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NEW AUTHENTICATION SYSTEM FOR SPORTS COLLECTIBLES STARTS WITH FIRST BILLIARD TRADING CARDS THIS CENTURY

 NEW YORK, Nov. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- There's good news for the trading card collector, the pocket billiard fan and the collectibles buyer, says Jack Talan -- a new method of protecting the value of sports collectibles.
 The first trading cards appeared in the late 1800s and were of billiard players, Talan says. Notably, pocket billiards are making history again with the first set of billiard trading cards since then. They are authenticated with a protection system called Triad which Talan is introducing through his firm, World Wide Collectibles, Inc.
 "What we do is use numbering, anti-counterfeiting imprinting and owner registration to assure the authenticity and protect the investment in these cards," says Talan, explaining how the registration is something special.
 New owners of the set of 132 International Billiard Trading Cards ($24.95, call 800-867-7282) receive a Certificate of Provenance issued by Amwest Surety Insurance Company, guaranteeing the number of sets in the limited edition.
 The certificate also guarantees destruction of all materials used in production of the set upon completion of the limited edition.
 A bonded registry monitors the issuance of the certificates in the consumer's name with the corresponding number on each collectible item.
 "Over-production, exaggeration of signed collectibles' value in sports stars' testimonials and counterfeiting and theft have rocked the sports collectibles business," Talan says. "Now collectors can protect their collections; take confidence in their investment."
 Don Mackey, commissioner of the Pro Billiards Tour, says the five-year licensing agreement between the tour and World Wide Collectibles makes the set more valuable.
 "Pocket billiards is ranked number two as the most popular participation sport in this country," Mackey says. "These cards make a great gift for players and collectors, too."
 For International Billiard Trading Cards, $24.95 plus $3.95 shipping and handling, call 800-867-7282.
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 /NOTE TO EDITORS: WWC President Talan available for interviews. Photos available./
 /CONTACT: Lisa Pickering, 800-864-4394


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