Ripken's price climbs in new catalog

MEMORABILIA

January 14, 1996|By Ruth Sadler | Ruth Sadler,SUN STAFF

It's back, a year early, bigger and smaller than before.

Sports Collectors Digest has added 68 pages to its "1996 Standard Catalog of Baseball Cards," but lighter paper makes its 1,214 pages less hefty than the 1995 edition.

The catalog is usually published every two years, but Krause Publications says it brought out its fifth edition a year early to reflect current market trends and to add more than 200 previously unlisted sets. The newly listed sets include regional issues.

Phone cards are listed for the first time. A separate index would be helpful for the collector who doesn't know the manufacturers' names but wants to see who's on phone cards.

The popularity of Cal Ripken is reflected in the new edition. The 132-card Topps Traded set, which contains Ripken's first major-league card, was listed for $275 (mint) in the fourth edition. It is $325 in the fifth edition. The Ripken card jumps from $235 to $300. The 1991 Crown/Coke Orioles sets, a Memorial Stadium give-away and strong seller at Crown stations, is listed at $35 in both catalogs. But the Ripken card has gone from $1.50 to $2.50 (Brooks Robinson's has risen from $1 to $1.50).

The benchmark modern set and card, the 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle, reflect a slightly softer market. The set, which was listed at $54,250 (near-mint) in the fourth edition, is down to $53,500 in the new edition, while the Mantle card is at $18,000 in both.

The book retails for $36.95 at book and hobby stores. Or call (800) 258-0929.

Collectibles guide

Krause Publications' "Complete Guide to Football, Basketball Hockey Memorabilia" gives tips on non-card collectibles as well as pricing in three grades of preservation. Items covered include autographs, media guides, uniforms, programs, yearbooks, equipment and magazines. Some are cataloged for the first time. The 528-page guide is available at bookstores or from the publisher at $16.95 plus $3.25 shipping. Call (800) 258-0929.

Hobby store doings

There are two new stores in the area. Dean and Todd Katz have opened Charm City Cards in the Galleria Shopping Center at York Road and Seminary Avenue in Lutherville. They carry mostly new cards and unopened wax boxes. John Conigliaro's Great Moments has taken over Tige's old location at Route 140 and Gorsuch Road in Westminster. Great Moments specializes in cards from the 1990s. Tige's, which specializes in custom plaques, is still in Westminster, now at 330 140 Village Road.

Playoffs, too

Upper Deck's Collector's Choice Series Two NBA has 200 basic cards and four insert sets. A subset recaps the 1995 NBA Playoffs. The Michael Jordan retrospective insert set continues.

Coming events

Through March 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, Jan. 19-21, card show, Security Square Mall (expected signer is Rick Dempsey, Saturday 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.), mall hours.

Card of the week

Fleer's super-premium Flair NBA for 1995-96 features a 15-card subset of rookies in their NBA uniforms. The basic set has 150 cards, and there are three insert sets. (Shown is Glenn Robinson of the Milwaukee Bucks.)

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