Purple Heart recipient will get a baseball card

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Doc Jacobs got his tryout — and now he’s getting a baseball card.

A Purple Heart-honored Navy vet who lost his left leg, toes on his right foot and parts of two fingers in Iraq had a tryout with the Los Angeles Dodgers on Feb. 28 — and now he’ll get his own baseball card from Upper Deck in its retro-styled 2013 Goodwin Champions multi-sport set that arrives on July 9.

Jacobs will be signing 100 copies of the card found in an insert set called Heroic Inspirations.

“When we heard about Doc’s story, we immediately said to ourselves, ‘Now that’s a baseball player we need to make a trading card for,’” said Chris Carlin, sports marketing manager for Upper Deck. “We worked in concert with our great partners at Operation Gratitude and the charity Doc co-founded, VETSports, to make it happen. We couldn’t be more excited to give patriotic Americans the opportunity to collect inspiration.”

On Saturday, Jacobs was presented with his card and got the chance to visit with Dodgers legend Tommy Lasorda. He also received a signed gift from Upper Deck spokesman LeBron James.

“He’s a hero,” Lasorda said. ”A lot of youngsters have baseball players as their heroes. One of a man who’s given his leg and toes and hands and everything, deserves a card.”

James took the time to sign a Goodwin poster for the veteran along with penning a message: “Doc Jacobs, You are an inspiration to us all! Best wishes!”

The Jacobs card will be part of a series of cards with a bigger message in mind from the long-running card company.

“This is the beginning of a larger program we will be unveiling soon working in unison with Operation Gratitude and VETSports,” Carlin said, “to show the brave men and women in uniform how much Upper Deck appreciates their service.”

 Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball magazine. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at colds@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.

7 Comments

  1. JOHNNY R LUNA
    Posted April 22, 2013 at 2:29 pm | Permalink

    He does need to be on a card. I’ll be looking forward to getting his card. I also think it is awesome to see our hero’s on cards.

  2. Joe Cecil
    Posted April 22, 2013 at 5:43 pm | Permalink

    Very cool and a great move by UD!

  3. Jay
    Posted April 22, 2013 at 9:26 pm | Permalink

    As a vet, I’d love to come across a signed copy of this guy’s card. A real role model and hero, thank you for your service sir.

  4. Posted April 22, 2013 at 10:33 pm | Permalink

    The L.A. Dodgers and Upper Deck did a great thing for this service member. Doc Jacobs, thank you for your sacrifice to our country. I hope that I get to own a sign card from Doc Jacobs.

    “Bravo Zulu”

    Steve Delsie
    HM1(FMF)
    USN (Retired)

  5. Bart The Explorer
    Posted April 23, 2013 at 9:31 am | Permalink

    ahhh the ole publicity stunt trick. way to go upper deck

  6. Richard Gobis
    Posted April 24, 2013 at 9:12 am | Permalink

    Bart why would you say such a thing…with all the hate going on in our great country and you say that?Thank you thank you thank you Doc Jacobs.Thank you Upper Deck,very classy.Beckett shame on your moderation for letting this ignorant comment get posted.

  7. Doc Jacobs
    Posted June 14, 2013 at 12:06 am | Permalink

    Thank you all for the kind words. I truly do appreciate it.

    All the Best,
    Doc Jacobs

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