Bob is a longtime member of the Florida sports media, having served as a reporter and copy editor for more than 30 years. His true sports passion, however, is the history of the various games, exhibited by his in-depth book reviews and hobby of collecting cards and other sports memorabilia. He blogs for TBO.com on both subjects, transferring his work for the Tampa Tribune to the realm of cyberspace.
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Upper Deck adds Shoeless Joe bat cards
Posted Aug 4, 2012 by Bob D'Angelo
Updated Aug 4, 2012 at 12:54 AM
Say it ain’t so? Upper Deck says it is so.
Upper Deck will be including game-used bat cards of Shoeless Joe Jackson in its Goodwin Champions set, which will be released Aug. 14. Upper Deck was able to obtain a bat Jackson used during his barnstorming days in the 1920s, after he had been banned in baseball for allegations that he and seven of his Chicago White Sox teammates had thrown the 1919 World Series.
From the bat, Upper Deck was able to cut it up in order to create two distinctive cards. One will be a single swatch bat card, while the other will be a multi-swatch variation.
It’s the first time since 2001 that Jackson is appearing in an Upper Deck product; his previous appearance came in the 2001 SP Legendary Cuts set.
Even 93 years after the fact, Jackson remains a controversial figure who still spurs debate about his chances of being taken off baseball’s blacklist in order to have a shot for election to the Hall of Fame.
Including Jackson cards can only enhance the Goodwin Champions set, which already promises to be a nice product.