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By Ruth Sadler and Ruth Sadler,Sun Staff Writer | October 9, 1994
According to NFL Properties licensing director Colin Hagen, sales of football cards are 25 percent ahead of last year.He attributes that to interest in the league's 75th anniversary and strong performances on the field by veterans and rookies.Baltimore-area dealers, whose customers have no hometown NFL team, think it's the baseball strike.Rick Hubata, of The Dugout in Ellicott City, says his football card business has doubled since last year. "Across the board, football sales are dramatically up," he says.
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By Jamison Hensley, The Baltimore Sun | July 17, 2010
Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco got up close with more than 200 fans and their heightened expectations Saturday at a local autograph session, signing everything from jerseys to football cards to even a wedding card. Nearly every time he scribbled "Joe Flacco 5," someone brought up winning the Super Bowl — or, at the very least, going to it. "They're all expecting us to do well this year, and that's a good thing," Flacco said after signing for every sunburned fan in line (which meant writing his name continually for more than an hour)
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By Ruth Sadler | April 14, 1991
If you can get baseball cards for Christmas, should you b surprised that you can get football cards for Father's Day? (Sorry, collector moms, but shipping won't be in time for Mother's Day.)Just when it seemed safe to believe that baseball -- and spring -- had arrived, football is here, too.Score's Series I football cards, 345 strong, will be shipped in late May. Series II, with 341 cards, will be shipped in August. The 690-card factory set, which has four cards not available in packs, will arrive with the National Football League season in September.
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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,SUN STAFF | September 3, 2002
To scout Rodney Peete, it sounds like the Ravens will be calling ESPN Classic for some film. In what will be a battle of youth against wisdom, the Ravens will open the season Sunday against the Carolina Panthers and Peete, their new yet old quarterback. The Panthers officially benched a struggling Chris Weinke yesterday and named Peete as their starter just six days before the opener. While Peete, 36, is a 14-year veteran, few Ravens even knew he was still an NFL quarterback. It's a natural assumption since none of the Ravens' starters on defense were in the NFL in 1995, the last time Peete was a full-time starter.
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By Ruth Sadler and Ruth Sadler,Staff Writer | October 11, 1992
Action Packed, which has produced innovative football card for the past three years, has turned its attention to baseball.The result is the first of three 84-card All-Star Gallery sets. It is aptly named.Like Action Packed's NFL cards, the baseball cards are thicker than standard and embossed. As Lou Brock practically slides off his card and Bob Gibson falls off the mound (and almost off the card), it's clear that Action Packed's techniques work with baseball, too."Baseball cards are not football cards with baseball players on them," says Action Packed's Laurie Pearlstein, who grew up in Pikesville.
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By Ruth Sadler and Ruth Sadler,Staff Writer | June 13, 1993
It's June. The NBA and NHL have finished their playoffs, leaving sports fans with only baseball to enter the summer with.But there are no seasons in the world of collectibles, so the first cards of the 1993-94 NFL season will be out before training camp opens. Classic Games expects to ship its 100-card NFL draft set this month.However, most issues probably will continue their practice of August releases.SkyBox International, which branched out into football last fall, has announced its game plan.
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By Ruth Sadler | August 11, 1991
You know it's football season because the NFL teams are sweating through training camp and exhibitions and hobby shops have boxes full of the latest football cards.While the NFL is taking its time expanding to two more cities, it was quick to grant new licenses to Upper Deck and Pacific Trading Cards for the 1991 season.Upper Deck cards have a strong family resemblance to other Upper Deck products. Statistics fans will be interested to note that Upper Deck is not using the NFL's quarterback ratings, but it has included rushing numbers for quarterbacks, an innovation.
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By Jamison Hensley, The Baltimore Sun | July 17, 2010
Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco got up close with more than 200 fans and their heightened expectations Saturday at a local autograph session, signing everything from jerseys to football cards to even a wedding card. Nearly every time he scribbled "Joe Flacco 5," someone brought up winning the Super Bowl — or, at the very least, going to it. "They're all expecting us to do well this year, and that's a good thing," Flacco said after signing for every sunburned fan in line (which meant writing his name continually for more than an hour)
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By Ruth Sadler and Ruth Sadler,Sun Staff Writer | September 4, 1994
Business during the baseball strike has been -- different.Some Baltimore-area memorabilia dealers say their business has slowed since major-league players went on strike Aug. 12 and that their customers are altering their buying habits.Bud Williams, of Bud's Starting Lineup in Baltimore, says his customers are talking about nothing but the strike, but they're buying football cards."Usually football doesn't settle in until school starts or the first game," he says.He also sells a lot of Orioles T-shirts to fans, who wear them to games.
