees scout Dick Groch, who joins Paul Krichell--who discovered Lou Gehrig--as one of the great, unsung heroes of the sport's most decorated franchise.

    A signed letter of provenance from Groch tells the tale of this baseball better than we ever could, so we transcribe the bulk of it below:

    "The day after the 1992 draft I had a dinner engagement with the Jeter family welcoming Derek to the Yankees. That night at dinner I had Derek sign his first two baseballs as a drafted player of the Yankees. The autographs were on Official League Baseballs. He signed with his original signature (not the one you see him presently utilize). The ball was signed, 'Derek Jeter, NY Yankees 1992.'

    The reason for him to sign two baseballs, which I have marked #1 and #2, is that they were to be presented to his parents the day Derek played his first Major League game in Yankee Stadium. At the time, the Yankees had a tradition that when a player a scout signed was called up to play his first game in Yankee Stadium that the parents and scout would be invited in for the game. With that in mind, the balls were to be presented to the Jeters as a reminder of when Derek was drafted and the beginning of the entire process.

    Unfortunately, between the 1992 draft and Derek's call up in 1995, the Yankees had incurred certain administrative changes and that meeting never transpired. Consequently, I have retained both balls since 1992."

    Groch identifies this as the first of the two balls Jeter signed that evening, and he claims to have retained the other for his own collection. The black ink remains wonderfully bold a full quarter-century after the greatest Yankee since Mickey Mantle was welcomed into the fold. A monumental piece for the advanced Yankees collector. Letter of provenance from Dick Groch.

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