Collectors know what makes a card special. Fleer is giving them -- as long as they're 18 or younger -- their chance to design an NBA card.
The contest will be judged in two age groups, 12 and under and 13-18, and prizes are identical. The top prize is a trip to the NBA All-Star Game and Jam Session in San Antonio. Runners-up get autographed basketballs, and second prize is a complete set of 1995-96 Fleer or Fleer Ultra NBA cards.
The contest judges know their stuff -- they include NBA players and Fleer designers.
Entries must include the Fleer name and five wrappers from 1995-96 Fleer NBA products.
Entrants are permitted one card design.
On the back of the design, they should put their age, name, address and phone number and send the design and five Fleer NBA wrappers to: Design Your Own Fleer NBA Card, P.O. Box 4155, Chestertown, Md. 21690.
Entries must be postmarked by Nov. 30.
Rules are on entry forms and in Fleer ads in hobby publications or can be obtained by writing to: Fleer Corp.-Official Rules, P.O. Box 4161, Chestertown, Md. 21690.
Cordova Gold Crown die-cuts are a Pacific test issue that has been randomly inserted in 1995 Crown Collection Football. Cards feature an etched, thick, solid-gold look. Pacific says it produced 600 total sets of 20.
Topps keeps the baseball season going with Bowman's Best, due to be released Oct. 30. There are 195 basic cards and a parallel foil set. There are 90 veterans and 90 top prospects, including the Orioles' Curtis Goodwin and Armando Benitez.
Upper Deck is honoring Ernie Irvan's return to auto racing after a near-fatal accident, pairing him with Michael Jordan, who returned to the NBA after a year's retirement spent playing minor-league baseball, on a card called "1995 Comebacks."
This card is an insert in Motorsports SP, a hobby-only set of 150
Football in motion
Pinnacle's moving cards, SportFlix, are back for another football season. There are 175 basic cards plus a parallel artist's proof set and three insert sets.
One insert set "morphs" a player into his team's logo in 36 frames of motion.
Starting Lineup for NFL, NHL
Kenner's Starting Lineup is ready for the NFL and NHL seasons. There are 33 pro football players (including Jerry Rice, Dan Marino and Barry Sanders) and 19 hockey players (including Brett Hull and Pavel Bure).
10 in metal
Highland Mint is releasing three Mint-Cards (Emmitt Smith, Drew Bledsoe and Heath Shuler) and seven medallions (Jerry Rice and Greg Maddux in bronze; Albert Belle, Jose Canseco and Bobby Orr in silver and Ken Griffey and Maddux in gold).
Today, card show, York (Pa.) Mall (I-83, Exit 8E), (expected signer is Boog Powell Sunday), (410) 529-1624.
Today, card show and auction, Reflections Restaurant, Freedom Village Shopping Center, Eldersburg (expected signers are former Orioles Bill Swaggerty and Larry Sheets), show begins at noon, auction at 4 p.m., (800) 230-4312.
Saturday, card show to benefit Catonsville High School boys basketball team, Catonsville High (421 Bloomsbury Ave.), 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., (410) 461-5443.
Nov. 4-5, Starting Lineup East Coast Collectors Convention, Meadowlands, East Rutherford, N.J.
Card of the week
SkyBox Premium NFL is a single-series issue of 200 basic cards. Among the inserts are 10 Prime Time Rookies. The set also includes a hobby shop-only decoder game and a promotion offering autographed items from five NFL stars. (Shown is O.J. McDuffie of the Miami Dolphins.)