Football cards will make their appearance even before players get to training camp


June 13, 1993|By Ruth Sadler | Ruth Sadler,Staff Writer

It's June. The NBA and NHL have finished their playoffs, leaving sports fans with only baseball to enter the summer with.

But there are no seasons in the world of collectibles, so the first cards of the 1993-94 NFL season will be out before training camp opens. Classic Games expects to ship its 100-card NFL draft set this month.

However, most issues probably will continue their practice of August releases.

SkyBox International, which branched out into football last fall, has announced its game plan. It is bringing back Impact as its popularly priced line and introducing SkyBox NFL as a premium line.

One of SkyBox's most popular promotions was its NBA Hoops Exchange Card. The card was inserted randomly in foil packs and could be redeemed for a limited-edition set of 10 lottery pick cards. Impact will have its version, a Rookie Exchange Card.

Since Impact will come out in one series, SkyBox is planning a 20-card update set to cover stars who change teams after the cards are printed. It will be available as a mail-in program. Impact will be released Aug. 11 in 12-card foil packs. Each pack will contain one foil-stamped card, and ambitious collectors can try for all 400 cards in their foil version.

SkyBox NFL is last year's NFL PrimeTime repackaged and carrying the corporate name. It will be limited to 5,000 numbered cases and has a release date of Oct. 13. There will be 300 cards in a single series, and they will be sold in 12-card packs.

Ripken checklist

Bill Haelig's Cal and Bill Ripken checklist is up to 34 pages. Haelig says he sent out 320 checklists last year. Some people request updates more than once a year, and others ask Haelig if he's seen a particular item. Usually, he's familiar with it, but sometimes his correspondents help him add to the list. "At one point, it was relatively easy for me to stay on top of it," he says. "I like to generate interest among other people." The Bill Ripken section has few additions -- 1993 cards from Donruss, Fleer, Pinnacle and Upper Deck. Collectors can get a copy of the checklist by sending 10 29-cent stamps to Haelig at 735 $H Tamarack Trail, Reading, Pa. 19607.

For the hoops enthusiast

The "Sanchez Third Annual Basketball Card Price Guide" has more than card prices. It lists pennants, stickers and uncut sheets and covers college as well as pro memorabilia. The 384-page guide includes photos of cards from 1903. It is available for $15.50 postpaid from: Greg and Virginia Sanchez, P.O. Box 5419, Frazier Park, Calif. 93222.

Coming events

Through July 11, "The Artist and the Baseball Card," Delaware Art Museum, 2301 Kentmere Parkway, Wilmington, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, (302) 571-9590.

Through Oct. 31, exhibit "The Babe, The Birds and Baltimore: An All-Star Tradition" and exhibit on Rex Barney's 50-year sports career, with memorabilia from his Brooklyn Dodgers days, Babe Ruth Museum, (410) 727-1539.

June 18, card show, Arbutus Fire Hall (5200 Southwestern Blvd, Arbutus), (410) 242-6286.

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