Monday, July 31, 2017

#598 2005 Topps All American Gold Chrome Xfractor #51

          A fancy parallel of the 2005 Topps All American set, this Gold Chrome Xfractor card is serial numbered to 5.   It is the 598th different Herschel Walker card in the Hoard.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Herschel on Street and Smith's College Football Yearbook

     For years, Street and Smith's College Football Yearbook magazine was what diehard college football fans turned to for a review of the previous season, and a preview of the upcoming year in college football.

    Herschel Walker graced the cover twice.  First, on the 1981 issue, after bursting on the scene in 1980.  He shared the cover with legendary Alabama coach, Paul Bear Bryant.

But he got the cover to himself,
the following year.

Notice the fairly large increase in price, from $1.95 to $2.50, in just one year.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Herschel on Guideposts Magazine October, 1982


          Guideposts is a faith based magazine founded by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, in 1945.  It often features inspirational stories from celebrities and athletes.
          As Herschel is a devout Christian, it's no surprise that he made the cover on this issue dated, October, 1982.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

2013 Fleer Retro E-X Century Essential Credential Future #27

     This is card #597.  I'm only 3 away from my goal of 600 different Herschel Walker cards in the Hoard.
       Depicted is a 2013 Fleer Retro E-X Century Essential Credentials Future card of Herschel Walker.  The card is serial numbered 15 out of 16.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

1987 Dallas Cowboys Media Guide

     Though Tony Dorsett and Herschel Walker both appear on the cover of this 1987 Dallas Cowboys Media Guide, it wouldn't be long before only one would be in the Cowboys backfield.

       Despite his unquestioned success as a running back for Dallas, by 1985, Dorsett had achieved the reputation of a malcontent.  He held out prior to the '85 season, and was angered when defensive player, Randy White signed for a large contract.

      When the USFL folded, and Herschel was signed by the Cowboys to a $5 million, five year deal, Dorsett went public with his complaints.  He was getting less.  $4.5 million to be exact, for the same number of years.

       Having brought a Super Bowl win to Dallas in his rookie year, Dorsett seems to have had a point. But at the time, Walker was younger, bigger, just as fast, if not faster; and more importantly, seemed to fit the image of the Cowboys, wherein, you just shut up, and do your job.

     Reportedly, Dorsett liked Walker on a personal level, but couldn't tolerate what he considered being disrespected by the Cowboys.  On November 22, 1987, things came to a head when Dorsett was essentially benched in a game against the Miami Dolphins, for the first time in his career.

     He quickly demanded to be traded, and soon got his wish.  After 11 seasons with Dallas, he was traded to the Denver Broncos.  He played parts of the next two seasons with the Broncos, but injuries limited his production, and he retired not long after, in what was a Hall of Fame career.

     Herschel became the feature back for Dallas, and would lead the team in rushing the next two seasons, before leaving for Minnesota in the infamous trade that built the Dallas dynasty in the 1990's.