WNBA To Release New Trading Cards

Fans Can Collect Limited Edition Autograph Cards From Lisa Leslie, Diana Taurasi and Sue Bird

New York, July 27, 2005 - The Women's National Basketball Association and Rittenhouse Archives, the top producer of science-fiction and fantasy trading cards, will debut its new set of WNBA trading cards Friday, July 29. The 2005 WNBA collection marks Rittenhouse's first set of sports cards.

Fans can collect more than 200 different WNBA player cards including limited-edition game-worn cards which feature a piece of a player's jersey or warm-up uniform. Fans will also have a chance to acquire two cards in each box that are autographed by WNBA stars including 2004 Rookie of the Year Diana Taurasi (Phoenix Mercury), two-time Most Valuable Player Lisa Leslie (Los Angeles Sparks) and 2004 WNBA champion Sue Bird (Seattle Storm).

In addition, selected packs include cards featuring game action shots as well as photos commemorating significant 2004-2005 WNBA milestones. Collectors can store their set in a custom-designed collector's album that includes bonus cards.

The 2005 WNBA trading cards will be available at leading hobby shops across the country and at the world's only NBA Store on Fifth Avenue in New York City. The cards retail for $2.10 per pack or $84.00 per box.

The 2005 WNBA All-Star Game, which was played in front of a sell-out crowd at Mohegan Sun Arena, saw the highest scoring game in WNBA history and culminated with a slam dunk by veteran All-Star Lisa Leslie. The ABC telecast reached more international viewers than ever as it was broadcast in 193 countries by 52 telecasters in 31 languages allowing the league's global fan base to witness all the action. WNBA programming is broadcast on ABC, ESPN, ESPN2 and NBA-TV.