It's golf weather, and, for people who follow the men's golf tours, Pro Set has the cards.
The third edition of PGA Tour cards is 300 strong, up from 285 last year. It features players of PGA Tour and PGA Senior Tour as well as top European Tour and Ben Hogan Tour players. There are special cards honoring Ben Hogan and Chip Beck's record-tying round of 59. There are also 5,000 randomly inserted Ben Hogan commemorative holograms.
As the official card of the PGA Tour, Pro Set has access to the tour's photographic library, and it uses that privilege to good advantage. Action shots are well-chosen and varied. Flags are the order of the day for the fronts of European Tour players' cards.
Card backs are a stat lover's delight. The player's 1991 statistics and rankings are presented in a neat box. For qualifiers, the qualifying scores are substituted. There are also cards for statistical leaders.
John Brodie, former famous football player, makes his second appearance in the golf set, but he's not new to the game. Check the back of his card: He's had a tour card since 1961 and been on the Seniors Tour since 1985.
On the move: Jay's Sports Connection, a fixture on West Allegheny Avenue in Towson for the past six years, will be reopening Thursday in larger quarters at 724 York Road. The phone number is still (410) 296-6556.
Factory sealed: Donruss factory sets are doubly sealed -- with decks of cards wrapped in clear plastic inside and with a clear wrap with the Donruss logo over the whole set. Factory sets don't include Diamond Kings, which are wax bonus cards, but they do have four Leaf preview cards in addition to the 784 regular cards.
Dream duos: To basketball card collectors, the Supreme Court is 54-card subset of NBA Hoops Series II featuring two top players from each team. Fans can choose next season's subset by using a form available from dealers or sending a 3-by-5 card with their name, address, date of birth, telephone number and a list of 10 nominees for the subset to NBA Hoops Supreme Court Sweepstakes, P.O. Box 9860-X, Westbury, N.Y. 115592-9860. Entries, which are eligible for a sweepstakes drawing, must be received by Aug. 31.
Freebie alert: Upper Deck issued a commemorative sheet featuring top college basketball coaches John Wooden, Adolph Rupp, Dean Smith and Bob Knight. The sheets were inserted in Final Four programs. Don't be surprised if some find their way into the market.
Juniors on ice: Upper Deck's high series hockey set includes a card subset featuring players who competed in the 1992 World Junior Championships in Fussen, Germany.* Comic Ball 3: In this season's lineup, Ken Griffey Sr., Ken Griffey and Jim Abbott join veterans Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, Daffy Duck, Yosemite Sam, Sylvester and Tweety in Upper Deck's 198-card set. There will be 10 18-card stories, 16 cards featuring the major-leaguers and Looney Tunes characters, two checklists and nine holograms. The cards come 12 to a pack, and for the super-organized, it will take two special Comic Ball albums to display the set.
Saturday, baseball card show to benefit Arcadia Volunteer Fire Department, Arcadia Fire Department (Route 30, 3 miles south of Hampstead), 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., (410) 876-0577 or (410) 374-4111.
Saturday, baseball card show, Security Holiday Inn (I-695, Exit 17), 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., (410) 922-8366.
Sunday, 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.
May 9, baseball card show, Towson Sheraton (I-695, Exit 27A), 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., (410) 922-8366.