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September 5, 1993
Pacific Trading Cards is moving its NFL series upscale to premium. The 440-card set will be limited to 5,000 cases. There will also be two insert sets -- 25 gold-foil cards featuring top players and 20 "Prism" cards featuring veterans and rookies. Cards come 12 to a pack.
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By Ruth Sadler | July 11, 1996
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.
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By Ruth Sadler | July 11, 1996
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.
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By Ruth Sadler and Ruth Sadler,SUN STAFF | December 3, 1995
In part thanks to increased exposure on television, female athletes are becoming better-known.But they haven't been seen often on trading cards. That's because the major manufacturers concentrate on professional team sports and the best-known female athletes tend to be in tennis, golf, track and field, gymnastics and figure skating. There have been women on tennis and Olympic cards, and some college basketball teams have issued cards.The U.S. women's soccer team was featured in a subset of Upper Deck's 1994 World Cup set.But this week a women's team gets a set of its own from a major manufacturer.
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By Ruth Sadler and Ruth Sadler,Staff Writer | December 12, 1993
For football fans burned out -- and bummed out -- by NFL expansion, there is still a place where the league isn't expanding.While other major NFL licensees issue monster-sized sets (Upper Deck, Fleer Ultra and Stadium Club each has at least 500 cards) that may have forgotten only the sideline gofers, Action Packed stays comparatively small. This year's set checks in with 162 in the basic set and 42 more in three insert sets."We keep our sets small . . . because we feel that when a person opens our cards that they're happy with what they get," says Action Packed's Laurie Goldberg.
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By Ruth Sadler and Ruth Sadler,SUN STAFF | December 3, 1995
In part thanks to increased exposure on television, female athletes are becoming better-known.But they haven't been seen often on trading cards. That's because the major manufacturers concentrate on professional team sports and the best-known female athletes tend to be in tennis, golf, track and field, gymnastics and figure skating. There have been women on tennis and Olympic cards, and some college basketball teams have issued cards.The U.S. women's soccer team was featured in a subset of Upper Deck's 1994 World Cup set.But this week a women's team gets a set of its own from a major manufacturer.
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By Ruth Sadler and Ruth Sadler,Staff Writer | September 5, 1993
Teddy Ballgame has become Teddy Ballcard.This month, the first issue of the Ted Williams Ballcard Co. goes on sale. And the focus is on the past.The 200-card set features former major-leaguers, stars of the Negro Leagues, four members of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League and two current players. Juan Gonzalez and Jeff Bagwell are the active players featured in a 10-card subset with Williams' comments on the backs.There are regionalized insert sets featuring the 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers, 1963 Los Angeles Dodgers, 1971 Pittsburgh Pirates and 1975 Cincinnati Reds.
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By Ruth Sadler and Ruth Sadler,Sun Staff Writer | May 28, 1995
The Sports Collectibles Association International was organized in 1991. It claims more than 400 members -- hobby dealers, manufacturers, licensors and hobby publications.Dealer members display SCAI's red, white and blue logo in store windows, on business cards, in ads and at card shows.But SCAI is seeking to increase its visibility with collectors. One way is by attending card shows and giving out shopping bags decorated with its logo. Collectors love freebies, and they can always use something to carry their treasures in.SCAI was at Essex Community College last weekend, at the Hall of Fame Weekend card show.
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By Ruth Sadler and Ruth Sadler,Sun Staff Writer | January 29, 1995
Baltimore basketball fans are proud of their NBA players.The Bullets left after the 1972-73 season and the city's population has slipped to 13th, but Baltimore is one of the big cities in the NBA.Just ask Topps. One of the subsets in the 1994-95 Finest Basketball Series I is Finest City Legend. Its 30 cards feature players from six cities. New York (No. 1 with 7.2 million people) is represented by 10 players, including Chris Mullin and Kenny Anderson. Los Angeles (No. 2 with 3.4 million) has five players, as do Chicago (No. 3 with 2.7 million)
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By Ruth Sadler and Ruth Sadler,SUN STAFF | November 26, 1995
Mike Cramer of Pacific Trading Cards is a hands-on kind of CEO.One of the things he has his hands on is a camera -- nearly every Sunday during football season, taking pictures for cards.This is actually Cramer's second go-round as a card photographer."I started making minor-league baseball cards in 1975," he says. "The only way to get the photos was to take them."He stopped taking pictures in 1984. Last fall, when the Seattle Seahawks (his hometown team) were forced outdoors for home games while the Kingdome was being repaired, Cramer got the urge to grab his camera.
