Nebraska 7-year-old Jack Hoffman Autographed 2013 Upper Deck Star Rookie Card
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Nebraska 7-year-old Jack Hoffman Autographed 2013 Upper Deck Star Rookie Card:
First and foremost, this sale is officially approved and endorsed by the Team Jack Foundation and the Hoffman family.
- Andy Hoffman, Jack's father
More information about the Team Jack Foundation is available at: www.TeamJackFoundation.org
In this sale, you are offerding on one blow-up size promotional card which is hand-numbered #1/3. The blow-upcardmeasures approximately 13.5" x 19" and was personally signed by 7-year-old Jack Hoffman. Theblow-up card is printed on foamboard (not regular card stock)and the back of the blow-up card is blank. This blow-upcard came directly from The Upper Deck Company. The winning buyer will also receive a Certificate of Authenticity from Prep 2 Pro Sports.
This is the first blow-up card available to the Jack Hoffman…
Fatefully, on April 22, 2011, Jack was life-flighted to Children's Hospital Omaha after suffering a life threatening seizure. A subsequent MRI showed a mass in the left temporal lobe of his brain. On May 20, 2011, Jack underwent surgery for the removal of a brain tumor next to his brain stem. The surgery was unsuccessful as only a small amount of the tumor was removed. The remaining tumor was declared inoperable. During the spring, summer and fall months of 2011, Jack battled the onset of Secondary Epilepsy, a condition caused by the tumor. During this time, Jack suffered frequent partial seizures, sometimes up to 11 a day. The seizures persisted despite high dosages of two anti-seizure medications.
Specialists at Children's Hospital Boston were consulted in August 2011. Pediatric Neurosurgeon Liliana Goumnerova indicated that she felt she could safely resect the remaining tumor, and at the same time achieve seizure relief by using intraoperative electrocorticography. Jack's second brain surgery infive months occurred at Boston on October 10th. The surgery went well, as Dr. Goumnerova removed a golf ball sized tumor. Approximately 95% of the tumor was removed, with the exception of a small spot near the brain stem. Jack was made seizure free, also.
Jack's Mom and Dad are determined to help find an effective cure for pediatric brain cancer. As a result, they have partnered with CureSearch for Children's Cancer, a national non-profit foundation which funds children's cancer research. The family is raising money for the "Team Jack Legacy Fund," a CureSearch research fund they created (teamjack.curesearch.org). All money raised for this fund will support pediatric brain cancer research.
Jack Hoffman, a 7-year-old cancer patient, was undoubtedly the star of Saturday’s Nebraska spring game. The Husker fan and friend of the football team led the Huskers in rushing yards on the day.
“Obviously, Jack’s a young man who has touched the hearts of a lot of people,” coach Bo Pelini said. “Our football team and the student body have gotten behind him, and he’s become a big part of the team. We weren’t sure if he was going to want to do it. We brought the idea to his dad, and I thought it was a pretty special thing.”
Hoffman scored on a 69-yard run for the Red team.
Taylor Martinez and Joe Ganz drew up a play with him on the sideline.
“That was awesome for the team and for Jack,” Martinez said. “He’s going to remember that for the rest of his life and so will I. It was awesome for him to score that touchdown.”
The play call was spontaneous according to senior fullback C.J. Zimmerer, but the Red team put some serious thought into giving Hoffman a clear path to the end zone and letting him run.
“We drew up the play probably 30 seconds before so I’m sure it was all a blur for him,” Zimmerer said. “I was telling some of the other reporters that he did a great job. We wanted to get him around the edge, giving him a nice lane to the end zone. He did a great job running his little legs there. He’s fast for a little guy. He did a great job for the pressure of 60,000 fans. I’m sure it was not very easy for a 7-year-old.”
Hoffman formed a bond with former Husker running back Rex Burkhead when the two met after Jack was diagnosed. He wore a No. 22 football jersey — Burkhead’s number — on the field.
- Story reprinted with permission from Omaha World Herald
How the card came to be…
My family and I attended the Nebraska spring football game and we were fortunate enough to witness Jack’s touchdown run in person that day. There were not many dry eyes in the stadium during that special moment in Husker history, including ours. I was already working in conjunction with The Upper Deck Company to produce a limited number of Rex Burkhead blow-up size cards to be used as part of an exclusive in-store promotion at Prep 2 Pro Sports. On the drive home from the spring game, Ibegan thinking I should contact Upper Deck and see if they would alsobe willing to produce a few blow-up size cards of Jack to celebrate his special moment. On that Monday morning, I emailed Chris Carlin at Upper Deck to see if he had heard about what happened at the Nebraska spring game. I included a link to the youtube video of Jack's touchdown run, and I askedChris if Upper Deck would consider making a few cards of Jack. I received a reply from Chris later that day telling me that he didwatch the video and loved it. He went on to tell me that Upper Deck would be happy to create a blow-up card of Jack, but they would need a high resolution image to create the card. When I called Jack’s father, Andy, to share the good news about Jack’s Upper Deck Star Rookie Card, I remember Andy asking, “THE…Upper Deck Company?“ What makes this story even more special is thatJack's fatherwas the person who took the photograph that Upper Deck used to create the card.
How many were made…
I want to thank Chris Carlin and the entire staff at The Upper Deck Company for their part in bringing this idea to life. But, most importantly, I want to thank Jack for inspiring me and countless others!
- Mike Schnoor, owner of Prep 2 Pro Sports
If you would like to see Jack’s Upper Deck Star Rookie card in person, it is currently on display at Prep 2 Pro Sports, located inside Sunset Plaza Mall in Norfolk, Nebraska.