Magic cards coming out of their retirement, too


February 04, 1996|By Ruth Sadler | Ruth Sadler,SUN STAFF

Magic Johnson returned to the NBA last week, and he'll be back on basketball cards by next month.

"He's an active player again, and . . . as [an active player], [he's] automatically included in NBA trading cards," says Donna Goldsmith of the NBA. "They're all going to try to get him into the Series II products."

Upper Deck, whose second series is scheduled for a late February or early March release, might be first.

"We'll definitely include Magic in the Upper Deck Series II," says Marilyn Van Dyke of Upper Deck. Johnson will be on a basic card which will have his return date (Jan. 31, 1996) stamped in foil and will also be on two insert cards.

It will be early March at Fleer/SkyBox International.

"The earliest card appearance we could have him is SkyBox II, which hits on the sixth of March," says Doug Drotman of Fleer/SkyBox. "Our plans are that there will be one regular player card and one insert card. The next two appearances will be in Flair and Fleer Metal [late March]."

"He'll definitely be in Stadium Club Series II, and we expect to get him in additional basketball products as the season goes on," says Marty Appel of Topps. Stadium Club Series II is due in March. Topps Finest is next on the company's calendar, scheduled for April.

"We did this drill a year ago [when Michael Jordan returned], so we're familiar with it," Appel says.

Stadium Club Baseball

Topps continues its Mickey Mantle tribute with an 18-card insert set in Stadium Club; the first nine cards will be in Series I. Series I has 225 basic cards and four other insert sets. "Extreme Player" cards, 90 per series, can be winners for collectors -- redeemable for special cards.

Finish Line Racing

Finish Line Racing for 1996 has a new logo and will no longer be distributed by Classic. There are 100 basic cards in the set, plus seven insert sets. Finish Line is holding its box count to 36 packs.

SuperSkills cards

Topps, sponsor of the NHL's SuperSkills competition, is issuing a 90-card, hobby-only set to commemorate the all-star weekend event. It will be shipped this week.

Sanders on two coins

Highland Mint's silver medallion of Deion Sanders had him with the San Francisco 49ers and sold 2,690 copies. Because the company promised to limit production to 7,500, there will be 4,810 medallions of Sanders as a Dallas Cowboy. Statistics on the reverse include the 1994 season.

Hear the 'Called Shot'

Talking Frames Corp. is celebrating Babe Ruth's 101st birthday by rereleasing its Remarkable Moments commemorative that features Ruth's "called shot" home run in the 1932 World Series. There is a sepia photograph of the home run, with Ruth's description of the moment available by pushing a button. The limited edition comes in a desktop size and a framed model.

Classic Visions

Classic's premiere edition of Visions '96 is a 150-card super premium set featuring top stars of baseball, basketball, football, hockey and auto racing. Among the inserts is a card that can be redeemed for the first cards of five top 1996 NBA draftees.

Coming events

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

L Thursday-next Sunday, NBA All-Star Jam Session, San Antonio.

Saturday, card show to benefit Bengies Chase Girls Softball Program, Oliver Beach Elementary School (12912 Cunninghill Cove Road), Chase, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., (410) 335-8999.

Feb. 16-18, card show, Hunt Valley Mall, mall hours.

Feb. 16-18, Tuff Stuff Winter Sports Classic Card Show (expected signers include Reggie Jackson and Joe Morgan), State Fairgrounds, Richmond Va..

Card of the week

Donruss Baseball for 1996 has silver foil-stamped fronts and career statistics for all players. There are 300 basic cards and six insert sets in Series 1. The popular Diamond Kings inserts are numbered for the first time. (Shown is Milford Mill graduate Brian

Jordan of the St. Louis Cardinals.)

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