2019 Leaf In the Game Used -Franchise Favorites 6 Relics Purple # FRF 15
This is another new entry from Leaf, which I'm on the lookout for to add to the Hoard. This card features 6 Dallas legends: Emmitt Smith, Troy Aikman, Bob Lilly, Michael Irvin, Bob Hayes and Herschel Walker.
This is the Purple version, shown here and serial numbered to 20. The serial # is hard to see on this image, but it is in the lower middle, between the names of Hayes and Walker.
There are at least 6 versions of this card in addition to purple. Gold, silver, magenta, platinum blue, red and a base relics card.
This is a high end card from the 2012 Upper Deck Exquisite Legacy Bookmark line. The card, or cards really, has four sides and opens up like a little book.
Above is what you'd see as the front cover if it was closed. As can be seen, it features both Bo Jackson and Herschel on the cover. You can also see that it's serial numbered to just 10, with this example being #2.
When the card is opened up, both players autographs and jersey swatches are revealed:
Finally, on the back cover, we have this:
I was always a big fan of Bo as well as Herschel, so I am pleased to be able to add this fancy card of two Heisman winners to the Herschel Hoard.
I thought I would return to my Seek of the Week feature, which I have discussed before. This is where I post a photo of a card front, which is not currently in the Hoard, but is on my radar.
The images are courtesy of COMC. Check out my cards.com. The featured card this week is:
This is a 2008 Upper Deck Ultimate Collection Ultimate Eight Jersey # UEJ7. The card features jersey swatches of 8 popular Dallas Cowboys players, including Emmitt Smith, Troy Aikman, Roger Staubach, Tony Romo, Marion Barber, Terrell Owens, Felix Jones and of course, our man, Herschel Walker.
This card image, and most other SOTW images are from COMC's sold out section. Meaning, the cards aren't available for sale at the present time. I can only get an image of the card fronts, so I couldn't show Walker, who is on the reverse of this one.
The card is serial numbered to 10. I hope it someday makes its way into the Hoard.
I'm really not big on checklists at the Hoard, but because this card features a photo of Herschel Walker and Dave Rimington, I decided to post it.
There were 15 different box bottom cards, not including the checklist, which featured two players of the era on one card. Herschel and Nebraska legendary center, Dave Rimington can be seen on the checklist front, in the second row, third card down.
The checklists are not numbered, but are lettered. The "P" in this example can be seen in the top left corner of the card back.
I have the two player card in the Hoard already, but I am seeking what is known as a box bottom panels card of Walker. This was a four card set. Herschel is shown along with Rimington, Jim Plunkett, Randy White, Charles White, Jim Ritcher, Brad Budde and Bruce Clark.
In keeping with the Panini Flawless theme, here is the 2018 Panini Flawless Platinum card, from the sealed, encased Flawless line.
This card is a one of one, which can be seen in script, just to the right of the word Flawless, on the card front. The Hoard needs only the Emerald(serial #'d to 5) and the Canary Yellow(serial #'d to 3), to complete Herschel's run in the set.
The Herschel Hoard is pleased to add another One of One Printing Plate. This is the Yellow Plate from the 2018 Panini National Treasures Collegiate set. Herschel has two different card #'s in this set, 13 and 33. This is the third printing plate from this series that I own.
I am very pleased to add this tough to find card to the Herschel Hoard. This is a 1994 Stadium Club Super Bowl Embossed card, #33 of Herschel Walker. This card was initially available at the January 1995 Super Bowl card show in Miami.
The Super Bowl XXIX logo is embossed on the card front, just above the RB. Unlike the Super Teams cards from this set, the logos are not in gold foil, and you almost have to have the card in hand in order to see the embossing.
Here is the blurb on the card from Beckett: "Collectors who attended the 1995 N.F.L. Experience Super Bowl Card Show in Miami could trade five Topps products wrappers for a 5-card cellophane pack of this issue. The cards are essentially a parallel to the 1994 Stadium Club release embossed with the XXIX Super Bowl logo in the lower left corner of the card front. Just the first two series of the set were issued with this embossed logo. Note that the embossed logo does not contain gold foil like the Super Teams Super Bowl redemption cards."
These cards don't pop up very often, so it's a great find for me.
The Herschel Hoard acquired this sharp game used memorabilia card from 2015. It is part of the Panini Immaculate Immaculate Numbers set. Herschel Walker's card # in the set is 43. This card is serial numbered to 99, with this being #52.
