I have never understood the fascination with Derek Jeter. For a guy with almost no power, his .312 lifetime batting average is not that impressive. He’s never once been the Most Valuable Player, never led the league in average, and has just once in 16 seasons had more hits than anyone else. I won’t even get into this year’s .255 batting average.
No matter what the experts say, Derek Jeter is beloved by baseball fans and collectors alike. Take for example the patches found in 2011 Topps Tribute featuring Jeter. Those cards, which look absolutely stunning in person, were selling for near $1,000 dollars on eBay a month ago. The cards featured two, small windows for the patch and were serial numbered to 24.
Now, take a look at the Jeter patch below. It comes from a new Topps product called Marquee, is numbered to just 5 and features a monster-sized patch. While I am not all that excited about another new Topps product featuring Hank Aaron’s sloppy signature, one has to think these giant patches will likely be the hit of the product, if history repeats itself.
You can see a full checklist of 2011 Topps Marque HERE.