Stock Car Hall of Fame makes for nice pit stop


NASCAR fans traveling on Interstate 95 who aren't on their way to a race in Darlington, S.C., might want to consider a side trip there, anyway. So might nonfans who like cars and engines.

The Stock Car Hall of Fame Joe Weatherly Museum is at Darlington Raceway, inside the souvenir shop. The museum is named after Weatherly, a driver who came up with the idea for the museum.

The first room of the museum is all cars, beginning with the winner of the first Southern 400. It was a 1950 Plymouth, purchased from a dealer in nearby Florence, S.C. Johnny Mantz changed only the tires and spark plugs for the race. Most of the cars have been restored.

The second room contains the National Motorsports Press Association Hall of Fame as well as memorabilia donated by drivers, owners and writers.

Collectors can purchase a variety of NASCAR items as well as Darlington Raceway and race souvenirs. Museum items are limited to postcards and a commemorative patch.

Milk caps -- all Jordan

Upper Deck is issuing a set of 54 Michael Jordan milk caps. Available only at Wal Mart and Sam's Club, they show Jordan in both uniform numbers (23 and 45) in a variety of action photos. There is also a parallel set of caps in silver foil. Jordan is on 20 slammers, too.

Trade these cards for pins

Pinnacle is putting a different spin on its Series II baseball redemption cards. They can be traded in for pins of the star players featured. Series II has 225 regular cards, plus six insert sets. They are due in late June.

'95 football time

Fleer is introducing its 1995 football cards this month. There are six basic card designs, one for each division. The basic set has 400 cards, and there are 72 insert cards in six insert sets, including 20 college stars expected to be selected high in the draft and last season's award winners and league leaders. Fleer promises one insert card per pack as well as one Flair preview card.

Topps hockey redemption

It's time for collectors holding Stadium Club hockey Super Team cards to think about cashing in. Originally, cards of the Stanley Cup champion were to be redeemed for 540 Stadium Club cards (Series I and II) with the Cup logo embossed in foil. Because of the NHL lockout, Series II was replaced by Finest Hockey, so collectors will get 270 Stadium Club and 165 Finest cards. Cards of conference champs are worth 10 player cards from that team with the conference logo embossed, and cards of division champs are worth 10 cards with the division logo. Cards are redeemable between July 1 and Dec. 31.

Coming events

Through Sept. 5, "Babe Ruth: An Artistic Perspective," Babe Ruth Museum, 216 Emory St., (410) 727-1539.

MA Today, card show, Eastpoint Mall, mall hours, (410) 682-4375.


Signature Rookies is putting 35 top minor-leaguers in a series that echoes classic tobacco cards, Old Judge T-95. There are four insert sets, including 250 autographed Joe DiMaggio cards. There is also one hand-signed 1886 Old Judge Timothy Keefe card. (Shown is Pirates prospect Trey Beamon.)

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