With 17,000 sets registered at the time of the awards deadline on October, 31, 2005, 5,000 more than last year, selecting the final award winners was an indomitable task for our judges. The Registry is now home to some of the finest sportscard, non-sports cards, and memorabilia sets ever assembled. The awards were given to registrants based on, but not limited to the following criteria: set popularity, difficulty, grade average, completion percentage, domination, and degree of competition within the set category.

The following sets were selected to receive top honors:

  • Museum of Sports History - Best Collection of the Year
  • Paul Fleetwood - 1955 Topps Baseball Set - Best Set of the Year
  • Donald E. Spence (The Lone Star Collection) - 1911 T201 Mecca Double Folder Baseball Set - Best Rookie Set of the Year
  • Don Louchios - 1934 Goudey - Best Pre-War Vintage Baseball Set of the Year
  • Larry Robbins (L.R.'s Vintage Set) - 1954 Bowman (Basic) - Best Post-War Vintage Baseball Set of the Year
  • The Duke of Mint - 1965 Topps - Best Vintage Baseball Set of the Year (1960-1971)
  • T. Allan Bergquist - 1975 Topps Mini - Best Modern Baseball Set of the Year
  • Michael Rakosi (This Test Scored An A) - 1968-69 Topps Test - Best Vintage Basketball Set of the Year
  • D'Orsay Bryant III, M.D. - Michael Jordan Basic Set - Best Modern Basketball Set of the Year
  • William Gray - 1948 Leaf (Basic) - Best Vintage Football Set of the Year (Pre-1960)
  • Dave Lemon - 1965 Topps - Best Vintage Football Set of the Year (1960-1971)
  • Museum of Sports History - 1986 Topps - Best Modern Football Set of the Year
  • Mickey's Sportscards (Mickey's Mania - the Ultimate Set) - 1933-34 World Wide Gum Ice Kings (V357) - Best Pre-War Vintage Hockey Set of the Year
  • Chris Raney (Threeputts) - 1954-55 Topps - Best Vintage Hockey Set of the Year (1948-1971)
  • John Woody - Wayne Gretzky Basic Set - Best Modern Hockey Set of the Year
  • David Curtis - 1948 Leaf Boxing (Basic) - Best Vintage Misc Sports Set of the Year
  • Jim Johnson (Topwinner )- 1988 Maxx Charlotte Racing - Best Modern Misc Sports Set of the Year
  • J.C. Korth - Pete Rose Master Set - Best Player Set of the Year
  • Ron Hobbs Family Collection - 1955 Topps Doubleheaders Baseball - Best Topps Specialty Set of the Year
  • Michael Rakosi (Greatest Show on Earth)- NBA Top 50 Rookies - Best Overall Specialty Set of the Year
  • Don Louchios - 1950 Drakes Baseball - Best Regional Set of the Year
  • D'Orsay Bryant III, M.D. - 1971-72 Topps Trios Basketball - Best Oddball Set of the Year
  • West Coast - 1962 Topps Mars Attacks - Best Vintage Non-Sports Set of the Year
  • Jon Fischbach (Captain Jon) - 1977 Topps Star Wars - Best Modern Non-Sports Set of the Year
  • Kendall W. Harrington (Wheels1313 Collection) - Sporting News 50 Greatest Sluggers - Best Single Signed Baseball Set of the Year
  • Kevin Coleman (Gator Set)- 500 Home Run Club - Best Game-Used Bat Set of the Year
  • This year the PSA Collector Hall of Fame inductee is Don Louchios.

    The following are being inducted into the PSA Set Registry Hall of Fame for outstanding sets:

  • Don Louchios - 1909-11 T206 White Border Baseball
  • Marshall Fogel - 1933 Goudey Baseball
  • Donald E. Spence (The Lone Star Collection) - 1952 Topps (Basic Set) Baseball
  • Charles M. Merkel - 1951 Bowman Baseball
  • John Branca - 1953 Bowman Color Baseball
  • Michael Rakosi (More Stars Than in the Heavens)- 1961-62 Fleer Basketball
  • Jim Crandell (Davalillo)- 1952 Bowman Small Football
  • Dave Lemon - 1965 Topps Football
  • Chris Raney (Threeputts) - 1954-55 Topps Hockey
  • Scott D. Ireland Collection - 1933 Goudey Sport Kings Misc Sports
  • In addition, we had 1,954 members who will receive the "Best of the Registry" certificate for being at least 75% complete and in the top spot!

    To view the list of winners for the "Best of the Registry" certificates and descriptions of the award-winning sets, click here.

    To view descriptions of the 2005 Hall of Fame inductees, click here.

    For information about the 2006 PSA Set Registry Awards, click here.

    Congratulations to all the 2005 Set Registry Award winners! You have truly achieved excellence.


    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.