Save a place at breakfast for latest tribute to Mantle


Topps has been repackaging Mickey Mantle this baseball card season and now is giving him the cereal-box treatment.

To honor Mantle, who died last year and whose cards are among the most sought, Topps has reprinted cards from his 19 major-league seasons. Picture this American hero on the all-American breakfast table and you have Mantle's latest morph.

The 19 Topps and Bowman Mantle cards selected for 1996 Topps Baseball will be turning up on Topps Baseball Mickey Mantle Cereal Box sets. Each card, plus the redesigned commemorative No. 7 card, will be featured on a box the size of a single-serving cereal box. Each box will be packed with 110 cards from '96 Topps Baseball and a randomly selected Mantle reproduction.

The boxes will be packaged in sets of four, yielding a full 440-card factory set. There are five set combinations.

Look for them at the end of the month.

Pinnacle to buy Donruss

Pinnacle Brands has agreed to buy Donruss' rights to manufacture and market baseball and hockey cards. Pinnacle, which acquired Action Packed last spring, produces baseball, hockey, football and auto racing cards. The sale is subject to regulatory and licensor approval.

Medallions get bigger

For its first large-size medallion, Highland Mint is featuring Cal Ripken. The medallions are twice as big as the regular medallions and come in a velvet box that opens like a book. The relief on the new medallions is also greater. They will be available in bronze ($55) and silver ($195).

Upper Deck Hockey Two

Upper Deck continues its 24-card Wayne Gretzky insert set with four cards in Upper Deck Hockey's second series. Series Two has 300 basic cards and five other insert sets.

Stadium Club Baseball II

The Arizona Diamondbacks won't be playing until 1997, but collectors will get a preview of their uniforms in Topps Stadium Club II, which has a card of manager Buck Showalter. There are 225 basic cards plus five insert sets, including a 10-card Mickey Mantle retrospective focusing on the later years of his career.

Knock on wood

Pro Insignia is offering major-league logo bats, with production limited to 96 for each team. The regulation-size Rawlings Adirondack bats cost $55 plus $5 shipping. Call (800) 533-0726.

Coming events

Through Oct. 31, exhibit featuring items from Cal Ripken's record-breaking streak and exhibit on the 30th anniversary of the 1966 champion Orioles, Babe Ruth Museum, 216 Emory St., (410) 727-1539.

Today, Olympic Dream Tour (memorabilia display and hands-on exhibits), Mall in Columbia, noon to 5 p.m.

Today, card show, State Farm Show Complex, Harrisburg, Pa., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., (717) 939-1075.

Friday-next Sunday, card show, Hunt Valley Mall, mall hours, (410) 529-1624.

Card of the week

Kodak is offering 22 cards that capture important Olympic moments. They are in four sets and are free with specially marked two-roll film packs. (Shown is Babe Didrikson, who qualified for five events in 1932 but could compete in only three. She won two golds and a silver.)

Pub Date: 4/21/96

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