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By Ruth Sadler and Ruth Sadler,Sun Staff Writer | July 10, 1994
People who play in fantasy sports leagues have their own magazines, cable TV shows, radio shows and computer hookups. Soon they'll have football cards, too.Action Packed has a little high-tech fun with its 42-card "Fantasy Forecast" subset. The card back presents pertinent statistics and an analysis of the player's career. The card front shows the player in action and a football in the corner covered with heat sensitive ink. Touching the football reveals Action Packed's draft advice.It's all part of Action Packed's 204-card 1994 NFL set. The 120 basic cards feature a streamlined design, borderless with the player's name in gold.
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By Ralph Kovel and Terry Kovel and Ralph Kovel and Terry Kovel,KING FEATURES SYNDICATE | December 21, 1997
Don't discard Grandpa's old golf clubs, fishing tackle, baseball gloves, tennis balls or other sports equipment.Many collectors have been saving baseball cards since the 1950s, but sports equipment was ignored by all but a few. All kinds of sports collectibles now are seen at the most prestigious antiques shows and at many flea markets.High-end antiques include 19th century golf balls and clubs, large silver trophies, pottery and porcelain figurines and dishes that picture sports events and players, and authentic, game-worn uniforms or autographed balls associated with famous players.
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FEATURES
By Ralph Kovel and Terry Kovel and Ralph Kovel and Terry Kovel,KING FEATURES SYNDICATE | December 21, 1997
Don't discard Grandpa's old golf clubs, fishing tackle, baseball gloves, tennis balls or other sports equipment.Many collectors have been saving baseball cards since the 1950s, but sports equipment was ignored by all but a few. All kinds of sports collectibles now are seen at the most prestigious antiques shows and at many flea markets.High-end antiques include 19th century golf balls and clubs, large silver trophies, pottery and porcelain figurines and dishes that picture sports events and players, and authentic, game-worn uniforms or autographed balls associated with famous players.
SPORTS
By Ruth Sadler and Ruth Sadler,Sun Staff Writer | December 4, 1994
One certain thing about the 1995 baseball season is that there will be trading cards and they will be available by mid-December.Topps is putting gold foil on its flagship line, and Fleer and Donruss are cutting the size of their sets.For its 44th season, Topps more than brings its cards into the future with foil stamping.The 400 cards of its SpectraLight insert set have all-foil fronts with the players silhouetted over the foil -- and the stats on the back are computer extrapolations of what might have happened had the 1994 season been completed.
SPORTS
By Ruth Sadler * | October 20, 1991
Don't look now, but 1992's baseball cards are right around the corner, even though the 1991 World Series is but a day old.Topps celebrated its 40th anniversary with a set that looks stodgy next to its stylish competition. But late in the season, it showed its innovative side with its first premium cards, the Stadium Club line.For 1992, Topps is dressing up its regular line. Gone is the gum that vexed collectors for 40 seasons (it stains card backs, puts sugar on card fronts and defies reason that it could have been made by the same people who make Bazooka)
SPORTS
By Ruth Sadler and Ruth Sadler,Sun Staff Writer | February 20, 1994
Every card pack seems to have a bonus these days. Many card companies put an insert card in every pack.Upper Deck has a different kind of extra in a 110-card NBA set due out late this month -- a pair of 3-D glasses. And there are two styles of glasses, making them collectible, too.3-D Pro-View card fronts should be viewed with the glasses. Without them, they look out of focus. Card backs have a more conventional two-dimensional rendering of the photo plus a player biography. Michael Jordan might be playing baseball now, but he's here twice, on a player card and in a subset of top dunkers.
SPORTS
By Ruth Sadler | November 24, 1991
When Score's baseball set jumped from 704 cards in 1990 to 900 in 1991, collectors might have been worried that the 1992 edition would be an album-buster, threatening the 1,000-card barrier.Relax, Score is sticking with 900 for another season.Card fronts are reminiscent of Pacific Trading Cards, with a side block of pale color that includes a team logo and part of the action photo. Card backs again have color head shots and career stats.The "Dream Team" is back in living black and white but with a new color logo.