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By Ruth Sadler and Ruth Sadler,SUN STAFF | November 26, 1995
Mike Cramer of Pacific Trading Cards is a hands-on kind of CEO.One of the things he has his hands on is a camera -- nearly every Sunday during football season, taking pictures for cards.This is actually Cramer's second go-round as a card photographer."I started making minor-league baseball cards in 1975," he says. "The only way to get the photos was to take them."He stopped taking pictures in 1984. Last fall, when the Seattle Seahawks (his hometown team) were forced outdoors for home games while the Kingdome was being repaired, Cramer got the urge to grab his camera.
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By RUTH SADLER and RUTH SADLER,SUN STAFF | October 1, 1995
One of the biggest trading card hits has been "Magic: The Gathering." It's a fantasy role-playing game that uses trading cards.Magic cards, like their sports counterparts, can be rare (and valuable -- in monetary terms or for playing the game) or common. Some hobby dealers say it helped save their bottom line during last year's baseball strike.Upper Deck noticed and is bringing out a fantasy football game. That's fantasy football that Magic devotees will recognize, not the kind for NFL statistics fans.
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By Ruth Sadler and Ruth Sadler,Sun Staff Writer | May 28, 1995
The Sports Collectibles Association International was organized in 1991. It claims more than 400 members -- hobby dealers, manufacturers, licensors and hobby publications.Dealer members display SCAI's red, white and blue logo in store windows, on business cards, in ads and at card shows.But SCAI is seeking to increase its visibility with collectors. One way is by attending card shows and giving out shopping bags decorated with its logo. Collectors love freebies, and they can always use something to carry their treasures in.SCAI was at Essex Community College last weekend, at the Hall of Fame Weekend card show.
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By Ruth Sadler and Ruth Sadler,Sun Staff Writer | February 26, 1995
People have been able to add to their O. J. Simpson collections thanks to the International Collectors Society.The 2 1/2 -year-old Owings Mills mail-order company has been selling a Simpson postage stamp issued in Guyana. It ran ads in newspapers and magazines from Dec. 1 to Feb. 1.Co-owner Scott Tilson calls the response "truly overwhelming. . . We've never had anything approach the interest this had."Tilson says there are 140,000 members of the International Collectors Society. He says the company searches the world for collectibles with the goal of purchasing the remaining supply to sell to its members.
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By Ruth Sadler and Ruth Sadler,Sun Staff Writer | January 29, 1995
Baltimore basketball fans are proud of their NBA players.The Bullets left after the 1972-73 season and the city's population has slipped to 13th, but Baltimore is one of the big cities in the NBA.Just ask Topps. One of the subsets in the 1994-95 Finest Basketball Series I is Finest City Legend. Its 30 cards feature players from six cities. New York (No. 1 with 7.2 million people) is represented by 10 players, including Chris Mullin and Kenny Anderson. Los Angeles (No. 2 with 3.4 million) has five players, as do Chicago (No. 3 with 2.7 million)
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By Ruth Sadler and Ruth Sadler,Sun Staff Writer | October 2, 1994
Major-league baseball players went on strike Aug. 12, and the season was declared over Sept. 14.But fans haven't stopped coming to Camden Yards -- or buying '' souvenirs at its Orioles Store."
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By Ruth Sadler and Ruth Sadler,Sun Staff Writer | February 26, 1995
People have been able to add to their O. J. Simpson collections thanks to the International Collectors Society.The 2 1/2 -year-old Owings Mills mail-order company has been selling a Simpson postage stamp issued in Guyana. It ran ads in newspapers and magazines from Dec. 1 to Feb. 1.Co-owner Scott Tilson calls the response "truly overwhelming. . . We've never had anything approach the interest this had."Tilson says there are 140,000 members of the International Collectors Society. He says the company searches the world for collectibles with the goal of purchasing the remaining supply to sell to its members.
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By RUTH SADLER and RUTH SADLER,SUN STAFF | October 1, 1995
One of the biggest trading card hits has been "Magic: The Gathering." It's a fantasy role-playing game that uses trading cards.Magic cards, like their sports counterparts, can be rare (and valuable -- in monetary terms or for playing the game) or common. Some hobby dealers say it helped save their bottom line during last year's baseball strike.Upper Deck noticed and is bringing out a fantasy football game. That's fantasy football that Magic devotees will recognize, not the kind for NFL statistics fans.
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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,Sun Staff Writer | April 10, 1994
In 1986, Optigraphics gave a new meaning to action photos on sports cards.The company's baseball card set was called Sportflics. When the cards were moved, the alternating photos made the image appear to move, too.The idea wasn't new. Such moving images, often caricatures, have appeared on pencil sharpeners, rings and other trinkets for years. But applying the concept to photos and baseball cards was new.Sportflics, which also pioneered the use of color photos on card backs, were produced until 1990.
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