Card of the Day: Rickey Jackson 1990 Pro Set #214

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Card of the Day: Bo Jackson 1987 Classic MLB Game #15

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Card of the Day: Bo Jackson 1987 Fleer RC #369

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Card of the Day: Bo Jackson 1990 Pro Set #155

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Literally The First Packed Pulled Autographed Card Ever Made

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Upper Deck’s first product hit the market in 1989 like a ton of bricks.  Premium card stock, anti-counterfeiting holograms, and tamper-proof packs showed collectors that Upper Deck was here to play.  Having Ken Griffey, Jr’s most popular rookie as the first card in the set didn’t hurt either.  Upper Deck was innovative and set a standard for card design/quality.

After the tremendous success of their 1989 baseball set, Upper Deck had to kick it up a notch if they wanted to keep things interesting for collectors.  For their 1990 set, they randomly inserted 2,500 Reggie Jackson certified autographed cards into packs.  This was above anything that had been done before.  It was the first time an autograph could be pulled from a pack of baseball cards.  Today its standard procedure to see autographed cards being pulled from packs, but back then it was a major deal.

Some collectors put a lot of emphasis on serial numbers.  First one, last one, and a player’s jersey number can all factor in here.  Personally, I don’t think it matters except for in this case.  The 1990 Upper Deck Reggie Jackson autograph pictured above is serial numbered 1/2,500.  It is literally the first packed pulled autographed card ever made.  This card recently sold for $200.00, and its funny to think all the autographed cards you see today started with this one.

Card of the Day: Reggie Jackson 1971 Topps #20

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Go For It! Roadshow – Rediscovered Relic With Mystery Signature

When I was in 6th grade at Cedar Crest Middle School my class went on a field trip to Hershey, PA to see the Go For It! Roadshow.  This was around 1997 or 1998.  The Go For It! Roadshow was an interactive educational health event for kids and was operated by the HealthSouth Corporation.  It was meant to promote healthy living and exercise.  The show ran from 1995 to 2003.  In 2003, a major accounting scandal unfolded at the HealthSouth Corporation and the show was canceled.

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I found out we were going.  All I knew was that I didn’t have to sit in the class room for a good portion of the day.  When the show started, I quickly discovered that professional athletes were involved in it.  During the show, Bo Jackson walked by where I was sitting and handed me a t-shirt signed by all the athletes involved with this particular show.

Recently I rediscovered this shirt hanging in my closet.  It’s been in there for the last ten years.  I recognize three signatures – Bo Jackson, Matt Bahr, and Jennifer Chandler.  Bahr was a kicker for Penn State, played professional soccer, and went on to play with numerous NFL teams such as the Steelers, 49ers, Browns, Giants, Eagles, and Patriots.  Chandler received a gold medal in the 1976 Olympics for diving.  As for Jackson, well if you don’t know who Bo Jackson is stop reading this and go open a box of ’87 Topps in hopes of pulling an autograph 🙂

Here are a couple of photos.  Does anyone have an idea whose signature that is next to Bo Jackson?  I’ve never known.

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Bo Jackson / ???

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Matt Bahr / Jennifer Chandler

**Update**

The mystery signature is of former NY Giants linebacker Steve DeOssie.