Below are some fascinating details about the history of Starting Lineup:
Starting Lineup was a brand of action figures produced from 1988 to 2001, first by Kenner and later by Hasbro . They were conceived by Pat McInally , himself a former professional American football player with the Cincinnati Bengals , in 1986 . The figures became very popular, and eventually included sports stars from baseball, football, basketball, and hockey; and, to a lesser extent, auto racing, boxing, track & field, skating, soccer, and golf.McInally came up with the idea during a visit to a toy store. He noticed there were many figurines available of the likes of G.I. Joe , but nothing based on real-life sports heroes. McInally and a former college friend who was running Kenner's day to day operations decided to work together on the project. Today, the figures are collector items . The prices on the figures vary dramatically. The low-end items can be acquired for around or above retail cost, but many rarer items can fetch prices as high as several thousand dollars for a single figure. A typical figurine stands about 4 inches (10 cm) tall, but the brand at times launched various special series that can be much larger including a 14" NBA line and came with a sports card of the respective athlete. Wikipedia
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