Bo Jackson Cards and Memorabilia Guide

Bo Jackson

Date of Birth: 11/30/1962
Rookie Card Year: Baseball 1986, Football 1988
Investment Rating: 7.0


Profile

Bo Jackson is one of the greatest multi-sport athletes in the history of professional sports. A serious injury kept him from achieving his full potential, but collectors still respect his contributions as a football and baseball player, as well as his relevance to both sports. Bo Jackson cards and autographed memorabilia remain strong sellers and there has been a resurgence in values for his collectibles in recent years.

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Despite being drafted by the New York Yankees in the second round of the 1984 MLB Draft, Bo Jackson decided to attend the Auburn University to play baseball and football. He also competed in track and field. Jackson excelled at both baseball and football and twice reached Nationals in the 100-meter dash. Even with his blazing speed, he chose to concentrate on the main two sports. During his final year of football, Jackson produced a impressive season for the Tigers and won the Heisman Trophy.

Although he hoped to build upon that success in his final season of college baseball, an apparent miscommunication resulted in him taking a non-sanctioned trip to visit the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the team who drafted him first overall in the 1986 NFL Draft. The NCAA declared that this trip voided his college eligibility and he was unable to complete the baseball season with the team. Jackson decided to not sign with the Bucs and elected to sign with the Kansas City Royals instead. The Royals had drafted Jackson in the 1986 MLB Draft.

Bo Jackson would start his professional baseball career in the minor leagues, but was called up to the Majors late in the 1986 season. After he made the Royals' major league roster in 1987 and played out the season, Jackson surprised nearly everyone by joining the Los Angeles Raiders halfway through the NFL season. The Raiders had selected Bo Jackson with a 7th round pick. He slipped that far because many doubted he would ever play football again. From there he would juggle the two sports, showing glimpses of brilliance in both. An All-Star appearance and All-Star MVP award in 1989 put him on the national stage in baseball. And despite playing a truncated season and backing-up Marcus Allen, Bo Jackson wowed NFL audiences with his speed and abilities on the football field.

Who knows what Jackson could have done if he continued progressing in both sports? Unfortunately, that question will never be answered because of a hip injury sustained in a NFL playoff game in early-1991. The injury eventually resulted in Jackson needing a hip replacement, ending his football career. He would spend a few more seasons in the MLB, first with the Chicago White Sox and then with the California Angles, but he was never the same player.

Outside of his sporting endeavors, Bo Jackson was fairly prominent in popular culture thanks to his "Bo Know" Nike ad campaign, and his inclusion in several video games.

View a detailed listing of all Bo Jackson rookie cards on the next tab. The list includes his baseball and football rookie cards, and notable minor league cards and college-themed cards.

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1987 Sportflics Bo Jackson #190 PSA 10 Rookie
$24.95
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Bo Jackson Mark McGwire Jose Canseco Southern League All Stars 1985 1986
$12.00
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1986 1987 Topps Traded Factory Sets Rookies Bonds Bo Jackson Greg Maddux NR
$9.99
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2010 TOPPS SHORT PRINT BO JACKSON CARD # US 318 B
$9.99
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1987 Classic Travel #109 Update Bo Jackson Rookie Card RC PSA 10 GEM MINT
$84.95
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1990 Fleer League Leaders Bo Jackson #19 Graded PSA 9
$11.99
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2004 Leaf Limited Lumberjacks Game Used GU Jersey BO JACKSON #d 64 100 Authentic
$9.99
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1987 FLEER BO JACKSON RC
$8.00
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BO JACKSON 2014 Bowman 1989 Buyback Redemption Auto 5 CS245
$349.99
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1992 O PEE CHEE #290 Bo Jackson Chicago White Sox PSA 10 Gem Mint
$13.97
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1990 Bowman #378 Bo Jackson Royals PSA 10 Gem Mint
$13.27
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2006 Sp Legendary Cuts Bo Jackson Jersey and Bat ROYALS!!!
$45.00
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2003 Topps Pristine Gold Refractor card of Bo Jackson No. 53 of 69
$30.00
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Bo Jackson 1988 Topps Graded 9 Mint Card #750
$9.97
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1987 TOPPS TIFFANY #170 BO JACKSON RC NMMT *703055
$10.00
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1987 TOPPS TIFFANY #170 BO JACKSON RC NMMT *703056
$8.80
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Rookie Cards

Bo Jackson Football Rookie Cards

1988 Topps Bo Jackson RC #327

The sole Bo rookie card from his football career, 1988 Topps shows a young Bo Jackson in a non-action shot, looking off into the distance. The mass-produced product keeps most card values low, although high grades sell for solid amounts.

