Exchange cards come to baseball

MEMORABILIA

December 05, 1993|By Ruth Sadler | Ruth Sadler,Staff Writer

Over the past two years, card companies have issued exchange cards for NBA and NFL cards.

Fleer is bringing the concept to baseball for 1994. Its exchange card will be redeemable for a nine-card set of players called up in 1994 but not included in the basic Fleer set. There will be one card for each defensive position.

The 720-card basic set features coating on both sides and gold stamping on all cards. Statistics are superimposed on the card back's photo. Everything's alphabetical, beginning with teams in the American League. Orioles are first, and the 24 cards run from Brady Anderson to Mark Williamson.

In the insert department, there are 205 insert cards in 12 sets, the most Fleer has issued. Notable sets feature AL Rookie of the Year Tim Salmon (who has autographed 2,000 cards), All-Stars, team leaders, prospects, league leaders, strikeout pitchers, sluggers and nine Pro Vision Art Cards that form a design when mounted in a sheet.

Collectors can add three Salmon cards through a mail-in offer. Fleer is also offering clothing by mail -- T-shirts and baseball caps.

Fleer is putting its cards in 15-, 21- and 23-card packs and promises at least one insert card per pack.

Monday night with Hank

Hank Williams Jr. will be featured on "Monday Night Football" Dec. 20 singing "Are You Ready for Some Football." He'll be dressed as a riverboat gambler and dealing Action Packed's Monday Night Football cards. Action Packed has produced a card for the occasion. It follows the format of the Monday Night Football cards and is numbered HW1. They're available for 10 Monday Night Football card wrappers and $1 sent to: Hank Card, P.O. Box 837, Itasca, Ill. 60143-0837.

Bowman football

Topps' super premium Bowman football is out in a single-series, 423-card set. There is also an insert set of 27 foil cards, featuring nine rookies, nine former No. 1 draft picks and nine stars. Each pack contains 14 cards, including one foil card.

Limited insert

Topps' NBA Super Team cards will only be inserted in Stadium Club Series I. The insert set cards can be redeemed for prizes if the team pictured wins a division, conference or NBA title. Other Stadium Club insert sets are Beam Team and First Day Issue cards. Stadium Club packs have 12 cards plus one insert card. There will be 180 cards in each series, and Series II is due in March.

Periodical department

The latest issue of Sweet Spot, a newsletter devoted to autographed memorabilia, looks at Michael Jordan's voluminous fan mail, Negro Leagues players' autographs and the 1,941 bats that Joe DiMaggio autographed. There's also an index. For information, or to subscribe ($18 for six issues), write to 8140 N. Mopac Expressway, Building 2-120A, Austin, Texas 78759. . . . The fall issue of Topps Magazine features Nolan Ryan, Jim Thorpe, Topps' 1994 baseball, NHL Premier and Stadium Club NBA lines, reprint sets and a computer World Series tournament pitting the champions of 73 World Series.

Nothing but the Babe

Megacards, producer of the Conlon Collection, has issued a 165-card Babe Ruth set, with photos from private collections.

Coming events

Through Dec. 17, exhibit on Hall of Fame pitcher Rube Marquard, Babe Ruth Museum, 216 Emory St., (410) 727-1539.

Today, card show, Holiday Inn-Cromwell Bridge Road (I-695, Exit 29 south), 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., (410) 239-7446.

Next Friday, memorabilia auction to benefit Eastern Shore Baseball Foundation Hall of Fame, Wicomico Bazaar (Route 13, Fruitland), 7 p.m., (410) 543-1685.

Friday-next Sunday, card show, Towson Marketplace, Friday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., next Sunday noon to 6 p.m. (expected signers include Elrod Hendricks, Sherman Obando, Al Bumbry; call for times).

Next Saturday, book signing by baseball authors and autographs by current and former Orioles (expected signers include Sherman Obando, Tim Nordbrook and Rex Barney; call for times), Babe Ruth Museum, 216 Emory St., (410) 727-1539.

Next Sunday, card show and auction (expected signer Cal Abrams), Holiday Inn-Cromwell Bridge Road (I-695, Exit 29), show 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., auction 3 p.m.

CARD OF THE WEEK

Action Packed is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the All-Madden team with a 42-card set. It features John Madden's favorites from his past teams. Twelve players' cards have also been produced in randomly inserted 24k gold versions. Each of the 1,000 numbered cases contains a certificate for an autographed uncut sheet of the set. Among the 42 is Madden's CBS partner, Pat Summerall.

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