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Donruss unveils huge Sports Legends product set for December (updated)

Donruss announced plans Monday for a multi-sport set coming in December called Americana Sports Legends – a product that will feature more than 150 of the top athletes of all time.

Legends will include autograph and memorabilia cards from athletes in all sports — baseball, basketball, football, hockey, boxing, auto racing, golf, soccer, tennis, wrestling and even several Olympians. Each five-card pack will carry a suggested retail price of $10.

The cards of NFL players and those in collegiate uniforms are fully licensed by the NFL and by the Collegiate Licensing Company.

The set branches off from the Americana inserts of the same name. While that insert set included just a handful of athletes, this set will include, according to Donruss, Ted Williams, Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, Cal Ripken, Nolan Ryan, Shoeless Joe Jackson, Pete Rose, Don Mattingly, Jim Brown, Joe Montana, Dan Marino, John Elway, Knute Rockne, Larry Bird, Dick Vitale, Dennis Rodman, Bill Walton, Dean Smith, John Wooden, Lisa Leslie, Sheryl Swoopes, Phil Esposito, Patrick Roy, Ray Bourque, Paul Coffey, Mike Bossy and others.

Does that not do it for you? How about Serena Williams, Jim Courier, Martina Navratilova, Jake LaMotta, Bas Rutten, Randy Couture, Bela Karolyi, Peggy Fleming, Bruce Jenner, Mike Powell, Cat Osterman, Jennie Finch, Michelle Akers, Jeanette Lee, Ron Turcotte, Pete Weber, Richard Petty, Bobby Allison and Al Unser Sr. & Jr.

Also included in the product will be Collegiate Legends Patches, which include signed embroidered college patches from Tom Seaver (USC), Reggie Jackson (Arizona State), Robin Roberts (Michigan State), Jerry West (West Virginia), Oscar Robertson (Cincinnati), Lisa Leslie (USC), Randy Couture (Oklahoma State) and John Wooden (UCLA & Purdue) to name a few.

The set also will include a pair of autograph inserts — Certified Cuts – which will have trapped cut signatures with notations of  key achievements from West, Bird, Wooden, Vitale and Petty. The second set is Signature Connection, which will team up athletes with common ties, including Jim Brown/Mike Powell, Bo Jackson/Deion Sanders,  Al Unser/Richard Petty, Bill Walton/John Wooden and the Unsers among others.

Additional details will be forthcoming from Donruss. But until then, enjoy this preview slideshow of the cards.

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Chris Olds has collected sports cards and memorabilia since 1987. Before coming to Beckett Media, he wrote about the hobby for the Orlando Sentinel on his blog, SportsStuff, and for the San Antonio Express-News and The Tuscaloosa (Ala.) News. Do you have a comment, question or idea? Send e-mail to him at colds@beckett.com.

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