Monday, May 22, 2017

2008 SP Rookie Threads GU Jersey Serial #15 of 15

     Another from the 2008 SP Rookie Threads series.  These cards are all serial numbered in different amounts.   This particular issue has 15 cards.   This example is #15 out of 15, which can be seen right above the jersey patch on the front of the card.
    My Herschel Walker card collection is now up to 589 different cards.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

1997 Stadium Club Co-Signers #CO60 Dave Meggett/ Herschel Walker

     I was happy to add this card to the Hoard.  Especially since it was issued during Herschel's active playing days.

     This is the third version of the Stadium Club Co-Signers series featuring Herschel Walker. The other cards have Herschel with Anthony Johnson and Rodney Hampton.  I already have those two editions in the collection.

      This particular card is the only one of the three that shows Walker on the reverse side of the card.  I'm up to 588 on the way to 600 different Herschel Walker cards.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Programs from Herschel Walker's Sugar Bowl Appearances

     Herschel Walker appeared in 3 Sugar Bowl games during his career at the University of Georgia.  He finished with a record of 1-2,  winning a National Championship against Notre Dame, in his first shot at the big game.

     Here is the program from that contest:

     Played at the Louisiana Superdome on January 1st, 1981, the Georgia Bulldogs went into the game as the #1 team in the country, against #7 Notre Dame.
     The fighting Irish had a stifling defense, having not allowed a 100 yard rusher all season.  But Georgia had a rusher named Walker that was pretty good.
     It was a good thing too, as Georgia quarterback, Buck Belue finished the game 1 for 12 passing for just 7 yards.
     The youngest starter on the field that day, Walker rushed for 150 yards on 36 carries, and 2 touchdowns.  The rest of the Bulldog offense finished with a negative 30 yards.
     The 17-10 victory gave Georgia their first, and to this date, only National Championship.

     The next year, Georgia would take on the Pittsburgh Panthers.  The #2 Bulldogs were upset by the #8 Panthers, 24-20, as Walker was held under 100 yards, gaining just 84 on 25 carries, though he did have two scores.
     Pittsburgh relied on the rocket arm of Dan Marino, who threw for 3 touchdowns and  passed for 261 yards.
     Not to be forgotten was relatively unheralded running back, Bryan Thomas, who outrushed the Heisman finalist, Walker, by gaining 129 yards on 26 carries.
     Here's the program from that game:

     Finally, Herschel would appear in the Sugar Bowl  for the final time on January 1st, 1983, again at the Louisiana Superdome.
     Georgia would once again go in as the top team in the nation, with a hungry #2 Penn State team, hoping for their first title.
     The Nittany Lions were able to stuff Walker on a crucial two point conversion try late in the game, and held on for a 27-23 win, and the National Championship.
     Once again Walker lost the rushing battle to the other team's running back, as Penn State's Curt Warner had 117 yards on 18 carries, while Herschel gained 103 yards on 28 carries.
     Curt also had two touchdowns to Walker's one.
     This is what that program looked like:
     So in the end, Walker's Sugar Bowl appearances were somewhat disappointing, losing 2 of 3, and being out rushed in the last two, but he did almost single handedly win the first one, to capture the top prize in college football.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

2007 Press Pass Legends Autographs

    Here is yet another Herschel Walker autographed card added to the Hoard.  This is the 2007 Press Pass Legends Autograph card.

    There is also a red ink version of this card, which I also have in my collection.  This is number 587  on the way to my goal of 600.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

2005 Leaf Rookies & Stars Sunday Signatures/ Sun Sigs Gold

   Here are two more autographed Herschel Walker cards for the Hoard.  First is a 2005 Leaf Rookies & Stars Longevity Sunday Signatures:

     This card is number 37 out of 99 issued.  It's numbered 20 in the checklist.   This is the 585th Walker card in my collection.

      I also picked up the gold parallel version of the same card.

     This version is a bit tougher to get, with a total issue of 37.  This example is #16, as shown.

      That brings my total up to 586.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

#584 2012 Upper Deck Exquisite Legacy Signatures

       I've been on a roll lately, and have picked up some nice autographed examples of Herschel Walker cards.

       This is #584, as I work toward my goal of 600 different Walker cards.  A 2012 Upper Deck Exquisite Legacy Signatures EL-HW.

       This card is number 19 out of a serial numbered set of 60.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

2005 Leaf Certified Materials Fabric of the Game Jersey Number

      Here's the latest addition to the Herschel Hoard:

   This is a 2005 Leaf Certified Materials card.  The subset is Fabric of the Game Jersey # FG-32.  The card contains a game used swatch from a jersey worn by Herschel Walker, in an N.F.L. game. The swatch is displayed under a cutout of Walker's uniform number, which was 34.

    Herschel has also autographed the card.  This particular card is #17 out of 34.   This is card 583 on my way to 600.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Herschel Walker Autographed Mini Helmets

     Here is my collection of mini helmets by the Riddell company, which Herschel has autographed.

     These represent all the teams that Walker played with in his football career.   On the Georgia helmet, he has added the '82 Heisman inscription.  On the New Jersey Generals example, hes had noted the 2,411 yards he gained, still a pro football single season record.
      The helmets are shown in chronological order, with Herschel finishing his career back in Dallas in 1997.