Today, a new era begins as the finest 1933 Goudey Sport Kings set sold to a private collector for $360,000! This set was, and still is, currently ranked #1 on The PSA Set Registry and is comprised of virtually all PSA NM-MT 8 or better quality throughout. The 48-card set was sold intact by Memory Lane, Inc. and the sale is now recognized as the highest price ever paid for a complete trading card set. Memory Lane, Inc., a company that specializes in high-end material, negotiated the sale of the set between two very active PSA collectors.

There have been some very notable sales in hobby history. The ones that comes to mind first is of course the sale of the famous PSA NM-MT 8 T206 Honus Wagner card that has sold several times over the last 15 years with each sale setting a new record for a trading card. The last one came in at $1,265,000 a few summers ago. There have also been record setting complete sets like the 1952 Topps PSA NM-MT 8 set that sold in a MastroNet auction in 2002 for $276,771.

Over time, it has been tradition to break up sets when it came time to sell. That was simply the way it was. A great example of that would be the famous auction of the Harris Collection - the finest T206 set ever assembled. SportsCards Plus held that sale but each card was offered individually. The sale was tremendous as the auction total exceeded $1,000,000 but, today, the strategy might be different with the impact of The PSA Set Registry and the appreciation of complete sets in general.

Cobb Ruth Holman

For those in the know, the 1933 Goudey Sport Kings set has long been one of the most desirable productions the hobby has ever known. This set combines the best of the best, from a variety of sports, inside a 48-card set that not only exhibits brilliant artwork but also offers a level of difficulty that exceeds its own sister - the 1933 Goudey Baseball Set.

No, the 1933 Goudey Sport Kings set does not have the sheer size of the much larger 239-card baseball counterpart, or the difficulty of the similar but less popular 1932 US Caramel set, yet these "Kings" offer the appeal of both - great eye-appeal with solid scarcity. Baseball, basketball, boxing, football, hockey, wrestling, golf and even swimming are among the sports represented in this unique set. There are even two "Babes" in the set, perhaps the two most popular "Babes" in sports history - Didrickson and Ruth. Finally, the last card in the set (#48 Leonhard Seppala) represents dogsled racing? Dogsled racing? For the love of trading cards!

In terms of condition obstacles, the set is plagued by three main culprits. Bleeding, border toning and poor centering are all noted problems. It is very common, as it is with most Goudey issues, to see bleeding on the reverse of the cards. When sheets were fresh from production and placed on top of one another, the color from the cards buried underneath each sheet would often bleed onto the reverse of the cards above. Usually, a light bleed will not prevent a card from reaching higher grades but, if severe, it can hurt the eye appeal quite a bit.

Grange Thorpe

Another condition obstacle is the presence of border or edge toning on the front or back of the card. Again, this is very common for Goudey issues as well as Diamond Star cards of the era. Some border toning is acceptable, even for higher grades, if it is not severe and does not cause a slight off-white/yellow appearance. The problem is when the discoloration becomes an almost brown or strong yellow color.

Last but not least, centering can be a huge problem on this issue. The borders are very narrow due to the design of the cards, making it very tough to find exceptionally centered examples. One slight move left to right or top to bottom will cause the cards to fall outside of the acceptable guidelines for unqualified higher grades. As centering is seemingly becoming more and more of an issue for collectors, this is a key to note.

Marshall Fogel, who owns one of the finest collections in the world, has long been a fan of this set and had this to say about this hobby classic. "After I wrote the history of the Goudey Gum Co. for SMR for their National Sports Convention issue of August, 2003, I had the opportunity to reflect on the various Goudey sets that were produced by this company and how the sets compared with others throughout the ages," Fogel explained. "There are several sensible conclusions that come to mind."

"The 1933 Sport Kings set provides a valuable written history and card pictures of America's great athletes from all important sports for the time. The set gave early drecognition to the game of basketball, golf, tennis, hockey and other defined sports. No other set covers such a wide range of sporting activities as this set. The Sport Kings cards, along with the 1933 Goudey baseball set, pioneered many pictures of the athletes in action as evidenced by the colorful "Babe" Didrickson card. The final "crowning achievement of this set is the innovative artwork illustrated on each and every card. This set is so rare that the demand is at the top of most advanced collectors' want list. It deserves to be one of the most expensive sets in the hobby."

