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2008 Derek Jeter Topps Original Artwork by Dick Perez
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $1,293
Original acrylic on canvas-panel painting of New York Yankees captain Derek Jeter by Dick Perez; signed by the artist in the lower right. Topps commissioned this artwork in 2008 for use on special insert cards distributed exclusively through Wal-Mart (as a special promotion with standard complete sets). Although used to produce one of the special insert cards, most collectors are probably unfamiliar with this image, and for good reason. According to Dick Perez, he was originally commissioned by Topps to produce thirty artworks for use on the 2008 Wal-Mart insert cards. However, midway through the project Topps commissioned an additional five paintings: Jeter, Pujols, V. Guerrero, Griffey Jr., and Utley. The cards produced from those additional five paintings were not distributed in the same manner as the other thirty. Instead, as a special promotion, they were only distributed with the 2008 retail complete sets sold through Wal-Mart (as opposed to being randomly inserted into individual Wal-Mart retail packs). Furthermore, it appears that the retail complete sets containing the five additional cards were only available at select Wal-Mart stores. For that reason, the 2008 Topps artwork cards of Jeter, Pujols, Guerrero, Griffey Jr., and Utley are exceedingly rare. Dimensions: 14 x 18 inches. Mint condition. Reserve $200. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $1,293
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