Friday, April 6, 2012
Who is this? Detroit Tigers Centerfielder Austin Jackson
What is this? An autograph card from 2008 TriSTAR PROjections
Where'd I get it? I got this card signed by Austin Jackson when he was a member of the Scranton-Wilkes Barre Yankees in 2009.
How much did it cost? I got the card when I bought a set of 2008 TriSTAR PROjections.
Why is this so special? Austin Jackson has emerged as one of the top young players in Major League Baseball. As a rookie in 2010, Jackson hit .293 and was second in the American League with 10 triples. In his second season in 2011, Jackson continued to show that he belonged in the Majors, hitting .249 and leading the American League with 11 triples.
At the time that I got this card signed, Jackson was the New York Yankees Top Prospect and was on his way to winning the 2009 International League Rookie of the Year Award. After that season, Jackson was sent to Detroit as part of the trade that brought Curtis Granderson to New York.
Jackson is off to a hot start in 2012. On Opening Day, Jackson hit a walk-off single that drove in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth-inning to defeat the Boston Red Sox.