PSA Insider - July 1, 2009 | Vol. 10 Number 13 


Collectible Classics

PSA HOBBY NEWS

Collectible Classics' CCANet2 Closes Thursday, July 2!
CCANet2, Collectible Classics' next collector-friendly online auction will be closing July 2. The auction offers 200 sports and non-sport lots expected to sell primarily in the $50-$150 range. The offerings include a 1969 Topps partial set of 423 with stars and high numbers, PSA-graded cards and 20 lots of non-sport cards ranging from the 1880s to 1960s. Click here for more details!

Over 250 High Grade, Low Pop PSA Cards at Auction from Just Collect - Closing Sunday, July 5!
Just Collect is offering over 250 high grade, low pop PSA cards this week including: 1935 Goudey 4 In 1 Baseball, T201 Double Folder Baseball, T206 Baseball, 1936 World Wide Gum Baseball, N28 Allen & Ginter, 1961 Topps Baseball, 1968 Topps Baseball, 1961 Golden Press Baseball, 1970 Kellogg's Football, 1938 Churchman Boxing, 1962 Topps Civil War News, 1964 A&BC Beatles B&W, 1965 James Bond, 1954 Topps Scoop, C60 Hockey and much more!! More...

World's Oldest Baseball Card Rare 1869 Peck & Snyder Cincinnati Red Stockings Trade Card Highlights SCP Auctions July Internet Auction!
Auction runs July 8-23 and features 600+ lots, including 1909-11 T206 Eddie Plank PSA EX 5 and 1912-30 High grade Babe Ruth game-used bat. More...

Legacy Sports Rarities Announces Its Summer 2009 Vintage Trading Cards and Memorabilia Auction
The sale will feature 414 lots of important rarities, finest known examples, and legendary Hall-of-Famer issues. Bidding will begin on August 1st, 2009 and will end on August 22nd, 2009. Catalogs for the sale will be mailed on July 27th, 2009. An online preview, at www.legacyrarities.com, will begin on July 25th, 2009.

Legendary Auctions

PSA SET REVIEW

1959 Topps 1959 Topps Baseball: Bring on the Pizazz!
The 1959 Topps baseball set is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year. The set, which boasts a colorful design, a high-number All-Star run and a slew of great combo cards, has been a favorite of collectors for many years. Along with the usual suspects in Mantle, Mays, Aaron, Clemente and Koufax, this great set features the only recognized rookie card of legendary hurler Bob Gibson. In the following piece, we take an in depth look at this classic issue. More...

PSA SPOTLIGHT

Lasorda Lasorda Wine: A Treat for the Connoisseur and Collector Alike
Tommy Lasorda is known best as the fiery former manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Always passionate about the game, Lasorda has been one of baseball's greatest ambassadors over the years. What most people do not know is that Lasorda is also passionate about something else -- wine. In fact, Lasorda has been making his own wine for years and the reviews have been very good. In the following article, we examine a collectible of a different sort but one that ties to a baseball legend. More...

PSA SET REGISTRYSM SPOTLIGHT

Steve Swan - The Number One Current Finest 1980 Stop 'n' Go Football Set
Replacing the previous 5-time award winning set, this collector has taken over the #1 spot and is this year's "Best of the Registry" winner. This set is filled with some of the greatest names in football: Drew Pearson, Fred Dryer, and Franco Harris, just to name a few. This collector has populated his set with several of the finest graded examples. Achieving a 9.40 set rating, one could say this set is not far from perfect with a Finest Possible Set Rating of 9.75. Very nice! Click here for a look.

PSA Set Registry Awards 2009
Winners have been announced. Congratulations to all of our participants for another fantastic year! To review the list of winners, please click here. To view the 2009 HOF Inductees, please click here.

PSA Set Registry Luncheon July 31st
Email invitations have just been sent out. If you did not receive your invitation and wish to attend, please check to ensure that the email address you are using in our database is valid. If it is not, please update your account by logging in to the Set Registry and click the "Your Account" link which appears in the upper left corner of the page. If your email is valid, check to make certain your email provider is not spamming email from collectors.com. In either case, contact [email protected] and we will re-send your invitation. Your RSVP must be received by July 20th.

Set Registry Special - Sports & Non Sports Cards - $14 per card - No Minimum Quantity Required
$14 per card/5 business days (approx.) - cards valued under $500, Sports and Non-Sports Cards. No Minimum. 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: This year, Randy Johnson reached the 300-win plateau so does that make his collectibles a good investment?

Answer: This is always a tough question to answer due to the variety of factors that make an athlete's collectibles desirable. The one great thing about someone like Johnson reaching such a terrific milestone is that since collectors tend to assemble collections by theme, this automatically makes Johnson a necessary component for anyone compiling a 300-Win Club collection. So, entry into a specific club will always have a positive effect on the demand for a member's collectibles. That said, it doesn't necessarily mean that the effect will be great. Other factors such a popularity and scarcity will also have an impact.

COLLECTORS SURVEY

Which of the following entertainment autographs do you think is the most important?

  1. Marilyn Monroe
  2. Elvis Presley
  3. Michael Jackson
  4. John Lennon
Click here to answer. Results will be posted in the next Insider.

Results from last survey: 31% felt Kobe did what was expected of him so demand for his collectibles remains strong but stable. 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 GRADING SPECIALS
Collectors Club Grading Special #1
Sports and Non-Sports: 1960 to Present.
$4.50 per card / 25 Card Minimum Quantity Required.
For Cards Valued Under $100 each.
Turnaround Varies with Demand.
For Gold & Platinum members only.



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Collectors Club Grading Special #2
Sports and Non-Sports: All Years.
$6 per card / No Minimum Quantity Required.
For Cards Valued Under $100 each.
Turnaround Varies with Demand.
For Gold & Platinum members only.



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Free Autograph Grading Special through PSA/DNA!
Any full-price submission sent to PSA/DNA for autograph authentication between July 1 and July 31 will be graded for FREE!
Turnaround time varies with demand.
No Collectors Club membership required!

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For more information on how to list your inventory, contact Mike Brandow at [email protected].
 
PSA Set Registry now links to Collectors Corner. Click here.

Sports Cards and Tickets for Sale:
31,226 Cards for Sale Today valued at $5,078,210

Most Recent Listings:
1961 Topps 578 Mickey Mantle All Star PSA NM+7.5... $525.00
1948 Leaf 49 Frank Tripucka EX 5... $45.00
1978 Super Bowl Xii-Stub Dallas-27, Denver-10 PSA EX 5... $349.00

Most Valuable Listings:
1952 Topps 1 Andy Pafko Black Back PSA NM-MT 8... $85,000.00
1952 Topps 311 Mickey Mantle PSA NM-MT 8 OC... $42,500.00
1948 Bowman 36 Stan Musial PSA Mint 9... $11,500.00

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