Magic Johnson and Larry Bird have been linked since the 1979 NCAA final. They entered the NBA the next season and presided over its resurgence.
It's not surprising they were the players NBA Entertainment Inc. chose as the subjects of hourlong videos that come with special-edition trading cards. The videos are biographical and heavy on highlight footage.
SkyBox sponsors "Magic Johnson: Always Showtime," which follows Johnson's career from basketball-toting tyke (Johnson home movies) through his extraordinary high school and college years to NBA champion and Most Valuable Player. There are interviews with his high school and college coaches, parents and the sportswriter who first called him Magic.
The special card shows Johnson driving to the hoop amid SkyBox's bright computer graphics. The back has a color portrait of Johnson and biographical information.
"Larry Bird: A Basketball Legend" is sponsored by NBA Hoops and chronicles the Boston Celtics forward's rise from schoolboy sensation in French Lick, Ind., and Cinderella senior season at Indiana State to NBA All-Star. This video also has interviews with high school and college coaches, family and teammates and rivals.
Bird's card, from NBA Hoops, features Boston Garden-style parquet flooring as background front and back. The front shows him shooting a free throw. The back shows the Main Street-Larry Bird Boulevard sign in French Lick and biographical information in an Indiana-shaped copy block.
Check with your favorite video store. These may have to be special-ordered. Suggested retail price is $19.98 each.
Pro Set Series II football production will be cut 45 percent from that of Series I, according to Pro Set president Lud Denny, "based on requests from our collectors." A unique feature of the 1991 Pro Set cards is that there will be rookie cards for all players chosen in the first three rounds of the 1991 draft. The 407-card Series II should be available by the end of the month, and Pro Set's "Final Update" set is planned for after the Super Bowl. . . . Punt, Pass & Kick competition returns after a 13-year hiatus, but only to five NFL cities -- Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis, San Francisco and Washington. Entrants will receive special NFL Proline Protrait cards featuring the 11 members of the NFL Quarterback Club (you remember them from the Domino's ads). All cards are embossed with the Punt, Pass & Kick logo.
Longtime collector Harry C. "Chick" Veditz is probably best known to Baltimore consumers as the owner of a record store, at one time known as Chick's Legendary Records. He's added trading cards to his lineup, and his store at 1006 Reisterstown Road in Pikesville (484-0530)is now called Chick's Records Tapes & Baseball Cards. . . . According to Pro Set Gazette, pro golfer Craig Stadler collects hockey cards, attended last summer's National Sports Collectors Convention in Anaheim, Calif., and owns a vintage Gene Sarazen card. . . . Pro Set is extending its Platinum line to hockey.
Today, baseball card show, Comfort Inn-Airport (I-695, Exit 6A), 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 922-8366.
Today, baseball card show, Towson Quality Inn (I-695, Exit 26S), 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Today, baseball card show, Cromwell Bridge Holiday Inn (I-695, Exit 29A), 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 893-0013.
Saturday, baseball card show, Sheraton-BWI, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., (717) 285-4550.
Nov. 16, baseball card show to benefit Dundalk High PTA, Dundalk High School (1901 Delvale Ave.), 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Nov. 17, baseball card show to benefit Dundalk Community College baseball team, Dundalk CC, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 285-6980.
Nov. 23, baseball card show, Security Holiday Inn, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 922-8366.
Nov. 23-24, Cal Ripken Jr. Winterfest for Literacy '91, baseball card-memorabilia-autograph show, Festival Hall, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 254-2729.