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PRICE OF O.J. CARDS CLIMBS SKYWARD

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Collectors cleared the shelves of O.J. Simpson trading cards this week, driving up the price of cards that had previously sat without much interest.

"Before this, if I got one request for an O.J. Simpson card in the last six months, I was lucky," said Bruce Blanton, a clerk at Capital Collectibles.Blanton said he sold six cards - his entire stock - in the last two days before Simpson was charged Friday with murdering his ex-wife and her friend.

"The same thing happened when Magic Johnson announced he (was HIV positive)," said Jane Kornitz of At The Dugout, who sold three Simpson trading cards Friday.

A Simpson rookie card from 1970 recently sold for between $75 and $125, but newer cards cost less, Kornitz said.

"The guy goes into the Hall of Fame and it doesn't do much to the price of the card. But someone murders someone and people want the card so bad the price goes up," said Carl Urbaniak of Diamond Sports Cards.