Dempsey Kahanamoku

As far as market value, Fogel continued to praise this set's importance. "A straight eight complete set is virtually impossible to put together today card by card unless you are fortunate enough to find a collector that is willing to sell the set," Fogel said. "In my opinion, the market value for a PSA 8 set is over $225,000 if sold as a complete set."

Super-collector Charlie Merkel couldn't agree more about this set's difficulty. "The 1933 Sport Kings cards are really rare and difficult to find in high grade," Merkel explained. "I have been upgrading my own set for years and I know how tough it is to assemble a set such as the one that just sold with the number of PSA 9's it contained."

Merkel further explained how the hobby has changed. "For years dealers have bought complete sets to break them up believing that break-up maximized value," Merkel said. "At this point in time, however , I believe that a high grade , highly ranked complete PSA sets should and will command a much higher premium than the breakup price in recognition of the difficulty if not impossibility of ever again duplicating the feat. Regardless of how rare a single card may be, the truly high grade complete set taken as a whole is infinitely more rare. I congratulate the new owner on his recognition of the value attributable to a set of this quality and his willingness to step up and acquire a unique collectible treasure like this."

Sarazen Rockne

Let's take a closer look at the set that many hobbyists can only dream of owning and find out more about the athletes and cards that find themselves amongst Kings.

#1 Ty Cobb - Yes, it was Cobb, not Ruth that was chosen for #1 in this prestigious set. In fact, many writers of the era felt that it was Cobb who deserved to be called the best overall player in the game from the first half of the 20th Century. It's hard to believe, but true. This card is much like the 1948 Leaf Ruth in that both cards were produced after their playing days; however, the cards are treated otherwise by collectors. In addition to the traditional condition obstacles associated with the issue, pay close attention to the yellow background. In many cases, the color is faint and lacks eye-appeal. If you can find one with exceptional color, it can do wonders for the card.

#2 Babe Ruth - The Sultan of Swat had to take a backseat to Cobb but the Ruth card is clearly the most valuable card in the set. One aspect that makes this card very compelling is the fact that while the Goudey baseball counterpart offers four different Ruths, there is only one Ruth card here. In addition, this card is very tough in higher grades. In fact, it is clearly more difficult than at least two of the four Goudey Ruths (#'s 144 and 181) for the baseball-only set. With Ruth and the word "King" on the same card, it just seems so fitting for baseball's best.

#3 Nat Holman - During the 1920's, Holman was one of the best shooters and skilled ball handlers in the game for the Boston Celtics - the dominant franchise of the era. As a coach for City College of New York, he led his team to win both the NCAA and NIT tournaments in 1950 - they were the first and only team to accomplish this feat. He finished with a 423-190 in 37 seasons. This card is extremely tough in high-grade with only a handful of known PSA NM-MT 8's today to satisfy the most discriminating collectors. In fact, if one were to surface today, it would almost certainly sell for a record price.

#4 Red Grange - The "Galloping Ghost" was the biggest draw in football during the 1920's and he raised the sport to a new level after his tremendous career at the University of Illinois. This card is widely regarded as one of the most visually appealing in the 48-card set due to its great assortment of colors. In addition, it is also one of the first major keys in football collecting history. Just a couple of years later, National Chicle would produce a football set with the legendary Bronko Nagurski card but this Grange card beat Bronko to the punch so to speak.

Jones Hubbell

#6 Jim Thorpe - This is, arguably, the best looking card in the set and it features one of the greatest all-around athletes of all-time. Thorpe excelled in track and field, baseball and football amongst other sports. Thorpe was even featured in some other major card issues like the 1915 Sporting News Baseball set (his only mainstream baseball card) and the popular 1955 Topps All-American football set but this Sport Kings card is his most interesting. Thorpe paved the way for modern day multi-sport stars like Bo Jackson, Deion Sanders and Brian Jordan and that will never be forgotten.

#17 Jack Dempsey - Jack Dempsey does have some other important cards like his 1932 US Caramel and 1948 Leaf examples but this one is no slouch. The "Manassa Mauler" was a devastating puncher who destroyed Jess Willard for the Heavyweight Championship in 1919. For several years, he dominated the division. This card is important because boxing was considered by many to be the most popular spectator sport during that era and Dempsey was one of the first true stars of the sport. In addition, this is, arguably, Dempsey's most visually appealing trading card.

