Ripken bandwagon starts up Shortstop's cards highlight '96 line


November 19, 1995|By Ruth Sadler | Ruth Sadler,SUN STAFF

Attention, Cal Ripken collectors.

The first of the 1996 baseball cards are out, and Upper Deck is leading the chase for Ripken cards.

Upper Deck's first set for 1996 is Collector's Choice Series One. Among the insert cards are the first five cards of the Cal Ripken Jr. Collection, a 22-card insert set that will be completed with insert cards from Collector's Choice Series Two, Upper Deck Series One and Two, SP Baseball and SP Championship Series.

The format for the Ripken set should be familiar to Upper Deck fans -- it was used for Michael Jordan, Wayne Gretzky and Joe Montana inserts.

Collector's Choice Series One has 365 basic cards plus a parallel set and trade cards that can be redeemed for postseason highlight cards.

Fantasy baseball players can get another opinion from a 12-card subset that ranks the top 15 players at each position in each league. There are three cards for outfielders and four for pitchers.

Dial A-H-L

Main Street Marketing has been licensed to produce American Hockey League phone cards featuring the logos of the 18 teams, the league's 60th anniversary and its all-star game. Cards for the 19 International Hockey League teams are also available. Call (800) 787-1470.

Score NFL upgrade

Score football's second series has been upgraded to super premium level. Score Summit Edition has 200 basic cards, a parallel set and three insert sets, including 18 top draft picks in their NFL uniforms.

New triple folder

Pacific's Crown Collection NFL Triple Folder for 1995 has a new configuration. When folded, the cards are standard size and will fit in nine-pocket sheets. Opened, cards double in length and retain their width.

Legendary lineup

Kenner has added Timeless Legends to its Starting Lineup. The new figures are Arnold Palmer, Joe Louis, Rocky Marciano, Gordie Howe, Bobby Hull, Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem $ 1/8 Abdul-Jabbar, Walter Payton and Terry Bradshaw.

Read all about it

For people who like to read or collect yesterday's news, Box Seat Collectibles' Holiday Sports Newspaper Catalog includes more than 1,500 vintage papers. There is a complete set of papers covering the first World Series. Send $5 for the catalog to: Box Seat Collectibles, P.O. Box 2013, Dept. MMPR2, Halesite, N.Y. 11743 or call (516) 423-1025.

Coming events

Through Dec. 31, "The Faces of Baseball," exhibit featuring more than 40 photographic portraits of baseball's most famous faces, Babe Ruth Museum, 216 Emory St., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., (410) 727-1539.

Friday-next Sunday, card show, Talbot Community Center (Route 50, Easton), Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., next Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., (410) 437-9927.

Dec. 1-3, card show, Hunt Valley Mall (I-83, Exit 20A), (expected signer is Boog Powell, Dec. 2 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.), (410) 529-1624.

Dec. 3, Greg Zaun will sign autographs (free with museum admission) from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Babe Ruth Museum, 216 Emory St., (410) 727-1539.

Card of the week

Fleer has redesigned its oversized NBA Jam Session cards. The set is smaller, 120 cards, but includes a die-cut parallel set, pop-up inserts and 10 top rookies, including Maryland's Joe Smith (shown). Look for them this week.

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