Pinnacle has something extra for Olympic pin collectors -- trading cards.
Pinnacle is making cards to match 78 pins produced by Olympic licensee Imprinted Products.
Card fronts show the pin, and the back gives a brief history of the sport as a competition and an Olympic event or highlights of the Games at the featured site.
There will be three sets of Olympic-themed card and pin combinations.
The Centennial Collection features 24 pins that show Olympic sites from 1896 to 1996 and a special pin marking the modern Games' centennial.
In the Izzy Edition, the Atlanta Games mascot appears on pins competing in 24 Olympic events.
The companion cards are "Magic Motion" ones, using the same technology as Sportflics. Athletes in Motion shows athletes representing 30 events with the Atlanta 1996 logo.
Since the pins are available from a number of sources and in great numbers, the companion cards will be scarcer.
For the casual collector, they're probably a good deal, too, because they'll be available through Pinnacle's dealer network and the suggested retail price of the combination is less than what Coca-Cola's pin club charges for just the pin.
Other Olympic collecting opportunities include Olympin Collector's Club ($10 annual dues, 1386 Fifth St., Schenectady, N.Y. 12303) and the 1996 Olympic Games Pin Society ($19.96,
P.O. Box 4496, Maple Plain, Minn. 55592-4496).
Olympic coins and a pin
U.S. Olympic coins can be purchased through Olympic sponsor NationsBank. Coins will be sold in the bank's Georgia fTC branches. Order forms will be available in other states. There's a gold coin ($319.95) showing a runner with the Olympic torch, silver coins ($51.95 each) featuring gymnasts and a Paralympics blind runner, and a clad coin ($17.95) of basketball players. The clad (non-precious metal) coin comes with a basketball pin. NationsBank says it will donate 50 cents from the sale of each coin to help aspiring Olympians defray training costs.
Negro Leaguers signing
Hall of Famers Monte Irvin and Buck Leonard head the list of Negro Leagues veterans who will be signing autographs April 22-23 at the Carrolltown Center Mall in Eldersburg. The card show will benefit the National Negro League Players Association. More than a dozen other Negro Leagues veterans are expected to sign, as well as Baltimore Colts Hall of Famers Gino Marchetti, Lenny Moore, John Mackey and Jim Parker.
College basketball conference chauvinists can have fun with a subset in Topps Finest Basketball Series II. Collegiate's Best features 10 players each from four conferences -- the ACC, Big East, Big Ten and Southeast. Baltimore supplies 20 percent of the ACC players -- Muggsy Bogues and Sam Cassell. The set has 165 basic cards and 42 insert cards in three insert sets.
Kenner's Starting Lineup has 58 players in the All-Star Assortment. It includes MVPs Frank Thomas and Jeff Bagwell, ** Rookies of the Year Bob Hamelin and Raul Mondesi and Orioles
Jeffrey Hammonds, Mike Mussina and Cal Ripken.
Today, card show with some proceeds benefiting Grant-a-Wish Foundation, Eastpoint Mall (expected signers include Jim Palmer and Sean Landeta), mall hours.
Friday, card show and memorabilia auction, Holiday Inn-Frederick (Route 40 west at Route 15 north), preview 6 p.m.
Friday-next Sunday, card show, State Farm Show Complex, Harrisburg, Pa. (I-81, Exit 23; expected signers include Kevin Greene and Bam Morris); April 7, 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.; April 8-9, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.Saturday, card show, Arbutus Fire Hall, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.April 12, card show and memorabilia auction, Holiday Inn-Cromwell Bridge (I-695, Exit 29), preview 6 p.m.
April 19, card show and memorabilia auction, Holiday Inn-Glen Burnie, preview 6 p.m.
CARD OF THE WEEK
Lawrence Taylor is back -- on a wrestling card. The retired NFL star's card previews his Wrestlemania XI appearance today. Collectors can buy the card from hobby dealers carrying Action Packed's 1995 World Wrestling Federation set. It will not be collated in packs. There are 42 regular cards in the WWF set.