Olympics basketball cards are here Packs are about $2

COLLECTIBLES

September 06, 1992|By Anita Gold | Anita Gold,Chicago Tribune

Q: Can you tell me anything about the 1992 U.S. Olympics basketball cards and where they can be purchased?

A: SkyBox International has released 110 cards, sold in eight-card packs for about $2. Randomly inserted cards include some autographed in gold ink by Magic Johnson or David Robinson, reportedly worth $500 each; the first plastic trading cards with a photo of the U.S. basketball team, worth $50 each; and gold hologram cards with the Olympics basketball logo, worth $25 each. (Don't get excited if you find a card inscribed by Mr. Johnson or Mr. Robinson in black; those cards have printed signatures and are not valuable.) The cards are sold in hobby and sports card shops and at Wal-Mart, K mart and drug stores. For information write to SkyBox International, 2510 Meridian Parkway, Box 14930, Research Triangle Park, N.C. 27709-4930; (919) 361-8100. Boxes of these cards containing 36 eight-card packs are $60 each, postpaid, from Smokey's of Las Vegas, 3330 W. Desert Inn Road, Las Vegas, Nev. 89102; (800) 766-5397.

Q: Can you put me in touch with a collector of antique mustache or "cookie duster" cups?

A: Collector W. L. Gunn wants to hear from anyone interested in forming a collectors' club. Write to W. L. Gunn at Box 232, Lufkin, Texas 75902; enclose a description of cups you wish to sell or any club ideas you have, along with an addressed, stamped envelope for a reply.

Q: How can I find out more about Pickard china?

A: Write to the new Pickard Collectors Club, in care of Alicia Miller, at the Joy Luke Gallery, 300 E. Grove St., Bloomington, Ill. 61701. To buy or sell Pickard pieces, phone (309) 828-5533.

Q: How can I find out the value of Fostoria glass pieces?

A: Write to the Fostoria Glass Society of America Inc., Box 826, Moundsville, W.Va. 26041, which offers an annual membership and publication issued 8 times a year for $12.50, or send $2 for a current copy.

Q: How can I sell hundreds of miniature liquor bottles collected over the last 40 years?

A: Write to the Midwest Miniature Bottle Collectors Club, which offers an annual membership and quarterly newsletter for $12, available from membership chairman Tony Dobyns, 12455 Parkwood Lane, Black Jack, Mo. 63033. Also write to the Lilliputian Bottle Club, in care of Harry Ford, 54 Village Circle, Manhattan Beach, Calif. 90266, enclosing $10 for an annual membership and bimonthly newsletter.

Write to Anita Gold at the Chicago Tribune, 435 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, Ill. 60611. The mail volume precludes a personal response.

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