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Bo Jackson Baseball Rookie Cards

It is important to note that although Bo Jackson made his major league debut in 1986 and several cards were issued to reflect that, some view his 1987 cards as his rookie offerings. This is because his Donruss The Rookies and Topps Traded cards came as part of a factory sealed sets, with limited availability, and not all collectors considered Sportflics a true baseball card product, despite being licensed by the MLB.

1986 Donruss The Rookies Bo Jackson RC #38

Wrapped in late-80's goodness, the diagonal cutout image includes a posed profile photo of Bo Jackson and a striped green border. Like his football rookies, values remain low. There is also another 1986 Donruss card for Jackson which came in Donruss Highlights. The 56-card set commemorates events from the season and recognized Bo Jackson for the "Longest HR in Royals Stadium." A rare error includes white text for "Highlights" instead of yellow and commands a significant premium.

1986 Donruss Rookies Bo Jackson RC 38  214x300 Image1986 Donruss Highlights Bo Jackson 215x300 Image

1986 Sportflics Rookies Bo Jackson RC #40

Utilizing a 3-D technology called lenticular printing, 1986 Sportflics did not enjoy much initial popularity. Despite being MLB-licensed, it was generally overlooked by the masses and is less available than other Bo Jackson rookie cards. By rotating the card, three different images can be viewed. This includes a pre-swing image, post-swing image and close-up shot of Bo Jackson.

1986 Sportflics Rookies Bo Jackson RC 40 1 212x300 Image1986 Sportflics Rookies Bo Jackson RC 40 2 209x300 Image

1986 Topps Traded Bo Jackson RC #50T

The 1986 Topps Traded rookie card uses a very similar image of Bo Jackson as the 1986 Donruss The Rookies card. Again, values are on the low side, but higher prices can be found with the Tiffany parallels. The limited cards had a print run of 5,000, a minuscule amount at the time.

1986 Topps Traded Bo Jackson RC 50T 214x300 Image

Bo Jackson Minor League & College Cards

Bo Jackson was not in the minor leagues for long, but a few cards were produced that are still easily found and popular.

1986 Donn Jennings Southern League All-Stars Bo Jackson #13

With a more intricate look than the typical minor league design from this period, Donn Jennings Southern League All-Stars card pays homage to the successful campaign put forth by Jackson while playing for Memphis. The 25-card checklist also includes Tom Glavine, Jose Canseco and Mark McGwire.

1986 Donn Jennings Southern League All Stars Bo Jackson 13  203x300 Image

1986 Time-Out Sports Memphis Chicks Bo Jackson #10

With a simple design and smiling image of Bo Jackson, the Memphis Chicks team set from Time-Out Sports features one of the very first baseball cards for Bo Jackson. The gold base version is limited to 10,000 sets and the silver version is half that, with 5,000 sets. There is also an unauthorized card that features a similar design but a another image of Jackson. The main difference is that the unauthorized card includes an image of Jackson wearing the gray Memphis jersey seen in the Donn Jennings cards above.

1986 Memphis Chicks Bo Jackson 10 gold base 207x300 Image1986 Memphis Chicks Bo Jackson 10 silver 215x300 Image

1987 Classic Game Bo Jackson #15

Painting a perfect picture of his love of two sports, the Auburn grad gestures with a baseball bat while dressed in his football uniform. Gem mint copies sell for as much as $560.

1987 Classic Game Bo Jackson 15 215x300 Image

1987 McDag Auburn University Tiger Great Bo Jackson #16

Also, while they are not baseball or minor league cards, Tiger Great cards issued by Auburn University as part of a 16-card set, include Bo Jackson. Jackson is featured on both a baseball card and a less common football variation. They have proven to be some of the most valuable Bo Jackson cards and gem mint copies sell for as much as $1,500. Frank Thomas is also included, but is part of the base set.

