Topps offers way to win Mantle originals

MEMORABILIA

March 03, 1996|By Ruth Sadler | Ruth Sadler,SUN STAFF

For Topps, 1996 is the year of Mickey Mantle. Series I Baseball featured reproductions of 19 Mantle cards.

In Series II, collectors who find redemption cards have a chance to win the original cards. They are eligible for a drawing to win an original of the card reproduced on the redemption card.

Topps says it got the vintage cards from hobby dealers and expects to conduct its drawing in November. Seventy-six original Mantle cards will be given away, including a 1952 rookie card. Topps says there is one redemption card in every 108 packs.

Series II also contains premium reproductions of the 19 Mantle cards using Finest and Finest Refractor technology. Card fronts will be covered with Topps' unique Finest Protector.

There's more to Series II than the Mantle inserts. There are 220 basic cards and two insert sets. Look for Orioles Rick Krivda and Jimmy Haynes in the "Now Appearing" subset. Topps has scheduled Series II for shipment March 11.

Score Summit hockey

Pinnacle gives Score Hockey a Summit Edition. The premium line has been issued for baseball and football. There are 200 basic cards plus two parallel sets and three insert sets. Summit is Pinnacle's entry in the NHL's Cool Trade program. Collectors finding Cool Trade redemption cards can mail them to get the four Summit cards in the Cool Trade set. Each NHL card licensee will have a set in the program, creating a giant insert set. Look for them this month.

Parkhurst gold

Parkhurst, best-known for its retro hockey sets of the past three years, is also keeping current. Its newest product is a 24k gold set for the 1995-96 season. The nine-card Series 1 features Eric Lindros, Jaromir Jagr, Patrick Roy, Paul Kariya, Teemu Selanne, Ed Belfour, Peter Forsberg, Brian Leetch and retired great Jacques Plante. Each card, which retails for $129, is numbered, contains a certificate of authenticity and comes in a lucite holder packed in a felt-lined box. Series 2 will be out in late March or early April and will include Mario Lemieux.

Teamwork

The NBA's four card licensees will be helping collectors get closer to the action with a chance to win a trip to the NBA Finals. Entry cards, identified as "1996 NBA Finals Card," are randomly inserted in Series II packs of Fleer Ultra, SkyBox Premium, Topps Stadium Club and Upper Deck basketball cards. There will be four grand prize winners, each sponsored by a different card company, who will get a trip for two to the Finals. Other prizes are 1996 NBA Finals basketballs, framed uncut card sheets and NBA Finals caps.

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.

March 15-16, 15th annual Olympin Festival (Olympic pins), Olympic Complex, Lake Placid, N.Y.

March 29-31, "Senators of Griffith Stadium Reunion" card show (expected signers include Harmon Killebrew, Chuck Stobbs, Roy Sievers, Mickey Vernon and Jim Lemon), Essex Community College, March 29 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., March 30 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., March 31 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., (516) 676-3302.

April 13, card show and auction to benefit Cub Scout Pack 447 and National Kidney Foundation-Maryland, St. Philip Neri School, Linthicum, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., (717) 456-7014 ext. 4072 days, (410) 789-1488 evenings.

June 27-30, 17th National Sports Collectors Convention, Anaheim (Calif.) Convention Center, (818) 574-5500.

July 5-10, Pinnacle All-Star FanFest, Philadelphia.

Card of the week

Super premium Pinnacle Baseball Series I for 1996 is thicker than previous editions. There are 200 basic cards and five insert sets, plus a Cal Ripken tribute card. (Shown is Rafael Palmeiro.)

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