Sunday, February 24, 2019

2018 Panini National Treasures Collegiate Century Gold #33

     I picked up this parallel from the 2018 Panini National Treasures Collegiate set.   This is the Century Gold card, which is serial numbered to 10, this one being #6.   Also in the Hoard, along with the base card, is the Century Emerald version(#'d to 5) and a Printing Plate(one of one).

      I am still lacking the Century Silver(#'d to 49) , the Century Red(#'d to 25) and the Century Black(one of one).  Bear in mind this is only the parallel versions for Walker's card #33.  There is also a card #13 of Herschel in this set.  The front has a different pose, but the available parallels are the same.

Sunday, February 17, 2019

1997 Destiny Telecom Pro Football Elite Series Men of Destiny Phone Card # 28 Gold Series


A few posts back, I discussed the1997 Telecom phone card. This is the gold series version. Herschel is #28 in the set of 100 as before, the difference is the Gold Series designation on the front, and the fact that this card is serial #'d to 1,000, whereas the base card was serial #'d to 4,000.

Sunday, February 10, 2019

1997 Fleer Million Dollar Moments Cards and Contest

   In 1997, Fleer ran a contest using their Million Dollar Moments set.  I wasn't sure exactly how it worked, but Ryan from the TCDB filled me in.  The contest ran in the baseball set as well, but we'll be discussing only football here, and Herschel Walker's cards in the set specifically.

     To begin with, the front of the card featured the player, and a specific highlight from his career. Here is Herschel's card, which is #12 in the set.

The front does not change(save for one instance) but the back does, depending on what you have. Let me explain. The set consisted of cards #1-50, however cards # 46-50 were extremely short printed, and extremely rare. These last five cards were the contest winner cards. If you pulled #'s 46-49, you could exchange them(plus cards #1-45) for various prizes, including $1,000 hobby shopping sprees. There was supposedly a $1,000,000 grand prize, paid in $50,000 over 20 years, but you needed to pull all five of the contest cards #46-50 to collect.  I don't believe anyone ever did.

The back of the card, pulled directly from a pack, would look like this:

There was also an NPN (no purchase  neccesary) on the card backs, in which you would fill out your name and address, send it to Fleer and receive cards #'d 1-45. The catch is, these cards had blank fronts.

In addition, you could send in cards #'d 1-45, along with $5.95, and receive a complete set, including the last five contest cards. But to insure that the cards you received were no longer eligible for the contest, the backs were stamped thusly:

You did get the original cards #'d 1-45 back that you sent in, but to make sure you didn't send the same cards in over and over, Fleer stamped this on your original cards:

There was also believed to be instant win cards inserted, and they are mentioned in the contest rules, but Ryan told me he has never seen an example.

The rarest cards in this set would be #46-Thurman Thomas; #47-Ken Stabler; #48-Emmitt Smith; #49-Jim Brown and #50-Eddie George. But the back of each card would have to say: "You're one step closer to winning $1,000,000".  I believe this is how it worked, but if  anyone thinks I'm in error, please let me know.

Sunday, February 3, 2019

2011 Upper Deck Exquisite Masterpieces #M-HW


This is an interesting four sided card, which opens up like a book. The top image represents the "inside" view and the bottom image would be the front and back "cover".
The Masterpieces set was part of Upper Deck's 2011 Exquisite line.  It was an 18 card set of college football legends. Each card features an image of a painting of the player in a frame, along with an autograph.
The Walker cards are serial numbered to 25, with this example being #8.  I'm pleased to add this card to the Herschel Hoard.