1987 McDag Auburn Tigers Bo Jackson Baseball 212x300 Image1987 McDag Auburn Tigers Bo Jackson Football 208x300 Image

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1987 Sportflics Bo Jackson #190 PSA 10 Rookie
$24.95
2713451582814040 1 Image
Bo Jackson Mark McGwire Jose Canseco Southern League All Stars 1985 1986
$12.00
2813766939204040 1 Image
1986 1987 Topps Traded Factory Sets Rookies Bonds Bo Jackson Greg Maddux NR
$9.99
2515549665234040 1 Image
2010 TOPPS SHORT PRINT BO JACKSON CARD # US 318 B
$9.99
2613526249584040 1 Image
1987 Classic Travel #109 Update Bo Jackson Rookie Card RC PSA 10 GEM MINT
$84.95
2809255737024040 1 Image
1990 Fleer League Leaders Bo Jackson #19 Graded PSA 9
$11.99
3312518580114040 1 Image
2004 Leaf Limited Lumberjacks Game Used GU Jersey BO JACKSON #d 64 100 Authentic
$9.99
1107208185454040 1 Image
1987 FLEER BO JACKSON RC
$8.00
3312292521924040 1 Image
BO JACKSON 2014 Bowman 1989 Buyback Redemption Auto 5 CS245
$349.99
1713262093444040 1 Image
1992 O PEE CHEE #290 Bo Jackson Chicago White Sox PSA 10 Gem Mint
$13.97
1814066296804040 1 Image
1990 Bowman #378 Bo Jackson Royals PSA 10 Gem Mint
$13.27
2312744023744040 1 Image
2006 Sp Legendary Cuts Bo Jackson Jersey and Bat ROYALS!!!
$45.00
2911852341044040 1 Image
2003 Topps Pristine Gold Refractor card of Bo Jackson No. 53 of 69
$30.00
1310915051164040 1 Image
Bo Jackson 1988 Topps Graded 9 Mint Card #750
$9.97
3709629099344040 1 Image
1987 TOPPS TIFFANY #170 BO JACKSON RC NMMT *703055
$10.00
3310859665734040 1 Image
1987 TOPPS TIFFANY #170 BO JACKSON RC NMMT *703056
$8.80
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Autograph Guide

Bo Jackson Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find an example of what Bo Jackson's authentic signature looks like. This can be used as a first point of reference for determining the legitimacy of autograph memorabilia, but is not a substitute for having your items authenticated by a well-respected professional autograph authentication company. Some of the trusted sources within the sports memorabilia market include the following companies: PSA, JSA, Steiner, Schwartz Sports and Tristar. 

Bo Jackson Cut Signature Exemplar

Bo Jackson Cut Signature Image

Bo Jackson Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Bo Jackson signature autograph will exhibit several distinguishing characteristics, depending on what point in his career it was signed.

  1. The signature beings with a large, swooping "B," which can resemble a trash bag with a drawstring or a drawing of an apple or tomato.
  2. Next, a "J" overlaps the "B" and gives the appearance of "Bo." The "J" is reminiscent of a "9."
  3. The pen lifts and a tiny "a" goes directly to a large "k," bypassing the "c" in Jackson.
  4. The signature finishes with a standalone "s" and cursive "o-n." The "n" generally ends with a downward flush.

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BO JACKSON autographed signed Oakland Raiders black jersey JSA Witness #w563714
$179.00
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Bo Jackson Signed Oakland Raiders Custom Jersey Jsa Hologram Size xl
$199.99
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Bo Jackson Signed Autographed Oakland Raiders 16x20 W Jsa
$129.99
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BO JACKSON autographed signed Rawlings Pro Blond Bat JSA Witness #w557420
$169.00
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BO JACKSON SIGNED JSA CERTED 8X10 PHOTO AUTOGRAPH
$79.00
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BO JACKSON SIGNED BLACK HOME RAIDERS JERSEY CUSTOM FRAMED TO 25X35 PSA DNA COA
$232.99
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BO JACKSON HAND SIGNED RAIDERS MINI HELMET with PICTURE SIGNING HELMET PSA DNA
$149.99
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BO JACKSON HAND SIGNED AUBURN TIGERS MINI HELMET w PIC SIGNING HELMET PSA DNA
$149.99
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Bo Jackson Signed Auto Auburn Tigers Football Jersey GTSM Hologram JSA
$219.99
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1990 Score "BO KNOWS" Bo Jackson Signed AUTO #697 PSA 10 GEM MINT ROYALS RAIDERS
$234.16
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Bo Jackson Signed Auto Auburn Tigers Full Size Helmet GTSM JSA Witness Raiders
$249.99
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Rare Authentic Wilson Oakland Raiders Jersey Bo Jackson signed Tri-Star PSA DNA
$499.99
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BO JACKSON autographed signed Auburn Tigers logo football JSA W547231
$159.00
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1987 Classic MLB GAME Bo Jackson Auburn Baseball Football Auto PSA DNA Signed
$165.00
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1986 Donruss The Rookies #38 BO JACKSON ROOKIE Baseball Auto PSA DNA Signed
$139.00
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BO JACKSON Signed Oakland Raiders PROLINE Helmet Autograph Auto PSA DNA
$379.99
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Trey Treutel is an Ole Miss grad and a lifelong sports fanatic. He is a huge fan of the NBA and NFL, as well as soccer, college basketball and college football. As a kid, he collected football and basketball cards. As an adult, he started collecting basketball cards again on a whim, and has since expanded to other sports and entertainment options. Find Trey on Twitter at @datreute.

User Comments

  1. What is the value on this card ?

  2. I also have a lot’s more Rookie cards,football and baseball one’s.

  3. Hello! could you tell me what a Bo Jackson two sport all-star numbered gold card is worth by Savannah Sports cards. Thanks!

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