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California bill first to outlaw illegal cards

A California effort to outlaw the sale of counterfeit, unlicensed and refurbished trading cards has reached fruition. The Creative Card Congress announced Thursday that Gov. Pete Wilson had signed the legislation.

"The bill was needed to ensure that consumer purchases are quality purchases," consumer advocate Michael Ross said in a statement released by the congress. "The support from the industry is phenomenal, and we will continue to build on it as we expand our legislative program."

Support for the measure came from such sports card manufacturers as Topps, Score, Fleer and Upper Deck. Major League Baseball and the NFL Players Association are were supportive.

"We plan to stamp out counterfeits, forgeries and unlicensed products by having this bill introduced and passed in every state in the nation before we are through," Ross said.

Some of the more popular cards that have been counterfeited are the 1986-87 Fleer Michael Jordan, 1988-89 O-Pee-Chee Brett Hull, and 1990 Leaf Frank Thomas rookie cards.

Partnership: Upper Deck and Bruce McNall, owner of the NHL's Los Angeles Kings and chairman of the league's board of governors, formed a partnership that will specialize in authenticated and guaranteed sports memorabilia.

The venture, named Upper Deck Authenticated, has the cooperation of numerous past and present athletes, including Joe Montana, Dan Marino, Wayne Gretzky, Magic Johnson, John Havlicek and Carl Yastrzemski.

All memorabilia autographs will be witnessed, recorded and given a numbered holographic mark featured on both the products and certificates of authenticity.

Hockey releases: With Score's 1992-93 hockey product hitting the marketplace, Topps will not be far behind. Scheduled for release Monday are both the regular 528-card Topps set and the redesigned 441-card Bowman set. Soon to follow (Oct. 19) will be Stadium Club Series I. This 250-card set will be followed by another 250-card series later in the year.

Hot prospect: Entering the 1992-93 hockey season as one of the more attractive young players is Canadian Olympic standout Joe Juneau. The Boston Bruin hopeful's 1991-92 Parkhurst rookie card (234) is commanding $4, which is especially attractive considering it is his only rookie card and it's in a quality set.

New studio: The new 264-card Leaf Studio product has hit the market in style.

A feature to this year's set is the innovative Heritage Series, which highlights some of today's stars in uniforms of yesterday. An example is Ryne Sandberg in a 1908 Cubs uniform and Cal Ripken Jr. in a 1951 St. Louis Browns uniform.

For Bulls fans:iversity of South Florida basketball star Radenko Dobras is featured in Classic's 1992 Basketball Draft Picks Set. A free agent, Dobras is pictured in his warmups prior to a Bulls game.