#19 Eddie Shore - This hockey legend represents the sport well in this set. Shore is the only NHL defenseman to win the Hart Trophy as MVP four times (1933, 1935-36, 1938) and he was a leader for the Boston Bruins, who were Stanley Cup champs in 1929 and 1939. During his 14-year career, Shore was named to 7 First Team All-Star squads as well. This card is another fan-favorite because of its wonderful artwork and color, although you can basically say that about every card in this supremely attractive set.

#22 Gene Sarazen - Sarazen was one of the most successful golfers in the game during pre-war times. He emerged from virtual poverty to become of the highest paid athletes of his era, winning 7 Major titles and traveling the world for golf exhibitions. This card, along with the Jones card, are very important in that they help capture the beginning of a game that has become so popular today. While not nearly as valuable as the Jones, this card is certainly one of the keys to this set of Kings.

#35 Knute Rockne - Rockne's legendary speeches were his trademark. The famous "Win one for the Gipper" speech helped spark The Fighting Irish to victory over favored Army. This great Notre Dame coach finished with a 105-12-5 record, including three National Championships. This card, along with the Grange card, are two of the earliest football classics in our hobby and Rockne has long been of one the most desirable figures in the football card market.

#38 Bobby Jones - This is widely considered the most important golf card in the hobby. The US Caramel Jones card is very tough and desirable but the Sport King Jones is tops. His classic swing is captured brilliantly on this tiny piece of artwork. Jones was really the first major star of his sport and his legend is magnified by his sudden exit from the game at the age of 28. By that age, Jones had already captured 13 Majors, a record that stood for 40 years. With the popularity of golf today, this card has enjoyed steady increased demand for the last 4-5 years.

Carnera Didrickson Seppala

#45 Babe Didrickson - While Mr. Thorpe usually receives the label of Best Overall Athlete by many sports historians, some would argue that Babe Didrickson was even more dominant. She excelled in more sports than Thorpe and was actually nicknamed "Babe" after the legendary Mr. Ruth because of her ability to hit a baseball with power. She also had to deal with discrimination, as women were not supposed to play "men's sports" during that era. Today, she would be embraced as a role model. When you consider what she went through and how far ahead of her time she really was, this card takes on extreme importance. She is pictured in mid-hurdle and there were many hurdles for Babe to leap over at the time.

Of course, there are plenty of other favorites in the set. There's the ever-popular #20 Duke Kahanamoku card featuring this swimming icon, featuring tremendous colors, especially the bright yellow background. How about Primo Carnera, perhaps known more for playing tug of war with Mighty Joe Young and being a mountain of a man than for his boxing skills. There are also other many other notable cards like those of Ed Watcher, Walter Hagen, Bill Tilden, Gene Tunney, Howie Morenz, Ace Bailey, Carl Hubbell and Max Baer to name a few.

One great aspect of this set is the fact that regardless of current Hall of Fame status, all of the athletes included were considered Kings of their era. This set offers a window into the past, a chance for hobbyists of the current generation and future generation to appreciate the athletes who paved the way for others. This set provides tremendous historical value and manages to look great all the while.

What a great set!

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Miscellaneous Sports and Non-Sports

