Saturday, August 10, 2013
#200 - Reggie Jackson
What a card: Reggie Jackson played in more games than in his disappointing 1983 season, but still struggled in 1984 with a .223 batting average. He managed 25 home runs, but didn't contribute a lot else. Shockingly, he was voted to play in the All-Star Game, just as he was in 1983.
My observation on the front: This is the first time that Topps listed Jackson's position exclusively as designated hitter. Donruss did the same in its 1984 set.
More opinion from me: Jackson always seemed to be in a perpetual conversation. I wonder who he's talking to there? Also, the jacket-under-the-uniform look is very '60s/'70s.
Something you might know: Straw that stirs the drink, man. What else is there to know?
Something you might not know: In 1984, Jackson hit his 500th career home run and gave Sports Illustrated a list of his most memorable home runs. Among them, the 3 homers in Game 6 of the 1977 World Series, the homer he hit in the special playoff game between the Yankees and Red Sox in 1978, and an inside-the-park homer hit in Yankee Stadium in 1969 when he played for the A's. The entire list.
My observation on the back: I wonder if Jackson's collection of rare automobiles had any room for this:
The blog wants to speak now: The Other Cards tab has been updated.