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As the 11th team captain in Yankee history, Derek Jeter immediately recognized the value of his signature and, not long after his rookie campaign, he signed on with New York-based Steiner Sports, who marketed Jeter's autograph to the masses. His popular signature is compact and to the point. His autograph has certainly evolved from his high school and minor league scrawl to his major league signature. Finding Jeter's autograph shouldn't be an issue with baseballs, photos and jerseys readily available in the marketplace. Early signatures of Jeter, signed before he hit the major leagues, are in short supply and should be considered rare by modern standards.
Derek Sanderson Jeter (June 26, 1974-) is arguably in the top five New York Yankees players of all-time, with Babe Ruth, Joe Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio and Mickey Mantle, and holds numerous Yankee records surpassing those greats with whom he shares elite membership. The Yankees drafted the young high school player with the sixth overall pick of the 1992 MLB June Amateur Draft and he debuted in 1996 replacing All-Star shortstop Tony Fernandez. Derek won the American League Rookie of the Year Award by a unanimous vote after batting .314 with 183 including ten home runs, scored 104 runs while driving in 78 more and stole 14 bases as he led the Bronx Bombers to the 1996 World Series title. The 1996 World Series victory was the Yankees first in 18 years and the clutch hitting Jeter made his presence known earning the team’s unofficial captaincy and leading New York to four more titles (1998-2000, 2009). In the 1990s and 2000s, the Major Leagues produced a glut of elite shortstops such as the Mets’ Rey Ordonez, Boston’s Nomar Garciaparra, Florida’s Edgar Renteria and Seattle’s Alex Rodriguez, who now plays third base for the Yankees sharing the left side of the infield with Jeter.
Derek Jeter is a 13-time Major League All-Star, has won five American League Gold Gloves at short, won five Silver Slugger Awards, won two Hank Aaron Awards and was the 2009 recipient of the Roberto Clemente Award – honoring the player who “best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual’s contribution to his team.” Derek took over as the Yankees team captain in 2003, filling the role last held by fellow fan-favorite Don Mattingly. He is New York’s career stolen base leader and career hit leader, surpassing Lou Gehrig in September of 2009, and scored his 3000th hit (the only Yankee to reach that plateau) in impressive fashion blasting a home run over the left field wall to became the second player in history to reach 3000 via the home run (Wade Boggs being the other). The lifetime Yankee (1995-present) has posted a .976 career fielding percentage, has turned 1,360 double plays and has led the AL in runs once and hits twice. Jeter was named the Lou Gehrig Memorial Award recipient in 2010 and 2011 as the player “who best exhibits the character and integrity of Lou Gehrig both on the field and off it.” In August of 2011, he also became the franchise leader in games played, surpassing Hall of Fame slugger Mickey Mantle. Through the 2013 season, Derek Jeter has batted .312 with 3,316 hits including 525 doubles and 256 home runs, has scored 1,876 runs, has stolen 348 bases and driven in 1,261 RBI over his 19 years in Yankee pinstripes.