The Daily: 1990 Pro Set Vince Lombardi Trophy Hologram

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1990 Pro Set Vince Lombardi Hologram

The Card: 1990 Pro Set Vince Lombardi Trophy Hologram

On Sunday, Super Bowl LII goes down. And it’ll either be Tom Brady and the Patriots adding another page to their dynasty or Nick Foles helping the Eagles finish the job that Carson Wentz started.

No matter the way things finish and who raises the Vince Lombardi Trophy, there are plenty of angles to come at it, all of which makes for an exciting game. At least on paper. Once the kickoff takes place, you never know how it’s going to play out. And even if the Eagles jump out to a big lead, like 28-3, the Patriots could still find a way to win.

While we’re looking at the Super Bowl and the Vince Lombardi Trophy, February 2 also marks an important date in Lombardi’s legend. It was on this day in 1959 that he signed on as the coach with the Green Bay Packers.

And when they go on to name the sport’s biggest trophy in your honor, you know you’re doing something right.

When it comes to early inserts, the 1990 Pro Set Vince Lombardi Trophy Hologram is the thing of legend. Yes, it has 10,000 copies. And that’s a lot — by today’s standards. But we’re talking about 1990 Pro Set Football.

This is a card of mythical proportions. Finding one was like striking gold. Add to that, it’s a hologram — the original cardboard sparkle.

When it comes to value, most Pro Set cards haven’t held up. But the 1990 Vince Lombardi Trophy Hologram is one that has. It’s one of those transcendent cards fuelled by rarity (for the time) and being the chase for a generation of collectors.

Comments? Questions? Contact Ryan Cracknell on Twitter @tradercracks or by email.

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Ryan Cracknell

A collector for much of his life, Ryan focuses primarily on building sets, Montreal Expos and interesting cards. He's also got one of the most comprehensive collections of John Jaha cards in existence (not that there are a lot of them). Got a question, story idea or want to get in touch? You can reach him by email and through Twitter @tradercracks.

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  1. David Johnson 2 February, 2018 at 11:54

    This was a very brief write-up on the card itself. How about showing the back of the card and it’s condition sensitivity (I have seen a bunch with peeling backs, whitening along the back edges, etc). Also, note that the cards are actually hand serial numbered “XXXX of 10M”, but there are some out there that weren’t serial numbered. It would be also nice to note that Pro Set gave unnumbered copies of the card out to NFL executives (some of which actually had the person’s name written in the place of the serial number).
    There is a lot of info on this card that could’ve been shared instead of simply stating that it was the chase card for a generation and talking about the trophy and coach instead of focusing on the card itself.

    • Ryan Cracknell 2 February, 2018 at 13:15

      @David — Yes, there is a lot that can be said about the card. But that isn’t the intent with The Daily. It’s meant to be a quick piece connecting a card with a timely event.

  2. Pete Sirr 2 February, 2018 at 15:25

    There’s actually only 9,999 serial numbered versions left.

    Back in 1990 we had one at our sports card store that we bought off a customer who pulled it.

    It was in a screw down holder (that’s what we did with high dollar cards back then) and proudly displayed in our showcase. It was like a holy trail, everyone talked about it in the store.

    Every night we hid it in the microwave in the back room in case of a break-in. They were going for around a grand and that was an astronomical figure back then.

    Anyhow, one day my Grandfather had to open the store up for us (for reasons I can’t remember) and he brought a coffee from home that needed warming up…. so he naturally put it in the microwave for a minute.

    The plastic melted and the card was destroyed.. we were actually lucky it didn’t catch fire. I’ll never forget the look on my Grandfather’s face when he had to break the news to us.

    The lesson to be learned here is that microwaves should never be used as a safe!!

  3. JMS 23 March, 2019 at 19:38

    I have one of these cards. Purchased a box at Costco back in 1990 and found the card. Still have it tucked away in my safe. It’s been in a hard case since the day I opened it. I think it numbered 283 of 10M. Thanks for the write up.

  4. Larry Carlson 7 December, 2022 at 19:54

    We do need a lot more information written up on this famous rare card. Population reports would cement it in history. I do appreciate your write ups and understand your position. But isn’t, as a journalist, locked away in your DNA to go just that little bit more and roll the dice on what (will, back then) has become a a card on most every collectors Geiger counter of cards?! When a card, in 1990 comes out as a hologram with a limited supply, that should of sent up fireworks in everyone, collector and non collector alike in my book. Especially after the run away of card production in all sports cards from the early 1980’s. I’m still trying to get one. That card will complete my 1990
    Proset completely. Every card made during that year. I’m still looking but some day I’ll add it. Great comments guys and great report my friend on a super sleeper card.
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  5. Eddie 4 November, 2023 at 02:37

    I got one Vince lombardi trophy card number 24 of 10k. Every card I see on eBay is number like 274 of 10m why are they different?

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