1887 Allen & Ginter (N28) - NJB's 1887 N28 Set

1887 Kimball Champions (N184) - 1887 Kimball Set - great action backgrounds

1888 Allen & Ginter (N29) - The Dreier Collection N-29 Allen and Ginter

1909 James Jeffries Playing Cards Boxing - RAS

1910 Mecca Boxing (T220) - The Kaufman Collection

1910 Mecca Champions T220 Silver Border Boxing - RAS

1911 W.D. & H.O. Wills Boxers Scissors Back - RAS

1923 Williards Chocolate V137 Boxing - RAS

1927 Churchman Famous Golfers - Dave Johnson

1927 Churchman Famous Golfers Large - Vintagegolfcards

1928 Millhoff Famous Golfers - Vintagegolfcards

1928 W.A. & A.C. Churchman Famous Golfers (Large) 2nd - Vintagegolfcards

1930 W.D. & H.O. Wills Famous Golfers - Vintagegolfcards

1931 Churchman Large Golf - Vintagegolfcards

1931 Churchman Small Golf - Dave Johnson

1932 U.S. Caramel - Charles M Merkel

1933 Goudey Sport Kings - Andrew Kaplan

1938 F.C. Cartledge Boxing - Gerry's #1 Cartledge Boxing set

1938 F.C. Cartledge Famous Prize Fighters Boxing Glossy - John Grillo's 1938 FC Cartledge Boxing Set

1938 W.A. & A.C. Churchman Boxing Personalities - RAS

1939 John Player & Sons Golf - Arts super golf set

1947 D. Cummings & Sons Famous Fighters - RAS

1948 Leaf Boxing - Basic - David Curtis

1948 Leaf Boxing - Master - David Curtis

1951 Topps Ringside Boxing - RAS

1954 Quaker Sports Oddities - Scov's 1954 Quaker Sports Oddities Set

1979 Venorlandus Ltd - DSVice Sport Heroes

1981 Donruss Golf - golf rules

1982 Donruss Golf - Peter Parker

1988 Maxx Charlotte Racing - Racing Fan

1991 Players International Ringlords Boxing - RAS

1993 Upper Deck Soccer Honorary Captains - pondofc

1998 Champions of Golf Masters - Gold Foil - Museum of Sports History

2001 SP Authentic Golf Gold - thoms gold golf

2001 SP Authentic Golf Sign of the Times - Museum of Sports History

2001 SP Authentic Golf Tour Swatch - Dave Johnson

2001 Upper Deck Golf - SHS 2001 Golf Set

2001 Upper Deck Golf Gallery - Stephen's Gallery Set tied with Museum of Sports History

2001 Upper Deck Golf National Heroes - Stephen's 2001 NH Set

2001 Upper Deck Golf Promos - TC Collection

2001 Upper Deck Golf Stat Leaders - SHS 01Stat Set

2001 Upper Deck Golf Tigers Tales - Museum of Sports History

2001 Upper Deck Golf Tour Threads - Dave Johnson

2002 SP Game Used Golf Course of a Champion Autograph - Museum of Sports History

2002 SP Game Used Golf Course of a Champion Autograph Parallel - Museum of Sports History

2002 SP Game Used Golf Front 9 Fabric - Museum of Sports History

2002 SP Game Used Golf Front 9 Fabric Autograph - Museum of Sports History

2002 SP Game Used Golf Scorecard Signatures - Museum of Sports History

Bobby Jones Basic Set - Golf - JW

Bobby Jones Master Set - Golf - JW

Muhammad Ali (Cassius Clay) Master Set - Boxing - RAS

Pele Master Set - Soccer - DrPanini

Tiger Woods Basic Set - Golf - Museum of Sports History

Tiger Woods Master Set - Golf - Museum of Sports History

Walter Hagen Master Set - Golf - Dave Johnson

Top 200 Sportscards in the Hobby - John Branca

1885-1895 Kinney Brothers Famous Running Horses - Brillo Pad's Cards

1888 Allen & Ginter Celebrated American Indian Chiefs (N2) - Scottsdale Baseball Cards... 1888 American Indian Chiefs

1888 Allen & Ginter Parasol Drill (N18) - Matt Conroy's Parasol Drill Set

1888 Allen & Ginter Pirates of the Spanish Main (N19) - RMF 1888 Allen & Ginter Pirates Of The Spanish Main (N19)

1911 Heroes of History/Men of History (T-68) - Robert's T68 Collection

1932 U.S. Caramel Presidents - 707 Sportscards - LTD - 1932 US Caramel George & Company

