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How you could spend Derek Jeter’s $15 million … by Chris Olds

By Chris Olds | Editor

We all know that Derek Jeter and the New York Yankees are millions of dollars apart in their contract negotiations, but few of us can truly comprehend what that means.

After all, just one million would keep more than a few of us occupied — even that Dr. Evil guy, who we hear is an avid reader.

But how can we show casual sports fans just how far apart the negotiations are between the 27-time World Series champs and their captain who is now a free agent?

Easy. Some other numbers — some stats we might be able to comprehend. Here’s how you might be able to spend $15 million … the amount that Jeter was reportedly offered by the Yankees but wasn’t good enough:

— A million copies of Jeter’s 1993 Topps Rookie Card. Given that it was 1993, there are surely a million copies out there … they really let the presses roll back then.

— 1,153 game-used Jeter jerseys from Steiner Sports — if he somehow has that many more games to play.

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TOTALLY FAKE BASEBALL CARDS: 29 Derek Jeters you won’t see in 2011 … and one you just might by Chris Olds

By Chris Olds | Editor | Commentary

The biggest drama in the baseball world these days is tailor-made for the major media outlets to chew on as it revolves around the most successful franchise in all of American sports, the 27-time champion New York Yankees, and its most-heralded modern-day player and career hits leader, Derek Jeter.

There really might not be a surer thing in today’s sports card world than Jeter, the icon of all icons in the country’s biggest media market, a player who gets a lot of the attention — and a lot of the credit for his team’s success — even if his batting average drops 64 points in a season.

And that’s precisely what has happened — both in the credit over the years and his fall in performance this past year. And that’s precisely why there’s a chance he might not be a Yankee next season, when he’ll likely become just the 28th member of the hallowed 3,000-hit club.

The dreams of many a memorabilia dealer might be dashed if that milestone is reached in anything other than Yankees pinstripes. After all, for all of the Yankees’ most-historic names — Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio, Lou Gehrig, Mickey Mantle and so on — none of them ever reached 3,000.

When, or if, Jeter hits 3,000 in Yankee Stadium? It will be one of those moments (you know, one without home runs and allegations later) that Major League Baseball has needed for some time, one of those moments that could carry some serious interest in cardboard and memorabilia.

Could all the oomph that Jeter carries among baseball fans — and particularly collectors — fade if he ends up elsewhere? Does he become Public Enemy No. 1 in New York if he were to somehow end up at shortstop for, say, the Boston Red Sox?

There are a lot of “what-ifs” with the Jeter case … one where he has an offer of $15 million a year for three years reportedly on the table from the Yanks (not good enough) and also one where he’s been told to shop his talents around MLB. After all, you can’t blame a guy for not wanting a pay cut, right?

Can you see Jeter in anything other than a Yankees uniform? It might be tough — but it’s not tough here as the curiosity got the best of me.

You can see for yourself — after the jump.

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