Sunday, October 1, 2023

2022 Panini Contenders Gladiators #GLD-HWA Gold/Silver Parallels



    Here is the Gold parallel card of Herschel Walker in the Gladiators set. These are serial numbered to 25, with this being #12. The serial number can be seen on the right of the card front.

     I also picked up the Silver parallel:



          The Silver's are numbered to 99. This example is #35.

Sunday, September 17, 2023

My Latest Three Additions to the Herschel Hoard

      Here are the three newest cards I've added to the Hoard:

          2023 Panini Prizm Draft Picks  Brilliance BR-14



     There are several parallels to collect from this set, at least seven, in the Brilliance line alone.

     Next is the 2023 Panini Select Draft Picks  Select Snapshot SN-14:



       Thus far, the TCDB lists four parallels of this set, but I wouldn't be surprised if there are more and just haven't been added yet.

     Finally, I have the 2023 Panini Immaculate Gold #18:



          Panini has not changed the look of their Immaculate cards for several years.  This is the only card of the three shown today, which is serial numbered.  The Gold is #'d to 10, with this example being #7.

     Obviously, these are collegiate cards, with Walker shown in his Georgia Bulldogs uniform. Some may wonder why a guy who hasn't played college football since the 1980's is in a Draft Picks set. The reason is because Panini always includes some former College legends along with that year's current scholastic players.

Sunday, September 3, 2023

1992 Topps and Topps Gold #188 Asterisk Variations

           On both 1992 Topps and Topps Gold football cards, there are several variations on the back of the card, where the copyright line appears.

          Here is the front and back of Herschel Walker's Gold card:



     If you look on the bottom left of the card back, you'll notice a capital letter, C, right under the Topps logo.

          Here it is blown up:


          However, there is another variation in which there is an asterisk to the right of the C.  See below:


Apparently, the cards in these sets can either be A, B, C, D, E or A*, B*, C* D* or E*.  Herschel's cards only have the C and C* varieties.

I've tried to find out why they were produced this way, to no avail.  Probably something to do with production runs.

As any single player collector knows, you'll never have every card produced for a particular athlete, the One of one cards alone, dictate that. However, these are inexpensive cards and once I became aware of the variation (thanks, as always, TCDB).  I quickly picked up the version I didn't already have in the Hoard. (I already had the asterisk version).

Sunday, August 27, 2023

2023 Panini Select Draft Picks-Select Snapshots #SN-14



     I'll stick with 2023 cards for this post.  This is a Panini-Select Draft Picks-Select Snapshots card of Herschel Walker, featuring him in his collegiate uniform. It is a 20 card set of college greats and from what I can tell, has at least five different varieties, including the base card. There is a Black, Gold, Silver and Tie Dye Prizm.

Sunday, August 20, 2023

2023 Panini Legacy #118 Base and Yellow Version

      Here is my first 2023 card of Herschel. It is the Panini Legacy #118



        That is the base version of the set. There are several different color parallels, as is usually the case     with Panini.  Serial numbers vary, but there is black, blue, green, indigo, orange, red, violet and yellow.

        The yellow is the only other variety I've picked up thus far:



          The yellow is numbered to 150, with this example being #117.  I must say it's nice to see Walker featured in his Philadelphia Eagles uniform on a modern- day card.  Obviously, when he played with the Eagles, he appeared in that uniform, however, over the past several years, he has mostly been seen either in his collegiate Georgia Bulldogs uniform, or with the Dallas Cowboys.

Sunday, August 13, 2023

2022 Panini Classics-Transitions T-12 Gold/Purple/Green/Orange

      Some more Herschel Transitions cards, shown in highest to lowest serial numbers.



          I am now just lacking the Red, which is #'d to 50 and the Black, which is a 1 of 1.

Sunday, August 6, 2023

1988 Baseball Card Kingdom Promos #30



          This is another card set that I had no idea existed, until another collector posted the checklist on the TCDB.

           The Baseball Card Kingdom was apparently a very large card store located in Kissimmee, Florida, in the late '80's to mid '90's.  In other words, right in the middle of the sports card boom. I put the address into Google and discovered that in 2023, the location is now a nail salon.

          The front of the #30 card features Herschel Walker when he received his Heisman Trophy in 1982. The card back is an advertisement for the store.

           As stated on the card back, it notes that every time you visit the store, you will be given one of these Promotional advertising cards for free. I would have to think that there's a lot of them floating around out there, however, whenever I've searched, "Herschel Walker" on EBay, I've never seen one pop up.

          When I discovered the set existed, I typed in "Baseball Card Kingdom Herschel Walker" and three or four examples appeared.  I nabbed one for the Hoard, which appears above.

          The back of the card states that 50 cards are in the set, but actually, it is a 53 card set. There are three non numbered cards, two of Michael Jordan and one of Mickey Mantle/Roger Maris.

           It is a multi sport set, with baseball, basketball, football, hockey, and even golf included. Some athletes have more than one card, Jordan for example, has six cards in the set.

           I'm always glad to find a fun and different Walker card for the Hoard.