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Jordin Sparks, Stuart Scott in unusual card set

Updated: July 10, 2010, 10:50 AM ET
By Chris Olds

Baseball card collectors who rip into packs of the new Allen & Ginter cards when they arrive already know what's in store.

The unexpected. (And that's not even a nod to card No. 130 -- we'll get to that.)

You see, since 2006 Topps has turned back the clock to the late 1800s for one of its most popular brands of baseball cards in Ginter. It's a set that celebrates "world's champions" in sports -- and a few other pastimes, too -- in the same manner as the first set of tobacco cards ...

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