Under The Tree: 1997 Best Heroes Of The Gridiron Action Figures

Best was the go-to manufacturer in the 90’s and early 2000’s when it came to MiLB licensed cards.  They were based out of Austell, Georgia, and issued some nice stuff.  In my mind they never rose to the level of importance like some of the other manufacturers.  Today they are no longer around.

Its normal for card companies to try out different ideas.  In 1997, Best took a shot at officially licensed college football action figures.  Each figure measures 6.5″ tall, and comes with a removable helmet.  The checklist for the 1997 set consists of (12) players:

  • Herschel Walker – Georgia
  • Errict Rhett – Florida
  • Reggie White – Tennessee
  • Derrick Thomas – Florida State
  • Brett Favre – Southern Miss
  • Ki Jana Carter – Penn State
  • Dan Marino – Pittsburgh
  • Rod Woodson – Purdue
  • Marshall Faulk – San Diego State
  • Herman Moore – Virginia
  • Desmond Howard – Michigan
  • Deion Sanders – Florida State

At the time of their release, Stating Lineup was still the king of sports figures.  Best’s Heroes Of The Gridiron were a little easier to play with though because of their full articulation.  Best released another set of figures in 1998 under the same name.  That set has (18) figures in it.

The line of figures released by Best never really took off like Starting Lineup did.  All of the figures made by Best can easily be found for $5 to $10.  I’m sure there were some football fans who had these waiting under the Christmas tree for them back in ’97 and ’98.

Card of the Day: Jim Thorpe 2018 Topps Allen & Ginter Indigenous Heroes Mini #21

Card of the Day: Willie O’Ree 2006-07 ITG Heroes & Prospects #6

Card of the Day: Pat Tillman 2001 Fleer Tradition Unsung Heroes #325

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13-14 ITG Heroes & Prospects Jersey Contest Winner Announced

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Congrats to Jamie Baldwin on being the lucky winner of the Jaedon Descheneau 13-14 ITG Heroes & Prospects Subway Super Series Black Version Jersey.  Once Jamie Baldwin sends me his mailing address, I will ship this card ASAP.  Thanks!

13-14 ITG Heroes & Prospects Jersey Contest! – NOW CLOSED

This contest is for a Jaedon Descheneau 2013-14 ITG Heroes & Prospects Subway Super Series Black Version Jersey.  Good luck!!!

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Contest Details:

  • This contest will end Friday, February 14, 2014 @ 8:00 p.m. EST.
  • To enter, please leave a comment in this post.
  • You can enter once per day.
  • The winner will be selected at random.
  • Please provide a valid e-mail address when entering.
  • The winner will receive an e-mail when the contest is over.
  • The winner has one week to send me their contact information or the contest will be held again.
  • Once the contest is over, I will need the winner’s mailing address so I can ship them this card for FREE!!!

2013-14 ITG Heroes & Prospects Box Break & Review

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The 3D cards are still my favorite part of this product.  They just look so darn good.  I swear it looks as if you could reach right inside the card and touch the ice.  The base set looks very similar to previous releases, as do many of the autographs and relics.  This being the 10th Anniversary of the Heroes & Prospects brand, In The Game created a special 45-card insert set that resembles many of the base cards found in the 2004-05 set.  White boxes still stand out on most of the autographs, but ITG has been using those forever.

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Boxes are currently selling for $80.00.

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On average you’ll find (2) autographs and (2) relics per box, but there is a good chance for you to pull more.  ITG sure does load up on the “hits” with this product.

I pulled the following:

Autos

  • William Nylander Class Of 2014 Heroes And Prospects Auto
  • Clark Bishop Class Of 2014 Heroes And Prospects Auto
  • Ryan Hartman Heroes And Prospects Auto

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Relics

  • Jaedon Deschenaeu Subway Super Series Jersey Black Version
  • Jonathan Drouin Subway Super Series 2-Color Patch Black Version
  • Vladimir Tarasenko 10th Anniversary Jersey 1 of 70

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Inserts

  • Josh Ho-Sang Class of 2014 3D #196
  • Brendan Lemieux Class of 2014 3D #153
  • Brayden Point Class of 2014 3D #172
  • Brendan Gaunce Heroes And Prospects 10th Anniversary #T-03
  • Josh Morrissey Heroes And Prospects 10th Anniversary #T-34
  • Spencer Martin Heroes And Prospects 10th Anniversary #T-25

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International Prospects

  • Jacob de la Rose #117
  • Alexander Wennberg #115
  • Robert Hagg #120
  • Elias Lindholm #116
  • Rasmus Ristolainen #119
  • Tomas Hertl #121
  • Adam Ollas Mattsson #112
  • Alexander Protapovich #114
  • Marcus Pettersson #111
  • Aleksander Barkov #118

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CHL Rookies

  • Dylan Strome #96
  • Sean Day #101
  • Nikita Yazkov #108
  • Matt Spencer #104
  • Sergei Boikov #94
  • Ivan Nikolishin #97
  • Rihards Bukarts #91
  • Mathew Barzal #106
  • Travis Konecny #103
  • Ty Edmonds #99
  • Nicolas Roy #93
  • Ty Ronning #110
  • Anthony Beauvillier #107
  • Anthony Brodeur #98
  • Adam Musil #105
  • Mitchell Marner #100
  • Dmitri Osipov #109
  • Daniel Sprong #92

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Overall, I give 2013-14 ITG Heroes & Prospects 3.5 ice cubes out of 5 (1=poor & 5=perfect).  Ten years is a major accomplishment for a brand.  Congrats ITG!!!

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Orioles Hometown Heroes Auto Contest Winner Announced

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Congrats to Marc on being the lucky winner of the Mike Boddicker 2013 Panini Hometown Heroes – City Hall Auto.  Once Marc sends me his mailing address, I will ship this card ASAP.  Thanks!

Orioles Hometown Heroes Auto Contest! – NOW CLOSED

This contest is for a Mike Boddicker 2013 Panini Hometown Heroes – City Hall Auto.  I never heard back from the collector who won this card before, so it is up for grabs again.  Good luck!!!

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Contest Details:

  • This contest will end Friday, December 20, 2013 @ 8:00 p.m. EST.
  • To enter, please leave a comment in this post.
  • You can enter once per day.
  • The winner will be selected at random.
  • Please provide a valid e-mail address when entering.
  • The winner will receive an e-mail when the contest is over.
  • The winner has one week to send me their contact information or the contest will be held again.
  • Once the contest is over, I will need the winner’s mailing address so I can ship them this card for FREE!!!

Orioles Hometown Heroes Auto Contest Winner Announced

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Congrats to Ryan Padden on being the lucky winner of the Mike Boddicker 2013 Panini Hometown Heroes – City Hall Auto.  Once Ryan Padden sends me their mailing address, I will ship this card ASAP.  Thanks!