Sunday, July 25, 2010

1994-95 Flair #55 Carl Herrera

Carl Herrera only played basketball for one season at the University of Houston coming from Jacksonville Junior College. That season was 1989-90.

Carl was an all around player. He led the team in scoring (16.7), field goal percentage (.565), free throw percentage (.804), rebounding (9.2), and blocked shots (2.0).

He is in the Career Top 10 in field goal percentage and free throw percentage and Season Top 10 in free throws made.

He was named 1st Team All Southwest Conference and Southwest Conference Newcomer of the Year. He was also an All American Honorable Mention.

Herrera left after his junior year and was selected by the Miami Heat in the 2nd round of the 1990 NBA draft. His NBA career lasted 8 years, his first 4 with the Houston Rockets including both championship seasons. He then played 3 years for the San Antonio Spurs. His final season was split between the Vancouver Grizzlies and Denver Nuggets.

He also competed in the 1992 Olympics for Venezuela with fellow Cougar David Diaz.

Today's card is the 1994-95 Flair #55. This was still in the early days of transitioning from basic products to higher end products. While I thought some of the new products looked nice, at the time, I still wasn't convinced that they were worth the extra money. But when I saw Flair, I found a product worth the extra money.

First there was the card stock. It was 3 or 4 times thicker than regular card stock. That thickness gave the card some weight and strength that other cards didn't have.

Next it had the multiple quality pictures that went to the edge of the card, no borders. A few other brands had that, but it wasn't common and it looks great.

It also had liberal use of gold foil. That seems a little cheesy and basic these days, but at the time very few products had it.

It was just a great looking product in its first year.

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