Lyle, Erik Menendez Appear to Be on Former Knicks PG Mark Jackson's Hoops Card

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistDecember 8, 2018

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A previously nondescript 1990-91 Hoops basketball card featuring guard Mark Jackson of the New York Knicks has gone viral because of surprising new buzz about the card's background.

Twitter user John Rosenberger tweeted Friday that someone on Reddit (user Pirate_Redbeard) posted that Lyle and Erik Menendez appear to have been sitting courtside when Jackson's card photo was taken:

John Rosenberger @JohnJohnPhenom

Reddit is mostly bad but the other day I learned on that website that the Menendez Brothers are in the background of this basketball card and that logistically this would be between when they killed their parents and when they were arrested and I cannot stop thinking about it. https://t.co/fMb5ugLX2m

The Menendez brothers were convicted of murdering their parents in 1996 and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

The murders occurred in Beverly Hills, California, in 1989, but it wasn't until 1990 that they were arrested.

According to Darren Rovell of The Action Network, the photo was taken in between the time the Menendez brothers murdered their parents and the time they were apprehended:

Darren Rovell @darrenrovell

This checks out. Menendez murder happened Aug. 20, 1989. Brothers were apprehended March 1990. Photo was taken at MSG in 1989-90 season and set came out before 1990-91 season. https://t.co/n2vzRBA6Sg

Rovell also noted that the Jackson card has seen a significant bump in sale price on eBay since it went public that the Menendez brothers appear to be on the card:

Darren Rovell @darrenrovell

1990-91 Hoops Mark Jackson card, now being listed on eBay as Menendez Brothers card, has been selling in the $15-$20 range today. Last week, it was 15 to 20 cents. https://t.co/qZEoLjUr4g

Jackson spent the first five seasons of his NBA career with the Knicks, and he was named an All-Star for the first and only time in 1988-89.

He went on to play 17 NBA seasons with seven different teams, and he later served as the Golden State Warriors' head coach from 2011 to 2014.

Now, Jackson is part of a unique fraternity of sports card oddities along with Baltimore Orioles infielder Billy Ripken and his obscenity-emblazoned bat, as well as Chicago Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane being featured in the background of a Sylvain Turgeon card when he was six years old in 1994.