30 Day Baseball Card Challenge

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Sports Card Trifecta #22: Walter Jones

Walter Jones is one of the greatest football players in Seattle Seahawks franchise history.  The Hawks drafted him with the 6th overall pick in the 1997 NFL Draft and within a few years he was considered one of the best offensive tackles in the league.  He spent his entire career in Seattle, playing in 180 games and starting in each and every one of them.  During that time he allowed only twenty-three quarterback sacks and was called for holding only nine times.

The guy is a Seattle Seahawks luminary.

And although his Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement won't take place for another six months, this is something I should have done a long time ago.

I present to you guys the newest Sports Card Trifecta to my collection:

Autographed Card:  2007 Topps TX Exclusive Super Bowl Stub #WJ

This is the perfect example of a card company running ahead of the pack for the entire marathon... only to fall flat on their face at the finish line.  This set could have been one of the coolest autographed memorabilia cards in my collection had Topps decided to have the players sign the actual Super Bowl ticket stub, instead of using bandaids.  Oh well... they're still a cool collectible as they celebrate the Hawks' first Super Bowl trip.

Memorabilia Card:  2007 All Pro Relics #WJ

Unlike most NFL superstars... there aren't a lot of Walter Jones memorabilia cards for collectors to choose from.  There were a total of nine different cards produced from 2004 to 2008, so there's hardly any room for me to complain about this "player worn" card.

Rookie Card:  1997 Pinnacle Certified #134

Do you like bargains?  Then look no further, because you won't find a more affordable hall of fame rookie card around.  Outside of his silver Finest and serial numbered Totally Certified, you can typically find any of his other eighteen rookie cards for 25¢ or less.  Unfortunately offensive linemen don't get a lot of hobby love and 1997 was still part of the Junk Wax Era.  That's a lethal combination.

Congratulations Mr. Jones!  Happy Sunday and sayonara!


  1. Very nice! I have very few football cards, less than 100, but my absolute favorite is a Roosevelt Colvin from that same ticket stub set that I snagged from a 3/$5 bin at a show. Great concept, although like you I wish they were on-card.

  2. Defence aren't well represented in cards or love!

  3. His signature is a little hard to read but I'd still take that over a sticker. Congrats on the trifecta.

  4. Nice trifecta of one of the best Tackles to ever play the game.