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What’s My Favorite Rookie Card?-Part 1

Updated: Jan 9

My Short Hobby Blog Story of the Month details my first experience with Bo Jackson’s 1987 Topps Future Stars Rookie Card, number 170.

To fully understand this hobby blog and the significance of Bo Jackson’s 1987 Topps Future Stars rookie card, I have to share some important details about my first hobby run. During my first hobby run in 1991:

  • the idea of the hobby being a connective community was a foreign concept to me,

  • hobby nomenclatures such as insert card or rookie card were not a part of my vocabulary,

  • if I had to rate my hobby knowledge on a scale of 1 to 10, it would be a zero, and

  • I had an undeniable love for cardboard!

What's my favorite rookie card? It would be hard for me to answer this question today. However, if I had to go back and recall who my clear frontrunner would be - it would be Bo Jackson. In the summer of 1991, when my two older brothers showed me their card collection, the first cards I saw were Bo Jackson and Michael Jordan. When looking at the cards stacked neatly in my brothers’ sneaker boxes, I instantly fell in love with “the hobby.”

Yes, I loved “the hobby,” despite not fully understanding what it meant to be a cardboard collector.

In my first year as a collector, the only things that mattered most to me were: going to Toys R Us to buy cards, collecting Bo Jackson and MJ cards, and making sure I had enough rubber bands to keep my cards organized - yes, I know rubber bands are sacrilegious. However, despite my infant knowledge of collecting, I embraced the moment, collected what I liked, and enjoyed what became known as the “junk wax era.”

So, why Bo Jackson’s 1987 Topps Future Stars rookie card? This card is an example of my growth and evolution as a collector. When I collected baseball cards during my first hobby run, I loved collecting Joey Belle and Bo Jackson baseball cards. During that time, I always wanted to pull the Topps Future Stars Bo Jackson rookie card because both of my brothers had it, and they would never let me touch it. However, in my 2nd hobby run, my Bo Jackson PC of his most revered rookie cards is flat-out DOPE!

What’s my favorite rookie card today? Ask me in 1000 years!

Keep Collecting,


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