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Yankees’ scouting report on high school-aged Derek Jeter sells for $102K

The original scouting report prepared on Derek Jeter for the New York Yankees when he was a high school phenom has sold for $102,000 at auction.

The report, written by scout Dick Grouch in April 1992, touted Jeter’s remarkable upside as a potential generational talent when  he was a senior high school baseball standout in Kalamazoo, Mich.

Heritage Auctions, the outfit behind the auction, originally estimated the value of the scouting report, which consists of the original one-page report along with two carbon copies, to be $50,000. Interest clearly far outweighed initial expectations.

“For unique one-of-a-kind items like this, the market is really strong,” said Chris Ivy, director of sports collectibles for Heritage. “And the market is especially strong for Yankees items as they are the king of the sports memorabilia market.”

Under the “summation and signability” section, Grouch wrote “A Yankee! A five-tool player, via ESPN. Will be a ML All-Star! +5!!” Under comments, Grouch wrote “Blue Chip” and “A Yankee.”

The Yankees of course drafted Jeter sixth overall in the 1992 MLB Draft. He spent his entire 20-year career with the Yankees. The organization retired his No. 2 jersey last season.

This isn’t the only time a Jeter scouting report has generated considerable interest — as is often the case with Jeter-related memorabilia —  but the Yankees’ original breakdown of the eventual icon appears to be the first time one has sold for such an astonishing amount.