PSA Insider - December 1, 2009 | Vol. 10 Number 22 


Clean Sweep Auctions


PSA HOBBY NEWS

Clean Sweep Auctions: Final Auction of 2009 Closes This Week on December 2 - 3, 2009
This auction takes place over 2 days, with approximately half the lots closing on December 2 and the rest on December 3. The auction is composed entirely of autographs and memorabilia and is uniquely affordable, with almost all items having a retail value of $500 or less. Click here for more details!

Just Collect Receives Significant Boxing Card Consignment & Auctions More Than 60 High Grade, Low Pop PSA Cards - Closing Sunday, December 6 !
Just Collect has received a significant consignment of boxing cards, including T227 Jack Johnson and T9 Jack Johnson singles, complete PSA graded sets of 1948 Leaf, T220, and 1911 Wills, and many more cards! Just Collect is also auctioning over 60 high grade, low pop PSA cards ending Sunday, December 6! Click here for more.

Heroes of Sport Inaugural Auction featuring "Heroes of Past, Present, and Future" Ends December 9th!
Heroes of Sport, inc. has their first major catalog auction about to open for bidding on November 18th and ending December 9th. The owners of Heroes have done business for years on eBay known as Rose-City-Sports. The auction has a wide array of high end sports cards and memorabilia from 1887 - 2009. With over 1,000 premium lots, there is something for every collector. See more here.

Legendary Auctions
Huggins and Scott Auctions Upcoming December Catalog and Internet Auction Ends December 9th and 10th
Several key items and baseball card rarities will be offered, including a 1918-1921 Babe Ruth game-used Louisville Slugger baseball bat authenticated and graded by PSA/DNA, an assortment of early baseball cards including the only known example of a 1910 E93 Standard Caramel Black & White version of Ty Cobb, a 1927 Honey Boy Babe Ruth, and a 1921 Tip Top Bread Baltimore Orioles Lefty Grove uncatalogued "pre-rookie" card. This auction includes an incredible array of sports cards, memorabilia, Americana and autographs and much more!

Top Quality Hall of Famer Signed Checks in Memory Lane Auction, Closes December 12th
Heroes of Sport, inc. has their first major catalog auction about to open for bidding on November 18th and ending December 9th. The owners of Heroes have done business for years on eBay known as Rose-City-Sports. The auction has a wide array of high end sports cards and memorabilia from 1887 to 2009. With over 1,000 premium lots, there is something for every collector. Click here to read on.

December PSA/DNA Special - Half Price for Letter Upgrade
During the month of December, PSA/DNA will be offering customers the opportunity to upgrade to our Premium Letter service when sending in items for authentication which would normally come with our Certificate of Authenticity (COA) for only $5.00 per item; that's 50% off the normal fee of $10.00 per item. Click here to learn more.

PSA PLAYER SPOTLIGHT

Dan Marino Dan Marino: A Legend without a Super Bowl Ring
When Dan Marino retired, he was the most prolific passer in NFL history and considered one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play the game. Despite all the passing records, the one thing that eluded the Miami Dolphin great was a Super Bowl championship. In an era when so many quarterbacks are defined by Super Bowl victories, this Hall of Famer is somewhat underappreciated considering his career performance. In the following piece, we explore the appeal of collecting this legendary player, one without a ring. More...

PSA SET REVIEW

Batman Part 1: 1966 Topps Batman Sets - Black Bat, A Series, B Series - Holy Registry Sets, Batman!
Long before The Dark Knight broke box office records, Batman became popular through comic books, television and trading cards. In the late 1960s, Topps released a trading card set featuring the caped crusader. These bright and colorful cards are eye-catching to say the least and the set has enjoyed a resurgence of sorts since the recent Batman movies have captured the imagination of young and old alike. In the following piece, we take a look at the popular 1966 set. More...