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By Ruth Sadler and Ruth Sadler,Staff Writer | December 5, 1993
Over the past two years, card companies have issued exchange cards for NBA and NFL cards.Fleer is bringing the concept to baseball for 1994. Its exchange card will be redeemable for a nine-card set of players called up in 1994 but not included in the basic Fleer set. There will be one card for each defensive position.The 720-card basic set features coating on both sides and gold stamping on all cards. Statistics are superimposed on the card back's photo. Everything's alphabetical, beginning with teams in the American League.
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By Ruth Sadler and Ruth Sadler,SUN STAFF | November 12, 1995
For the past two seasons, there was no professional hockey in Baltimore and Gary Benton was in hibernation.Benton sells hockey cards -- and only hockey cards -- as All Hockey By Mike in baseball-crazy Baltimore.Hockey is back at the Arena with the American Hockey League Bandits, and Benton will be back at his part-time pursuit this week, too.He had an agreement with the Skipjacks to sell his cards at the team's home games. He now has an agreement to do the same at Bandits home games beginning Wednesday.
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By Ruth Sadler and Ruth Sadler,Sun Staff Writer | December 18, 1994
The baseball strike is still with us, and collectibles dealers are well aware of it.Many dealers say business is better than early in the strike but not as strong as last Christmas. Often they blame the strike for dampening interest in baseball.New baseball cards aren't the sure sellers they have been. Only three dealers contacted reported strong sales of '95 cards."It's not just the strike," says Joe Bosley, longtime owner of The Old Ball Game in Reisterstown. "There's too much product out there.
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By Ruth Sadler and Ruth Sadler,Sun Staff Writer | October 9, 1994
According to NFL Properties licensing director Colin Hagen, sales of football cards are 25 percent ahead of last year.He attributes that to interest in the league's 75th anniversary and strong performances on the field by veterans and rookies.Baltimore-area dealers, whose customers have no hometown NFL team, think it's the baseball strike.Rick Hubata, of The Dugout in Ellicott City, says his football card business has doubled since last year. "Across the board, football sales are dramatically up," he says.
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By Ruth Sadler and Ruth Sadler,Sun Staff Writer | September 4, 1994
Business during the baseball strike has been -- different.Some Baltimore-area memorabilia dealers say their business has slowed since major-league players went on strike Aug. 12 and that their customers are altering their buying habits.Bud Williams, of Bud's Starting Lineup in Baltimore, says his customers are talking about nothing but the strike, but they're buying football cards."Usually football doesn't settle in until school starts or the first game," he says.He also sells a lot of Orioles T-shirts to fans, who wear them to games.
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By Ruth Sadler and Ruth Sadler,Sun Staff Writer | August 28, 1994
When football Hall of Famer O. J. Simpson was arrested in June, he had signed contracts for a number of memorabilia ventures.The publicity surrounding his being charged with the murders of his ex-wife and her friend sent demand for -- and prices of -- Simpson memorabilia soaring.One contract was canceled last week by the manufacturer, and another is being re-examined.Sports, Accessories & Memorabilia, which had a contract with Simpson and had produced a prototype bobbing head doll of him, will not manufacture the doll and has destroyed the mold.
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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 Ruth Sadler | February 17, 1991
It's midwinter, and the predominant color seems to be gray. The crocuses are starting to come up, but pitchers and catchers don't report until later this week. The weather has turned colder again. Is there any way to rush spring?Try a visit to your favorite baseball card dealer. All the major companies have come out with their initial offerings for the 1991 baseball season, so buy a pack or more, and enjoy the pictures -- it always seems to be midsummer.If your favorite color is yellow, you'll love the '91 Fleers.
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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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By Ruth Sadler and Ruth Sadler,Staff Writer | December 5, 1993
Over the past two years, card companies have issued exchange cards for NBA and NFL cards.Fleer is bringing the concept to baseball for 1994. Its exchange card will be redeemable for a nine-card set of players called up in 1994 but not included in the basic Fleer set. There will be one card for each defensive position.The 720-card basic set features coating on both sides and gold stamping on all cards. Statistics are superimposed on the card back's photo. Everything's alphabetical, beginning with teams in the American League.
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By Ruth Sadler and Ruth Sadler,Staff Writer | October 3, 1993
5/8 TC The NFL season is in full swing, and although football cards have been out for a couple of months, there are more to come.Fleer is bringing out its second season of GameDay, a 480-card set, late this month, which is to include players who have changed teams.There will be 56 rookies (two per team) and 51 players signed as free agents or traded after last season.As an official card of the NFL, GameDay features league photographs. Fleer emphasizes that photos used in the Gameday set are not the same as those used in the GameDay/McDonald's promotion.
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