But you know what? He was pretty awesome for the rest of his career.
Jackson came up with the Phillies in the mid 1980s. That's not exactly a recipe for fame. Then he got traded to the Mariners in 1987. That didn't help matters.
At the time he was traded to the Giants for the 1992 season, he was already pretty accomplished in middle relief, with a 117 ERA+ over 487.1 innings. That wasn't enough to get him bumped up to closer, though.
He spent 3 years with the Giants, one with the Reds, one more with the Mariners, and his first with the Indians still pitching primarily middle relief. Over those years, 1992-1997, he had a 135 ERA+ over 397.2 innings.
Here are some of the top pitchers from that period, limited to relievers with 300 IP and no more than 40 saves:
Jackson is one of just 15 pitchers to appear in at least 1,000 games, although that obviously is due partially to the era in which he played.
Overall, Jackson stacks up quite well in career numbers. Here are all the pitchers with an ERA+ of at least 120 with career IP between 1088 and 1288 (Jackson had 1188):
The card is 1990 Leaf #351. Leaf was, at this time, essentially the parent company of Donruss. Both were owned by a Finnish company. In the 1980s, Leaf was known as the Canadian brand of Donruss, as they issued nearly identical card sets to the US Donruss release exclusively in Canada.
In 1990, they gave a whirl to releasing their own full US set that did not mirror a Donruss release. The cards were printed on premium, high-gloss stock. As you can see, the front design was sparse, leaving room for a huge photo. The back featured a nice color headshot along with basic stats and some copy.
I don't think this set was very successful, mainly because the cards were expensive but didn't offer very much of interest. The photos were fairly boring and the space on the back isn't well utilized. In my opinion it would have been more successful to show some unusual stats or some other differentiating content.