Early 1990s unlicensed Bo Jackson trading card
During the sports card boom of the late 1980s and early 1990s, unlicensed cards ran rampant in the hobby. Although not worth more than $1 each today, some of them are still amusing two decades later. An example of such a card would be this one of former football and baseball player Bo Jackson, suited up as a hockey player.
For those unfamiliar with his careers, Bo Jackson was an immensely gifted athlete who excelled at baseball and football. He played in the National Football League from 1987 to 1990, and in Major League Baseball from 1986 to 1995. A hip injury in 1990 ended his football career and hampered his baseball abilities. But up until then, sports fans were amazed by Jackson, who didn’t just play in two pro sports but excelled at them both.
Shoe company Nike produced a series of “Bo Knows” television commercials, showing the athlete engaged in various sports. One in particular features a bunch of Bo Jacksons, each dressed as an athlete of a different sport. In this commercial, he wears a Montreal Canadiens jersey with the name “Le Bo” on the back – perhaps a long lost cousin of former Canadien Stephan Lebeau? Anyway, check out the commercial below.
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