Monday, March 19, 2018

1990 ProSet Football

Type: Base Card (Football)
Acquired: Via Trade
I remember really wanting this card when I was a kid. One of our neighbors had it and I just loved the action shot in the photo and the majority of my Bo Jackson card collection was baseball cards. To add this great looking card to my collection would be an achievement! I threw everything at my neighbor trying to get him to budge on a trade. I threw Mattingly, Winfield and even a Sandy Alomar rookie card! It took a combination of Yankees and Jets cards to finally put this Bo card in my grasp and this is the card you see above!

Monday, March 12, 2018

Bootleg Bo/Bart card

Type: Bootleg
Acquired: Via Card Show
I really don't know too much about the card. It really doesn't give too much info. No date, no copyright, not anything. I do know that when I saw this for 50 cents at a card show I had to have it. This piece of cardboard showcases two of my idols from the 90s. The mischievous Bart Simpson and the mighty Bo Jackson. I have seen some other Bo/Bart cards online, but have yet to see them in person. Hopefully I'll stumble upon some somewhere for a cheap price and relive the glory days of these two American icons from the past. 

Monday, March 5, 2018

1990 Bowman Sweepstakes Card

Type: Sweepstakes Card
Acquired: Via Card Show
This was always an odd card to me. There was a whole series of these artistic sweepstakes cards in the 1990 Bowman baseball set, but this is the only one I own. You could fill out this card and send it in for your chance to win a complete set of 11 baseball superstars paintings by artist Craig Pursley valued at $110 thousand! Did anyone actually fill these cards out and send them in? I know I would have rather kept the card in my collection then send it out. What would you have done?

Monday, February 26, 2018

1990 Donruss Learning Series #38

Type: Learning Series
Acquired: Via Ebay
This is a card that I never knew existed! I have a bunch of different Bo cards from the 1990 Donruss set including MVP, All-Star and base cards, but I never heard of the Donruss "Learning Series"! I did some digging and according to the "1990 Donruss Learning Series is a 55-card set that served as part of an educational packet for elementary and middle school students." DANG! I wish I had these as a kid. I would have learned so much more! Who am I kidding...I would have just hoarded these and continued to be a solid straight C student.

Monday, February 19, 2018

1989 Classic #157

Type: Base Card
Acquired: Via Trade
Classic always had great shots on their cards, and this one is no exception! Bo in the batting cages! I used to work with a guy who was a pitcher in the KC Royals farm system around the time Bo was playing for them and he said anytime Bo took BP, everyone stopped whatever they were doing to see how far he would smash the ball. He was that kind of talent. Another great thing about the early Classic cards was the trivia at the bottom. These cards were part of a game, but I don't know of anyone who ever played it. They were a good source of sports knowledge nonetheless! 

Monday, February 12, 2018

1987 Topps #170

Type: Future Stars
Acquired: Via Card Pack
This was the first Bo Jackson card I ever had in my collection and the 1987 Topps set is what really got me into card collecting. I am a huge Mets fan and 1987 was the year after they won the World Series, so I had to collect the cards of my fave Mets. These included Gary Carter, Keith Hernandez, Dwight Gooden, Ray Knight and Darryl Strawberry to name a few. My Dad would bring home packs of these cards every so often and I was hooked. We used to sit at the kitchen table and unwrap those wax packs at night and my Dad would tell us all about the players and managers as we hung on his every word, we would chew on the chalky, sugary gum that was in every pack. It really was a great bonding experience for us and really solidified my love for the game. It wasn't until a year later that Bo really caught my attention with his mammoth home runs and laser precision throws, but when he did I was glad I had this card in my collection. I know it's not worth a heck of a lot today, but it has a ton of sentimental value to me.