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Some of the most engaging collectibles of the summer are Denny's Grand Slam holograms. The easiest way to get them is to go to Denny's and order the qualifying Grand Slam meal. Your hologram is free for the price of your meal.
That's a lot of eating out if you want the whole 26-card set. Of course, if you don't enjoy the chal- Notebook
lenge of assembling the set -- or Denny's food -- you'll have to do your hunting in the secondary market. And you won't get any food.
This is Denny's second major-league hologram season, and the cards, produced by Upper Deck, are winners. Don't look for any pitchers. They're called Grand Slam for a reason -- the representative of each team has hit at least one grand slam in his career. Card backs feature the number of slams and details on each but also discuss the player's career.
But the best part is the hologram. Each shows the player against a background of his team's city's skyline or a famous landmark.
Cal Ripken is back for an encore as the Orioles' representative. He's shown running in front of new office towers, the old Maryland National building and other older, smaller parts of Baltimore's skyline.
Other cards are more striking. The Los Angeles Dodgers' Kal Daniels has been superimposed on the Hollywood Hills with the famous Hollywood letters backing him up. And Jose Canseco appears to be drawing a bead on the Golden Gate Bridge.
Some cards are fun for the armchair traveler: Felix Jose and the St. Louis arch, Joe Carter and the CN Tower, Jay Buhner and the Space Needle and Dale Murphy and Independence Hall. New York is shown traditionally, with Howard Johnson and the Empire State Building and Matt Nokes and the Statue of Liberty. Chicago is more modern, with Ryne Sandberg and the Sears Tower and Robin Ventura and the city skyline.
A warning on the Luis Polonia card: It didn't go to Disneyland. The scene is downtown Anaheim.
The cards will be available until Sept. 13 or as long as supplies last.
Changes at Pro Set
Pro Set founder Lud Denny has stepped down as president, and Robert J. McLaughlin has been appointed chief executive officer of the Dallas-based company. Denny will remain as owner. McLaughlin is described in Pro Set's news release as a "specialist in turning around troubled companies."
Pro Set's Play Smart insert cards are back for a second NFL season. The special cards feature nine players, each with a message for young fans. Washington Redskins guard Mark Schlereth tells how growing up in Alaska made him appreciate the environment. New England Patriots tackle Pat Harlow discusses the importance of voting.
Topps Magazine's summer issue, with Mark McGwire on the cover, looks forward to Topps' return to NBA cards with a look at its previous cards. There are also articles on auctions, program collecting and Olympic baseball.
Upper Deck has on deck a 54-card limited edition hologram set featuring the top 1991 hitter and pitcher from each team. It will come in a black plastic case with a certificate of authenticity.
Today, baseball card show, Laurel Center Mall, during mall hours.
Today, baseball card show, Security Holiday Inn (I-695, Exit 17), 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., (410) 922-8366.
Saturday, baseball card show, Towson Sheraton (I-695, Exit 27A), 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., (410) 922-8366.
Saturday-Sunday, baseball card show, Hunt Valley Mall, during mall hours.