High-tech help lets fans get on scoreboard, too

MEMORABILIA

January 09, 1994|By Ruth Sadler | Ruth Sadler,Staff Writer

For the fan who has everything else, now there's a chance for scoreboard immortality.

Thanks to modern computer technology, Scoreboard Memories of Chicago can produce a photograph showing a personalized message on the scoreboards of most major-league baseball parks, NFL stadiums and NBA and NHL arenas.

According to Dan Bricker, the 3-year-old company began with baseball and has been licensed by the NFL, NBA and NHL, too. The leagues contact the teams to obtain permission to photograph the scoreboards. Bricker says that among baseball teams, only the Los Angeles Dodgers weren't interested and that many NFL, NBA and NHL teams have signed on. Wrestling fans can get their names in lights on the Wrestlemania IX scoreboard at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Summerslam and Survivor Series.

The process involves a little computer wizardry. First, a photograph is taken of the stadium or arena and the scoreboard. Then, pictures are put in a computer, and the scoreboard message may be added. Such greetings as "Welcome," "No. 1 Fan" or "MVP" may be added. Photographs of arenas and stadiums are regularly updated.

Bricker says with new equipment, Scoreboard Memories was able to process prints on site for the first time at FanFest. At previous events, fans had placed orders.

Prints are $19.95 plus shipping and $5 more for framing.

For information, contact Scoreboard Memories, 1730 N. Clark St., Suite 4202, Chicago, Ill. 60614 or (708) 945-9493.

Football's Finest

Topps had a big hit with Baseball's Finest set. The concept is being applied to the NFL with a 220-card Football's Finest, due in February. The five-card packs will include a key rookie card. There will be refracting-foil versions of each card inserted one per nine packs as well as oversize versions of the rookie cards, one per box, with one of every six done in foil. Topps says Finest will be allocated to dealers based on their overall sales over the past 12 months.

World Cup collectibles

Upper Deck and the World Cup Organizing Committee are offering the World Cup Fan Kit. For $25, fans get three soccer videos, three newsletters, a card good for discount admission to SoccerFest and order forms for World Cup merchandise. Information is available on bonus cards randomly inserted in Upper Deck World Cup foil packs or by calling (800) 7CUPUSA.

Upper Deck also is producing 10,000 commemorative sheets to be offered through the first Fan Kit video. It also is producing three commemorative sheets (U.S. team, Mexican team and World Cup heroes). There will be 5,000 of each.

Leaf Series Two hockey

Leaf Series Two hockey picks up where Series One left off, with 220 cards and the continuation of five insert sets. A new insert set focuses on 10 candidates for the Calder Trophy. There are 1,000 autographed Mario Lemieux cards randomly inserted in Series Two.

Drag-racing cards

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Action Packed is adding drag racing cards to its lineup in February. Series I will have 42 cards, including a subset of all-time greats like "Big Daddy" Don Garlits and Shirley Muldowney.

Coming events

Jan. 22-23, Bird Expo '94 card show to benefit Ed Block Foundation (expected signers include Jim Palmer, Mike Mussina, Eddie Fisher, Tom Matte and Mike Curtis), Pikesville Armory, Jan. 22 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Jan. 23 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., (410) 574-4365.

CARD OF THE WEEK

Press Pass' five-card Davey Allison tribute set, produced using Prism technology, is available only by mail. Cards chronicle his racing career and also show him with his children. Collectors can find order forms in the Press Pass Preview Set. Allison sets cost $10.95.

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