Major-leaguers' signatures are all over this patch-work collection

MEMORABILIA Notebook

July 18, 1993|By Ruth Sadler | Ruth Sadler,Staff Writer

When Mike Mikovich sees a swatch of baseball uniform material, he sees a work of art. And a place for autographs.

Mikovich works for the Liebe Co., which makes the lettering and sleeve emblems for major-league baseball uniforms.

The company, which recently received a license from Major League Baseball Properties, sells the letter ing and patches as Pro Team Collectibles.

Mikovich says Liebe buys uniform material from Russell Athletics and puts the letters or patch on the proper jersey material and sells it to collectors. Uniform lettering is available framed or unframed, and patches come unframed only.

"I saw the prices of the jerseys [at a card show]," says Mikovich. "I decided, with this product, you could have a piece of a jersey and get it autographed."

Mikovich is an autograph collector and was eagerly showing collectors at All-Star FanFest a framed New York Yankees "jersey" autographed by Don Mattingly.

Working the show was just part of his mission in Baltimore during All-Star Week.

According to Mikovich, Major League Baseball regulates which patches can be sold to the public and would not release the Cleveland Indians' patch in memory of pitchers Tim Crews and Steve Olin.

For more information, contact Mikovich at (314) 828-4637 or P.O. Box

1020, Lake Sherwood, Mo. 63357.

BlackGold for Topps football

Topps football cards will be out in late July and will include ToppsGold and BlackGold cards.

There will be 330 cards in each of two series, including 22 BlackGold cards in each series.

Packs contain 15 cards, one of them gold-stamped. Series I includes 30 rookies taken in the top three rounds. Subsets feature league leaders, team leaders, franchise players, future stars, record breakers and defensive standouts.

Cards on glass

Collectors can toast their baseball cards thanks to McDonald's. Patrons who make a qualifying purchase can get a baseball card glass for 89 cents.

Those available here are to include: Lou Gehrig, Joe Morgan, Brooks Robinson, Cal Ripken, Babe Ruth, Willie Mays, Roberto Clemente, Johnny Bench and Nolan Ryan.

Fleer football

Fleer's NFL cards feature coated fronts and are color coded by team. San Francisco 49ers quarterback Steve Young is featured in a 10-card set, and he has autographed 2,000 cards, which will be randomly inserted in packs.

Young fans may send for three more cards. Insert sets feature top draft picks, top performers of 1992 and 25 top stars.

Coming events

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.

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

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