Pro Set swinging in with 100-card PGA Tour set

Collectors' notebook

December 16, 1990|By Ruth Sadler

Pro Set, which has football and hockey cards out this year, is swinging into warm-weather sports with a 100-card PGA Tour set.

The set has cards of 75 members of the PGA Tour, including Greg Norman, Payne Stewart and Bob Tway, and 25 members of the Senior PGA Tour, including Lee Trevino, Jack Nicklaus and what is described as the first sports card of Arnold Palmer.

The prototype cards show action photos on the front, with a combined PGA Tour/Pro Set logo in the upper left corner, gold or silver stripes top and bottom, and the player's name on a contrasting-color stripe directly under the picture. The attractive back contains vital statistics, Tour statistics (the prototypes are from 1989), a color head shot, a listing of Tour victories and "other achievements."

These cards will be available at golf pro shops and sports cards shops.

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Donruss and Leaf 1991 baseball cards are in. Check your local card dealer.

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Upper Deck's first hockey cards are in, and they were worth the wait. Most of the card-front pictures are action photos, and the player's face is always clearly visible. Backs contain statistics from 1985-86 through last season and National Hockey League totals. Rookies have no pictures on the back, just write-ups. Veterans have a color photo taking up about two-thirds of the card. Team checklists are on the backs of "The COLLECTOR'S Choice" cards. These cards have drawings of the team's star player (e.g., Mario Lemieux of the Pittsburgh Penguins).

The photos are so sharp that a sharp-eyed editor spotted Mike Keenan behind the Philadelphia Flyers bench on Kjell Samuelsson's card, making that an old picture, since Keenan

was fired after the 1987-88 season.

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A rare autograph of "Shoeless" Joe Jackson, who was illiterate, sold at a New York auction recently for $23,000.

According to Herman Darvik, who staged the auction in New York, the signature is on a 4-inch-by-1 1/2 -inch piece torn from a legal paper in 1936. Jackson's wife generally signed his name, and he signed formal documents only.

It is the second-highest price paid for a signature not attached to a document. The record is $56,000 for the signature of Button Gwinnett, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Darvik had thought the autograph would go for $1,500 to $2,000. He said it was obtained by a collector of baseball autographs about 25 years ago from Jackson's family in Greenville, S.C.

Jackson, who had a career batting average of .356, third-highest in history, is not in the Baseball Hall of Fame because he was banned by the commissioner of baseball in 1920 for accepting money to throw the 1919 World Series. Jackson, who hit .375 in the Series, was acquitted by a jury and maintained his innocence until his death in 1951.

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Upcoming events:

Today, Baseball Card & Autograph Show, 4-H Building, Maryland State Fairgrounds, 10 a.m., 254-2729 or 360-0832.

Today, Baseball card show, Howard County Fairground, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., 922-8366.

Today, Mid-Atlantic Card Shows, Howard Johnson, Hagerstown, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

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