It's easy being green with medallions made from recycled silver


To people who share living space with collectors, environmentally friendly may not be words they'd associate with ever-growing collections.

Chicagoland Processing Corp./Enviromint's silver commemorative medallions take up space just like other collectibles, but they're green.

President John Obie began as a paper recycler in 1975. Working with publishers, printers and hospitals, he was seeing a lot of scrap photographic and X-ray film. Looking into ways to retrieve the silver from film, he sought to do it without toxic chemicals and in 1983 received a patent for his Environmental Protection Agency-approved process.

"This company was built on bettering the environment long before it was the trendy thing to do," says Obie.

CPC removes the silver from film using hot water, enzymes and heat, then refines it to 99.9 percent purity. It sends the leftover polyester chips from the film to Eastman Kodak in Rochester, N.Y., for recycling.

In 1984, CPC got into licensed merchandise with a license from Major League Baseball and produced a medallion honoring the hometown Chicago Cubs' National League Eastern Division championship. More than 500 medallions later, the company also holds licenses from the NFL, NBA and NHL as well as the Sierra Club and entertainment organizations.

Collectors aren't the only ones noticing.

Last year, CPC received one of the Illinois Governor's Pollution Prevention Awards. Not surprisingly, the company uses only recycled paper.

The latest collector-oriented projects wrap up the NFL season. There will be medallions for the six divisional champions, two conference champions and the Super Bowl champion. Each retails for $29.95. There also will be 100 sets containing a medallion for each NFL team, and one of the setswill be raffled off at the Super Bowl Card Show.

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Prototype alert

Action Packed prototype cards will be finding their way to dealers -- and probably to collectors. The company will give hobby dealers two prototype cards of future series with each box purchased. There are five cards from each series or 10 possible prototypes. Racing boxes will net an All Madden card and an All Star Gallery II baseball card, and Madden boxes will carry a baseball card and a basketball Hall of Fame card.

No joking

NBA Hoops takes a cue from comic books for its Series 2 special card of Patrick Ewing. Designed by comic artist Joe Jusko, the specially numbered card shows the New York Knicks star overcoming extraterrestrial opponents to get his basket. Series 2, due this month, also includes game action of the Bullets' Tom Gugliotta, Shaquille O'Neal, Lloyd Daniels and other top rookies and a 10-card all-rookie team chosen by Magic Johnson.

Collectible lineup

Kenner's Starting Lineup goes into its sixth season with three sets expected to be available by the time pitchers and catchers report. All-Stars include two collector cards and should be available this month. The Headline Collection, which includes the Orioles' Cal Ripken, features a simulated autograph and reproduction of a newspaper article. Stadium Stars, a new line, is 50 percent taller than the other Kenner collectibles and shows the player poised above a replica of his home stadium. Look for Headline Collection and Stadium stars in February.

Coming events

Today, Bird Expo '93 baseball card and memorabilia show (expected signers include Leon Day, Gus Triandos, Ben McDonald, Arthur Rhodes, Paul Blair and Jim Gentile), Pikesville Armory, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., (410) 265-7200.

Tuesday, card show at North Point Plaza Bingo Hall, 5-10 p.m., (410) 563-9032.

Friday-Saturday, card show, Baltimore Arena (expected Friday signer Al Iafrate), admission with Skipjacks ticket only, Friday 4:30-10:30 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, card show to benefit Joppatowne High athletics, Joppatowne High School, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., (410) 679-1878.

Jan. 30, Sixth annual Orioles Winter Carnival, includes baseball cards and autographs (those expected include Mike Mussina, Arthur Rhodes, Elrod Hendricks, Paul Blair), club level of Oriole Park at Camden Yards, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., (410) 481-SEAT (tickets).

Feb. 6, card show to benefit Arundel High baseball team (expected signers are Denny Neagle and John Stefero), Arundel High School (1001 Annapolis Road, Gambrills), 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Feb. 6-Oct. 31, exhibit on Rex Barney's 50-year sports career with memorabilia from his Brooklyn Dodgers days, Babe Ruth Museum, (410) 727-1539.

Feb. 13, card show to benefit Babe Ruth Museum, B&O; Warehouse, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., (410) 727-1539.

Card of the Week

Classic Best is going premium with Minor League Gold 1993 in mid-February. The set features 216 Double-A, Single-A and Rookie League players, plus randomly inserted autographed cards of Barry Bonds and Gary Sheffield. Each card has three color photos. Only 6,000 cases will be produced, and there will be no factory sets.

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