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    Sports Heroes, Feats & Facts

    I have always been fascinated with oddball issues and this issue never got the respect it deserves. Much like the 2 decade earlier multi-sport Sportscaster card issue, this was a through the mail subscription series as well. Like Sportscasters, it seems it didn't last much past a few years before production ceased. With both issues, a size factor probably lead to their early demise, as collectors just don't seem to embrace much of anything outside of the standard 25" x 3.5" card dimension.

    http://1978theyearitallbegan.blogspo...ats-facts.html

    I wrote a blog entry about this issue several years ago and just recently dug out my duplicates, which prompted me to buy several more binders full. I have just finished going through the new pick-ups, adding any new variations and upgrading a few that were worn or damaged. I have a renewed interest in these, but it seems information is not out there and getting new ones is difficult unless I buy in bulk and take a chance that there will be a few I need. There are plenty for sale, in single and binder format. They are typically not very expensive either, probably again due to the size. It often costs more than it's worth to buy singles and bulk binder lots though.

    As these don't get much press, there may be a few collections hidden out there, unknown to anyone but the owner, but I am going to go out on a limb and say I may have the most comprehensive collection of these out there. Yet, I still have numerous gaps in my checklists. I would love to find a complete checklist and perhaps even a few collectors out there who share the same passion for this odd issue so we can compare notes and maybe even trade.

    I just wanted to get this back out to refresh people's minds to this issue and to point out to advanced collectors that there may be a gold mine of new variations for you to chase if your player is in the set and you have none or only one version.

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    Because they have different copyright dates, I would more inclined to consider them as separate, annual issues, even if they are otherwise the same.

    Neat info! I have a John Olerud and keep it in a binder with my 8x10's.

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    I just scrubbed eBay and the internet for the missing numbers. I did pretty well, but still missing a few. If anyone knows who these are please let me know:

    Baseball:

    109
    114
    117
    124
    127
    134
    138

    Football:

    118

    Basketball:

    107
    128

    All Sports:

    67
    68
    71
    74
    79
    107

    Poster Pages:

    57
    61
    62
    64
    68
    80

    also need the following, but have not tried to find them online. Most people are only selling the player pages individually and these have a variety of subjects on them:

    Greatest Moments:

    75
    76
    77
    80
    83
    84
    87
    88
    89
    90
    92
    94
    111
    113
    115
    119

    Bloopers & Trivia:

    72
    74
    77
    78
    79
    80
    83
    84
    86
    87
    89
    92
    108
    110
    112
    114

    Record Book:

    73
    74
    78
    79
    80
    81
    83
    84
    87
    88
    90
    94
    108
    109
    112
    114

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    I think I have a binder of these somewhere. If I find it, I'll help you out.

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    Mainly posting to preserve the work of creating a complete waitlist. These items get no hobby love, so I don't expect any help. Asterisk (*) means I don't know who or what the card depicts and thus obviously do not have it. In addition to any card marked (*), the rest I need outright or need a better condition upgrade.

    Baseball - 109*, 111, 114*, 116, 117*, 121, 122, 124*, 127*, 131, 134*, 138*, 166, 172
    Football - 109, 112, 113, 115, 117, 118*, 120, 121, 122, 123, 124, 125, 126, 127, 128, 130, 131, 133, 134, 146, 153, 162, 163, 164, 165, 166, 167, 168, 169, 170, 174
    Basketball - 104, 107*, 109, 110, 111, 113, 114, 116, 118, 122, 123, 124, 128*, 143, 145, 147, 150
    All Sports - 62, 66, 67*, 68*, 69, 71*, 72, 73, 74*, 76, 78, 79*, 80, 81, 83, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107*, 108, 109, 112, 114
    Poster Pages - 56, 57*, 61*, 62*, 64*, 67, 68*, 70, 72, 80*, 82, 84, 85, 86
    Greatest Moments - 75*, 76*, 77*, 80*, 81, 82, 83*, 84*, 87*, 88*, 89*, 90*, 92*, 94*, 111*, 113*, 115*, 117, 119*, 120, 121, 122
    Bloopers & Trivia - 72*, 74*, 77*, 78*, 79*, 80*, 83*, 84*, 86*, 87*, 89*, 92*, 103, 106, 108*, 110*, 112*, 114*, 118, 119
    Record Book - 72, 73*, 74*, 78*, 79*, 80*, 81*, 83*, 84*, 87*, 88*, 90*, 94*, 108*, 109*, 110, 111, 112*, 114*, 116, 117

