Score makes it official: Pinnacle lineup adds hockey in 2 languages, baseball

COLLECTORS NOTEBOOK

February 16, 1992|By Ruth Sadler | Ruth Sadler,Staff Writer

As expected, Score will be extending its premium Pinnacle line to hockey and baseball cards, spokeswoman Julie Haddon confirmed last week.

According to Haddon, Score expects to ship its Pinnacle hockey in late March. It will consist of 420 cards and will come in English and French versions. Details will be released later this month at a large card show in Montreal.

"We have plans to issue Pinnacle baseball," Haddon said, "but we have no date."

The first Pinnacle issue was an NFL set, which came out in early winter.

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Return of Stadium Club: Topps joined the premium-card field with Stadium Club baseball in June. Football and hockey editions followed. Stadium Club baseball will be earlier this year, spokesman Bob Ibach said. It probably will reach stores in late February or early March.

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Elites in town: Donruss Elite cards are popping up. At Bill's

Baseball Cards in Baltimore, customers have turned up six, including three autographed Cal Ripkens. Dave Hairsine in Anne Arundel County found a Wade Boggs.

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Slick players: The Chicago Bears' Neal Anderson, the San Diego Chargers' Marion Butts and the Cincinnati Bengals' James Brooks are featured as the "Game Breakers" holograms in Upper Deck's NFL High Series packs.

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Post-Super Bowl alert: Upper Deck printed 15,000 commemorative sheets honoring the Washington Redskins' Super Bowl victory. They show Upper Deck cards of Mark Rypien, Ricky Ervins, Earnest Byner, Gary Clark, Darrell Green and Charles Mann. They were distributed at downtown Minneapolis hotels but soon could appear at card shows. . . . Topps distributed 100,000 packs of five Stadium Club football cards embossed with a Super Bowl logo to people who attended Super Bowl Card Show III at the Minneapolis Convention Center. It also raffled off five rookie cards each of John Unitas, Bart Starr, O.J. Simpson, Walter Payton and Terry Bradshaw.

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Top rookie: Denver Broncos linebacker Mike Croel was named NFL Pro Set Rookie of the Year.

50/50: After Brett Hull reached 50 goals in 50 games for the second straight season, Upper Deck unveiled a card, illustrated by Steve Cusano, honoring his feat. It also features Mario Lemieux and Wayne Gretzky, the other active NHL players to accomplish that.

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No. 1 on their ballots: Michael Jordan is the man on NBA Hoops' Card of the Year. Jordan's All-Star card (No. 253) received 162 points to 119 for that of Dominique Wilkins in a poll of 200 hobby writers. The Charlotte Hornets card was the

overwhelming winner in the team-card category.

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Beyond cards: Action Packed fans can dress the part with shirts, jackets and other apparel from the card company's new catalog. Binders, sheets and card holders are also available. Catalogs will be packed with the All-Madden Team cards, which will be out in March. For those who can't wait, write to: Catalog, LBC Sports, 851 N. Villa Ave., Villa Park, Ill. 60181. . . . Impel Marketing (Pro Set, NBA Hoops, SkyBox, Line Drive pre-rookie cards, Olympic cards and a range of non-sports cards) also has a merchandise catalog. Write to: Treasured Collections, 5505 36th St. S.E., Grand Rapids, Mich. 49512.

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New holograms: Upper Deck produced team logo holograms in its first three seasons but is changing to team pennants and gold foil for 1992 and will include the Florida Marlins and Colorado Rockies. According to Upper Deck president Richard McWilliam, this is the last year for team logo holograms in the low number baseball set.

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Upcoming events:

Sunday, baseball card show, Security Holiday Inn (I-695, Exit 17), 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., (410) 922-8366.

Feb. 29, baseball card show, Baltimore Arena concourse (admission by Baltimore Skipjacks ticket or $5 before game time), 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., (410) 727-0703.

Feb. 29, baseball card show, Towson Sheraton (I-695, Exit 27A), 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., (410) 922-8366.

March 1, baseball card show, Towson Quality Inn (I-695, Exit 26S), 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., (410) 239-7446.

March 7, baseball card show, Comfort Inn-Airport (I-695, Exit 6A), 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., (410) 922-8366.

March 8, baseball card show, Freedom District Fire Hall (Route 32 between I-70 and Route 26, Sykesville), 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., (410) 922-8366.

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