Card of the Day: Greg Norman 1991 PGA Tour Pro Set #282

How To Spot A Fake Ludwell Denny 1990 Pro Set #338 Promo

The odds of you finding this card out in the wild are about as good as the Phillies calling me up asking if I’d like to play first base. Its not likely to happen.

As I mentioned in my 2021 Leaf Pro Set College Football Blaster Box Break, Ludwell Denny founded Pro Set in 1988. Between 1988 and 1994 Pro Set issued card products for the NFL, NBA, NHL, NASCAR, and PGA Tour. Their parody “Flopps” promo set was about as close as they got to making MLB cards. Outside of sports they made a variety of entertainment products as well. Pro Set went bankrupt after 1994. In February 2021 it was announced that Leaf Trading Cards had acquired the Pro Set trademark, and quickly began using it on their products.

Mr. Denny had a card of himself printed in 1990. Don’t bother ripping through old packs hoping to find it. They were used as promotional handouts. Almost like a business card. Although an official print run was never released, supposedly one sheet amounting to (90) cards was made. How many were actually handed out is a number we will never know.

Pro Set was notorious for their errors, misprints, corrections, short prints, variations, etc… Sometimes I think they did this on purpose just to keep collectors on their toes.

The Ludwell Denny promo card is one die-hard Pro Set collectors would love to add to their collection. I’ve only seen one show up for sale, and it has been on eBay for years with an incredibly high asking price.

No authentic alternate versions of this card are known to exist. No errors, misprints, corrections, short prints, and/or variations. What you see is what you get. However, there are counterfeits floating around.

The differences drastically stick out when an authentic card is placed side-by-side with a counterfeit one.

Characteristics of a counterfeit card include dark coloring on both the front and back.

The font is completely different where it says “Ludwell Denny Head Coach Giants” on the front. Turning the card over you can see the font used for “Ludwell Denny Head Coach” is also quite different. The font used for the card number isn’t correct either.

Counterfeits use a dot instead of a dash to separate the words “Coach” and “Giants” on the front.

Numerous misspellings and grammatical errors totally pollute the description on the back of the counterfeit.

On the back of a counterfeit the words “National Football League Players Association” surround the football image near the bottom. Authentic examples do not have this wording.

Authentic front
Authentic back
Counterfeit front
Counterfeit back

2021 Leaf Pro Set College Football Blaster Box Break

It has been years since I opened a box of Pro Set cards. When I got into collecting in the mid to late 90’s Pro Set was already out of business. But that didn’t stop me from buying older packs.

Pro Set was originally founded by Ludwell Denny in 1988. Between 1988 and 1994 they made licensed cards for the NFL, NHL, NASCAR, and PGA Tour. Their parody “Flopps” set was an attempt at getting into MLB cards in 1992, but that didn’t get very far. Other sports and entertainment properties followed. After 1994 Pro Set went bankrupt.

Leaf Trading Cards announced in February 2021 that they had acquired the Pro Set trademark. Since then the Pro Set name has made a comeback on a variety of products.

This was another impulse buy at Walmart. A 2021 Leaf Pro Set College Football Blaster Box comes with (2) autographs and a 10-card set.

Here is what I pulled:

Autos:

  • Agiye Hall
  • George Karlaftis

10-Card Set:

  • Bryce Young #1
  • C.J. Stroud #2
  • Carson Strong #3
  • D.J. Uiagalelei #4
  • Isaiah Spiller #5
  • Kayvon Thibodeaux #6
  • Malik Willis #7
  • Matt Corral #8
  • Quinn Ewers #9
  • Spencer Rattler #10

Card of the Day: Santa Claus 1995 Pro Line Classic #1

Card of the Day: Lee Elder 1991 Pro Set PGA Tour #226

Card of the Day: Walter Payton 1991 Pro Set NFL Team 34 #1

Card of the Day: Fred Marion 1990 Pro Set #204

2021 Topps Pro Debut Baseball Hobby Box Break & Review

Collector Type: Set/Autograph/MiLB Fans

I’ve been attending MiLB games for years. Mainly focusing on days where they giveaway bobbleheads. This year I was able to attend a few Harrisburg Senators games. In June they gave out a bobblehead of Trea Turner, and in August a bobblehead of Ryan Zimmerman.

It all depends on where you live. But I think more fans have access to attending MiLB games versus MLB. I know that’s the case for me.

MiLB products such as Topps Pro Debut showcase key players from the present and past who have played for those teams which are in your backyard. This continues in 2021.

The base set consists of (200) cards. Parallels include Blue #’ed/150, Green #’ed/99, Gold #’ed/50, Orange #’ed/25, Red #’ed/10, and Black #’ed 1/1.

If opening an HTA Jumbo box the 200-card base set has Chrome counterparts. Parallels for those include Refractor #’ed/99, Aqua #’ed/75, Gold #’ed/50, Orange #’ed/25, Red #’ed/5, and SuperFractor #’ed 1/1. I especially enjoy the way these look on the cards which utilize the 1991 Topps Baseball design. Will we see a Sapphire Edition?

Photo variations are tough pulls. Finding one in a hobby box falls 1:340 packs. The best way to identify them is to check the CMP codes:

  • Base – #758
  • Variation – #784

Autographs include Base Autographs, Future Cornerstones Autographs, Major Scale Autographs, MiLB Legends Autographs, and The Cogeneration Autographs.

Inserts include Major Scale, MiLB Legends, The Cogeneration, and Make Your Pro Debut Winner.

My personal favorite cards out of this year’s set are the MiLB Legends inserts. Scott Rolen in his Reading Phillies uniform, Vladimir Guerrero in his Harrisburg Senators uniform, and Todd Helton in his New Haven Ravens uniform all bring back memories to when I really got into this hobby.

The hobby is currently on fire. It might be the hottest it has ever been. A hobby box yields (4) autographs, and costs $100. One of the more affordable options right now if you’re looking to purchase a box.

Checklist

Here is what I pulled:

Autos:

  • Nick Loftin
  • Landon Knack
  • Yordys Valdes
  • Justin Toerner Blue #’ed/150

Parallels:

  • David Calabrese Blue #’ed/150

Photo Variation:

  • Adley Rutschman #2

Inserts:

  • Hank Aaron MiLB Legends
  • Miguel Tejada MiLB Legends
  • Chipper Jones MiLB Legends
  • Nomar Garciaparra MiLB Legends
  • Bobby Witt Jr. The Cogeneration
  • Wander Franco The Cogeneration
  • Grayson Rodriguez The Cogeneration
  • Hunter Greene The Cogeneration
  • Adley Rutschman Major Scale
  • Wander Franco Major Scale
  • Jeff Whitworth Make Your Pro Debut Winner

Card of the Day: John Daly 1992 Pro Set Golf #10

Card of the Day: Jim Tunney 1991 Pro Set #355