Open season for duck stamp card collectors

COLLECTORS Notebook

March 15, 1992|By Ruth Sadler | Ruth Sadler,Staff Writer

The call of the wild is proving irresistible to card makers.

Pro Bass cards have been a hit with fans of pro bass fishermen for a couple of seasons.

Now there are federal duck stamp cards.

Duck stamp collecting is an increasingly popular part of stamp collecting. Many collectors concentrate on ducks, ignoring postage stamps. Popularity has increased demand, and the desire of some collectors for stamps that haven't been signed and taken on hunting trips has helped drive up prices.

The catalog value of a complete mint set of federal duck stamps (1934-91) is roughly $3,200.

For collectors on a more limited budget, there is a 60-card set of duck stamps from Bon Air Collectibles, with a suggested retail price of $15. For those thinking a little bigger, there is a limited number of uncut sheets with a suggested retail price of $45.

There are 58 duck stamp cards, a checklist and a special gold foil-bordered card showing the postage stamp commemorating the golden anniversary of the migratory bird treaty.

The cards are simple. The stamp is reproduced on the front, with each stamp "mounted" on a dark-blue background and labeled with the type of bird depicted. The backs carry information on the artist, first day of sale, quantity sold, face value and text of the stamp-back inscription for the more recent stamps. Reproduction of the stamps is true, and card stock is good.

According to Richard L. Matthews, president of Virginia Hobby Supply, Bon Air will have an update card in three to four months -- the 1992 federal duck stamp. In addition, the company will offer a special binder with plastic sheets and a slipcase. The ducks are Bon Air's eighth card set, and Matthews says there are plans for state duck stamp sets.

Bon Air holds three licenses for the cards -- from the Department of the Interior for the duck stamps, from the U.S. Postal Service for the postage stamp and from Scott Publishing Co. for use of Scott's catalog numbers.

For information or to order cards, call (800) 732-8394.

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Stars for Score Series II: Hall of Famers Mickey Mantle, Stan Musial and Carl Yastrzemski are featured in a four-card subset, called "The Franchise," in Score Series II baseball. There are three individual cards, and the other card shows all three. Each man will sign 2,000 of his cards, and 500 combination cards will be signed by all three. These cards, plus 600,000 unsigned versions, will be inserted randomly in Series II poly packs, blister packs and cello packs. . . . Score purchased 3,000 of its 1990 Draft Pick cards of American League Rookie of the Year Chuck Knoblauch from Knoblauch's business manager. Knoblauch autographed them, and they'll be randomly inserted in Series II poly packs.

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The end: An auction Saturday at 10 a.m. (preview at 9 a.m.) will close out Den's Collectors Den and the estate of Dennis Eckes, pioneer card dealer and price-guide author. It will be held at 8574 Laureldale Drive in Laurel. For more information, call (301) 317-0898.

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And Ripken makes four: SilverStar Baseball Holograms has completed its 1991 four-card set with the release of the Cal Ripken hologram created by holographer Sharon McCormack, who did the hologram of Michael Jordan for the cover of Sports Illustrated. There were 250,000 Ripken holograms produced, and they follow those of Nolan Ryan, David Justice and Rickey Henderson in the series. SilverStar Baseball Holograms has just become a licensee of the Major League Baseball Players Association.

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Upcoming events:

K? Today, baseball card show, Glen Burnie Mall, noon to 5 p.m.

Saturday, baseball card show, Holiday Inn-Cromwell Bridge (I-695, Exit 29A), 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., (410) 893-0013.

March 21-22, baseball card show, Towson Marketplace, Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., March 22 noon to 5 p.m., (410) !B 837-7632 or (410) 837-0870.

March 22, baseball card show, Towson Quality Inn (I-695, Exit 26 S), 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., (410) 239-7446.

March 27-29, baseball card show, Eastpoint Mall, March 27-28 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., March 29 noon to 5 p.m., (410) 837-7632 or (410) 837-0870.

March 28, baseball card show to benefit Hawthorne Middle River Soccer, Victory Villa Community Center, off Martin Boulevard and Compass Road, Middle River, 4 to 10 p.m., (410) 780-3037.

March 28, baseball card show, Security Holiday Inn (I-695, Exit 17), 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., (410) 922-8366.

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