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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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By Sara Engram and Sara Engram,SUN STAFF | March 13, 2002
Sit down for a chat with chef John Fleer, and it's immediately clear you're not talking to an ordinary cook. For one thing, the "foothills cuisine" he has developed at Blackberry Farm, a world-class luxury retreat in the Tennessee shadows of the Smoky Mountains, has earned accolades for its sophisticated take on regional good food. For another, he's as comfortable discussing the culture and philosophy of food as the techniques of preparing it. After all, he began his cooking career to help pay his way as a graduate student in religion and culture at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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By Sara Engram and Sara Engram,SUN STAFF | March 13, 2002
Sit down for a chat with chef John Fleer, and it's immediately clear you're not talking to an ordinary cook. For one thing, the "foothills cuisine" he has developed at Blackberry Farm, a world-class luxury retreat in the Tennessee shadows of the Smoky Mountains, has earned accolades for its sophisticated take on regional good food. For another, he's as comfortable discussing the culture and philosophy of food as the techniques of preparing it. After all, he began his cooking career to help pay his way as a graduate student in religion and culture at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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By Ruth Sadler and Ruth Sadler,SUN STAFF | May 5, 1996
Last September, by doing what he always does, Cal Ripken broke Lou Gehrig's record for consecutive games.This year, the Orioles are honoring his achievement by doing something unusual. They are offering limited-edition commemoratives for the first time.There are four items in the Official 2131 Collection. There is a leather-bound, signed copy of Ripken's book "Cal on Cal," limited to 2,131 copies, with each title page featuring a summary of one of his 2,131 games ($299.95). A hardcover edition with the special "8" logo used in games 2,130 and 2,131 embossed on the title page is $39.95.
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September 27, 1992
Fleer Ultra football for '92 is on the way. The 450-card set features marble borders similar to those of Ultra baseball. Backs are horizontal and show the players on a playing field. Look for a 10-card "signature series" featuring Reggie White and Chris Miller, with more than 2,000 randomly inserted autographed cards. Other subsets highlight draft picks and award winners.
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By Ruth Sadler and Ruth Sadler,SUN STAFF | May 5, 1996
Last September, by doing what he always does, Cal Ripken broke Lou Gehrig's record for consecutive games.This year, the Orioles are honoring his achievement by doing something unusual. They are offering limited-edition commemoratives for the first time.There are four items in the Official 2131 Collection. There is a leather-bound, signed copy of Ripken's book "Cal on Cal," limited to 2,131 copies, with each title page featuring a summary of one of his 2,131 games ($299.95). A hardcover edition with the special "8" logo used in games 2,130 and 2,131 embossed on the title page is $39.95.
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By Ruth Sadler | May 5, 1991
The Baltimore Orioles' final season in Memorial Stadium presents many opportunities for baseball memorabilia collectors.Some collectibles are Orioles promotions. Others are souvenirs that can be purchased at the stadium.From Aase to Zuverink, the Orioles are putting all their players on cards. The cards will be in four sets, with the first three given to fans of all ages on May 17, June 28 and Aug. 11. The fourth set will be available only at Crown gas stations. Each of the other sets also will be available at Crown, but only after it is given away at the stadium.
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By Ruth Sadler and Ruth Sadler,Staff Writer | November 14, 1993
Bigger is getting popular.Fleer picked up GameDay this season and kept the football card oversized. Classic followed with its Classic Future cards.Fleer seems to like the size because it will be releasing large-format hockey and basketball cards before year's end. And Upper Deck's T-202-style cards are also larger than normal but a different size than Fleer's and Classic's.Power Play hockey cards bring back what Canadian collectors call "tall boy" cards, which haven't been produced in 30 years.
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By Ruth Sadler and Ruth Sadler,Staff Writer | October 24, 1993
Premium one-upmanship continues.First there was Upper Deck SP. The end of baseball season has brought Topps' Baseball's Finest and Fleer Flair, Ltd.Topps limited Baseball's Finest to 4,000 cases, and Baltimore-area dealers have seen prices as high as $23 a pack for this relatively rare issue.Fleer says it has made 15 percent less Flair than it made of Ultra. Dealers have found it more plentiful than Baseball's Finest, and can still be found near Fleer's suggested price of $4.49 for a boxed pack of 10.The set contains 300 cards plus a popular 20-card insert set called "Wave of the Future," featuring top rookies such as Tim Salmon, Jeffrey Hammonds, Mike Piazza, Rondell White and Aaron Sele.
