Baseball Card Show Purchase #9 – The GREATEST $0.50 Spent At Any Baseball Card Show – EVER!!!!
Friends, when I tell you that this purchase was the greatest fifty cents that I have purchased at a baseball card show, I am not lying.
I found this card in a bargain bin, and as with most Reggie Jackson cards that I find, I scoop them up for my Reggie collection. October is also just a month away and I always do something cool for Mr. October so buying a few cards of him now prepares me for showcasing him on my blog next month.
Ok, back to my purchase. I was digging through a bargain bin and came across this card from the 1991 Upper Deck Looney Tunes promotional set.
The set is a 4-card set that was given away as a promotion during the 4-day National Sports Card show in 1991. Each day a new card was given out, and the two MLB stars that were featured in this set are Nolan Ryan and Reggie Jackson. This card is the one that was provided on 7/5/1991.
Now, I would want this card for my collection anyways. And at $0.50, I would not think twice about buying it and bringing it home with me.
But when I saw this, I jumped for joy (internally of course)….
That’s right – this one is autographed!!! By REGGIE JACKSON!!!
I quickly scanned the back of the card looking for some kind of certification. And as my heart rate increased to a rapid pace, I did not find anything on the back acknowledging the autograph on the front. But this was 1991, when in-pack autographs were non-existent – maybe it was signed by Reggie at the show? Maybe it was signed as part of a special lot of cards that he and Nolan Ryan signed just for the show?
Either way, I cannot believe that this was resting in just a random box of cards.
I have searched Ebay, and I cannot find any of these (at least the autographed version). I have also consulted with my baseball card catalog and there is no mention that these were randomly signed and inserted into the promotional giveaways as a special treat for random convention-goers.
I do believe that the autograph is real. I have seen and shopped for enough Reggie Jackson autographs in the past to know how his signature looks. And the fact that part of the ‘R’ in Reggie is on the White border of the card lets me know that this is not a pre-print as Upper Deck would probably have placed it better. And the fact that the card has been signed in Blue Sharpie makes ne feel that it was signed twenty years ago -before certified autogrphs were issued and before companies chose better colors to use for their darker-colored cards.
So, what do you think???
Have I been duped or do I have the real thing here?? I’d love your input…