Brooks scores with legend series Drink-mix cards to feature ex-Oriole

MEMORABILIA

June 27, 1993|By Ruth Sadler | Ruth Sadler,Staff Writer

Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson was a fixture at All-Star Games. The former Orioles third baseman played in 18 straight All-Star Games beginning in 1960.

Robinson's legion of fans will find the newest collectible in the grocery aisle late next month when Country Time Drink Mix offers a seven-card Robinson set called Country Time Legends. This is the first in a proposed series.

The promotion had been scheduled to coincide with the All-Star Game because of a commemorative pin offer, but manufacturing problems mean collectors will have to put it on their shopping lists in late July instead of next week.

The cards, which come in marked two-can packages sold in the Baltimore-Washington area, trace Robinson's 23-year career. The card fronts feature black-and-white photos that have been hand colored. Backs describe a facet of Robinson's career represented by the photo: an overall, All-Star Games, Most Valuable Player seasons, the 1970 World Series, postseason play, Gold Gloves and Thanks Brooks Day.

Pin collectors will have a chance to get a set of replica press pins. The pins are copies of those worn during the All-Star Games played in Baltimore (1958) and Washington (1937, 1956, 1962 and 1969). Country Time has produced 6,000 sets, which will be available through a mail-in offer.

Other offers in connection with the All-Star Game (Country Time is a sponsor of Upper Deck FanFest) include a baseball autographed by Robinson and a baseball-theme pitcher.

Upper Deck's new concept

Upper Deck, for the first time, will not include any Series One cards with its Series Two baseball. The 420-card set includes 48 cards featuring Colorado Rockies and Florida Marlins. Insert cards include a foil-stamped card commemorating Nolan Ryan's final season and one celebrating Upper Deck's fifth anniversary. The Then and Now lithograms continue with nine cards, including Reggie Jackson, Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays.

More Ultra

The expansion Colorado Rockies and Florida Marlins highlight Fleer's 350-card Ultra Series II, which is expected out in July. There are 25 Marlins, 26 Rockies and 83 Ultra Rookies. Prominent players shown in new uniforms include Wade Boggs, Greg Maddux, Barry Bonds, Jose Canseco and Jim Abbott. There are three new subsets: Ultra All-Stars (10 stars from each league), Ultra All-Rookie Team (10 cards) and Strikeout Kings (five cards).

Bowman's coming back

Bowman returns for its second season as a premium line in mid-August with a 708-card set. Look for rookies Brien Taylor, J. T. Snow, Tim Salmon, Mike Lansing and Brad Pennington. There will be a 48-card prospects subset and a 16-card subset featuring the 1992 MVPs in each of the 16 minor leagues. Cards will be 14 to a pack, including a foil subset card.

Military perk

Topps' 30-card Commanders of the Hill set, produced in conjunction with Coca-Cola, is available in packs of five for 49 cents with the purchase of medium and large soft drinks at military base exchange food court concessions. The set includes Cy Young winners and strikeout and team ERA leaders.

Updating the bobbers

Collectors purchasing Sports, Accessories & Memorabilia's Reggie Jackson bobbers also will receive a special decal to affix to the base of the figurine. The decal commemorates Jackson's Hall of Fame induction and will be available with all sales of the Jackson bobbers through Dec. 31. For information, call (415) 328-2142 or write to Sports, Accessories & Memorabilia, 462 Menlo Oaks Drive, Suite 100, Menlo Park, Calif. 94025.

Direct from Fleer

Fleer is offering a 10-card Ultra Performers set directly to collectors. Each of the 150,000 sets is numbered and available only by mail for $9.95 and five Fleer or Ultra wrappers. Order

forms will appear in hobby and baseball publications. Cards feature six photos, are platinum-foil stamped and come in a plastic container. Players in the set are Bonds, Frank Thomas, David Nied, Maddux, Ken Griffey, Gary Sheffield, Juan Gonzalez, Eric Karros, Pat Listach and Snow.

Classic minor-league

Classic's minor-league baseball set is 300 cards strong plus four insert sets. The insert sets feature MVPs from 10 leagues, the top prospect from each organization, top expansion picks and Classic's picks for the minors' top manager and player in 1992.

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.

Today, youth-only card show (no adults or professional dealers will be permitted to tend tables), Supreme Sports Club of Columbia, (410) 290-5876 or (410) 381-5355.

Today, card show, Towson Sheraton (I-695, Exit 27A), 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., (410) 922-8366.

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