A lot of trade-in cards can be redeemed for cards of No. 1 draft picks or sets of first-round draft picks. Others are good for small sets featuring a veteran player. Some of these men may be elected to their sports' halls of fame.
The Ted Williams Card Co.'s trade-in card is Hall of Fame caliber. It's good for a nine-card set featuring Babe Ruth. The company says it will produce 9,999 cases of its 1994 first series baseball cards, with one trade-in card per case.
The second season for Williams' cards begins this month with the 252-card first series. Again it highlights players from the Negro Leagues and the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, major-leaguers of the past and two future stars (Tim Salmon and Cliff Floyd).
There are no-hit pitchers: Dean Chance, Johnny Vander Meer, Bob Feller, Virgil Trucks, Walter Johnson, Juan Marichal and Dock Ellis. Baltimore baseball fans can look for Paul Blair, Andy Etchebarren, Brooks Robinson and Leon Day. Ted Williams has picked 17 top prospects, none is in the Orioles' system.
Cards come 12 to a pack with no factory sets.
Stanley Cup contest
Pinnacle Brands is offering a chance to win a trip to the Stanley Cup finals (two tickets, round-trip airfare and hotel accommodations). Entrants need to send five wrappers from Pinnacle hockey Series II and an entry blank available at hobby dealers.
Donruss NHL update
Donruss rounds out its 1993-94 NHL series with a 110-card update set. Recently traded players are featured in their new uniforms, and a 45-card World Junior insert set includes 22 players each from U.S. and Canadian teams. There will be five randomly inserted Elite cards -- Sergei Fedorov, Felix Potvin, Cam Neely, Alexei Yashin and Mikael Renberg.
Driving through history
Press Pass' nine-card Heroes of Racing subset features seven NASCAR forefathers -- Donnie Allison, Tim Flock, Fred Lorenzen, Tiny Lund, David Pearson, Fireball Roberts and Curtis Turner -- and Davey Allison and Alan Kulwicki, who were killed last year.
A golden moment
Upper Deck is producing a trading-card-sized collectible in 24-karat gold commemorating Wayne Gretzky's record-breaking 802nd goal. The 3,500 gold-embossed "cards" have a nickel-silver background. Suggested retail price: $120.
More Michael Jordan
Michael Jordan to the NBA -- trading cards. Upper Deck shows the retired star on three insert cards in its NBA Special Edition set. One features Jordan as his commercial alter ego Johnny Kilroy. Another is a tribute card showing his retirement announcement on one side and his participation in the celebrity home run contest during last year's All-Star festivities. The third is part of the "Behind the Glass" insert set.
Asheville Tourists merchandising director Eileen Gunzelman Sauders' schools were incorrectly listed last week. She is an alumna of Towson Catholic and Western Maryland.
Through Oct. 31, "Sheriff and His 'Boys,' " exhibit on Sheriff Fowble, who helped develop major-leaguers Al Kaline, Ron Swoboda and Tim Nordbrook, Babe Ruth Museum, 216 Emory St., (410) 727-1539.
Today, silent auction of sports memorabilia during Washington Bullets game (1 p.m. tipoff) to benefit Bullets Wives Club Mammography initiative, USAir Arena, Landover.
May 7-8, Towsontowne Spring Festival Card Show, National Guard Armory, Towson; May 7, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; May 8, 1 p.m.-6 p.m.; (410) 296-6556.
May 21, card show to benefit St. Michael's School athletic fund, St. Michael's School (I-695, Exit 32 south, about 1 mile), 10 a.m.-4 p.m., (410) 284-3181.
June 3, "The UnFOURgettable Years" exhibit opens, featuring events from years ending in 4, Babe Ruth Museum, 216 Emory St., (410) 727-1539.
CARD OF THE WEEK
Ten members of the world champion U.S. women's soccer team will be featured in Upper Deck's 325-card World Cup Contenders set. (Shown is April Heinrichs.) The women, who won the 1991 FIFA world championship, are the first female athletes on Upper Deck cards. The World Cup Contenders set will be released in 20 countries and in five language variations.