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By PAT BRODOWSKI | March 3, 1993
Once a child is hooked on baseball, collecting baseball cards seems to follow.Chris Painter, 9, who swings his bat with the Hampstead Lions and its traveling tournament component, has acquired more than 5,000 cards including "all my brother's cards, and those go back to 1986," he said.Children he knows collect "mostly baseball, but all kinds -- football, basketball . . . hockey is pretty big, too," says Chris.Interest in the cards begins because "they have something about the players, and they're worth money," he says, noting that premium cards are valued from 8 to 25 cents, common cards from 3 to 7 cents.
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By Mike Himowitz and Mike Himowitz,Sun Staff | June 7, 1999
From time to time I run across a program or Web site that intrigues me, and I put it on a "someday" list for my column. When I collect enough of them, someday arrives -- in this case, today:Collectibles Department: When I was a kid, we'd take baseball cards and attach them to the struts of our bicycle wheels with clothespins so they'd slap against the spokes and make a sound like a motorcycle.Nobody's likely to do that today. Trading cards are big money. Kids and adults collect them as an investment, and publishers are constantly coming up with new wrinkles to convince buyers that today's card is tomorrow's tuition at Harvard.
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By Suzanne Loudermilk and Suzanne Loudermilk,SUN STAFF | December 27, 1995
After months of controversy surrounding Towson Marketplace's future, merchants in the interior mall were shuttering their stores yesterday, in preparation for a $20 million renovation.The small-store merchants knew the end was coming after they received letters last month.'It's so sad to leave the people," said Pauline Wolford, preparing to vacate Wolford's bakery and coffee bar after 3 1/2 years in the mall. "I'll miss the friendships."The retail space will be demolished in the next few months to make room for new stores being built by Florida-based Talisman-Towson Partnership.
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By Suzanne Loudermilk and Suzanne Loudermilk,SUN STAFF | December 27, 1995
After months of controversy surrounding Towson Marketplace's future, merchants in the interior mall were shuttering their stores yesterday, in preparation for a $20 million renovation.The small-store merchants knew the end was coming after they received letters last month.'It's so sad to leave the people," said Pauline Wolford, preparing to vacate Wolford's bakery and coffee bar after 3 1/2 years in the mall. "I'll miss the friendships."The retail space will be demolished in the next few months to make room for new stores being built by Florida-based Talisman-Towson Partnership.
NEWS
December 23, 1994
Christmas is supposed to be a holiday of joy and hope. But according to psychologists, many Americans get depressed before and during Christmas. Expectations are too high, the build-up too long, the preparations too frantic. Money can be a problem, too. And loneliness. When Christmas finally comes, it often seems an anti-climax.Yet the Yuletide also brings out the best in human beings. Usually stingy people cheerfully give to charities. No one wants to be regarded as a Scrooge.Our hats are off to sixth-graders at Linthicum Elementary School, who are doing their part.
SPORTS
By Ruth Sadler and Ruth Sadler,Sun Staff Writer | May 14, 1995
Upper Deck has become such a prominent part of the sports card landscape that it is hard to believe that its first cards were printed in 1989.And, according to Pete Williams in his book "Card Sharks" (Macmillan, 278 pages, $21.95), it's amazing that the cards were produced at all.Williams, memorabilia columnist for USA Today Baseball Weekly, looks at Upper Deck and how it changed the sports card industry. He spent 15 months researching the book and initially had the cooperation of Upper Deck officials, who later turned reticent.
SPORTS
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 SHERRY GRAHAM | April 18, 1995
With the end of the baseball strike, America's love affair with baseball is flourishing once again. The newspapers are filled with news of the latest player trades, pitching prospects and team predictions.There's surely no lack of enthusiasm for the game in Carroll County. Little League players are out in force all over the county.Players, coaches and fans are enjoying the beautiful new fields on Raincliffe Road in Sykesville. The recently built fields are part of Freedom Park.Readers in the southern end of the county should visit the park.
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By Ruth Sadler and Ruth Sadler,Staff Writer | June 6, 1993
For baseball fans interested in the Negro Leagues, the place to start is the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.The museum opened in January 1991 in Kansas City's 18th and Vine Historic District, a few blocks from the Paseo YMCA building where Andrew "Rube" Foster organized the Negro National Baseball League in 1920.Memorabilia from the Negro Leagues is on display, and there is memorabilia for sale.Looking ahead, the museum has plans for a computerized research center, with a custom database that will facilitate access to statistical and biographical data.
