Sunday, September 17, 2023

My Latest Three Additions to the Herschel Hoard

      Here are the three newest cards I've added to the Hoard:

          2023 Panini Prizm Draft Picks  Brilliance BR-14



     There are several parallels to collect from this set, at least seven, in the Brilliance line alone.

     Next is the 2023 Panini Select Draft Picks  Select Snapshot SN-14:



       Thus far, the TCDB lists four parallels of this set, but I wouldn't be surprised if there are more and just haven't been added yet.

     Finally, I have the 2023 Panini Immaculate Gold #18:



          Panini has not changed the look of their Immaculate cards for several years.  This is the only card of the three shown today, which is serial numbered.  The Gold is #'d to 10, with this example being #7.

     Obviously, these are collegiate cards, with Walker shown in his Georgia Bulldogs uniform. Some may wonder why a guy who hasn't played college football since the 1980's is in a Draft Picks set. The reason is because Panini always includes some former College legends along with that year's current scholastic players.

Sunday, September 3, 2023

1992 Topps and Topps Gold #188 Asterisk Variations

           On both 1992 Topps and Topps Gold football cards, there are several variations on the back of the card, where the copyright line appears.

          Here is the front and back of Herschel Walker's Gold card:



     If you look on the bottom left of the card back, you'll notice a capital letter, C, right under the Topps logo.

          Here it is blown up:


          However, there is another variation in which there is an asterisk to the right of the C.  See below:


Apparently, the cards in these sets can either be A, B, C, D, E or A*, B*, C* D* or E*.  Herschel's cards only have the C and C* varieties.

I've tried to find out why they were produced this way, to no avail.  Probably something to do with production runs.

As any single player collector knows, you'll never have every card produced for a particular athlete, the One of one cards alone, dictate that. However, these are inexpensive cards and once I became aware of the variation (thanks, as always, TCDB).  I quickly picked up the version I didn't already have in the Hoard. (I already had the asterisk version).