Tuesday, August 26, 2008
#651 Mike Jackson
Why this card is awesome: Because this is yet another nice hidden gem rookie card from this set. This was Mike Jackson's first Topps card, although he had a 1987 Fleer Update card and a 1987 Donruss The Rookies card.
Jackson had a mostly-brilliant 17-year career as one of the top relievers in baseball. He had a couple of great years as the Indians closer, too.
I have to mention, though, that this card continues the trend of the Phillies getting royally screwed in this set. Jackson's card is yet another one that makes the player look like a dopey minor leaguer. And just wait until you see the Phillies Leaders card coming up shortly.
Cool stat: Only 7 guys have ever had a season with 40 saves, a WHIP under 0.9, and an ERA+ of 300 or better. Jackson, of course, was one of them.