SPORTS
By Ruth Sadler and Ruth Sadler,Staff Writer | April 4, 1993
Your computer could become an adjunct to your collection.Personal computers often are used for two collecting functions: inventory and trading.The collector who wants to keep a computerized inventory has a choice of a general data base program or a specialized one.With a generic data base, the collector must design the format and keyboard all the data. For a large collection, this will be time-consuming.Sports card inventory programs (virtually all for IBM PCs or compatibles) have the advantage of including card data and values, can be flexible enough to be customized and can print out inventory lists and want lists.
SPORTS
By Ruth Sadler and Ruth Sadler,Sun Staff Writer | May 14, 1995
Upper Deck has become such a prominent part of the sports card landscape that it is hard to believe that its first cards were printed in 1989.And, according to Pete Williams in his book "Card Sharks" (Macmillan, 278 pages, $21.95), it's amazing that the cards were produced at all.Williams, memorabilia columnist for USA Today Baseball Weekly, looks at Upper Deck and how it changed the sports card industry. He spent 15 months researching the book and initially had the cooperation of Upper Deck officials, who later turned reticent.
NEWS
By SHERRY GRAHAM | April 18, 1995
With the end of the baseball strike, America's love affair with baseball is flourishing once again. The newspapers are filled with news of the latest player trades, pitching prospects and team predictions.There's surely no lack of enthusiasm for the game in Carroll County. Little League players are out in force all over the county.Players, coaches and fans are enjoying the beautiful new fields on Raincliffe Road in Sykesville. The recently built fields are part of Freedom Park.Readers in the southern end of the county should visit the park.
SPORTS
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)
NEWS
December 23, 1994
Christmas is supposed to be a holiday of joy and hope. But according to psychologists, many Americans get depressed before and during Christmas. Expectations are too high, the build-up too long, the preparations too frantic. Money can be a problem, too. And loneliness. When Christmas finally comes, it often seems an anti-climax.Yet the Yuletide also brings out the best in human beings. Usually stingy people cheerfully give to charities. No one wants to be regarded as a Scrooge.Our hats are off to sixth-graders at Linthicum Elementary School, who are doing their part.
SPORTS
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)
SPORTS
By Ruth Sadler and Ruth Sadler,Staff Writer | June 6, 1993
For baseball fans interested in the Negro Leagues, the place to start is the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.The museum opened in January 1991 in Kansas City's 18th and Vine Historic District, a few blocks from the Paseo YMCA building where Andrew "Rube" Foster organized the Negro National Baseball League in 1920.Memorabilia from the Negro Leagues is on display, and there is memorabilia for sale.Looking ahead, the museum has plans for a computerized research center, with a custom database that will facilitate access to statistical and biographical data.
SPORTS
By Ruth Sadler and Ruth Sadler,Staff Writer | May 30, 1993
To assess the size and condition of the sports card market, Action Packed again commissioned a national survey. NPD Group of Park Ridge, Ill., polled its 45,000 sample households, and concluded that there were fewer people spending less money on trading cards.Joe Bosley of The Old Ball Game in Reisterstown says, for the price of a phone call, he could have told Action Packed the same thing. "Most card dealers will tell you their business is off from a year ago," he says.This is Action Packed's third survey.
SPORTS
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)
SPORTS
By Ruth Sadler and Ruth Sadler,Staff Writer | May 30, 1993
To assess the size and condition of the sports card market, Action Packed again commissioned a national survey. NPD Group of Park Ridge, Ill., polled its 45,000 sample households, and concluded that there were fewer people spending less money on trading cards.Joe Bosley of The Old Ball Game in Reisterstown says, for the price of a phone call, he could have told Action Packed the same thing. "Most card dealers will tell you their business is off from a year ago," he says.This is Action Packed's third survey.
SPORTS
By Ruth Sadler and Ruth Sadler,Staff Writer | April 4, 1993
Your computer could become an adjunct to your collection.Personal computers often are used for two collecting functions: inventory and trading.The collector who wants to keep a computerized inventory has a choice of a general data base program or a specialized one.With a generic data base, the collector must design the format and keyboard all the data. For a large collection, this will be time-consuming.Sports card inventory programs (virtually all for IBM PCs or compatibles) have the advantage of including card data and values, can be flexible enough to be customized and can print out inventory lists and want lists.
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