Topps goes back to archives to honor Brooklyn's 'Boys of Summer'


Next month marks the 40th anniversary of the Brooklyn Dodgers' only World Series championship.

Topps, which was founded in Brooklyn, is honoring the "Boys of Summer" with its 1995 Archives set. The cards are based on cards issued by Topps and Bowman (now owned by Topps) between 1952 and 1956. The Dodgers were also in the 1952, '53 and '56 Series.

Of the 165 cards, 127 are reprints of every Topps and Bowman player card from those years with a Brooklyn Dodger on them. Thirty-one cards feature Dodgers who were not on Topps or Bowman cards in those years, and their cards are based on Topps or Bowman designs for the year they would have appeared.

There is a reprint of the 1956 team card (the first year Topps did team cards), and there are four World Series cards (the first "real" ones are in the 1960 Topps set), a Walter Alston tribute card and a checklist.

As a bonus, there are randomly inserted autographed Sandy Koufax cards. Koufax did not appear in the 1955 World Series. Johnny Podres was the World Series Most Valuable Player.

Streak artwork

James Fiorentino, the 18-year-old New Jersey artist whose lithograph commemorated Cal Ripken's shortstop home run *T record, has created the official streak art.

His watercolor of Ripken and Lou Gehrig will be offered as a lithograph. Artist and athlete will sign the first 1,000. It is licensed by the Tufton Group and Curtis Management. Call (800) 519-0029.

Fleer Metal

Fleer turns to the computer for the metallic look of its new Metal Football cards, a 200-card set due in mid-September. There are three insert sets.

Ripken baseballs

Sports Stamps Collectors Association is selling four balls with Ripken's facsimile signature to commemorate his consecutive-games record: with a black-and-white illustration of Ripken ($9.95); with a color photo ($19.95); with a color illustration and gold stitching on the ball and a 23-karat gold card ($49.95); and the gold-stitched ball alone ($24.95). Call (800) 348-7727.

A chance to photograph a card

You collect the cards. Now shoot the picture for one. Pacific Trading Cards will fly the winner of its "Shoot the NFL" contest to an NFL game of its choice to photograph a game with company president and photographer Michael Cramer.

One of the winners' photos will be on the front of a future Crown Collection card, and the photographer's picture will be on the back. Two runners-up will receive complete Prism I and II sets plus inserts. Look for entry forms at participating dealers. Call (800) 551-2002 for information.

All Montana

Joe Montana will have his own 45-card set in mid-September, thanks to Upper Deck. The boxed set, which includes a commemorative sheet, covers his career from aouth football to his retirement.

Baseball update

Topps' baseball update set, for mid-September release, has 165 cards and features rookies, players who changed uniforms, All-Stars, draft picks and first-half updates on 10 stars.

Coming events

Today, auction, Westview Mall, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Today, card show, Park City Center, Lancaster, Pa. (U.S. Route 30 at Harrisburg Pike), noon to 5 p.m. Expected signers include Rich Ashburn, Bob Feller and Buck O'Neil. (717) 569-1478.

Friday-next Sunday, vintage memorabilia and equipment show, Holiday Inn on the Hill, 415 New Jersey Ave., N.W., Washington, Friday 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., next Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Expected signers include Warren Spahn and Tom Cheney. (301) 593-6793.

Sept. 29-Oct. 1, card show, Fifth Regiment Armory (expected signers include Willie Mays, Harmon Killebrew, Willie McCovey, Ernie Banks, Reggie Jackson, Frank Robinson, Al Kaline and Whitey Ford), Sept. 29 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Sept. 30 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Oct. 1 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., (914) 576-2900 or (718) 224-1795 after 4 p.m.


Fleer's Ultra hockey returns for the 1995-96 season on thicker paper. There are 200 basic cards, five insert sets and a gold-foil parallel set. Series I will be shipped in September. (Shown is Theoren Fleury of the Calgary Flames.)

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