Heading into the 1990-91 NBA season, Mark Jackson was a young point guard on the New York Knicks, preparing to play his fourth season in what would be a 17-year career in the league. While his 1990-91 Hoops basketball card had once fetched negligible values in the NBA trading card market, a recent sighting has made this card hundreds of times more valuable, as the card appears to show two men at courtside who resemble convicted killers Lyle and Erik Menendez.
According to the New York Daily News, the sighting went viral thanks to Twitter user John Rosenberger, who shared a photo of the trading card in question, where the Menendez brothers appear to be seated in the background in the bottom left of the image. The card showcased Jackson, who had multiple NBA head coaching stints after his playing career ended, passing the ball while wearing his Knicks home court uniform.
Per Bleacher Report, Rosenberger had first seen the photo of the Jackson basketball card on Reddit, where a user with the handle Pirate_Redbeard originally shared it on Thursday.
With Rosenberger's tweet getting shared more than 25,000 times at the time of the New York Daily News report, former ESPN reporter Darren Rovell commented on the photo in a Twitter post, where he explained that it's highly likely the young men in the bottom left of the basketball card were Lyle and Erik Menendez.
"Menendez murder happened Aug. 20, 1989. Brothers were apprehended March 1990. Photo was taken at [Madison Square Garden] in 1989-90 season and set came out before [the] 1990-91 season."