New heavyweight champ Hasim Rahman is in there, as are Lennox Lewis, Roy Jones Jr., the colorful Prince Naseem Hamed and the legendary Butterbean, king of the four-rounders.
Sets cost $54.95. For more information, contact Seidman at 856-627-1356 or on the Web at: www.spboxing.com.
Fleer flippers return
Fleer Trading Cards is bringing back its popular baseball-card flipping program and expanding it. Roughly 500 hobby shops are hosting in-store promotions, and Fleer also will visit 10 to 12 major league stadiums to hold events.
Card flipping, which is as old as the hobby itself, challenges two competitors to face off and match each other's flips (heads or tails) in a best-of-five series.
"We love nothing more than raising awareness about the hobby and bringing back the 'old times' of collecting," said Andre Lilien, Fleer's director of marketing. Next thing you know, they'll be advocating putting cards in the spokes of your bike.
The grand-prize winner from each store will take home a host of prizes and will be automatically entered into a sweepstakes to win prizes including a free trip to the 2001 MLB All-Star Game in Seattle, along with tickets to the MLB All-Star FanFest.
Dates, times and locations for the stadium events will be announced on the Fleer Web site, www.fleer.com, as well as the names of local shops hosting card-flipping tournaments.
APBA gamers to gather
The APBA 50th Anniversary Convention Tournament will be held Aug. 3 to 5 at the Hotel Brunswick in Lancaster, Pa.
(For the uninitiated, APBA is a very accurate card game that depicts baseball - and other sports - games so accurately that it is almost spooky. It has been a game for deep thinkers since 1951, when it was created in Lancaster.)
The convention will feature APBA tournaments with cash and gift prizes, special raffles, discussion groups, and the opportunity to meet the APBA players from all over the world.
There will be a special award for the APBA player who travels the greatest distance to get to the convention, and for all APBA players who attended the first APBA Convention in 1973 and who attend the 50th Anniversary Convention.
To register or for more information, call 1-800-334-2722, or write APBA Convention & Tournament, 1001 Millersville Road, P.O. Box 4547, Lancaster, PA 17604, or online at www.apbastadium.com. The registration fee is $50 per person through June 30, and $65 afterward.
Vick's first NFL threads
Topps has secured the 2001 NFL Draft day jersey and cap of first overall pick Michael Vick (Atlanta). Topps, which is the official trading card of the NFL Draft (which means what?), also has obtained the draft jerseys and caps of No. 2 pick Leonard Davis (Arizona), No. 4 pick Justin Smith (Cincinnati), No. 5 pick LaDainian Tomlinson (San Diego), No. 8 pick David Terrell (Chicago) and No. 14 pick Kenyatta Walker (Tampa Bay). I'm not sure why, but collectors seem to like this kind of stuff.
Archives short prints
Topps has announced that seven of the autograph subjects in 2001 Topps Archives 50th Anniversary Edition signed only 50 cards. The short-print autograph cards include Stan Musial, Johnny Bench, Mike Schmidt, George Brett, Don Larsen, Bob Gibson and Brooks Robinson. *
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