Pro Set joins premium crowd with Platinum series of NFL cards

COLLECTORS NOTEBOOK

August 25, 1991|By Ruth Sadler

Pro Set is moving into the premium-card market with NFL Pro Set Platinum, which is expected to be available after Labor Day. The 300-card set will be issued in two series, and 12-card packs are expected to retail for $1.25.

The cards are similar to Topps' Stadium Club with their glossy look and borderless fronts. According to Pro Set spokesman Chris Widmaier, the glossy coating isn't just for looks: It's to make the cards virtually unbendable, a plus for collectors.

Backs are eye-catching. Horizontal photos take up two-thirds of the back, and they're the showpieces. Some are black and white, with the featured player in color. Some have sequence-of-events photos, and others are "just" full-bleed color photos. In an interesting departure, Pro Set credits the photographers of the cards' front and back photos. Player blurbs are in white type on a black background.

The backs carry no statistics, just a short descriptive paragraph on the player, his playing style and accomplishments.

AW Sports Inc., which has exclusive rights to show Raghib Rocket" Ismail in a Toronto Argonauts uniform, has obtained an injunction in the Ontario Court of Justice against Jogo Novelty. The injunction prohibits Jogo, longtime producer of CFL cards, from manufacturing, marketing or distributing cards with Ismail's likeness on them. The court has also ordered any materials with Ismail's likeness confiscated. AW's All World Canadian Football cards, which feature Ismail, are scheduled to be released in mid-September. AW, which produces boxing and auto racing cards, has agreements with the CFL and CFL Players Association to produce for a 110-card series. There will be a six-card subset of Ismail and a card dedicated to the legends of the CFL. Two thousand personally autographed Ismail cards will be randomly inserted in packs.

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A 1953 Willie Mays card, valued at $1,400 by Topps, has been claimed in the card company's 40th anniversary sweepstakes. It is tied with a 1968 Mets rookies card as the most valuable card to be claimed. . . . The latest issue of Topps Magazine has an article on Brooks Robinson and a checklist of all his Topps cards. . . . Cal Ripken is the coverboy of the Sept. 2 issue of Baseball Card News. . . . The third of four sets of all-time Baltimore Orioles cards is available at area Crown stations. The fourth set, which will not be part of an Orioles giveaway, will be on sale at Crown stations Sept. 16.

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Score's 110-card rookie and traded set will be shipped to dealers October. Featured rookies are Jeff Bagwell of the Houston Astros and Chuck Knobluach of the Minnesota Twins. There are no Orioles rookies in this set. . . . Upper Deck is the official card of the Canada Cup, which means it has exclusive rights to produce cards showing players in their Canada Cup uniforms. The cards are planned as a subset of Upper Deck's 1991-92 BTC hockey set, but it is not yet known whether the Canada Cup cards will be released in the fall or in the high number series...Chicagoland Processing's latest commemorative coin honors the Chicago Bulls' NBA championship. It costs $29.95 plus $3 postage and handling. Five hundred coins will be matched with coins for the Bulls' Central Division and Eastern Conference titles and an acrylic plaque for $125. There are also coins honoring the Pittsburgh Penguins' Stanley Cup championship and Michael Jordan's NBA MVP award. The silver coins cost $29.95 each plus $3 postage and handling and are available by calling (800) 765-0123.

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Upcoming events:

Sunday, baseball card show, Security Holiday Inn (I-695 Exit 17), 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 922-8366.

Aug. 31, baseball card show, Towson Sheraton (I-695 Exit 27S), 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 922-8366.

Sept. 7, baseball card show, Comfort Inn-Airport (I-695, Exit 6A), 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 922-8366.

Sept. 7, baseball card show, Columbian Center, 335 Gov. Ritchie Highway, Severna Park, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 987-5919.

Sept. 14, autograph and memorabilia show, Towson Center, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 583-7453, (301) 638-0360 or (301) 838-7433.

Sept. 15, baseball card show, Towson Quality Inn (I-695, Exit 26S), 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sept. 15, baseball card show, Security Holiday Inn (I-695, Exit 17), 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 922-8366.

Sept. 22, baseball card show, Martin's Ballroom-Westminster (Routes 140 and 97), 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 922-8366.

Sept. 28, sports card and memorabilia festival, Baltimore Arena upper and lower concourse (admission by ticket to Baltimore Skipjacks-Washington Capitals doubleheader), 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., 727-0703 or 391-1355.

Sept. 29, baseball card show, Glen Burnie Elks Hall, Severn (Stevenson and Quarterfield roads), 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 922-8366.

Oct. 6, baseball card show, Towson Quality Inn (I-695, Exit 26S), 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Oct. 6, baseball card show, Comfort Inn-Airport (I-695, Exit 6A), .. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 922-8366.

Oct. 13, baseball card show, Security Holiday Inn (I-695, Exit 17), 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 922-8366.

Oct. 20, baseball card show, Freedom District Fire Hall, Sykesville (Route 32 between I-70 and Route 26), 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 922-8366.

Nov. 3, baseball card show, Comfort Inn-Airport (I-695, Exit 6A), 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 922-8366.

Nov. 3, baseball card show, Towson Quality Inn (I-695, Exit 26S), 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Nov. 23, baseball card show, Security Holiday Inn (I-695, Exit 17), 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 922-8366.

Nov. 24, baseball card show, Martin's Ballroom-North Point (I-695, Exit 40S), 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 922-8366.

Nov. 30, baseball card show, English Consul Volunteer Fire Hall

(I-695, Exit 6A), 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 922-8366.

Dec. 1, baseball card show, Towson Quality Inn (I-695, Exit 26S), 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Dec. 8, baseball card show, Comfort Inn-Airport (I-695, Exit 6A), 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 922-8366.

Dec. 14, baseball card show, Security Holiday Inn (I-695, Exit 17), 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 922-8366.

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