SPORTS
By Ruth Sadler and Ruth Sadler,Staff Writer | November 15, 1992
Chris Kontos fans may be disappointed, but most other hockey fans who collect cards should find a lot to like among Upper Deck low series, Topps and Stadium Club.Kontos, the offensive surprise of the season, never had more than eight goals in a season and was obviously not a candidate to be on one of the Tampa Bay Lightning's few cards in any set.Upper Deck, except for its lapse with the composite Eric Lindros card, again presents a lineup of good-looking cards.All eight expansion-team players are shown in their new uniforms (Topps and Stadium Club list the new teams but have the players in last year's uniforms)
SPORTS
By Ruth Sadler | January 19, 1992
'Tis the season for Olympics. Next month, the Winter Games begin, but Summer Games fans can get a preview of the U.S. basketball team in NBA Hoops' Series II.The 32-card Team USA subset features NBA players and coaches on the 1992 team plus members of the 1976, 1984 and 1988 teams still active in the NBA. The '92 team cards include Magic Johnson, although he may not be playing. Card fronts are clean, with each player's name across the top in a red, white and blue striped banner, and the player poses with the ball in his Team USA uniform.
SPORTS
By Ruth Sadler and Ruth Sadler,Staff Writer | September 6, 1992
It seems that just when the NBA playoffs finally end, another season begins.The Chicago Bulls were recrowned as champions in June. Then there was the draft.Now it's time for the cards. (On the other hand, training camps open the first week in October, and the regular season begins Nov. 6.)The big catch in the draft was Shaquille O'Neal, taken first overall by the Orlando Magic. He's a big catch for Classic Games, too. Classic signed O'Neal to an exclusive contract, so you won't find him in the Star Pics set. You won't find him on any other cards until Jan. 1, 1993.
SPORTS
By Ruth Sadler and Ruth Sadler,Sun Staff Writer | July 10, 1994
People who play in fantasy sports leagues have their own magazines, cable TV shows, radio shows and computer hookups. Soon they'll have football cards, too.Action Packed has a little high-tech fun with its 42-card "Fantasy Forecast" subset. The card back presents pertinent statistics and an analysis of the player's career. The card front shows the player in action and a football in the corner covered with heat sensitive ink. Touching the football reveals Action Packed's draft advice.It's all part of Action Packed's 204-card 1994 NFL set. The 120 basic cards feature a streamlined design, borderless with the player's name in gold.
SPORTS
By Ruth Sadler and Ruth Sadler,Sun Staff Writer | February 20, 1994
Every card pack seems to have a bonus these days. Many card companies put an insert card in every pack.Upper Deck has a different kind of extra in a 110-card NBA set due out late this month -- a pair of 3-D glasses. And there are two styles of glasses, making them collectible, too.3-D Pro-View card fronts should be viewed with the glasses. Without them, they look out of focus. Card backs have a more conventional two-dimensional rendering of the photo plus a player biography. Michael Jordan might be playing baseball now, but he's here twice, on a player card and in a subset of top dunkers.
SPORTS
By Ruth Sadler and Ruth Sadler,Staff Writer | November 15, 1992
Chris Kontos fans may be disappointed, but most other hockey fans who collect cards should find a lot to like among Upper Deck low series, Topps and Stadium Club.Kontos, the offensive surprise of the season, never had more than eight goals in a season and was obviously not a candidate to be on one of the Tampa Bay Lightning's few cards in any set.Upper Deck, except for its lapse with the composite Eric Lindros card, again presents a lineup of good-looking cards.All eight expansion-team players are shown in their new uniforms (Topps and Stadium Club list the new teams but have the players in last year's uniforms)
SPORTS
By Ruth Sadler and Ruth Sadler,Staff Writer | September 27, 1992
The trading-card business respects no seasons, so NBA players are cavorting on cardboard before they hit the hardwood.Fleer began shipping its 264-card set last month, and NBA Hoops expects its 350-card Series I to be available by mid-October. So collectors will have John Salley still with the Detroit Pistons, Pooh Richardson with the Minnesota Timberwolves and Rodney McCray with the Dallas Mavericks. But Hoops is marking cards for prominent movers Charles Barkley, Jeff Hornacek, Rolando Blackman, Tim Perry and Jay Humphries with "Traded To" banners on the front.
