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'Cardboard Gods': Reggie Jackson

Updated: April 23, 2010, 12:39 PM ET
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Editor's note: This excerpt from "Cardboard Gods," by Josh Wilker, focuses on the "superduperstar" of the 1970s, Reggie Jackson. Copyright © 2010 by Josh Wilker. Excerpted with permission by Seven Footer Press.

Topps 1976 #500: Reggie Jackson Behold the All-Star. As shadows give way to sun, he pauses, reveling for a moment in his own magnificence, readying to move onto that bright stage he was born to command.

The year before I got this 1976 card, I'd caught a glimpse ...

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