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300 Hobby Shops in Starting 5 Promotion

The NBA hobby shop Starting 5 promotion kicks off Nov. 1, and 300 hobby shops are signed up to participate.

The NBA reports that 300 hobby shops in the U.S. and Canada will participate in this year’s Starting 5 promotion. Merchandising kits for the promotion are now being mailed to stores. The promotion runs Nov. 1 to Jan. 15.

All customers who purchase 2008-09 NBA-licensed basketball cards at the participating stores will receive a special vinyl card holder. Once they collect all five designated players (Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett, Dwight Howard, Tony Parker and Chris Paul) from packs, they will receive a special limited-edition card provided by Topps and Upper Deck.

Customers can also register for a chance to win the grand prize, a trip for two to the 2009 NBA All-Star Game in Phoenix. More than 300 additional prizes will be available, including a year’s worth of NBA trading cards and NBA trading card binders.