5/8 TC The NFL season is in full swing, and although football cards have been out for a couple of months, there are more to come.
Fleer is bringing out its second season of GameDay, a 480-card set, late this month, which is to include players who have changed teams.There will be 56 rookies (two per team) and 51 players signed as free agents or traded after last season.
As an official card of the NFL, GameDay features league photographs. Fleer emphasizes that photos used in the Gameday set are not the same as those used in the GameDay/McDonald's promotion.
Fleer is keeping the larger-than-normal size of GameDay cards and increasing the size of the photos.
The signing of Phoenix Cardinals tailback Garrison Hearst boosted the size of SkyBox's Impact rookie exchange set to 28. The regular Impact set includes 40 first- and second-round rookies shown in college or NFL uniforms or NFL practice attire. The cards include a green rookie logo on the front and have their own checklist. The checklist notes the players' college and NFL teams. Rookie cards are also part of Impact's color-foil set. Each pack includes a color-foil card.
Parkhurst -- by Upper Deck
Upper Deck has signed a five-year contract to produce hockey cards with the storied Parkhurst name. Upper Deck is positioning Parkhurst as a super-premium card, with 12-card packs carrying a suggested retail price of $1.89. The first series will be available in mid-December, and a second series is due out by spring. No other details are available. Parkhurst made hockey cards from the 1951-52 NHL season through 1963-64. Pro Set produced Parkhurst cards for the 1991-92 and 1992-93 seasons. Pro Set's license was terminated in August, and Parkhurst president Brian Price went shopping for a new licensee.
Bobbers take to the ice
Sports, Accessories & Memorabilia (SAM), which produces baseball and football bobbing head dolls, has added hockey star Mario Lemieux to its lineup. Only 3,000 of the Lemieux bobbers ($39.95 retail) are to be produced. Lemieux, outfitted for a home game and sporting skates and a stick, has his own puck, too.
Autographs -- and more
The second issue of Sweet Spot spotlights forgeries. There are also articles on memorabilia dealers' insurance, what Joe Montana's team switch bodes for collectors and the growing interest in jersey collecting. The bi-monthly newsletter costs $18 per year. For information, write to Charles Kaufman, Editor & Publisher, 8140 N. Mopac Expressway, Building 2-120A, Austin, Texas 78759 or call (512) 346-5061.
World Cup coins
William J. Krawczewicz of Crofton created the obverse design of the United States Mint's $5 gold World Cup commemorative coin, which go on sale in January. It depicts the World Cup trophy. Other commemorative coins will be silver dollars and clad half-dollars. The surcharge in the price of each coin will be paid to World Cup USA 1994 and used to fund scholarships through the U.S. Soccer Federation Foundation. For more details, write Customer Service Center, United States Mint, 1001 Aerospace Drive, Lanham, Md. 20706.
Through Oct. 31, exhibit "The Babe, The Birds and Baltimore: An All-Star Tradition" and exhibit on Rex Barney's 50-year sports career, with memorabilia from his Brooklyn Dodgers days, Babe Ruth Museum, (410) 727-1539.
Today, card show, Towson Quality Inn (I-695, Exit 26S), 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., (410) 239-7446.
Oct. 21, sports auction to benefit Jarrettsville Elementary School, Jarrettsville Elementary (3818 Norrisville Road) preview at 4:30 p.m., children's auction at 5:30 p.m., main auction at 6:30 p.m., (410) 557-9812.
CARD OF THE WEEK
Classic Games features all Top 10 picks in the 1993 draft in its 150-card Hockey Draft Picks set. There are 25 insert cards, including Team Canada and Atlanta IHL goalie Manon Rheaume. Rheaume, Pavel Bure, Doug Gilmour, Mark Recchi and others have autographed 15,000 randomly inserted cards. Classic expects to ship cards this month.