NBA stars jump off cards with 3-D glasses

MEMORABILIA

February 20, 1994|By Ruth Sadler | Ruth Sadler,Sun Staff Writer

Every card pack seems to have a bonus these days. Many card companies put an insert card in every pack.

Upper Deck has a different kind of extra in a 110-card NBA set due out late this month -- a pair of 3-D glasses. And there are two styles of glasses, making them collectible, too.

3-D Pro-View card fronts should be viewed with the glasses. Without them, they look out of focus. Card backs have a more conventional two-dimensional rendering of the photo plus a player biography. Michael Jordan might be playing baseball now, but he's here twice, on a player card and in a subset of top dunkers.

According to Upper Deck's Rich Bradley, the cards -- the first 3-D sports cards -- are aimed at younger collectors.

"It's kind of what we did with baseball Fun Packs," he says. "If the kids are collectors, your collector base expands.

"It's something that's cool, that's different."

He says there are no plans to do other sports cards in 3-D. Collector reaction will help determine whether there's a baseball 3-D. Hockey cards are out because the NHL restricts each licensed maker to two lines, and Upper Deck produces Upper Deck and Parkhurst.

3-D trading cards are not new. According to Roxanne Toser, publisher of Non-Sport Update, Topps used 3-D fronts in its Tarzan Savage Fury and Tarzan and the She-Devil sets in 1953. Also in 1953, Bowman used 3-D in its Antique Autos cards. Topps' Astronauts (1963) and Jaws 3-D (1980) had 3-D backs, and Pro Set had 10 3-D cards in its 1992 Young Indiana Jones Chronicles set.

"I'm sure the cards will be very popular," says Toser. "But I'm sure there are people who would rather not look at the cards through something."

She says the cards could be popular with "people who collect 3-D items no matter what they are."

Pin club for '96 Games

Coca-Cola and the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games have formed an officially licensed collectors' club, the Official 1996 Olympic Games Pin Society. Members receive a two-year calendar, membership pin, discounts on pins and chances to get exclusive pins. Membership is $19.96. Call (800) PINS-4-96.

Negro Leagues licensing

Major League Baseball has started a licensing program for Negro Leagues merchandise. Revenues from Negro Leagues items will be distributed to former Negro Leagues players, the Jackie Robinson Foundation and the Negro Leagues Museum in Kansas City, Mo.

Upper Deck minors

Upper Deck is bringing oversized cards to its minor-league set. The 10 insert cards feature the top minor-league prospects chosen by Upper Deck. The minor-league set, available later this month, contains 270 cards. There are 41 insert cards -- the top player from each major-league organization, the top prospects, Chicago White Sox hopeful Michael Jordan and two trade-in cards redeemable for the top two picks in the 1993 amateur draft. Card fronts feature a small black-and-white version of the

color photo.

Memories on the wall

Bill Goff's baseball lithograph lineup has reached 74. The newest prints depict Griffith Stadium in 1953 ("Grand Old Griffith"), Willie Mays' famous catch of Vic Wertz's fly ball in the 1954 World Series ("Amazing Polo Catch") and old uniforms ("Classic Flatbush Flannel" and "Vintage Yankee Yarn"). There are 600 signed copies of each print. For information, call (800) 321-4633.

Coming events

Through Oct. 31, "Sheriff and His 'Boys,' " exhibit on Sheriff Fowble, who helped develop major-leaguers Al Kaline, Ron Swoboda and Tim Nordbrook, Babe Ruth Museum, 216 Emory St., (410) 727-1539.

Friday-next Sunday, , card show, Columbia Mall, Friday-Saturday a.m. to 9:30 p.m., next Sunday noon to 5 p.m., (410) 329-2188.

March 5, card show to benefit Cape St. Claire Elementary School expected guest is the Oriole Bird), Cape St. Claire Elementary School (Blue Ridge Drive), 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., (410) 757-2457.

March 5, card show, Maryland National Guard Armory, 3727 Putty Hill Ave., Parkville, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., (410) 494-9590.

CARD OF THE WEEK

Fleer added something to each 20-box hobby case of its 1994 baseball cards -- a set of 10 oversized cards called Golden Moments. The set features highlights of the 1993 season, including one card with the three no-hit pitchers. (Shown is Fred McGriff, who hit 30 home runs for the sixth straight year.) Some dealers are selling the sets, and others are selling individual cards.

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