The Herschel Hoard welcomes another from the 2019 Leaf Ultimate Sports Ultimate Memorabilia 8 set. I already have one of these cards, which features jersey swatches from 8 Dallas Cowboy greats. Herschel is there, along with Emmitt Smith, Drew Pearson, Bob Lilly, Tony Dorsett, Bob Hayes, Troy Aikman and Michael Irvin.
The other card from this set, the purple edition, which is in the Hoard, was serial numbered to 12. This one is numbered through 25, with this being #7. The serial numbers are on the card front, in the black border on the right.
I was able to obtain another card of Herschel Walker from this set, which has plenty to choose from. The 2006 Playoff Absolute Memorabilia Tools of the Trade featured, Material cards, with a game worn item swatch; Double Material, with two swatches, as well as cards with no swatches in Black, Black Spectrum, Blue and Blue Spectrum.
The Tools of the Trade cards with memorabilia swatches were: Black Spectrum, Double Black Spectrum, Blue, Double Blue Spectrum and Material Red and Double Material Red.
The card shown is the Material Red, with a single swatch. These were serial numbered to 100, with this example being # 16.
From what I can tell, there are 12 possible different Walker cards in this set, of which 5 are in the Hoard. They don't come up for sale too often.
I was able to pick up the second of three of the 2019 Score 30th anniversary buyback cards, as discussed in a previous post. This is card #331S. I only lack card #34 to have all of Herschel's cards in the set.
After a long wait, the space for this 386 card subset from the 2019 Panini Contenders Draft Picks Collegiate set, was finally created at the TCDB. This is the blue foil version of Herschel's card. There is also a red foil version.
Before I show this card, I have to say that this Silver parallel is one that I have been hunting for quite a few years. I got it from a guy on Sportslots. It took a long time to get to me, but it was worth the wait, as I was finally able to fill a long empty space on the TCDB.
I already had Herschel's base '97 Invincible card, along with the parallels of the Copper, Platinum Blue, and Red. All these sets have 150 card apiece. I don't know why it took so long for me to come across one of these, as there are several Silver parallels of other players shown on the database. However, the Silver has always eluded me. Until now. Here is how it looks:
Now this image brings me to another point. On the Trading Card Data Base, guys earn points for various things, but in essence, the more cards you upload, the more points you earn. The more points you have, the quicker you can move up the ladder as far as uploading your own images, adding checklists, etc.
I am at the point where I can add my own scans, but other than that, I really don't care how many points I acquire.
This leads me to a pet peeve about how some use the site. Many of these parallel cards, especially in the '90's had the same back, but different fronts. Some guys will add all the backs, whether or not it is the true parallel or not. In this case, if you look on the site for this card, you will see a slight difference in background color behind the players face in the shield portion of the card.
The reason for this is that the actual background of the shield portion is clear, and depending on whether or not you put a piece of construction paper over the card; and depending on what color that construction paper is, the images will vary slightly. My background paper was a bit lighter than the card back scan, which was put up three years ago. The reason for the background paper is that some cards, especially those with white borders, will get washed out, and will not show up without a dark background.
Here is an image of the same card, with just my white scanner "roof" for the shield background:
This is why I which collectors would only scan a card if they have the actual card that is meant for that space. Ok, rant over. On a positive note, I'm very pleased to add this baby to the Herschel Hoard.
I checked my mailbox yesterday, and was pleased to find one of the cards I have been waiting for. This is a 1991 Pinnacle Promo Panel featuring four players together as a way to show off the cards in the then upcoming '91 Pinnacle set.
I had no clue about these panel cards. I've been a member of the TCDB since 2013, and only within the last few months has a new space been created for this item. I'm pleased to be able to fill it.
I went online, and came across a blog from a guy who collects Rod Woodson cards. There I learned that these 4 card panels were originally introduced and distributed at the Super Bowl XXVI card show, Jan 20-26, 1992. The total # of the 5" x 7" panels in the set appears to be 25.
The image on each players card is exactly the same as the base card in the 415 card '92 Pinnacle set.
Herschel shares his panel with John Offerdahl, a great inside linebacker who played his entire career with the Miami Dolphins. I remember him stuffing Bo Jackson twice in the 1985 Senior Bowl, once at the goal line.
Then there is Louis Lipps, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver. Though not a Steeler fan, I live in Steeler country, and remember what a fan favorite he was.
