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    The earliest known Jeter gamer!

    Circa 1992 Derek Jeter Game Worn Kalamazoo Maroons Jersey. "He was pretty tall then, maybe six-foot, six-foot one. He was long and lean and could throw the crap out of the ball," remembered Courtney Jasiak, assistant coach for the 1992 Kalamazoo (MI) Maroons 18-and-under summer team. "Makeup, character, he just had everything." But nobody, not even Jeter himself, could have imagined the future that awaited--Major League Rookie of the Year, five World Championships, the 3,000 Hit Club and certain future Cooperstown enshrinement in his first year of eligibility.

    The Jeter market has been strong ever since that auspicious first season in Yankee pinstripes, but recent auction results, like the $155,350 result for his 1996 World Series bat in the Heritage February 2014 Platinum Night Auction, indicate that collectors are already beginning to classify the Captain in the same breed as his legendary Bronx forebears: Ruth, Gehrig, Mantle, DiMaggio. One need only imagine what a Ruth jersey from St. Mary's or a Mantle shirt from Independence would command in today's hobby to get a glimpse of the potential future of this offering.

    It comes to market with a handwritten letter of provenance from a resident of Jeter's Kalamazoo hometown, who writes, in part:

    "The Derek Jeter jersey which I am selling is from the Kalamazoo Maroons. This is not the high school jersey (Kalamazoo Maroon Giants) but the summer league team that Derek was on from 15 to 18 yrs. old. I received this jersey after Derek was drafted in the 1st round by the New York Yankees! I was issued this jersey by a gentleman named Joe Wilmarth who was an assistant coach for the Kalamazoo Maroons during the time Derek played. Mr. Wilmarth told me numerous times to treat the jersey well or take care of that jersey because it was Derek's."

    The maroon knit garment features a three-button collar above grey and white tackle twill announcing "Maroons 13," with those digits repeated in larger format on reverse. Interior collar is tagged "Red Fox Athletic Wear Size L." Solid wear is evident, and a 9/10 silver sharpie autograph from Jeter now adorns the chest. It's one of the most exciting "modern" uniform pieces to surface in the collecting hobby, a seminal artifact from one of the greatest Yankees of all time. Letter of provenance from original owner. COA from Steiner Sports (autograph). Full LOA from PSA/DNA (autograph). Full LOA from James Spence Authentication (autograph). LOA from Heritage Auctions.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    Jul-Aug, 2014
    31st-1st Thursday-Friday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 7
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