Wall or wallet--photos will fit

MEMORABILIA

May 22, 1994|By Ruth Sadler | Ruth Sadler,Sun Staff Writer

Michael Gustafson has been flying over baseball parks for the past several years, capturing them on film and selling lithographs of his work.

Now collectors can put his photographs in their wallets as well as on their walls.

AMI Communications Inc. is putting some of the photographs on prepaid telephone cards.

Opening Day photos of Oriole Park at Camden Yards, The Ballpark in Arlington, Jacobs Field and Mile High Stadium are available as a package of a phone card (with 10 minutes) and a lithograph for $29.95 plus shipping. Call (800) 554-0153 to order. Cards are in production and will be shipped by mid-June.

There will be a maximum of 10,000 of each produced.

"If someone wants to buy cards only, they can call and we'll discuss price," says Scott Bosley of AMI.

Bosley says businesses can order phone cards to use as gifts or promotions and that his company can customize them. Contact him about cards only at AMI Communications, 800 Roosevelt Road, Suite 202C, Glen Ellyn, Ill. 60137 or (800) 437-6341.

Bowman preview

One of the insert sets in Topps' Stadium Club baseball second series is a 10-card preview of Bowman baseball. Seven of the cards feature rookies or prospects. Among the 270 Stadium Club cards are 40 1994 debut cards, including that of Korean-born pitcher Chan Ho Park of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Look for the cards late this month. Series III is due in August.

More Collector's Choice

Upper Deck's Collector's Choice Series Two is due in June. As in Series One, each of the 350 cards will be produced with a silver- or gold-foil signature, with one "silver" card per pack and one "gold" card per box. The set also features scratch-off game cards that offer prizes. The grand prize is a tour of Upper Deck headquarters in California and a $10,000 memorabilia spending spree.

More silver cards

Highland Mint has added Jerry Rice, Mark Messier, Tim Salmon, Felix Potvin, Paul Molitor, Michael Irvin, Steve Yzerman and Johnny Bench to its roster of athletes whose early Topps cards have been replicated in silver and bronze. Cards come with certificates of authenticity and are packaged in albums with Lucite displays. Call (800) 544-6135 for dealers.

New bats

Cooperstown Bat Co. has added the Florida Marlins and Colorado Rockies, completing its team bat series. The Kansas City A's join the Brooklyn Dodgers, Boston Braves, Milwaukee Braves, New York Giants, Washington Senators and St. Louis Browns in the vintage club series. Hall of Famer Duke Snider will be featured on the limited-edition 1994 famous player bat. For information, call (607) 547-2415 or write to Cooperstown Bat Co., P.O. Box 415, Cooperstown, N.Y. 13326.

Lunch and cards with Cal

Fans can enter a drawing at Burger King for autographed Cal Ripken cards. They can buy the plain cards in packs of three for 25 cents with purchase of a large soft drink. Pinnacle's special nine-card Ripken set, available at Baltimore-Washington area restaurants, has also been produced in a premium version. Each pack contains two regular cards and one premium card.

Checkered flag cards

Press Pass is giving 10 drivers the checkered-flag treatment in an insert set in its 1994 racing cards. The cards will be randomly inserted and will also be available at nine Winston Cup races and at racing collectibles shows.

Football Archives, too

Topps, which has produced baseball and basketball Archives sets, is doing the same for football. Its 1956 and 1957 NFL cards will be combined in a set due for release in June. The original 1956 set included rookie cards of Roosevelt Brown, Roosevelt Grier and Lenny Moore, and the 1957 set had rookie cards of Johnny Unitas, Raymond Berry, Bart Starr and Paul Hornung. Topps says it will not correct factual or grammatical errors from the originals. There are no checklist cards.

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, Hunt Valley Mall (I-83, Exit 20A) during mall hours, (410) 529-1624.

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

Saturday-next Sunday, 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.

June 3, "The UnFOURgettable Years" exhibit opens, featuring events from years ending in 4, Babe Ruth Museum, 216 Emory St., (410) 727-1539.

June 3-5, Summerfest '94 card show, Eastpoint Mall (expected signers include Luis Aparicio, Jeffrey Hammonds and Lee Smith), 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Call (410) 821-7187 for signing times.

Aug. 6-7, card show, Carrolltown Center, Eldersburg, Aug. 6 10 a.m. to 9 p.m, Aug. 7 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., (410) 781-6648.

CARD OF THE WEEK

Stadium Club's NBA Series II has a rhythm of its own -- a six-card insert set called Rim Rockers. It features some of the game's top dunkers, with a short "rap" on the card back. Stadium Club II has 180 cards plus the Rim Rockers and a 14-card Beam Team set. Again, there are first-day issue cards.

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