Action Packed is back for a second full season of NFL cards.
The cards are again twice the thickness of most cards and have borderless fronts and sculpted photographs that simulate a three-dimensional effect. There are 280 cards, 10 for each team. The cards are available in factory sets, team sets and foil packs of six.
Coming later will be an update/rookie set and the annual All-Madden team.
The graphics on the card fronts are more streamlined this season. The backs are again informative, with color head shots and an Action Note describing the play on the card front and elaborating on the player's performance. The Action Notes are clearly written and informative, and they are popular with the men in the pictures.
"Players like the Action Notes," says Action Packed spokeswoman Laurie Pearlstein. "They say they can relive the play. Of course, it's hard on our photographers [being sure to get all the information on each play]."
One big fan of this card line is former Towson State standout Dave Meggett. In 1989, Action Packed ran a 30-card test set with 10 cards each of the Chicago Bears, New York Giants and Washington Redskins. Meggett, who was selected to the Pro Bowl as a rookie, was in the test set.
"Dave Meggett said it was exciting to go to a card show and be worth more than [teammate] Lawrence Taylor," says Pearlstein.
Conspicuous by their absence are eight non-members of the NFL Players Association, Cornelius Bennett, Andre Collins, Eric Dickerson, Bo Jackson, Jim Kelly, Bernie Kosar, Webster Slaughter and Blair Thomas. Their presence on Pro Set cards sent the NFLPA running to court to have the cards recalled. The suit was thrown out.
Nine Baltimore Orioles -- Glenn Davis, Dwight Evans, Leo Gomez, Ben McDonald, Randy Milligan, Gregg Olson, Bill Ripken, Cal Ripken and David Segui -- will be appearing on the bottom of specially marked Slurpee cups at 7-Eleven. They are among 81 players on "magic motion" Superstar Sport Coins produced by Score. The coins come in eight regional sets of 15 coins each, making a total of 120 coins. The border is a different color for each region. The other coins available in the Baltimore area are Ken Griffey Jr., Rickey Henderson, Jose Canseco, David Justice, Kirby Puckett and Nolan Ryan. This is the sixth series of Slurpee coins.
Impel Marketing of Research Triangle, N.C., has been issued the first trading-card license by the United States Olympic Committee. Impel, known best for its NBA Hoops cards, will issue its first Olympic cards in July at the U.S. Olympic Festival in Los Angeles. The first series will be a limited edition of American decathletes Rafer Johnson, Bill Toomey, Milt Campbell, Bruce Jenner and Bob Mathias. Future series will depict Olympic Hall of Famers and medalists.
Today, baseball card show, Pikesville Hilton, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 243-1705 or 529-1624.
Today, baseball card show, Towson Quality Inn, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday-Saturday, baseball card show, Holiday Inn Timonium, 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. (Friday), 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Saturday), 254-2729.
Friday-Saturday, baseball card show, Towson Marketplace, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Friday), noon to 5 p.m. (Saturday), 837-0870 or 837-7632.
Saturday, baseball card show, C.M. Wright High School, Bel Air, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 879-7529.
Saturday, baseball card show, Towson Sheraton, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 922-8366.
June 15, baseball card show, Comfort Inn-Airport, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 922-8366.
June 23, baseball card show, Security Holiday Inn, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 922-8366.
July 14, baseball card show, Glen Burnie Elks Hall, Severn, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 922-8366.
July 14, baseball card show, Towson Quality Inn, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.