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By Ruth Sadler | October 27, 1991
For baseball card collectors, 1992 looks as if it will be the year when Score's influence finally reaches cards at the lower end of the market.Score arrived in 1988 with improved card stock, thoughtful and imaginative photos and colorful and interesting card backs. Premium cards made their debut the next year, with Upper Deck taking Score a step further with better card stock, anti-counterfeiting holograms and stunning photos. Donruss brought out a premium line (Leaf) in 1990, and Fleer (Ultra)
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By Ruth Sadler and Ruth Sadler,Sun Staff Writer | September 11, 1994
Action Packed became an NHL licensee this year, something the company had sought for several years. But the license is not to produce cards.The company that first put gold foil on trading cards is branching out -- sort of.Hockey fans won't be able to get a pack of Action Packed cards or assemble a set. But they can buy some items that are a lot like cards.One is the Mammoth Card, a comic book-sized piece of embossed cardboard that looks like an oversized Action Packed card. It made its debut this summer in an NFL version.
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December 13, 1992
Donruss has changed The Rookies from a 56-card boxed set to a 132-card, foil-only set, with 20 additional "Phenom" cards randomly inserted. Cards resemble 1992 Donruss but with green color bars instead of blue. Phenom cards feature black borders with gold accents and a distinctive logo.
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By Ruth Sadler and Ruth Sadler,Staff Writer | January 2, 1994
Basketball fans with a nostalgic bent or who are interested in the history of the game might enjoy Action Packed's second series of Basketball Hall of Fame cards.Action Packed's embossing seems to be more effective on the black and white photos, reproduced in a tintype-style, in the 42-card set than on the full-color ones. Backs have enough stats to be interesting but are not overloaded.There's Paul Arizin dribbling -- in black and white -- the way he looked on TV in the '50s. For postwar fans, Harry Galltin and Ed Macauly are included.
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By Ruth Sadler and Ruth Sadler,Sun Staff Writer | September 11, 1994
Action Packed became an NHL licensee this year, something the company had sought for several years. But the license is not to produce cards.The company that first put gold foil on trading cards is branching out -- sort of.Hockey fans won't be able to get a pack of Action Packed cards or assemble a set. But they can buy some items that are a lot like cards.One is the Mammoth Card, a comic book-sized piece of embossed cardboard that looks like an oversized Action Packed card. It made its debut this summer in an NFL version.
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By Ruth Sadler | March 3, 1991
Attention, all cynics -- collectors and dealers alike -- wh thought that Topps was saving all those X-marked cards for the dog days of the baseball card season.Three of those cards -- coupons, actually, for vintage Topps cards valued at $50 or more -- have turned up in Maryland.According to Dee Bosley of The Old Ball Game in Reisterstown, a customer at the store received an X card last week. The card must be sent to Topps, and the collector then receives the prize card. The collector has not yet gotten the card from Topps.
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By Ruth Sadler and Ruth Sadler,Staff Writer | January 2, 1994
Basketball fans with a nostalgic bent or who are interested in the history of the game might enjoy Action Packed's second series of Basketball Hall of Fame cards.Action Packed's embossing seems to be more effective on the black and white photos, reproduced in a tintype-style, in the 42-card set than on the full-color ones. Backs have enough stats to be interesting but are not overloaded.There's Paul Arizin dribbling -- in black and white -- the way he looked on TV in the '50s. For postwar fans, Harry Galltin and Ed Macauly are included.
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By Ruth Sadler and Ruth Sadler,Staff Writer | February 28, 1993
Spring training is in full swing, but most Baltimore collectors remain in the grip of winter."It takes a few warm days for people here to realize it's spring training" and start asking for Orioles cards, says Don Bevans of All Star Cards in Baltimore.He has seen strong demand for Upper Deck baseball cards, but it's NBA cards that are hot, especially NBA Hoops Series 2. "We've sold everything we could get our hands on," he says.Bill Tanner at Baseball Card Outlet in Dundalk expects more collectors to be asking about baseball next month, but now "anything with Shaquille O'Neal on it seems to be hot."
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By Ruth Sadler and Ruth Sadler,Staff Writer | December 20, 1992
Baseball town turns to basketballCollectors giving gift of ShaquilleFor fan and collector interest, the Orioles are dominant in Baltimore.So, as shoppers work on their holiday lists, what's warming up collectors in the days before Christmas is -- NBA cards.Don Bevans, at All Star Cards in Baltimore, had trouble selling basketball cards last year, even at give-away prices. This year, Upper Deck basketball is a hot item in a store where baseball normally reigns."I think Shaquille O'Neal being so great a basketball player is making the set hot," says Bevans.
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By Ruth Sadler and Ruth Sadler,Staff Writer | April 19, 1992
Fleer Ultra began appearing in Baltimore-area hobby shops about the same time the baseball season started. Baseball is ubiquitous -- on television, in the newspapers and at the ballpark. However, Ultra is hard to find.Dealers who got it first generally have sold out. Other dealers are still waiting for their shipments. It seems to be on the top of everybody's want list.It's not last season's Ultra by a long shot. The premium cards have a glossy UV coating, border-less action shots and two-photo backs that have a 3D look.
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December 13, 1992
Donruss has changed The Rookies from a 56-card boxed set to a 132-card, foil-only set, with 20 additional "Phenom" cards randomly inserted. Cards resemble 1992 Donruss but with green color bars instead of blue. Phenom cards feature black borders with gold accents and a distinctive logo.
SPORTS
By Ruth Sadler | October 27, 1991
For baseball card collectors, 1992 looks as if it will be the year when Score's influence finally reaches cards at the lower end of the market.Score arrived in 1988 with improved card stock, thoughtful and imaginative photos and colorful and interesting card backs. Premium cards made their debut the next year, with Upper Deck taking Score a step further with better card stock, anti-counterfeiting holograms and stunning photos. Donruss brought out a premium line (Leaf) in 1990, and Fleer (Ultra)
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By Ruth Sadler | March 3, 1991
Attention, all cynics -- collectors and dealers alike -- wh thought that Topps was saving all those X-marked cards for the dog days of the baseball card season.Three of those cards -- coupons, actually, for vintage Topps cards valued at $50 or more -- have turned up in Maryland.According to Dee Bosley of The Old Ball Game in Reisterstown, a customer at the store received an X card last week. The card must be sent to Topps, and the collector then receives the prize card. The collector has not yet gotten the card from Topps.
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By Ruth Sadler and Ruth Sadler,Sun Staff Writer | June 4, 1995
The strike-delayed baseball season is six weeks old, and the Orioles are off to a slow start.Local card store owners have seen an improvement in business, albeit a slight one, since the strike ended. They say that business is better than at the depth of the strike but not as good as before the strike. But Cal Ripken, whose cards were popular during the strike when almost nothing else sold, continues to be a best seller.Usually May starts the summer slowdown at All-American Cards in Essex, says Karen Smetana, because her customers rediscover other interests.
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By Ruth Sadler | December 15, 1991
Considering the current recession, Baltimore-area card dealers are finding that the Christmas sales season is better than expected.Many dealers experienced slow sales during the fall but report business has picked up since Thanksgiving and gotten heavier in the past week."
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