Former first round draft pick, Jeff George was a bit of a head case, many remember his famous sideline meltdown with June Jones when he was with Atlanta. But what I remember about the guy, was the was he would drop back, and with an almost effortless, flick of the wrist, throw the ball 60 or 70 yards downfield.
As I've mentioned before, finding a card from Herschel's playing days, which I didn't previously own, gives me as much pleasure as any aspect of my collecting hobby.
Before I describe this card, I'd like to mention that things have been a little slow here at the Herschel Hoard. Since my last post, I have not been able to come across any Herschel cards which I did not previously own, or that were not ridiculously expensive.
Things did break for me within the last couple of weeks, as I located two cards from Herschel's playing days, which I did not have previously. One of these is a card I knew nothing about until a new space was created for it on the Trading Card Data Base. The other was a parallel from a set, which I was aware of, but was never able to locate. Though these two cards were not on my most wanted list, they could have easily made the grade.
While I await these cards in the mail, I picked up a 2019 Score Buyback card of Herschel off of EBay.
The way the Buyback gimmick works, is that a card company, in this case, Score buys up original trading cards on the secondary market, and in most cases marks the cards with a special stamp.
Usually this is done for an anniversary of some kind. In this case, it's the 30th anniversary of the original year issue.
The stamp can be seen right above SPEEDBURNER on the card front. This subset featured some of the fastest players in the NFL at that time. The total # of cards in the set is 440, which of course, was the total # in the 1989 set.
Herschel has two other cards in the set. #34, and #331S. The feelings are mixed on buybacks. Many collectors dislike them, as they feel they the stamp mars the original card, and that it's just another chase gimmick, which it kind of is.
As a single player collector however, the chase is what it's all about. If you're realistic about the fact that you'll never own everything available and you watch your budget, adding different cards to your collection, no matter how slight the difference, can be fun.
I was able to add this parallel to the Hoard after much searching. This is the Century Red card of Herschel, from the 2018 Panini National Treasures Collegiate Set.
This card is serial numbered to 25, with this being #22. It's funny how sometimes cards with extremely low serial runs, even one of one's, seem to come up for sale more quickly than the higher numbered runs.
Such was the case here, but I can now chock it off my want list.
This is Leaf's 2019 look at multi-player game used memorabilia cards. Herschel is featured in this set in a couple different ways.
The card above features eight different former Dallas Cowboys stars, with a game used jersey swatch representing each player. Herschel Walker shares the card with Emmitt Smith, Drew Pearson, Bob Lilly, Tony Dorsett, Bob Hayes, Troy Aikman and Michael Irvin.
The Purple parallel shown above is serial numbered to 12. This card is #4. The serial number can be seen in the black border of the right side of the card front.
There are also the following: Base-#'d to 25; Platinum-#'d to 5; Red -#'d to 3; Silver-#'d to 2 and Gold-#'d to 1.
In addition, there is also an Ultimate Sports Ultimate Patch 4 version. In that set, Walker is featured with three other Heisman Trophy winners. However, I doubt I will be seeking out any of those cards.
It's because of my own personal bias, but one of the other former Heisman winners is O.J. Simpson. I just can't , in good conscience, collect cards of a person that I believe, murdered two people.
That's not to say that there aren't some people in my collection with off field issues. Michael Irvin, for example, had some shady behavior, to say the least, but the Simpson thing, especially as a Bills fan, will always stick in my craw.
That said, I do own two Simpson cards. I'm trying to complete a 1973 Topps football set, and he is featured twice in that set, and I do have those cards. However, I doubt I would ever spend money on any more Simpson cards.
A quick shout out to the two other Heisman winners who are featured with Herschel. Earl Campbell and Eddie George. I admire and respect both those guys.
After nabbing this Cyan Printing Plate from Herschel's entry in the 2015 Panini National Treasures set, the Hoard now owns three of the four plates. Black, Magenta and Cyan. Only the Yellow version is not yet in the collection.
Like all printing plates, these are one of one issues.
This is the "Cracked Ice" version of the base set from 2019 Panini Contenders Draft Picks Collegiate. Like the Bowl Ticket parallel, nowhere on the card are the words, "cracked ice". The only thing that differentiates each parallel is the serial run.
Again, they're very hard to see on a scan. The numbers are on the front, just to the right of the Panini Contenders logo. Cracked Ice is numbered to 23, this particular card is #15.