How to Identify Authentic Examples of the 1990 Upper Deck Reggie Jackson AU

The 1990 Upper Deck Reggie Jackson AU represents a turning point in hobby history. It's the first of its kind in the now routine pack-issued autographs category. Despite its print run of 2500, which was tiny at the time, it remains popular in the current market. For this article, we're going to cover how to identify authentic examples of this forever famous card.

The Hologram

When encountering the 1990 Upper Deck Reggie Jackson AU, flip it over and have a look at the shape of the hologram on the back.

Reggie Jackson 1990 Upper Deck Heroes #9 Hologram Comparison
Reggie Jackson 1990 Upper Deck Heroes #9 Hologram Comparison | Image Credit: COMC.com
  • Authentic examples of the non-AU header card have circle-shaped holograms
  • Authentic examples of the AU header card have diamond-shaped holograms

If you find a signed and serial numbered example of the 1990 Upper Deck Reggie Jackson AU and the hologram on the back is circle shaped, the autograph and serial number on the front are both fake.

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There are two versions of the 1990 Upper Deck Reggie Jackson AU:

A. This version contains Reggie Jackson's autograph, and corresponding serial number hand-written on the card.

Reggie Jackson 1990 Upper Deck Heroes #9 AU /2500
Reggie Jackson 1990 Upper Deck Heroes #9 AU /2500

This is the most common example and makes up 2475 (99%) of the 2500 autographed examples of the 1990 Upper Deck Reggie Jackson AU. In the current market, collectors can usually get their hands on one of these for under $200.

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The Inscription

B. This version contains Reggie Jackson's autograph, corresponding serial number, and "Mr. October" inscription hand-written on the card.

Version B is extremely rare because Reggie Jackson only included the "Mr. October" inscription on examples with numerators in the serial numbers ending in 00. With a print run of 2500, that leaves us with just 25 examples (1%) of the total 2500 that contain the inscription. In the current market, authentic inscribed examples can bring over $500.

Reggie Jackson 1990 Upper Deck Heroes #9 AU /2500
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To be thorough, here are the numerators in the serial numbers on the examples that contain the inscription:

100, 200, 300, 400, 500, 600, 700, 800, 900, 1000, 1100, 1200, 1300, 1400, 1500, 1600, 1700, 1800, 1900, 2000, 2100, 2200, 2300, 2400, and 2500.

If you find an authentic example of the 1990 Upper Deck Reggie Jackson AU with the "Mr. October" inscription and the numerator portion of the serial number doesn't match any of those 25 numbers, the inscription is fake.

The following example sold on eBay on August 25, 2019 with 28 bids at $560. The numerator in the serial number on this example doesn't end in 00. Someone got hosed.

Reggie Jackson 1990 Upper Deck Heroes #9 AU /2500

After doing some research, I discovered that these "Mr. October" inscriptions have been written on many authentic examples of the 1990 Upper Deck Reggie Jackson AU that don't have the right serial numbers. If you're looking to add one of the elusive inscribed versions, look for examples with numerator portions of the serial numbers ending in 00.

In Conclusion

Check the holograms and serial numbers. Cross check them with the information provided here to identify authentic examples of the 1990 Upper Deck Reggie Jackson AU.

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