Score's 900 club remains intact, with highlights

COLLECTORS Notebook

November 24, 1991|By Ruth Sadler

When Score's baseball set jumped from 704 cards in 1990 to 900 in 1991, collectors might have been worried that the 1992 edition would be an album-buster, threatening the 1,000-card barrier.

Relax, Score is sticking with 900 for another season.

Card fronts are reminiscent of Pacific Trading Cards, with a side block of pale color that includes a team logo and part of the action photo. Card backs again have color head shots and career stats.

The "Dream Team" is back in living black and white but with a new color logo. The highlights subset includes Rickey Henderson's stolen-base record and Dennis Martinez's perfect game. There are also subsets for 1991's no-hitters, award

winners and Score's National and American league all-stars. AL MVP Cal Ripken will be on three cards -- Dream Team, all-star and regular.

The Joe DiMaggio subset announced earlier in the year contains five cards, which contain vintage photographs that have been hand-tinted. The Hall of Fame outfielder has signed 2,500 cards; 2,495 of those, plus 149,975 unsigned cards, will be randomly inserted in Series I packs. Five signed and 25 unsigned will be offered in a sweepstakes.

Cards will be available in 16-card packs, 100-card blister packs and factory sets. There will also be 10 "hot rookie" cards, one of which comes in each blister pack. Score expects to begin shipping to dealers next month.

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As part of the celebration of 100 years of basketball, NBA Hoops' set will be on display at the National Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass. The set contains two cards featuring the sport's inventor, James Naismith. One is an unnumbered special edition centennial card randomly inserted in wax packs in which Naismith stands beside two peach baskets. The other is card No. 301, which NBA Hoops is calling the Naismith rookie card, and it shows Naismith shooting a ball into a peach basket.

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Pro Set Series II football includes all players taken in the first three rounds of the 1991 draft -- 83 rookies (card numbers 730-812). Last year, Pro Set had cards for rookies taken in the first two rounds. . . . NBA Hoops cards will be available in rack packs of 47 for the first time, and the line's six-card subset featuring the NBA's slam-dunk champions will only be available in rack packs. . . . Borrowing a (gold) leaf from Action Packed, Topps will be offering randomly packed 1992 baseball cards with player and team names on card fronts engraved in gold foil. Topps also plans a trivia scratch-off game.

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Ripken is on the cover of the Fall 1991 issue of Topps Magazine and is interviewed by Ken Rosenthal of The Evening Sun. Other highlights include features on ticket collecting, touring baseball parks on vacation and Topps "novelty" sets of the 1970s. . . . Upper Deck's High Series foil packs will include 2,500 personally autographed Joe Namath cards, 25 of which will be signed "Broadway Joe." There are nine Namath cards. The High Series has 200 cards, including an "Arch Rival" subset of six split-photo cards featuring NFL one-on-one rivalries. Look for them in December.

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Upcoming events:

Today, Cal Ripken Jr. Winterfest for Literacy '91, baseball

card-memorabilia-autograph show, Festival Hall, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., (410) 254-2729.

Saturday, baseball card show, English Consul Volunteer Fire Hall (I-695, Exit 6A), 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., (410) 922-8366.

Saturday-Sunday, baseball card show, Fairgrounds, Gaithersburg (I-270 W to Exit 11), 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., (301) 329-2188.

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

Dec. 3, sports memorabilia auction to benefit Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Sheraton Inner Harbor, (410) 771-9000.

Dec. 7-14: Silent auction of uniforms worn on Memorial Stadium final weekend to benefit Santa Claus Anonymous and Orioles Children's Charities, Hit and Run Club, Memorial Stadium, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., (410) 547-6140.

Dec. 8, baseball card show, Comfort Inn-Airport (I-695, Exit 6A), 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., (410) 922-8366.

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