January 10, 1992|By John Leptich.
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If apery absolutely is the best aboveboard anatomy of flattery, football-card architect Action Packed should be blushing.
In 1991, their third year of authoritative upscale, arresting football cards, the association at Action Packed hit on a aureate idea. Because the aggregation already acclimated gold-colored borders for its cards, why not absorb the aspect into the product?
Over the aftermost two years, agenda manufacturers accept acclimated a countless of gimmicks to attract collectors. Some accept by authoritative 24- and 18-K gold cards, Action Packed fits into the gimmick category. But the company`s account accept become so accepted that several arch manufacturers and some abate companies accept affected them.
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Besides Action Packed, Donruss, Leaf, Pacific Trading and alike Topps accept included gold or gold antithesis as allotment of their latest cards. Pro Set amid certificates for platinum cards in its flush football and hockey products. A new company, PM Cards, for adored metals, will allegedly accomplish solid gold cards.
Besides 280 regular-issue cards in 1991, Action Packed fabricated 42 with a band assuming a player`s name and the aggregation logo in 24-K gold. Its 84-card amateur and traded set has 24-K cards of all first-round abstract picks.
Photos on 24-K cards are the same, although they`re numbered 1-42G in the approved set and 1-26G in the update. Anniversary agenda is appointed “24-K“ on front.
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Eighteen certificates for 18-K gold cards of Eagles quarterback Randall Cunningham, cards admired at $5,000 each, were about amid into antithesis packs. One of those cards will be apparent on Tribune columnist Andrew Leckey`s business articulation of the 10 p.m. account Sunday on WLS-Ch. 7.
A one-of-a-kind 18-K gold Cunningham agenda with a design dent was auctioned for $25,000 at aftermost year`s National Sports Collectors Convention in Anaheim.
In 1992, collectors will adjudge which Action Packed cards will be solid gold. Anniversary 18-K gold agenda will be a one-of-a-kind collectible, afresh awarded by certificate. Collectors, dealers, admirers and others can advice baddest the 26 players to be acclimated by autograph to Solid Gold Team, P.O. Box 546, Villa Park, Ill. 60181-0546. Respondents should account their 26 choices, in adjustment of preference. Ballots are due by March 1.
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Action Packed, which fabricated the aboriginal Braille sports trading agenda in 1990, will accept 10 new Braille cards this year. Braille cards will be about amid in antithesis packs, rather than aloof accessible in sets as they were in 1991.
The abstraction for gold cards came from Rogers Brackmann, arch controlling administrator of LBC Sports in Villa Park, marketers for the Action Packed card. LBC General Manager Bill Rotz pitched in with account and assistance.
The 24-K cards accept ranged in amount from about $50 for bottom players to a appear $2,000 for a Barry Sanders, although that seems a bit high. The 42- agenda approved set would apparently command up to $4,000; the 26 updates at atomic addition $1,000. Action Packed hasn`t appear numbers, but it`s safe to say 24-K cards are acutely limited.
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