1933 Indian Gum - Scottsdalecards - 1933 Indian Gum Set

1933-34 National Chicle Sky Birds - TR's Sky Birds Collection

1934 Carreras Film Stars - John Schad -For My Wife Amelia

1934 General Gum Funnies - 1934 MF General Gum Funnies

1935 Ardath Tobacco Film Stage & Radio Stars Small - KP's Ardath Small Film Stars

1935 Gallaher Ltd. Famous Film Scenes - John Schad -For My Wife Amelia

1935 Gallaher Ltd. Portraits of Famous Stars - John Schad -For My Wife Amelia

1935 Gallaher Ltd. Shots from Famous Films - KP's Gallaher's Film Shots

1935 Gallaher Ltd. Signed Portraits of Famous Stars - KP's Gallaher Signed Portraits

1935 Gallaher Ltd. Stars of Screen and Stage - KP's Gallaher Stars of Screen and Stage

1936 G-Men and Heroes of the Law - 1936 MF G-Men & Heroes of the Law

1936 Gallaher Ltd. Film Episodes - John Schad -For My Wife Amelia

1936 Godfrey Phillips Stars of the Screen Panels - KP's Phillips Stars of the Screen Panels

1936 Goudey Soldier Boys R142 - 1936 MF Soldier Boys

1936 Jolly Roger Pirates - Andy & Eddie Madec's 1936 Jolly Roger Pirates Set

1937 Lloyd & Sons Cinema Stars - John Schad -For My Wife Amelia

1937 Walter Johnson Candy Co. Dick Tracy R41 - 1937 MF R41 Dick Tracy

1937 Wild West Series Puzzle Back - 1937 MF Wild West Series - Puzzle Back

1938 Famous Aviators - 1938 MF Famous Aviators

1938 Gum Horrors of War - 1938 MF Horrors Of War

1938 Ogdens Actors Natural and Character Studies - KP's Ogden's Actors

1939 Cope Bros. & Co. Castles - Mrichards 1939 Cope Castles Set

1939 Gallaher My Favourite Part - KP's Gallaher Favourite Parts

1939 Gumakers of American True Spy Stories - 1939 MF True Spy Stories

1939 Ogdens Cigarettes Sea Adventure - Mrichards 1939 Ogden's Sea Adventure Set

1939 The World in Arms R173 - 1939 MF World In Arms R173

1940 Famous Airplanes - 1940 MF Famous Airplanes

1940 Gum Inc. Lone Ranger - RMF 1940 Gum, Inc. Lone Ranger

1940 Gum Inc. Superman R145 - Mickey's Sportscards - 1940 Superman Set

1941 Sky Birds - Neil's 1941 Sky Birds Set

1944 American Beauties - Dickens' Beauties

1947 Indian Gum Re-Issue - chief red's tribe

1948 Leaf Pirate Cards - Andy & Eddie Madec's 1948 Leaf Pirate cards Set

1949 Bowman Wild West - Jean-Luc Picard

1950 Bowman Wild Man - Mighty's Graded Sets***1950 Wildman

1950 Quaker Sgt. Preston Challenge of the Yukon Dog Cards - Jean-Luc Picard

1950 Topps Bring Em Back Alive - Jean-Luc Picard

1950 Topps Freedoms War - Jean-Luc Picard

1951 Bowman Jets, Rockets, Spacemen - Jean-Luc Picard

1951 Topps Animals of the World - Jean-Luc Picard

1952 Bowman TV Radio & Stars - Jean-Luc Picard

1952 Bowman U.S. Presidents - Jean-Luc Picard

1952 Post Cereal Roy Rogers Pop Out - Jean-Luc Picard

1952 Topps Look n See - Jean-Luc Picard

1953 Bowman Antique Autos - Jean-Luc Picard

1953 Bowman Fire Fighters - Jean-Luc Picard

1953 Bowman Frontier Days - Jean-Luc Picard

1953 Comic Characters - Jean-Luc Picard

1953 Maple Leaf Gum - Champs & Bums - Peter Lalos

1953 NBC Stars - 707 Sportscards - LTD - 1953 Bowman TV and Radio

1953 Topps Fighting Marines - Jean-Luc Picard

1953 Topps License Plates - Jean-Luc Picard

1953 Topps Tarzan & The She Devil - Jean-Luc Picard

1953 Topps Tarzans Savage Fury - Jean-Luc Picard

1953 Topps Who-Z-at Star - Jean-Luc Picard

1954 Bowman Power for Peace - Jean-Luc Picard

1954 Topps Scoop - Jean-Luc Picard

1955 Barbers Tea Ltd. Cinema & TV Stars - John Schad -For My Wife Amelia

1956 Elvis Presley - John Branca

1956 Jibco Tea Screen Stars 2nd Series - Jeff Rosen #1

1956 Sgt. Preston Cards - Champs & Bums - Peter Lalos

1956 Topps Adventure - RAS

