Spanish speakers get card set of own


January 24, 1993|By Ruth Sadler | Ruth Sadler,Staff Writer

Pitchers and catchers report in 26 days.

Baseball fans who can't wait can buy all the pitchers and catchers they want -- most major card sets are available.

That's par for midwinter these days. Manufacturers race to market with their baseball cards. Some have eye-catching -- and collector-catching -- designs and/or subsets. The truly different is rare.

But Pacific Trading Cards has a very different set coming out just before los lanzadores y los receptores.

It's a 660-card set in Spanish. The first series, of 330 cards, should be available next month, and it is the first licensed baseball set in Spanish.

NHL cards in French or a combination of French and English -- meant for Canadian collectors -- have become standard fare. Last season, Pro Set produced an NFL set in Spanish.

Pacific is aiming the set at Spanish speakers in the United States and Latin America. The price should be popular, especially with young collectors -- a pack of five for 25 cents.

The cards are coated and feature color action photos front and back. There are 1992 and career stats, and standard personal data and two text areas -- one a fast fact on the player, the other several sentences long.

The first series includes Dennis Martinez, Ozzie Guillen, Roberto Alomar, Nolan Ryan and Ken Griffey Jr.

Although the largely untapped market of Spanish-speaking fans is the primary focus of the cards, they will be available across the country through dealers and by mail order from Pacific (18424 Highway 99, Lynnwood, Wash. 98037-4455).

Who knows? They could become a big hit in Spanish class.

Deadline extended

Collectors who've been searching for just the right words for SkyBox's essay contest can relax. The deadline has been extended to Feb. 28. For information, write to SkyBox Contest, 1790 Broadway, Suite 410, New York, N.Y. 10019.

Super set

Upper Deck, which has produced special sets for baseball's All-Star Game FanFest, is doing the same thing for the Super Bowl's NFL Experience. The 50-card set also will be available through hobby dealers. Cards will be borderless and coated, and at least one set per case will have gold foil instead of silver. The set consists of four subsets and features Super Bowl highlights as well as 10 young stars who may someday play in the Super Bowl.

Coming events

Saturday, card show and auction, Holiday Inn-Glen Burnie (I-695, Exit 3A), 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., (410) 866-3366.

Saturday, sixth annual Orioles Winter Carnival, includes baseball cards and autographs (those expected include Mike Mussina, Arthur Rhodes, Elrod Hendricks, Paul Blair), club level of Oriole Park at Camden Yards, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., (410) 481-SEAT (tickets).

Feb. 6, 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.

Feb. 6, card show and auction to benefit paralyzed baseball player Jermaine Jones (expected signers include Jess Atkinson, John Kaleo and Marcus Badgett), Calvert High School (Prince Frederick), 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., (410) 535-7330 or (410) 535-2845.

Feb. 6-Oct. 31, exhibit on Rex Barney's 50-year sports career with memorabilia from his Brooklyn Dodgers days, Babe Ruth Museum, (410) 727-1539.

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