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By Ruth Sadler and Ruth Sadler,SUN STAFF | February 4, 1996
Magic Johnson returned to the NBA last week, and he'll be back on basketball cards by next month."He's an active player again, and . . . as [an active player], [he's] automatically included in NBA trading cards," says Donna Goldsmith of the NBA. "They're all going to try to get him into the Series II products."Upper Deck, whose second series is scheduled for a late February or early March release, might be first."We'll definitely include Magic in the Upper Deck Series II," says Marilyn Van Dyke of Upper Deck.
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By Ruth Sadler and Ruth Sadler,Staff Writer | February 7, 1993
Pitchers and catchers, with 12 days until they report, may have begun to think about packing. But it's midseason for baseball cards.Collectors can add Upper Deck, Pinnacle and Fleer Series 2 to their score cards.Score is bringing its mid-priced Pinnacle line back for a second season. The first series, 310 cards, will be available this month and the second series in June.Preview cards have strong action shots from games of players as you think of them -- Deion Sanders running the bases, John Kruk getting ready to make contact, Cal Eldred coming over the top. The color scheme is still basic black, and subsets and insert sets abound.
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By Ruth Sadler and Ruth Sadler,Sun Staff Writer | September 17, 1995
Cal Ripken's consecutive-games streak has gotten collectors interested in Lou Gehrig, the man whose streak Ripken broke.But people used to buying new collectibles are discovering that vintage Gehrig material is rare and expensive."
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By Ruth Sadler and Ruth Sadler,Sun Staff Writer | August 14, 1994
Baltimore's expansion CFL team lost its name in court before its first game. It also lost merchandise that could not be sold because it bore the banned name.But it seems to have a winner of a logo -- a stylized horse head with flowing mane.Now the merchandise is nickname-less, but it doesn't seem to have hurt sales."I think sales have been pretty steady," says Tom Renedo, manager of licensed merchandise. "The logo's going to stay."He says the biggest sellers have been T-shirts, media guides, coffee mugs and lapel pins.
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By Ruth Sadler and Ruth Sadler,SUN STAFF | March 10, 1996
Kodak advertised in the program of the first modern Olympic Games in 1896. For the centennial Games, the longtime Olympic sponsor has a variety of items for collectors.One, expected to be available during the spring and summer, combines photographic technology and a traditional collectible. Kodak has taken a photograph that captures each modern Olympiad and put it on a one-inch pin."These are historic photographs," says Greg Walker, a marketing director at Kodak. "The marvel of the technology is that we can re-create these images . . . on a pin that does justice to the photograph."
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By Ruth Sadler and Ruth Sadler,SUN STAFF | April 7, 1996
Before the centennial modern Olympic Games begin in Atlanta this summer, its heritage will be on display in 40 cities.Olympic sponsor Chevrolet is behind the Olympic Dream Tour, which will be at the State Fairgrounds in Timonium on April 19-21. Admission is free, and the exhibit will be open from 10 a.m. until dark April 19-20 and from noon until dark April 21.Memorabilia from previous Olympiads (don't touch) as well as equipment used by present Olympians in various sports (do touch) will be on display.
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By Ruth Sadler and Ruth Sadler,Sun Staff Writer | November 27, 1994
Since major-league baseball players went on strike in August, irate fans have abused players at autograph sessions and vented their feelings on radio talk shows.However, the Tufton Group in Lutherville might as well be on another baseball world. The company, which handles Cal Ripken's appearances and endorsements, continues to receive a lot of phone calls and mail -- all positive."There have been supportive letters, and letters calling on Cal as a team leader to do something to end the work stoppage," says JoAnn Peroutka.
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By Ruth Sadler and Ruth Sadler,SUN STAFF | October 22, 1995
Collectors know what makes a card special. Fleer is giving them -- as long as they're 18 or younger -- their chance to design an NBA card.The contest will be judged in two age groups, 12 and under and 13-18, and prizes are identical. The top prize is a trip to the NBA All-Star Game and Jam Session in San Antonio. Runners-up get autographed basketballs, and second prize is a complete set of 1995-96 Fleer or Fleer Ultra NBA cards.The contest judges know their stuff -- they include NBA players and Fleer designers.
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By Glenn Small and Glenn Small,Sun Staff Writer | May 12, 1994
A Baltimore Circuit judge refused last night to issue an injunction to stop next week's execution of John Frederick Thanos, as lawyers from the American Civil Liberties Union had sought in a civil suit.Judge Joseph McCurdy Jr. said he was not convinced that there would be "irreparable harm" to Maryland taxpayers if he didn't issue an injunction to stop the execution of Thanos, 44, the confessed killer of three teen-agers. ACLU attorneys filed the suit yesterday, challenging the state's new lethal injection law as unconstitutional because the execution could be botched, causing a slow, torturous death for Thanos.
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By H. H. Morris | November 12, 1996
I SPENT AN HOUR Sunday morning sharing a condition with roughly a quarter of my fellow citizens.By forgetting my glasses when I went to church, I became a functional illiterate.The traditional Lutheran liturgy with its mostly sung responses and recitation of the creed and the Lord's Prayer posed no problem because it's familiar.Contemporary serviceBut what if it had been a contemporary service, with a spoken liturgy printed in the bulletin and changed frequently to encourage spontaneity?I'd have spontaneously opted out because my uncorrected vision put me in the position of the man or woman who's been exposed to reading without being infected by it.That is, the words weren't totally obscure.
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