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By Ruth Sadler and Ruth Sadler,Sun Staff Writer | August 21, 1994
Major-league baseball players are on strike, but, for collectors, the season continues.The baseball card calendar still has entries for the 1994 season, and the manufacturers say these cards will be out on schedule.Donruss' Studio comes out this month, and a new high-end card, Leaf Limited, makes its debut in September. Fleer's remaining baseball sets are super-sized Extra Bases (this month), Fleer update (September) and Flair's second series (September). For Pinnacle, the remaining sets are rookie and traded sets for Score September)
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By Ruth Sadler and Ruth Sadler,Sun Staff Writer | July 30, 1995
Cal Ripken seems to be everywhere -- at the ballpark (naturally), on the cover of virtually every publication, on T-shirts, on a lithograph and on baseball cards.Fleer/Skybox International is honoring the Orioles shortstop with a pair of 10-card insert sets, in the premiere edition of E-Motion Major League Baseball and in Series 2 of Flair.The Ripken insert sets feature highlights selected by Ripken. The E-Motion set is called "Timeless," and the Flair set is "Enduring."Both sets will be augmented by five cards highlighting the 1995 season, available by mail.
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By Ruth Sadler and Ruth Sadler,Sun Staff Writer | August 21, 1994
Major-league baseball players are on strike, but, for collectors, the season continues.The baseball card calendar still has entries for the 1994 season, and the manufacturers say these cards will be out on schedule.Donruss' Studio comes out this month, and a new high-end card, Leaf Limited, makes its debut in September. Fleer's remaining baseball sets are super-sized Extra Bases (this month), Fleer update (September) and Flair's second series (September). For Pinnacle, the remaining sets are rookie and traded sets for Score September)
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By Ruth Sadler and Ruth Sadler,Sun Staff Writer | August 7, 1994
Fleer is going 4-for-4 in oversized cards and getting the jump on the 1994-95 NBA season.Last year, it went to big cards in football (NFL Game Day), basketball (NBA Jam Session) and hockey (Power Play). The 400-card set will make Fleer the only company with oversized cards in all four major sports.The cards, which measure 4 11/16 inches x 2 1/2 inches, are 35 percent larger than standard trading cards.The baseball line is called Extra Bases and is due later this month. There are four insert sets totaling 80 cards, and a fifth (Pitchers' Duel)
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By Ruth Sadler and Ruth Sadler,Staff Writer | November 14, 1993
Bigger is getting popular.Fleer picked up GameDay this season and kept the football card oversized. Classic followed with its Classic Future cards.Fleer seems to like the size because it will be releasing large-format hockey and basketball cards before year's end. And Upper Deck's T-202-style cards are also larger than normal but a different size than Fleer's and Classic's.Power Play hockey cards bring back what Canadian collectors call "tall boy" cards, which haven't been produced in 30 years.
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By Ruth Sadler and Ruth Sadler,Staff Writer | October 24, 1993
Premium one-upmanship continues.First there was Upper Deck SP. The end of baseball season has brought Topps' Baseball's Finest and Fleer Flair, Ltd.Topps limited Baseball's Finest to 4,000 cases, and Baltimore-area dealers have seen prices as high as $23 a pack for this relatively rare issue.Fleer says it has made 15 percent less Flair than it made of Ultra. Dealers have found it more plentiful than Baseball's Finest, and can still be found near Fleer's suggested price of $4.49 for a boxed pack of 10.The set contains 300 cards plus a popular 20-card insert set called "Wave of the Future," featuring top rookies such as Tim Salmon, Jeffrey Hammonds, Mike Piazza, Rondell White and Aaron Sele.
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By Ruth Sadler and Ruth Sadler,Staff Writer | August 22, 1993
The NBA season begins in hobby shops next month. Many draft picks remain unsigned, but that's why they invented draft exchange cards.Although NBA guidelines limit licensees to producing cards of active players, there will be a Reggie Lewis card.Fleer, because of its early-bird production schedule, will be the only card company with the late Dunbar and Boston Celtics star in a regular set."To my knowledge, there are no plans to take Reggie Lewis out of the set," said Fleer spokesman Chuck Trach.
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By Ruth Sadler | September 22, 1991
Baseball's minor leagues have closed up shop for the year, but cards of their teams still are available.Pro Cards of Pottstown, Pa., specializes in minor-league cards. Its 1991 lineup is 149 teams strong and features five or six affiliates of each major-league team and six independent/co-op teams.Each team is sold in a pack wrapped in clear plastic that carries out the cards' design of a yellow steno pad. The checklist card announces the year, team, league and affiliation in a "window" of the pack.
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By Ruth Sadler and Ruth Sadler,Sun Staff Writer | August 7, 1994
Fleer is going 4-for-4 in oversized cards and getting the jump on the 1994-95 NBA season.Last year, it went to big cards in football (NFL Game Day), basketball (NBA Jam Session) and hockey (Power Play). The 400-card set will make Fleer the only company with oversized cards in all four major sports.The cards, which measure 4 11/16 inches x 2 1/2 inches, are 35 percent larger than standard trading cards.The baseball line is called Extra Bases and is due later this month. There are four insert sets totaling 80 cards, and a fifth (Pitchers' Duel)
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September 27, 1992
Fleer Ultra football for '92 is on the way. The 450-card set features marble borders similar to those of Ultra baseball. Backs are horizontal and show the players on a playing field. Look for a 10-card "signature series" featuring Reggie White and Chris Miller, with more than 2,000 randomly inserted autographed cards. Other subsets highlight draft picks and award winners.
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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.
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