Saturday, November 26, 2022

2005 Topps All American Chrome Refractor #51



          This 2005 Topps All American Chrome Refractor card, features Herschel Walker and is the latest acquisition to join the Hoard.  This series is numbered to 55, with this example being #53.  The serial number can be seen on the card reverse, on the right edge, superimposed over the cartoon.  Also on the reverse, above the #51 in the football, is the word "Refractor".

     This set has a lot of variations.  There is a base card, a regular autographed card and a refractor autographed card. The rest can basically be broken down into two categories.  Chrome or Gold Chrome.  Within that, is a Chrome Refractor card(pictured above) and a Gold Chrome Refractor card. There is also a Chrome X Factor card and a Gold Chrome X Factor card.  The latter is already in the Hoard.

     There are 10 unfilled spaces for varieties of this set, which have yet to be added to the TCDB. Of those, 9 are One of One's, mostly Printing Plates.  There is one 1-5 card still out there, that would be the Chrome X Factor card.  This is a confusing set, to say the least.

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Saturday, November 19, 2022

Top Ten Find! 1997 Score Dallas Cowboys Premiere Club #13




I've been on a lucky run, here at the Herschel Hoard.  In less than two weeks, I've picked up five, brand new Walker cards from a Panini 2022 set.  Then I was able to purchase a One of One, printing plate, from that same set.

Now, I've crossed off another Top Ten Most Wanted card, from my sidebar list.  Above is a 1997 Score Dallas Cowboys #13 Premiere Club card of Herschel, from the 15 card parallel set.  The Cowboys card set had a base set and two parallels.  The Platinum Team edition, which is already in the Hoard and now, the elusive Premiere Club card.  When I say elusive, I mean just that.  I have been searching for this card for over two decades.

It is the first card from the set, which has been uploaded to the TCDB. I searched through some old Beckett Price Guides, but I was unable to find out if Dallas was the only team set produced.  
The Premiere Club logo can be seen in script, both on the front and back of the card, near the bottom.

A new card has replaced this one in my wanted list.  That, being a 1995 Collector's Edge 22K Gold Unnumbered #147.

Finding these rare, 1990's parallel cards are what drives me to continue.  Just when you're ready to give up, one appears.  It's like seeing a unicorn!

Saturday, November 12, 2022

2022 Panini National Treasures Collegiate Printing Plates Black #19



Well, that didn't take long.   Just a week after posting five cards from the 2022 Panini National Treasures Collegiate collection, I was able to buy a One of One Black Printing plate of Herschel Walker, from that very set.

I didn't have to pay a whole heck of a lot for it and the fact that I was able to fill in another 1 of 1 space in Walker's TCDB page, pleases me no end.

For those who may not know, there are four printing plate colors used in the manufacture of most trading cards.  Black, Yellow, Magenta and Cyan.

Friday, November 4, 2022

2022 Panini National Treasures Collegiate #19 Base + Parallels

      After being left out of the 2020 and 2021 Panini sets, Herschel Walker makes a return in the 2022 National Treasures Collegiate set.  This is a 40 card set of college greats.  The base cards are numbered to #99, while the parallels are in the following runs:  Blue-#'d to 75; Silver-#'d to 39; Gold-#'d to 10; Silver-#'d to 5 and Platinum, which is a One of One.  There are also four Printing Plates available, again in 1-1 runs.

     Because the back of the base card and the various parallels are all the same and for the fact that I was able to acquire them within a short period of time, I decided to show them all in one post.  So to begin, here his Walker's base card in the set.



      As mentioned, the reverse is the same on all of them, so I will only show the obverse going forward.

     Here is the Blue, which is numbered to #75


     Next is the Silver parallel.


     Then comes the Gold version:


     And finally, at least to this point, is the Emerald version, which is #'d to just  5.


     So I'm glad to be able to check off several cards from the latest set to feature Herschel.  Who knows? Maybe someday a printing plate will pop up for sale and not be too crazy expensive. Of course, I have  uploaded these images to the Trading Card Database.