SkyBox wants the word on your cards, and they'll reward you for it

MEMORABILIA Notebook

January 10, 1993|By Ruth Sadler | Ruth Sadler,Staff Writer

SkyBox is looking for a few good words. About a hundred.

It is asking young collectors to submit essays about their collections. The top essay is worth tickets for the winner and his or her parents to an NBA playoff game as guests of San Antonio Spurs star David Robinson.

Robinson is featured in a five-card SkyBox subset that covers his career, focusing on his childhood, college and off-the-court activities.

K? "We're showing another side of David Robinson," says SkyBox

spokesman Doug Drotman. "And through the contest, we're looking for a different side of card collecting."

Drotman says SkyBox is looking for unusual collections and collectors obviously having fun with their cards, not the biggest or most valuable collections.

Entrants must be age 14 or younger and must submit a photograph of themselves taken with all or part of their collection and a 100-word essay completing the sentence "I love collecting SkyBox NBA Basketball cards because . . ."

There's also a division to the contest for adults who use basketball cards in their work with children. Their 100-word essay begins "I use SkyBox NBA Basketball cards to reach kids by . . ."

Drotman says, of the adult entries, about half have been from teachers and half from people in community groups such at Boys & Girls Clubs. He says one special education teacher uses the 1991-92 SkyBox cards, which featured bright colors and shapes, to work with students on matching colors and shapes.

Besides the grand prize winner, five regional winners will get basketballs autographed by Robinson and 10 finalists will receive uncut press sheets.

The winning adult essayist (and the youngsters who work with him or her) will receive a visit by Robinson, and 25 finalists will receive cards.

For details or to submit an essay, write to: SkyBox Contest, 1790 Broadway Suite #410, New York, N.Y. 10019 or call (212) 888-9200. Entry deadline is Feb. 15.

PrimeTime features

There are 15 special Costacos Brothers poster cards in SkyBox PrimeTime in two formats, regular and metallic silver foil-bordered. The metallic cards are specially numbered. Collectors may also get a hologram of Jim Kelly and a special version of Steve Emtman's Costacos Brothers poster card with Kelly's comments about the No. 1 draft pick.

Pro Set Power

Pro Set, which last year produced a premium line under the Platinum name, is again trying the premium market with Power. The 330-card set features full-bleed, UV-coated cards. Thirty-five rookies are included. A 10-card insert set features two stars from one team, including Gary Clark and Art Monk of the Washington Redskins. Pro Set says there are 10,000 numbered cases. Cards come 12 to a pack.

Golden rookies

There's a 28-card bonus subset in NFL Properties' Pro Line Collection. It features top rookies in their pro uniforms, and there are two vertical gold-leaf stripes on each card front. Backs contain the players' college statistics. The Rookie Gold cards can only be found in 21-card jumbo packs, which also contain 10 1991 cards and 10 1992 cards.

Coming events

Today, 1966 World Champion Orioles Reunion baseball card show with portion of proceeds to benefit Epilepsy Association, (expected signers include Jim Palmer, Brooks Robinson, Frank Robinson, Luis Aparicio), Pikesville Armory, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., (410) 581-9531.

Today, baseball card show (expected signers include Hank Aaron, Tom Glavine, John Unitas, Walt Frazier), Virginia State Fairgrounds, Richmond, Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., (800) 899-8833.

Saturday-Sunday, Bird Expo '93 baseball card and memorabilia show (expected signers include Leon Day, Gus Triandos, Ben McDonald, Arthur Rhodes, Paul Blair and Jim Gentile), Pikesville Armory, Jan. 16 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Jan. 17 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., (410) 265-7200.

Jan. 22-23, card show, Baltimore Arena (expected Jan. 22 signer Al Iafrate), admission with Skipjacks ticket only, Jan. 22 4:30-10:30 p.m., Jan. 23 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., (410) 727-0703.

Feb. 6, baseball card show to benefit Arundel High baseball team (expected signers are Denny Neagle and John Stefero), Arundel High School (1001 Annapolis Road, Gambrills), 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., (410) 674-6500 extension 252.

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