SPORTS
By Ruth Sadler and Ruth Sadler,Staff Writer | September 6, 1992
It seems that just when the NBA playoffs finally end, another season begins.The Chicago Bulls were recrowned as champions in June. Then there was the draft.Now it's time for the cards. (On the other hand, training camps open the first week in October, and the regular season begins Nov. 6.)The big catch in the draft was Shaquille O'Neal, taken first overall by the Orlando Magic. He's a big catch for Classic Games, too. Classic signed O'Neal to an exclusive contract, so you won't find him in the Star Pics set. You won't find him on any other cards until Jan. 1, 1993.
SPORTS
By Ruth Sadler and Ruth Sadler,Staff Writer | July 12, 1992
In the years after World War II, Topps established itself as the dominant player in baseball cards. From 1956 (after the demise of Bowman) through 1980 (when Fleer and Donruss sued for the right to produce cards), Topps was the only player.Topps entered the market in 1951 and established itself with its 1952 set, long a collector favorite and valued for its beauty as well as card No. 311 (Mickey Mantle). A testament to the enduring popularity of that set is that the Mantle card commands value more than three times that of the real rookie card, the 1951 Bowman.
SPORTS
By Ruth Sadler | November 18, 1990
Hockey fans know it's hockey season, and this year, the sports hobby business knows it, too.From the 1954-55 season until last season, except for 1982-83 and 1983-84, when it did not issue hockey sets in the United States, hockey cards have meant Topps.This season, four card companies are producing sets, and there's even a hockey-card magazine.Score, Pro Set and Topps cards are available now, and Upper Deck's are being shipped and are expected in stores next month.Score cards resemble their baseball and football counterparts, with action photos on the front and color head shots on the back; card fronts have a team logo and a position silhouette.
SPORTS
By Ruth Sadler and Ruth Sadler,Sun Staff Writer | December 4, 1994
One certain thing about the 1995 baseball season is that there will be trading cards and they will be available by mid-December.Topps is putting gold foil on its flagship line, and Fleer and Donruss are cutting the size of their sets.For its 44th season, Topps more than brings its cards into the future with foil stamping.The 400 cards of its SpectraLight insert set have all-foil fronts with the players silhouetted over the foil -- and the stats on the back are computer extrapolations of what might have happened had the 1994 season been completed.
SPORTS
By Ruth Sadler | January 19, 1992
'Tis the season for Olympics. Next month, the Winter Games begin, but Summer Games fans can get a preview of the U.S. basketball team in NBA Hoops' Series II.The 32-card Team USA subset features NBA players and coaches on the 1992 team plus members of the 1976, 1984 and 1988 teams still active in the NBA. The '92 team cards include Magic Johnson, although he may not be playing. Card fronts are clean, with each player's name across the top in a red, white and blue striped banner, and the player poses with the ball in his Team USA uniform.
SPORTS
By Ruth Sadler | November 24, 1991
When Score's baseball set jumped from 704 cards in 1990 to 900 in 1991, collectors might have been worried that the 1992 edition would be an album-buster, threatening the 1,000-card barrier.Relax, Score is sticking with 900 for another season.Card fronts are reminiscent of Pacific Trading Cards, with a side block of pale color that includes a team logo and part of the action photo. Card backs again have color head shots and career stats.The "Dream Team" is back in living black and white but with a new color logo.
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