Rookie Card Year: 1969
Investment Rating: 8.5
It's arguable that no other player in the history of the game better defined the term "clutch-hitter" than Reggie Jackson. So exceptional was his ability to rise to the occasion on the game's biggest stage that it earned him the nickname, "Mr. October", a moniker any baseball player would proudly wear. Jackson led the Oakland A's to three consecutive World Series Titles in the early 1970s. Later that decade, he helped the New York Yankees to two consecutive titles. One of the most thrilling moments in postseason history came in the 1977 World Series when Jackson homered on the first pitch of three consecutive plate appearances, a feat that will perhaps, never be repeated.
Inducted as a first-ballot Hall of Famer in 1993 his career accomplishments read like fiction: a 14-time All-Star, five-time World Series Champion (twice being the series MVP), a two-time Silver Slugger Award winner, and the 1973 American League MVP. His career statistics reflect his run producing prowess: .262 BA, 563 home runs, 2585 Hits, 1,702 RBI. Jackson has had his number retired by both the Oakland A's (#9) and the New York Yankees (#44).
Reggie Jackson's definitive rookie card heralds from 1969 and was released by Topps. In 1969, Topps was at the height of their experimenting with different product tests. As a result, in addition to his iconic card from the base set, he also has a handful of oddball cards from the same year including: Topps Super #28, Sports Illustrated #7-07, Deckle Edge Black and White #9, as well as releases from Milton Bradley and Rawlings.
Reggie Jackson Rookie Cards
Jackson's true rookie card features a rather stoic looking, posed image of the young Oakland outfielder. The design of the card showcases a photo from the midriff up that highlights the classic flannel vest worn by the A's at that time. The easily identifiable team and player name in yellow, are utilized in a way that only slightly obscures the image. A classic set from a classic decade in baseball, this is easily one of the most desirable cards from the era.