For Games fans inclined to collect, trading cards remain in the picture

July 11, 1996|By Ruth Sadler

The best-known Olympics collectibles, over the years, have been pins.

But trading cards are a part of the Centennial Games, too, focusing on history and the U.S. basketball teams.

Upper Deck is the third major card manufacturer to offer Olympic cards this year, and it has two sets. The first, U.S. Olympic Champions Olympicards, features top American athletes of past Olympics and potential members of the 1996 teams (cards were printed before selections were made). It has 135 basic cards and four insert sets totaling 44 cards.

The second set, USA Basketball Deluxe Gold Edition, is an all-die-cut set devoted to the U.S. men's and women's basketball teams. There are 72 basic cards (12 feature members of the women's team, including coach Tara VanDerveer) plus four insert sets (32 cards).

In the spring, Topps released a 24-card set featuring the U.S. women's national basketball team, and Fleer brought out a 52-card set of the men's basketball team. Fleer Special Issue USA Basketball is of super-premium quality and has a 10-card hobby-only insert set.

Kodak is offering cards with film purchases. Collectors can amass 23 cards featuring photographs of famous Olympic performances.

Last fall, Collect-A-Card Corp. issued a set of 120 cards tracing the history of the Summer and Winter Games.

Pub Date: 7/11/96

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