Bo Jackson (11/30/1962) was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 2nd round of the 1982 MLB June Amateur Draft, the California Angels (remember them?) in the 20th round of the 1985 MLB June Amateur Draft, and the Kansas City Royals in the 4th round of the 1986 MLB June Amateur Draft.
If not for injuries Bo may have been one of the best two way players of all-time.
Best Bo Jackson Rookie Cards
Below are the Bo Jackson rookie cards worth tossing some of your sports card investment money at.
1986 Bo Jackson Topps Traded Tiffany Rookie Card #50T (buy on eBay)
This is the card most kids from the 80s’ and 90s’ will remember. Who could forget tearing open a pack of 1986 Topps only to see Bo’s big smile staring back at ya (booyah!).
The 1986 Topps Tiffany Bo Jackson is one of his most valuable rookie cards and best looking as well.
Numbered #50T the back of the card reads “Bo played 3 seasons at Auburn University, belting 28 home runs with 71 RBI’s in 89 games. Went 4 for 5 with a double and 3 HR in 1985 vs. Georgia”
1987 Bo Jackson Donruss Rated Rookie Card #35 (buy on eBay)
We are always a big fan of Rated Rookie cards and the 1987 Bo Jackson is no exception.
The card shows Bo in what appears to be mid-warm ups tossing the ball around.
Numbered #35 the back of the card reads “The 85 Heisman Trophy winner, he shocked the world by turning down a reported 7 million 5 year offer from the Tamba Bay Buccaneers in order to play pro baseball with the Royals. Batted .275 in 53 games with the Royals’ Memphis farm in ’86 with 30 runs, 7 HR, and 25 RBI.”
1987 Bo Jackson Topps Tiffany Future Stars Rookie #170 (buy on eBay)
Another Tiffany card with the wording Future Stars depicted across the bottom.
We love the graphics and image associated with the 1987 Bo Jackson Topps rookie card. Not only is the future stars graphic super unique, the wood border also ranks high on our best borders of all-time big board. 🙂
The card is numbered #170 and the card shows Jackson tracking down a pop fly in the outfield.
1988 Bo Jackson Topps Football Rookie Card #327 (buy on eBay)
Pictured above is his one and only football card worth investing in.
Numbered #327 the card shows Bo looking up at what we imagine is the scoreboard (and, judging by the look on his face, the Raiders are on the losing end).
1986 Bo Jackson Topps Traded RC Royals #50T (buy on eBay)
The exact card as the 1986 Bo Jackson Topps Traded Tiffany Rookie Card #50T except there were more of these made which made it less valuable.
Even though the card is not as rare as its Tiffany counterpart, it is still worth an investment if you’re considering buying Bo rookie cards.
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Rookie Card Checklist
- 1986 Donruss Highlights #43
- 1986 Donruss Rookies #38
- 1986 Topps Traded Tiffany Rookie Card #50T
- 1986 Topps Traded RC Royals #50T
- 1987 Auburn Tigers Great Baseball Bo Jackson
- 1987 Classic MLB Game Bo Jackson #15
- 1987 Donruss The Rookies #14
- 1987 Donruss Rated Rookie #35
- 1987 Leaf Rated Rookie #35
- 1987 Donruss Opening Day ROOKIE RC #205
- 1987 Bo Jackson Rookie Card Fleer #369
- 1987 Fleer Glossy RC #369
- 1988 Topps Football Rookie Card #327
Bo Jackson Rookie Card Value
Most high grade Bo Jackson rookie cards are worth somewhere between $100 and $300, making them a very affordable option for collectors.
Other Key Cards
- 1988 Fleer #260
- 1990 Score #697
- 1990 Topps Tiffany Kansas City Royals #300
- 1991 Topps Desert Shield #600
- 1993 Finest REFRACTOR #91
- 2013 Topps Triple Threads Bo Jackson, Ken Griffey Jr, Frank Thomas #JGT
- 2014 Topps Five Star Autographs /50 #FSABJ
- 2015 Topps Dynasty Jumbo Logo Patch Autograph #AP-BJA4
- 2019 Topps Archives Signature 1989 Topps Tiffany 20/20 Club #17
Bo Jackson Error Cards
- 1987 Topps Future Stars Error Card Topps #170
- 1989 Topps Wrong Back Error Card #662
- 1989Diamond Kings white dot Error Card
- 1990 Donruss Error Card #650
- 1990 Bowman Tony Gwynn On Back Error Card #217
- 1990 Upper Deck Error Back w/o Copyright Information #105
Bo never truly met the hype surrounding him coming out of the University of Auburn and wished he would have just played baseball.
“If I knew now what I had known back then I would have never played football. Never. I wish I had known about all of those head injuries, but no one knew that. And the people that did know that, they wouldn’t tell anybody,” Jackson said.
IF he would have focused solely on baseball from the time the New York Yankees drafted him in 1982, we might very be having a different conversation right now.
His 1986 Topps Traded Tiffany card might be worth $3000 instead of $300.
Sadly that is not the case as he suffered a serious hip injury in 1991 against the Cincinnati Bengals, ending his football career and essentially his baseball career as well.
His rookie cards still retain some value but not much. We wouldn’t have a problem buying one (either his Topps Tiffany or the Rated Rookie) but any more than one is too many.
Investment Rating: Weak buy
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