1956 Topps Davy Crockett Green - Jean-Luc Picard

1956 Topps Davy Crockett Orange - Frank Evanov's Davy Crocket Orange Set

1956 Topps Flags of the World - Jean-Luc Picard

1956 Topps Jets - Jean-Luc Picard

1956 Topps Round Up - Mighty's Graded Sets***1956 Roundup

1956 Topps U.S. Presidents - Frank Evanov's 1956 Topps U.S. Presidents Set

1957 Johnson & Johnson Robin Hood - Jean-Luc Picard

1957 Topps Goofy Series Post Cards - Jean-Luc Picard

1957 Topps Hit Stars - John Branca

1957 Topps Isolation Booth - Jean-Luc Picard

1957 Topps Robin Hood - FenwayFitz's Best

1958 Topps TV Westerns - FenwayFitz's #1 Western T V Stars

1958 Topps Zorro - Frank Evanov's Zorro Set

1959 Ad-Trix Popeye - Jean-Luc Picard

1959 Fleer Indian Trading Cards - Jean-Luc Picard

1959 Fleer Three Stooges - Sarah Verno's Stooges

1959 Nu-Cards Rock and Roll Stars - Jean-Luc Picard

1959 Topps Fabian - FenwayFitz's Best

1959 Topps You ll Die Laughing - Jean-Luc Picard

1960 Fleer Casper - Jean-Luc Picard

1960 Fleer Spins and Needles - Mighty's Graded Non Sports****

1960 Leaf Foney Ads - Jean-Luc Picard

1960 Topps Funny Valentines A Series - JJean-Luc Picard

1961 Donruss Idiot Cards - Jean-Luc Picard

1961 Fleer Pirates Bold - Mighty's Graded Sets*** 1961 Pirates Bold

1961 Nu-Cards Dinosaur - Jean-Luc Picard

1961 Rosan US Army in Action - Jean-Luc Picard

1961 Topps Crazy Cards - Jean-Luc Picard

1961 Topps Sports Cars - John Branca

1961 Topps Sports Cars License Plate Stickers - Jean-Luc Picard

1962 Topps Civil War News - Carl Riegger's Civil War News Set

1962 Topps Civil War News Currency - Jean-Luc Picard

1962 Topps Mars Attacks - West Coast

1963 Rosan Famous Monsters Series - Jean-Luc Picard

1963 Rosan John F. Kennedy - Jean-Luc Picard

1963 Topps Astronauts - Mighty's Graded Sets***1963 3-D Astronauts

1963 Topps Beverly Hillbillies - Scottsdale Baseball Cards... 1963 Topps Beverly Hillbillies

1963 Topps Valentine Foldee - Jean-Luc Picard

1964 Donruss Addams Family - Mighty's Graded Sets***1964 Addam's Family

1964 Donruss Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea - Cameo's Deep Sea Adventure

1964 Leaf The Munsters - Richard M 1964 Munsters

1964 Leaf The Munsters Stickers - Mighty's Graded Sets***1964 Munsters Stickers

1964 Outer Limits - Mickey's Outer Limits

1964 Topps Beatles Black & White 3rd Series - Cameo's Beatles B&W Beauties

1964 Topps Beatles Color - Jean-Luc Picard

1964 Topps Beatles Movie Hard Days Night - Jean-Luc Picard

1964 Topps John F. Kennedy - Jean-Luc Picard

1964 Topps Nutty Awards - Jean-Luc Picard

1965 Clover Daries Prehistoric Animals - Mrichards 1965 Clover Dairies Prehistoric Animals Dino-Mite Set

1965 Donruss King Kong - MIGHTY'S GRADED SETS***1965 KING KONG

1965 Fleer Gomer Pyle - C & R Gomer Pyle

1965 Fleer Hogans Heroes - Richard M. 1965 Hogan's Heroes

1965 Gilligans Island - Richard M. 1965 Gilligan's Island

1965 Topps Battle - Jean-Luc Picard

1965 Topps James Bond - Jean-Luc Picard

1966 Donruss Green Hornet - RMF 1966 Donruss Green Hornet

1966 Donruss Monkees - Cameo's Brown Monkees

1966 Fleer Three Stooges - Mighty's Graded Sets*** 1966 Three Stooges

1966 Topps Batman Black Bat - RGD98's Black Bat Batman Set

1966 Topps James Bond Thunderball - Jean-Luc Picard

1966 Topps Lost in Space - Jean-Luc Picard

1966 Topps Superman - Mighty's Graded Sets***1966 Superman

1967 Leaf Star Trek - Jean-Luc Picard

1967 Topps Wacky Packages - Bumchex

1967 Topps Who Am I? - Mighty's Graded Sets***1967 Who Am I ?

1969 Topps Brady Bunch - Champs & Bums - Peter Lalos

1970 Topps Man on the Moon - Reissue - Jean-Luc Picard

