Monday, February 24, 2020

1992 Wild Card Box Break Series 1 Final 11 Packs Opened

     With 11 packs left from my series 1  Wild Card box, I decided to tear them all open and see what I ended up with.

     Part of the reason is that I also acquired a series 2 box and there are more potential cards of Herschel from that series(Running Wild, Field Force and Stat Smasher striped cards) which I'm looking for.

    In any case, after opening the packs, I found just one more striped card:

   


This is a 10 stripe card of Keith Hamilton.  He played for the Giants his whole career, making one All Pro team.  Unfortunately, he had a lot of legal trouble when his career ended.

Just two wild cards out of an entire box isn't many, but them's the breaks.

I also pulled these Hall of Famers:


The Minister of Defense, Reggie White, along with:


And tremendous cornerback, Aeneas Williams of the Cardinals.

I also pulled the base cards of Emmitt Smith and Thurman Thomas.  I  got their league leader cards in previous pulls.




I'll be breaking open the series 2 box a few packs at a time.  I'll report if I come across any striped cards, and I'll keep it to first ballot hall of famers as far as posting any other cards.

Monday, February 17, 2020

1992 Wild Card Box Break 6 Pack Rip

   

It's time for another pack rip from my 1992 Wild Card Football Series 1 Box Break.

First the bad news.  I did not get a single striped wild card from this six pack rip.  I'm beginning to think these things are rarer than hen's teeth, at least as far as pulling them from unopened packs are concerned.

However, I did manage to pull 25 cards I needed, as I work toward completing, at least the base set.

From pack #1:

No Hall of Famers, but five cards I needed, in the order pulled:  #'s 217,237, 183, 184 and 172.

From pack #2:

Again, no big names, but #'s 222, 228, 157, 158 and 246.   I notice that these cards are really bricking together, so you have to be careful separating them.  I guess that's common with cards from the '90's.

From pack #3:

#'s 155, 208, 204 and my first HOFer from this rip:



#219, standout defensive end, Cortez Kennedy.  I also got #'s 239 and 227 from this pack.

From pack #4:


Cowboys legend, and HOFer, the playmaker, Michael Irvin, wide receiver.
Along with him, I picked up #'s 209, 229 and 216.

From pack # 5:
This was the best rip of the bunch today. First I got:

#207 HOF kicker, Morten Andersen.  He's only the second pure placekicker to be elected, after Jan Stenerud.

Next I got:

Saints HOF linebacker, Rickey Jackson, and last but not least:


All time rushing leader, Emmitt Smith.  From this last pack, I also pulled cards 182 and 220.

From pack #6:

Unfortunately all duplicates.  I did pull Herschel's #63 card, which I've gotten for the third time.

I now have 197 of the 460 cards in the set.  Look for another '92 Wild Card rip next Monday.

Saturday, February 15, 2020

2018 Panini National Tresures Collegiate #13 Printing Plate Cyan One of One

   


This is a one of one printing plate of card #13, showing Herschel Walker, from the 2018 Panini National Treasures Collegiate set.

This is the Cyan version of the four plates available.  Black, Yellow, Cyan and Magenta.  

Two of the four, Magenta, and now Cyan, reside in the Herschel Hoard.

I'm very pleased to add this unique item to my collection.

Monday, February 10, 2020

1992 Wild Card Box Break 6 Pack Rip

    The duplicates are coming fast and furious in my latest '92 Wild Card pack rip.   I ripped six packs this morning and nabbed no wild cards and only one Hall of Fame player:
   


All World offensive lineman, Bruce Matthews.

I now have 171 cards from the 480 card set.   I did get 12 cards today which I didn't already have.  All were commons.  #'s 156, 169, 170, 174, 176, 177, 203, 226, 229, 232, 236 and 238.

I should mention, I did pull a second base card of Herschel Walker.  The image has been previously posted.

Monday, February 3, 2020

1992 Wild Card Box Break 5 Pack Rip

   

My eighth pack in, I finally pulled a wild card:


A 5 stripe of Darryl Williams, a safety, who was a real stud for Jimmy Johnson's Miami Championship teams, but who was kind of quiet in the pros.   He played for the Cincinnati Bengals and Seattle Seahawks, making All Pro with the latter team in 1997.

The best player I pulled out of pack # 1 was:

Right up there with John Hannah and Orlando Pace as one of the best offensive linemen ever.

Pack # 2 was my weakest rip so far.  No Hall of Famers, the best player is probably:

A pretty solid linebacker for the Eagles.  3 Pro Bowls with Philadelphia and a Super Bowl ring at the end of his career with the Denver Broncos.

Pack # 3's best pull:

Hall of Fame wideout,  Tim Brown of the Oakland Raiders.

Pack # 4's best pull:

This is a blog about Herschel, but teamwise, I've always pulled for the Bills.  This era was when they were really good, just not quite good enough.

Hall of Fame runnng back, Thurman Thomas was a big reason why.

Finally in pack #5, I got another HOFer:

Charley Haley, who had stints with both the Dallas Cowboys and the San Francisco 49ers.  He owns 5 Super Bowl rings.

Saturday, February 1, 2020

2013 Upper Deck Ultimate Collection Ultimate Triple Patch #UJ3-JWS

   


I was able to snag another card in  the 2013 Ultimate Collection  Ultimate Triple Patch series.   This card features material swatches from Bo Jackson, Billy Sims and Herschel.

This is the third card from the subset, which is serial numbered to 25.   There are also three triple patch cards with Herschel, which are numbered to just 15, but I haven't come across any as of yet.

