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06/01/09 3:06 PM ET

Card companies offer something new

Collectors can get hands on historic hair, autographs

Upper Deck Legendary Cuts: The collector who loves to chase rare autographs and memorabilia pieces is the customer Upper Deck has in mind with this set, scheduled to be released June 3. Five-card packs will sell for approximately $10 each.

The base set consists of 100 cards. There are also four game-used memorabilia cards in each 12-pack box. Each 16-box case features an average of two Legendary Cut Signature cards from such names as Joe DiMaggio and Frank Sinatra, as well as two cards featuring either single or dual on-card signatures.

Also included in each box are an average of seven Upper Deck 20th Anniversary insert cards, featuring cards from the multi-sport insert set that has been sprinkled across the company's product line and picturing some of the greatest sports stars to be featured on Upper Deck cards during its first 20 years in the hobby.

Upper Deck O-Pee-Chee: This product features a robust 600-card base set, as well as card designs that will ring a bell with those who collected cards in the early 1970s.

The original O-Pee-Chee baseball sets were distributed in Canada, but the cards were familiar to many collectors in the U.S.

"The premier edition of O-Pee-Chee baseball provides set builders with a blend of nostalgic baseball designs across the base set, parallels and inserts, including a tribute to the classic 1971 O-Pee-Chee set," said Gabriel Garcia, associate brand manager for Upper Deck.

Two autograph cards are randomly inserted per case, while memorabilia cards are inserted at a rate of three per case. Packs will start at about $2 each.

O-Pee-Chee Baseball is scheduled to be released June 16.

Topps Allen & Ginter: The 2009 version of Topps vintage-style Allen & Ginter is scheduled to be released the week of June 29. Eight-card packs will carry a suggested retail price of $4.

Also a favorite among set collectors, the product features a card design that hearkens back to the Allen & Ginter sets released in the late 1880s. Following the theme of those early sets, this year's 350-card base set features a diverse mix of baseball's current stars, 30 top rookies, well-known figures from other sports and historical figures.

The base cards in the set are produced in today's standard size of 2 ½ by 3 ½ inches. A 350-card parallel set is available, however, in the original A&G size of 1 15/32 by 2 11/16 inches.

Among the insert sets of note is a 20-card set entitled, "World's Biggest Hoaxes, Hoodwinks, & Bamboozles." One of these cards can be found in each pack. This is where collectors can find the "rookie cards" of such no-gooders as disgraced financiers Bernard Madoff and Charles Ponzi.

Other insert cards offer autographs of today's current MLB stars, game-used memorabilia Relic cards and even DNA cards offering strands of hair from such famous figures as Napoleon, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


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