1971 Cadbury Schweppes Age of the Dinosaur - Vineyard's Dinosaurs

1972 Topps U.S. Presidents - Vineyard's 1972 U.S. Presidents tied with Metro Man's 1972 Topps U.S. Presidents

1975 Donruss Six Million Dollar Man - Bob's Tribute to Steve Austin

1976 Topps Star Trek - Jean-Luc Picard

1976 Topps Star Trek Stickers - Jean-Luc Picard

1977 Topps Star Wars - Captain Jon's 1977 Star Wars Set

1977 Wonder Bread Star Wars - The Wonder Of It All

1985 Garbage Pail Kids Series 1 - David's GPK Series 1 Set

1985 Garbage Pail Kids Series 2 - David's GPK Series 2 Set

1993 Cardz Tales From the Crypt Chrome - Mrichards Tales from the Crypt Teknochrome Set

1993 Dynamic Marketing Escape of the Dinosaurs Chrome - Mrichards Dinosaur Chrome Sub Set (Why Not, I Love Dinosaurs)

1994 Spiderman, Amazing - Cal's Cards

1996 Duocards Abbott & Costello Chrome - Mrichards Abbot & Costello Monster Chrome Sub Set

1996 Duocards Gone with the Wind Chrome - Mrichards Gone with the Wind Chrome Subset

1996 Duocards Its a Wonderful Life Chrome - Mrichards It's a Wonderful Life Chrome Set

1996 Duocards The Wizard of Oz Chrome - Mrichards Wizard of Oz Chrome Set

1996 Kitchen Sink Universal Monsters Bio-Chrome - Mrichards Universal Monsters Bio-Chrome Set

1997 Skybox Star Trek TOS 1 - The Dreier Collection Skybox Star Trek

1998 Skybox Star Trek TOS 2 - The Dreier Collection Skybox Star Trek TOS 2

1999 Pokemon Game Basic Holofoil - Holstein

1999 Skybox Star Trek TOS 3 - The Dreier Collection Skybox Star Trek TOS 3

1999 Skybox Star Trek TOS 3 Autograph Challenge - The Threeofsix Collection

2001 Star Trek 35th Holofex Autograph - Cutthroat's Collectibles Best Star Trek Set

2002 Yu-Gi-Oh Game Boy Promo Dark Duel Stories - Jediwisdom DDS

2002 Yu-Gi-Oh Playstation 2 Promo Duelists of the Roses - Jediwisdom PS2 DOR

2002 Yu-Gi-Oh Playstation Promo - Jediwisdom Forbidden Memories Set

2003 Rittenhouse Women of James Bond Autographs - Bushwood's Women of Bond Autograph Master Set

2003 Yu-Gi-Oh English Game Boy Advance Promo - Jediwisdom Egyptian God Card Set

2004 Wacky Packages Promo - Danny's 2004 Wacky Packs PSA Set


Joe Orlando has been an advanced collector of sportscards and memorabilia for over 25 years. Orlando attended Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California where he studied communications and was the starting catcher for the baseball team. After a brief stint in the minor leagues, Orlando obtained a Juris Doctor from Whittier Law School in Southern California in the spring of 1999. During the last fourteen years, Orlando has authored several collecting guides and dozens of articles for Collectors Universe, Inc. Orlando has also authored two books for Collectors Universe. Orlando's first book, The Top 200 Sportscards in the Hobby, was released in the summer of 2002. His second book, Collecting Sports Legends, was released in the summer of 2008. Orlando has appeared on several radio and television programs as a hobby expert including ESPN's award-winning program Outside the Lines and HBO's Real Sports, as the featured guest. Currently, Orlando is the President of PSA and PSA/DNA, the largest trading card and sports memorabilia authentication services in the hobby. He is also Editor of the company's nationally distributed Sports Market Report, which under Orlando's direction has developed into a leading resource in the market. Orlando also contributed the foreword and last chapter to The T206 Collection: The Players and Their Stories, a 2010 release, and to The Cracker Jack Collection: Baseball's Prized Players, a 2013 release.