PSA SET REGISTRYSM SPOTLIGHT

Cesare - The Number One Current Finest 1958-59 Topps Hockey Set
This 66-card set has long been a "must-have" among collectors, primarily due to the fact that the set contains one of the most important cards in hockey card collecting -- the Bobby Hull rookie card. Due to being the last card in the set, the Hull rookie card is subject to wear and often found off-center. Even though the Hull card is tough to come by in a high grade, this collector was able to list a PSA 8! This collector has managed to achieve an amazing set rating of 8.05, inching closer to the Finest Possible Set Rating of 8.44. Click here to view.

Set Registry Special - Sports & Non-Sports - $14 per card - No Minimum!
$14 per card/5 business days - cards valued under $500. Click here for details.

Visit the Set Registry News page and learn which set composites have been recently added to the Registry and other Set Registry news.

Fun, informative, and sometimes controversial, the PSA Set Registry Messageboard is the place to get involved with other collectors who are currently participating in the Set Registry program or are just beginning. Click here to chat on the Set Registry Messageboard.

The PSA Set Registry is a work in progress and we invite your comments and ideas. Send your suggestions to [email protected].

PSA Q & A

Question: I was thinking about having some of my collectible tickets signed. Is it better to have them signed on the front or back of the ticket?

Answer: This is a good question. With anything, a ticket, a letter, a check, etc, it is usually best when the signature appears on the front because of the presentation value. In other words, if you decided to frame the piece or have it sitting on your desk, the autograph appears in plain sight without having to turn the piece around. You could make an argument that certain pieces are best "not disturbed" on the front because you want the viewer to see or be able to read the face of the item. For example, some of the artwork on the front of Super Bowl tickets can be quite eye-appealing and you might not want to have the artwork covered in black Sharpie. That said; the general rule remains in place. It is usually best to have the athlete sign the face of the item.

COLLECTORS SURVEY

Value aside, which one of the following 1940s cards do you think is the most important?

  1. 1941 Play Ball Joe DiMaggio
  2. 1948/49 Leaf Satchel Paige
  3. 1948/49 Leaf Jackie Robinson
  4. 1948 Bowman Basketball George Mikan
Click here to answer. Results will be posted in the next Insider.

Results from last survey: 47% felt that Brett Favre is the football player whose collectible value has been most strongly affected by his 2009 performance. Click here for a complete breakdown.

Have your sports autographs authenticated by PSA/DNA. Submission forms are available online at the PSADNA web site. Just click here. Find out what your cards are really worth. Subscribe to the Sports Market Report and have it delivered to your door every month. Click here. Join the PSA Collectors Club today! Just click here to learn about the many benefits of membership.

PSA DECEMBER GRADING SPECIALS

Hurry! To take advantage of these specials, all orders must be postmarked between 12/01/09 - 12/31/09!

Collectors Club Special #1: Half Price for All Reviews or Crossovers
Sports and Non-Sports • No Minimum Quantity Required • For All Service Levels • Turnaround Varies with Level of Service
For Silver, Gold & Platinum Members
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Collectors Club Special #2: Raw Card Grading Special ($10 each, 25-Card Minimum)
Sports and Non-Sports • $10 per Card • 25 Card Minimum Quantity Required • For Cards Under $300 each • Turnaround Approximately 10 Business Days
For Silver, Gold & Platinum Members
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Collectors Club Special #3: Raw Card Grading Special ($5 each, 50-Card Minimum)
Sports & Non-Sports • $5 per Card • 50 Card Min Qty Required • For Cards Under $100 each • Turnaround Varies with Demand
For Silver, Gold & Platinum Members
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Collectors Club Special #4: World Series Tickets
Modern World Series Tickets from 1980 to Present $10 each • Vintage World Series Tickets from 1979 and earlier $15 each • For Tickets Valued Under $500 each • No Minimum Quantity Required •Turnaround Varies with Demand
No PSA Collectors Club Membership Required!
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For more information on how to list your inventory, contact Roy Alcala at [email protected].
 
PSA Set Registry now links to Collectors Corner. Click here.

Sports Cards and Tickets for Sale:
33,434 Cards for Sale Today valued at $5,650,999

Most Recent Listings:
1971 Topps 70 Gordie Howe PSA NM 7... $50.00
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Most Valuable Listings:
1952 Topps 311 Mickey Mantle PSA NM-MT 8... $87,500.00
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