@EvylShaun said in The answer to "who is the big collection?" might have been under our noses this whole time:
Most people have noticed the silver bat on the market - the Louisville Maple DJ2 Captain. It's description tells the story of how the bat model was named so after Derek Jeter retired in 2014 after using the bat his entire career.
Eagle eyed players will have also noticed there is a diamond bat called "2k1 Maple" by Sam Bat. In this bat's description it states it's the bat holds the records. 73 HR in a season, 762 in a career, blah blah blah. But it specifically never says Bonds or references him aside from the numbers. Just like when you play RTTS the game never says Pete Rose. The records held by people SDS doesn't hold the rights to are always simply the year of the record and the team they played for.
I'm betting because of the DJ2 bat description and the lack of other names else where in the game that it means SDS have Derek Jeter's rights.
Who else wants a tin foil hat?
So 2 things, first as much as I like Jeter and wish he was in the game, he’s not a great enough player to warrant the collection reward. Plus I think he may be the cover guy next year due to the game coming out on multiple platforms and he’s about as sellable of a name you can find.
Second the reason why the bat dj2 is because it’s his model bat. Louisville owns the rights to the bat and Jeter probably gets a royality of the bat sales for having his name attached to it, it’s literally the Louisville Derek Jeter 2 bat. This has become popular with bat makers so that it can sell more bats, marucci is probably the biggest company that does this like the ap5 (Puljos) and posey28 bat models. SDS has the rights to the bat and they can put why the bat is named that way, because Louisville has the rights to use jeters name in connection with the bat. The sam bat 2k1 is just a model of a bat with no specific ties to one individual player, meaning SDS has the right to the bat model and linage, but not able to put a specific name associated to the bat.