Upper Deck is extra sweet for Reggie! bar


September 12, 1993|By Ruth Sadler | Ruth Sadler,Staff Writer

For baseball fans -- and chocolate lovers -- who missed it in its first incarnation, the Reggie! bar is back.

The new bars are made by the D. L. Clark Candy Co. of Pittsburgh, maker of the Clark Bar, and follow Reggie Jackson's induction last month into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

The chocolate, peanut and peanut butter confection was first produced in 1978.

The 1993 version has a bonus -- one of three special Upper Deck cards commemorating Jackson's career. The cards show his 1973 MVP season, the 1977 World Series and his Hall of Fame induction.

Unfortunately for card collectors, the cards are not protected from the candy. This results in chocolate-covered cards (unintentionally), which have to be wiped clean. The UV coating makes the cleaning job easy, but it shouldn't be necessary.

Upper Deck has positioned itself as a premium card, the kind that collectors are sure to treat with care because of its value. Collectors expect to get these cards in pristine condition, and variations of chocolate probably won't make up for less-than-mint condition.

A portion of the profits from the sale of Reggie! bars will help construct baseball fields for inner-city youth across the country.

Sports auction

Christie's sports memorabilia auction Oct. 2 may appeal to collectors with deep pockets and a yen for the unusual. Among the items for sale are more than 50 lots of press and general sports pins, a game-used Babe Ruth bat signed by Lou Gehrig, the bat used by Roberto Clemente for his 3,000th hit, the 1923 art deco cornerstone from Yankee Stadium that was removed during the 1976 renovations, a photograph of the 1914 International League Orioles (and their star rookie Babe Ruth) and one of three known 1887 ads for N-172 Old Judge cards. The auction preview begins Sept. 25 at Christie's East, 219 E. 67th St., New York. If you want to look, but can't get to New York, order a catalog by calling (718) 784-1480.

Legends in silver

Nolan Ryan's final major-league season is being commemorated by a silver medallion from Chicagoland Processing/Enviromint. There will be 15,000 coins, and they cost $29.95 plus $5 shipping. There also will be 100 gold versions. Another recent coin honors Walter Payton for his induction into ,, the Pro Football Hall of fame. Call (800) 288-MINT for information or to order.

Conlon Collection the set

The 1993 Conlon Collection, the third set of cards based on photographs by Charles Conlon, is available in a factory set packaged in a commemorative tin.

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.

Today, card show, Towson Marketplace, noon to 5 p.m., (410) 337-6935 or (410) 837-0870.

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

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

Sunday, card show, Comfort Inn-Airport (I-695, Exits 5, 6A), 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., (410) 922-8366.

Sept. 25, card show to benefit Towson State baseball team, Towson Center (expected signers include Mickey Tettleton and Sparky Anderson), 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., (410) 830-3775.


Leaf introduces its 220-card first series this month. (Shown is Winnipeg's Teemu Selanne.) There is a 10-card insert set of spokesman Mario Lemieux, who has autographed 2,000 randomly inserted cards. Other insert sets feature Gold Leaf All-Stars, Gold Leaf Rookies, goalies and hat-trick scorers. New

teams Anaheim and Florida will be in Series 2.

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