The Daily: 1969 Topps Reggie Jackson RC


1969 Topps Reggie Jackson RC

The Card: 1969 Topps Reggie Jackson RC #260

25 years ago, Reggie Jackson made it official. Mr. October was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Really, it was a formality for someone who helped define an era in the sport. One of the greatest slugger’s of all-time, he hit 563 over the course of his MLB career.

And while that was impressive, it was his three in Game 6 of the 1977 World Series that cemented his place in history.

When it comes to the world of baseball cards, Jackson has been hugely influential. It can be argued that the modern autograph chase can be traced back to the hunt to “Find the Reggie” in packs of 1990 Upper Deck High Series. It was the first mainstream autograph card included in packs of cards. Before long, they were a staple and market driver.

And there’s the 1977 Topps Reggie Jackson Baltimore Orioles card. It’s almost unicorn-like existence has long been the thing of legend. And it’s easily the most iconic “card that never was.”

As for his Rookie Card, for that you need to go back to 1969. It’s an unassuming look for one of the game’s biggest personalities. How things would change for Jackson, baseball and its fans in the decade that followed.

With 1969 Topps being the focus of 2018 Topps Heritage Baseball, don’t be shocked if you see some riffs and updates on the classic RC in the months ahead.

The Daily highlights a key player or personality in the world of sports or collecting from the past 24 hours along with one of their key cards.


Ryan Cracknell

A collector for much of his life, Ryan focuses primarily on building sets, Montreal Expos and interesting cards. He's also got one of the most comprehensive collections of John Jaha cards in existence (not that there are a lot of them). Got a question, story idea or want to get in touch? You can reach him by email and through Twitter @tradercracks.

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