Monday, January 27, 2020

1992 Wild Card Box Break 4 Pack Rip

     I ripped open four packs from my 1992 Wild Card Box.   The third pack in, I pulled this:
   


This is Herschel's base card from the set.  This card already resides in the Hoard, as well as being uploaded on the TCDB, but it was still cool to pull.

In addition to Herschel's card, I found three Hall of Famers, and one of a guy who was very similar to Walker, but for injuries and other reasons, never lived up to his potential.

The Pro Football HOFers are:


Derrick Thomas, who played his entire career for the Kansas City Chiefs.  He was considered one of the best pass rushers of all time.   Sadly, he lost his life from injuries sustained in a high speed car crash.   He was posthumously inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2006.

Next is:


Another guy who spent his whole time in the league with one franchise.  Howie Long, the great defensive end with the Raiders. Long made 8 Pro Bowls, was Defensive Player of the Year and was elected to the Hall in 2000.

Then I got a prolific quarterback, who like Walker, spent a long time in a league other than the NFL.


Warren Moon, who was highly decorated coming out of college, yet went undrafted by the NFL, went into the Canadian Football League, and led his Edmonton Eskimos to five straight Grey Cup(their Super Bowl) victories.
Moon went on to a long, successful stint with the Houston Oilers.  He was elected to the Hall in 2006.

Finally, I pulled a guy who was built like, and played, in a very similar way to Herschel.

That is:

Marcus Dupree was a huge running back with blazing speed, just like Walker. He actually broke Walker's national high school record for touchdowns by one, with 87.

Dupree's college recruiting was a national spectacle, just as Walker's had been.  Marcus decided on Oklahoma, after being courted by Heisman winner, Billy Sims.

Like Herschel at Georgia, Dupree had a brilliant freshman season in 1982, but he clashed with head coach, Barry Switzer, who wasn't happy with Dupree's weight gain and lack of conditioning.
Marcus transferred to the University of Southern Mississippi, but because he violated NCAA rules, he was told he would have to sit out the rest of the '83 season, plus the '84 season.

At that point, Dupree entered the USFL, again mirroring Walker's career path.  He played with the New Orleans Breakers, and had several good games, and was popular with the hometown fans as a southern guy who made good.

However, when the team transferred to Portland, Dupree became injured more often, finally sustaining what many believed was a career ending knee injury.

Marcus worked hard to get into shape after being out of football for several years.  He lost 100 pounds, and the L.A. Rams decided to take a chance on him.

The card above shows him during his time with the Rams.  He showed some flashes of his past talent, but by then, it was nearing the end of the road.

Barry Switzer said in his book, Bootlegger's Boy, that Dupree was the best running back, talentwise, he had ever seen, better than Sims, Walker, Jackson or anyone else.

After seven packs, I still haven't found any striped wild cards.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Herschel Hoard Reaches Card #800 2006 Donruss Elite Throwback Threads TT-45

    This is the 800th different Herschel Walker card in the Hoard:

   


The milestone card is a 2006 Donruss Elite Throwback Threads card featuring both Herschel and Daunte Culpepper..  It features a game used swatch from each player and is serial numbered to 30.
This example is #02.

Monday, January 20, 2020

1992 Wild Card Box Break 3 Pack Rip

   I ripped open 3 more packs from the '92 Wild Card box I bought.   No Herschel cards, but I pulled these three, including first, a checklist from the Series 1 set:
   


The checklist shows that Herschel Walker is card #63 in the set.  The back of the card shows how the mail in redemption for striped cards was supposed to work.

The next card is the #1 surprise redemption card.  You could mail this card in for a "surprise package", though I have no idea what that was, and despite trying to find an answer online, could find no one who redeemed one.


Lastly, the best player pulled from the packs was:

Saturday, January 18, 2020

2005 Topps All-American Gold Chrome #51

     


This is the Gold Chrome version of Herschel's #51 card in the 2005 Topps All-American set, featuring college greats.

Walker has at least 18 cards in this set, including autographs, refractors, xfractors and super fractors.  Not to mention, printing plates.

I currently have six of those cards in the Hoard, including three autographed.

The gold chrome, like the regular chrome version, is serial numbered to 555, which you'd think would make it easy to find.  However, I have not seen the gold chrome until recently.

Monday, January 13, 2020

1992 Wild Card Box Break Hunting for Herschel Stripe Cards

     I recently purchased a factory sealed box of 1992 Wild Card Series 1 football cards from my buddy Don on EBay. (seller id ewinglex). He's a recommended seller, especially for cards of this era.

     I got some Herschel Walker Wild Cards from him before, which I have previously posted about.  He had a full box available, so I thought it would be fun to pick it up, and see if I could get lucky and pull a Herschel card that I might not have in the Hoard.

    The Wild Card companies gimmick, which I've also previously discussed, never took off, and the company soon went out of business. However, single player and team collectors still hunt them, especially the striped "wild cards".

     Most feel the 1,000 stripes are the hardest to locate, but that wasn't the case with me in regard to Herschel Walker.  I found two of his 1,000 cards fairly quickly on the secondary market, but I am missing several of his lower numbered striped cards, especially in the subsets, such as Stat Smashers and Running Wild.

     Anyhow, I thought it would be fun to crack a pack a week and see what I find.  So every Monday, I will reveal what I found in that week's pack.

      Here is how the box looked before opening:



         Here is the first single pack I opened:

       From this pack, I found no striped cards.  Most were common players, with  Darrell Green and Steve Atwater being the most famous players of the base cards, save for one.

       That player is:
   


      Check back to see what I find in pack # 2, Monday, January 20th, 2020.