Over the weekend, the wife and I sat down to watch the ESPN Films’ 30 for 30 documentary “You Don’t Know Bo.”
For those who aren’t familiar, it’s a detailed look into the mesmerizing two-sports career of Bo Jackson. During one of the early commercial breaks, I explained to my wife that Jackson is the reason, to this day, I stay away from the stock market.
Confused — as any reasonable human being would be — she struggled to figure out what a football/baseball player from my childhood could possibly have to do with how I choose to invest my money today.
I explained to her that when Jackson burst onto the scene, I was convinced he’d be one of the greatest to ever play professional sports. My eyes could hardly believe the amazing feats of speed and strength that Bo was able to accomplish with ease, so I decided to invest everything I could into his career.
That meant acquiring as many of his football and baseball cards as possible. Unfortunately though, that wasn’t going to be easy considering I was barely a teenager and was making next to nothing courtesy of my pitiful weekly allowance.
So I took matters into my own hands and sold several of my top rookie cards — which included Hall of Famers Ryne Sandburg and Tony Gwynn — to have enough cash to buy as many Jackson football and baseball cards as possible.
The crown jewel of those days was the 1990 Bo Jackson Black and White card by Score. This card was a must-have for any collector (in my 13-year-old eyes, at least) and it was only a matter of time before my stack of this particular card was going to help pay my way through college.