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    Well, you got me. I had seen one of these for Alomar floating around ebay for a while but never picked it up. But after reading this post and your blog post I though what the hell. So now, $11 later, I actually have two of them coming my way - one from ~1994 and another that looks to be from ~1997. Fun stuff!
    Collecting Roberto Alomar cards. Got rare ones? PM me and let's make a deal!
    Some key cards still on the wantlist:
    1992 Star Promo - 1993 Pinnacle Cooperstown Promo
    1995 Score Rules Jumbo - 1996 Aficionado First Pitch Preview
    1996 Select Mirror Blue & Gold - 1997 Fleer Ultra Platinum Medallion
    1997 Pinnacle Totally Certified Platinum Gold - 1997 Topps Stars All-Stars
    1997 Score Platinum and Premier Club Teams - 1998 Bowman's Best Atomic

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    Let me know what you have when you get them and I may be able to help you out with some additional pages. I have LOTS of dupes.

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    Cool, thanks. Here is the first one I have coming:

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    Collecting Roberto Alomar cards. Got rare ones? PM me and let's make a deal!
    Some key cards still on the wantlist:
    1992 Star Promo - 1993 Pinnacle Cooperstown Promo
    1995 Score Rules Jumbo - 1996 Aficionado First Pitch Preview
    1996 Select Mirror Blue & Gold - 1997 Fleer Ultra Platinum Medallion
    1997 Pinnacle Totally Certified Platinum Gold - 1997 Topps Stars All-Stars
    1997 Score Platinum and Premier Club Teams - 1998 Bowman's Best Atomic

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    And the second:

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    Collecting Roberto Alomar cards. Got rare ones? PM me and let's make a deal!
    Some key cards still on the wantlist:
    1992 Star Promo - 1993 Pinnacle Cooperstown Promo
    1995 Score Rules Jumbo - 1996 Aficionado First Pitch Preview
    1996 Select Mirror Blue & Gold - 1997 Fleer Ultra Platinum Medallion
    1997 Pinnacle Totally Certified Platinum Gold - 1997 Topps Stars All-Stars
    1997 Score Platinum and Premier Club Teams - 1998 Bowman's Best Atomic

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    Recently found a set of 6 binders at an estate sale. Does anyone know where you can find a complete checklist of this set? Appreciate any help anyone can provide...

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    I am working on one, but am missing the names/subjects from my lists above (post #3 and those marked with (*) in post #5. Same list).

    Quote Originally Posted by ddaler View Post
    Recently found a set of 6 binders at an estate sale. Does anyone know where you can find a complete checklist of this set? Appreciate any help anyone can provide...

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    So you got his regular page and his poster page. I'll see what I have for dupes. Pretty sure I remember he is one that changed teams, and thus has a different pose for his regular card as well. That is another fun thing about this set, there are periodic numbers where someone replaced the original subject, so they share the same number. I also saw several instances where a players page changed (aside from the small print). One player had 3 different pages!

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    Yep, alomar has an Orioles piece too. I have 25b & 25c. Can read yours, but guessing it is 25a.Click image for larger version. 

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    Cool! Just shoot me a PM and lemme know what you want for it...

    Quote Originally Posted by mrmopar View Post
    Yep, alomar has an Orioles piece too. I have 25b & 25c. Can read yours, but guessing it is 25a.Click image for larger version. 

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    Collecting Roberto Alomar cards. Got rare ones? PM me and let's make a deal!
    Some key cards still on the wantlist:
    1992 Star Promo - 1993 Pinnacle Cooperstown Promo
    1995 Score Rules Jumbo - 1996 Aficionado First Pitch Preview
    1996 Select Mirror Blue & Gold - 1997 Fleer Ultra Platinum Medallion
    1997 Pinnacle Totally Certified Platinum Gold - 1997 Topps Stars All-Stars
    1997 Score Platinum and Premier Club Teams - 1998 Bowman's Best Atomic

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    Had no idea there were variations. Now I'll have to look closer at any Grace's I see. I only have this one, which I cataloged as 1997. Any clue what I should look for in the way of possible Grace variations?


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