I had forgotten that I had pulled Jason’s certified base card autograph from this set, so when I sent this one I also sent the other card by mistake. He signed both of them, so I gave the additional autograph to my friend Lance. I like these Decades Best cards. The canvas is super clean and welcoming of an autograph. It pops very nicely.
CARD: Action Packed 1990 ACQUIRED: 2022, In Person Signing
Bo Jackson was a tremendously talented athlete, being selected first round by the New York Yankees (1982) before he even hit college.
Opting to go to Auburn, Bo went hog wild as a RB running for 4,303 yards over his college career.
He was also an accomplished track and field star.
After winning the Heisman Trophy, he’d be selected in the first round of the 1986 NFL Draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Bo refused to sign with the team, citing that they attempted to sabotage his budding baseball career.
He’d sign instead with the Kansas City Royals- who selected Bo in 1986.
While playing with the Royals, the Bucs gave up on Jackson, relinquishing his rights.
Bo was then drafted again- this time by the Los Angeles Raiders, in the 7th round of the ’87 NFL Draft.
After a bit of arm twisting and fan service, Bo signed with the Raiders, with the understanding that the team would not interfere with his baseball career.
Bo for the next 4 seasons would miss training camp and 6-9 weeks while he was wrapping up his baseball commitments with the Royals.
In his rookie year, he quieted doubters with a sensational MNF performance where he ran over the Seattle Seahawks and Brian Bosworth for a then Raider record 221 yards rushing.
He had 81 carries for 554 yards and a whopping 6.8 yards per carry and a 91 yard TD in 1987.
In 1989, Bo ran for a career high 973 yards and a 92 yard TD.
By this point Bo was becoming a multi sport star and one of the major darlings of sports marketing.
In 1990, he returned again to the Raiders, and helped galvanize the team to the playoffs, bursting for an 88 yard TD and 698 yards on 125 carries.
That year he became the first athlete to be named to both the Pro Bowl and the All-Star Game.
During the playoffs against the Bengals, Bo was tackled from behind where he suffered a hip injury that was later determined to be a career ending injury to his football career.
Bo was cut by the Royals soon thereafter, signing with the Chicago White Sox.
He’d be exclusively a baseball player and a DH, before spending his entire 1992 season rehabbing from the hip injury.
Bo played a final season for the California Angels in 1994- retiring after the season was ended due to a strike, to spend more time with his family.
Heisman Award 1985
Pro Bowl 1990
Auburn #34 retired
College Football Hall of Fame
AL All-Star 1989
All-Star Game MVP 1989
1990 Pro Bowl (reserve)
Bo, is of course, fondly remembered by fans of Tecmo Bowl for being an unstoppable force in the game. When my friends and I played, and one of us was the Raiders, about the only way to stop him was to actually select Bo’s run play on every play of the game, lest you take a chance that he runs for a TD on you on the one play you forgot to.
Outside of what media he already appeared in before he retired, Bo’s done a lot of stuff since retirement otherwise, dabbling in TV and commercials. He loves to do archery, and donates and raises a lot of money for charity.
I spent the most money ever on getting an in person autograph of Bo Jackson. I’m not sure what I was expecting. To him it was a transaction but to me I wanted it to be an experience. I guess I was ultimately disappointed.
My friend Jeff and I bought tickets to the event at Barton Creek Mall. We thought it’d be in a retail outlet, but instead it was in an open area where tables and memorabilia had been set up in the mall.
Once Bo sat down, he didn’t really have much to say, rushing us through, even telling Jeff he should have his items ready to be signed when he walked up. Later when I went through the line and got his autograph, he took the card of the guy in front of me and slightly bent it intentionally while he was talking to him before he signed it. Thankfully since I had a stiff Action Packed card, he didn’t have a chance to do the same thing for me.
Unfortunately Bo remains a strong set need for me, as I need him in multiple sets.
Since after his playing days, Vinny has been almost a non-signer TTM. Despite some fade and light smudging, I figured that this one was worth it based on what I already had in my collection. This one was pretty much grabbed with a stack of other Bucs to help fill out my Action Packed 1990 set. I absolutely love the photo, and the lighting really catches that creamsickle orange that I am so fond of.
Celebrating the game, the players, the cards, and the autographs for over 25 years.