Fleer will be only NBA set with Lewis card

Memorabilia

August 22, 1993|By Ruth Sadler | Ruth Sadler,Staff Writer

The NBA season begins in hobby shops next month. Many draft picks remain unsigned, but that's why they invented draft exchange cards.

Although NBA guidelines limit licensees to producing cards of active players, there will be a Reggie Lewis card.

Fleer, because of its early-bird production schedule, will be the only card company with the late Dunbar and Boston Celtics star in a regular set.

"To my knowledge, there are no plans to take Reggie Lewis out of the set," said Fleer spokesman Chuck Trach. "His death was too late in the [production] process. . . . When we heard about it, those cards had already been printed."

Drazen Petrovic's death in June gave all companies enough time to delete him from their checklists.

Lewis had been scheduled for Topps' NBA first series, but his card has been replaced, according to spokesman Bob Ibach. SkyBox's Doug Drotman said Lewis and Petrovic were pulled from NBA Hoops' and SkyBox's lineups. According to spokesman Steve Riley, Lewis does not appear in Upper Deck's NBA set.

Fleer, SkyBox and NBA Hoops showed off their 1993-94 models at last month's National Sports Collectors Convention in

Chicago.

Fleer is going for bold computer graphics, bigger photos and coating for its 240-card basic set. Fleer also is offering randomly inserted lottery exchange cards, redeemable for an 11-card set of rookies. Other insert cards feature company spokesman Clyde Drexler, All-Stars, last season's top 24 rookies and 12 players born outside the United States. Regular subsets highlight league leaders, award winners and art cards. Cards are expected in stores next month.

For its fifth season, Hoops is going border-less in a major redesign. The 300-card Series 1 includes coaches cards and All-Star cards. Hoops is issuing every Series 1 card (except the three checklists) in a coated version with a fifth anniversary logo. There will be one anniversary card in each 12-card pack. Hoops again is inserting lottery exchange cards that can be redeemed for a set of signed draft picks. David Robinson is the subject of a five-card insert set.

When SkyBox 1 comes out in November, it will be repositioned as a premium card. Cards will be coated and cost more. Early plans call for only about 160 cards in Series 1. To complete last year's draft insert set, cards of Jim Jackson and Doug Christie in the 1992-93 design have been randomly inserted.

Magazine rack

The summer issue of Topps Magazine includes features on George Brett, Andy Van Slyke and Larry Walker and previews of Bowman baseball and Topps and Stadium Club football.

Team Stadium Club

Thirty-card team sets are the latest Stadium Club offering. Each set comes in a sealed plastic container. Cards in these sets feature a new design -- full-color photos front and back and major- or minor-league stats on the back. Topps is only doing 16 teams, eight in late August and eight in late September (Florida Marlins, Colorado Rockies, Atlanta Braves, Chicago White Sox, Texas Rangers, Chicago Cubs, San Francisco Giants and Seattle Mariners) and eight in late September (New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers, Oakland Athletics, St. Louis Cardinals, Houston Astros, Philadelphia Phillies, California Angels and Kansas City Royals).

Racing into production

Action Packed is preparing Racing III for release in September. There will be subsets featuring Rusty Wallace, race week in Charlotte and Eyes of Racing, showing drivers in their helmets with their comments on their preference for open or closed-face helmets. There will also be a Davey Allison commemorative card, limited numbers of all 40 cards in 24-karat gold and some Braille cards.

Magazine rack

The summer issue of Topps Magazine includes previews of Bowman baseball and Topps and Stadium Club football.

Coming events

Sept. 12, card show, Security Holiday Inn (I-695, Exit 17), 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., (410) 922-8366.

Sept. 12, card show, Towson Quality Inn (I-695, Exit 26S), 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., (410) 239-7446.

CARD OF THE WEEK

Upper Deck's first World Cup soccer set goes on sale in 20 countries, including the United States, this month. There will be five versions of the 165-card set -- Spanish, Italian-Spanish, English-Spanish, English-German and French-Dutch. A 165-card U.S. edition, featuring American, Mexican and Canadian players, expected in November. Look for a World Cup preview set in March.

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