American Idol

Idol trading cards come out tomorrow, but the set won’t include Simon Cowell

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The American Idol trading card set will include Paula Abdul, Randy Jackson and Kara DioGuardi, but not Simon Cowell (Photo provided by Associated Press)The big day arrives Tuesday for American Idol fans.

No, I’m not talking about performance night.

I’m talking about the first-ever American Idol trading cards. They hit stores tomorrow.

They come courtesy of Upper Deck, the company that took baseball cards to a whole new level back in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Upper Deck is releasing a 138-card set of Idols. All of this year’s 36 semifinalists will be featured. Lots of former Idols will be featured. So will Idol “novelty acts” such as William Hung. Hey, the term “novelty act” comes straight from the Upper Deck Web site.

And there will be authentic autograph cards, too. They’ll be randomly inserted into the packs, featuring signatures of all of this year’s semifinalists, plus the likes of Jordin Sparks, David Archuleta, Fantasia Barrino and Michael Johns.

The cards will be available at hobby shops and at Wal-Mart, Target, Kmart and some Toys ‘R’ Us locations.

Here’s some other facts you won’t find in the press release:

* The suggested retail price for a pack of 5 cards will be $1.99.

* The cards will not be offered as a full set.

* The set will feature judges Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul and Kara DioGuardi. It will not include Simon Cowell.

“His reps would only allow his inclusion in the set for a very steep price, so we chose to go without Mr. Cowell,” said Terry Melia, public relations manager with Upper Deck.

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