O's make Team Stadium Club cut


Collectors who specialize in the Orioles have another 30 cards to track down.

Topps, which introduced Team Stadium Club cards last year with 16 teams, has cut the field to 12 teams. The Orioles have been added as well as the Toronto Blue Jays. Holdovers are the Atlanta Braves, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Colorado Rockies, Florida Marlins, New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies, St. Louis Cardinals, San Francisco Giants and Texas Rangers.

The catch for collectors is that it will be tougher to get their favorite team. Last year, Topps packaged each team as a set in a sealed plastic tray. This year, Team Stadium Club is a 360-card set, sold in 12-card packs beginning next week.

There will be two insert sets, Finest and first-day issue cards. Topps says the insertion rate is once every six packs for each.

Orioles fans will find newcomers Sid Fernandez, Chris Sabo and Rafael Palmeiro, but they may be surprised that Topps hasn't heard that the Orioles traded David Segui to the New York Mets before the season started.

That was plenty of time for Topps to find a replacement player. How about Jeffrey Hammonds?

New store

Uncle Dave's Baseball Cards, featuring cards from the 1910s to the present, will have its grand opening Friday in Carrolltown ,, Center, Eldersburg.

The store will be open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. Call (410) 781-6648.

O's 40th anniversary bat

Pro Insignia is helping the Orioles celebrate their 40th anniversary with a commemorative bat.

The regulation-size Louisville Slugger is decorated with the anniversary logo and lists the team's pennants, World Series victories and home parks.

There will be 1,000 made, and each costs $49.95 plus $5 shipping.

For information or to order, call (800) 533-0726.

Mantle and Griffey together

Upper Deck is commemorating Ken Griffey's breaking Mickey Mantle's mark of 20 home runs in the first two months of the season. They appear on a card painted by Jody Eastman, and a limited number of cards has been autographed by both men -- some cards with one signature, others with both. Cards are randomly inserted in Series One baseball foil packs.

More Action Packed racing

Action Packed will honor the late Neil Bonnett with a five-card subset in its Series II racing set. Kyle Petty is the subject of another five-card subset, and 1,000 of the cards showing Petty's trademark diamond earring will have a real diamond inserted in the card. There is also a Braille card of Petty. A third subset features the five winners of this year's Daytona. The last subset looks at drivers who have new cars this year. The set has 72 cards.

Cards from Nabisco

Baseball fans who enjoy Nabisco cookies and crackers can get autographed trading cards of Hall of Famers Jim Palmer, Frank Robinson, Bob Gibson and Duke Snider for $5 each and two proofs of purchase.

Cards come with certificates of authenticity and are produced in cooperation with the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association. Card backs feature an action shot from the player's youth, career highlights, statistics and an "All-Star Attitude" quote.

Coming events

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.

Through Dec. 31, "The UnFOURgettable Years" exhibit opens, featuring events from years ending in 4, Babe Ruth Museum, 216 Emory St., (410) 727-1539.

July 8-12, Upper Deck All-Star FanFest, Lawrence Convention Center, Pittsburgh.

July 9, Leo Gomez festival (card show and auction) to benefit the Spanish Christian Church community outreach program, BWI Marriott (expected signers are Gomez, Harold Baines, Mike Mussina, Lonnie Smith, Alan Mills, Rafael Palmeiro, Ruben Sierra and Jeffrey Hammonds), 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., (410) 461-8664.


Press Pass goes super premium with a 100-card VIP '94 Premier Edition this month. The set features photography from this season's races, including a card commemorating Sterling Marlin's Daytona 500 victory. Subsets focus on Alabama racing families, famous drivers of the past and portraits. Among the inserts are exchange cards redeemable for 24-karat gold signature cards.

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