Jordan's allure still above average

MEMORABILIA

May 15, 1994|By Ruth Sadler | Ruth Sadler,Sun Staff Writer

Although he's earning a fraction of what he commanded as the NBA's top player and his average has slipped to the mid-.200s, Michael Jordan says he's having fun playing minor-league baseball.

Joining in the fun are licensed manufacturers.

First in was Upper Deck with two Jordans in its major-league baseball set, an insert card in its minor-league set and a card in its Fun Packs set. It also offers autographed baseballs through ,, Upper Deck Authenticated.

Action Packed will soon release a minor-league set, and it will have a Jordan card.

Enviromint, which makes commemorative medallions from reclaimed photographic silver, is striking its third Jordan coin. The first two honored the former Chicago Bull as the NBA's MVP in 1991 and 1992.

The new coin features Jordan as a member of the Double-A Birmingham Barons. The front has Jordan's face, name and uniform number, while the back shows him batting. There will be 25,000 silver medallions. Enviromint is also producing 5,000 Barons team medallions in silver and 250 in gold. The silver medallions are $29.95 each plus $5 shipping. Enviromint is offering a matched-number set of Jordan and Barons medallions for $82.95. The gold medallion is $49.95.

Call (800) 299-MINT.

New store

Jeff's Sports Cards is open at 2185 York Road in Timonium, across from the Fairgrounds. Tom Blair, longtime manager of Jay's Sports Connection, is the manager.

Do lunch with Cal

Collectors who visit Baltimore-Washington area Burger Kings beginning next Sunday can purchase Cal Ripken cards. There are nine cards available in three-card packs. Suggested price is 25 cents per pack with purchase of a large soft drink. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Kelly and Cal Ripken Jr. Foundation.

Just the ticket

Leaf's card backs go for the home-field advantage. They show the player in action against a backdrop of his home park, plus a "ticket stub" with a head shot, the team logo and, where the section, row and seat number would be, his height, weight and bats-throws information. Fronts are color-coordinated with uniform colors. The first series of 220 cards is due this month and the second series in July. New to this set is "Slide Show," a five-card insert whose pictures resemble photographic slides and are best seen when held up to a light.

Minor-league trades

Collectors who find draft pick cards in Upper Deck's minor-league baseball set can redeem them for Alex Rodriguez (No. 1 draft pick card), the first pick in the 1993 draft by the Seattle Mariners, and Kirk Presley (No. 2 draft pick card), the eighth pick and first choice of the New York Mets.

Goff baseball print catalog

Bill Goff Inc. produced 78 baseball prints between 1987 and 1993. They're all shown in a color catalog, which includes artist profiles. An accompanying list indicates current prices, sold-out

editions and secondary market prices. Sets of postcard reproductions are also available. 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.

Today, card show, Cromwell Bridge Holiday Inn (I-695, Exit 29), 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., (410) 821-7187.

Saturday, card show to benefit St. Michael's School athletic fund, St. Michael's School (I-695, Exit 32 south, about 1 mile), 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., (410) 284-3181.

May 28, card show, Cromwell Bridge Holiday Inn (I-695, Exit 29) 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., (410) 821-7187.

May 28-29, card show to benefit Reisterstown Rec Council, Franklin Middle School, Reisterstown (I-695, Exit 20N), 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., (410) 833-5039.

CARD OF THE WEEK

The Orioles' Chris Hoiles is one of the 25 young sluggers featured in Pinnacle's Power Surge set. Card backs include 1993 and lifetime stats as well as career highlights. Pinnacle says it will produce 100,000 sets, and each will have a numbered certificate of authenticity.

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