PSA Insider - October 6, 2009 | Vol. 10 Number 18 


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PSA HOBBY NEWS

Bidding Heats Up For Mile High Card Company's Tuesday, October 6th Action!
As a sure sign of the resilience and relative health of the sports collectibles market, Mile High Card Company's current Fall 2009 Premiere Auction continues to turn heads. Click here for more.

Over 330 High Grade, Low Pop PSA Cards at Auction from Just Collect - Closing Sunday, October 11th!
Just Collect is proud to offer over 330 high grade, low pop PSA cards this week including: 1969 Topps Baseball, 1914 Cracker Jack Baseball, 1964 Topps Giants Baseball, 1971 Topps Baseball, 1969 O-Pee-Chee Baseball, 1968 Topps Baseball, 1969 MLB Photostamps Panel BB, 1961 Golden Press Baseball, 1966 Philadelphia Football, 1965 A&BC Civil War News, 1966 Topps Batman (Blue) B Series and much more!!

Marilyn Monroe's Teenage Autograph is Being Auctioned by RR Auction - Ending Wednesday, October 14th!
The autograph of teenage Marilyn Monroe, on a 1941 class photo from Ralph Waldo Emerson Junior High School in Los Angeles, is being auctioned by RR Auction. Click here to learn more.

Legendary Auctions
PSA/DNA Special - Half Price for Letter Upgrade
During the month of October, PSA/DNA will be offering customers the opportunity to upgrade to our Premium Letter service when sending in items for authentication -- for only $5.00 per item. That's 50% off the normal fee of $10.00 per item! Click here for more details.

PSA SET REVIEWS

1981 Topps Baseball 1981 Topps Baseball Set - An Affordable Trip Down Memory Lane
If you grew up in the '80s, you remember stars like Fernando Valenzuela and Super Joe Charboneau. These players helped define baseball in the early part of that decade. Their rookie cards, along with several other star cards of the era, can be found in the 1981 Topps set. This inexpensive set is packed with '80s baseball memories but does pose a few condition challenges for collectors. More...

1972 Topps Football The 1972 Topps Football Set: Full of "Firsts" and "Lasts"
If a set's importance can be judged by the number of things it was the first or last to do, then 1972 Topps Football will always be considered one of the gridiron greats. It introduced leader cards, Pro Action cards, Roger Staubach and John Riggins. It featured the final card of Gale Sayers and was the last Topps pigskin set to be released in a series. Beautiful, sharp photos and scarcity issues ensure that the 1972 Topps Football set will have a lasting legacy among collectors. More...


PSA SET REGISTRYSM SPOTLIGHT

Teemu - The Number One Current Finest 1970-1979 O-Pee-Chee Wax Pack-Any Series Set
The unopened pack category is fairly new and, in the early going, this set jumped out as one of the first complete runs on the registry. During the 1970s, O-Pee-Chee continued to manufacture the most popular hockey sets of the time. Always considered much tougher than their Topps counterparts, the O-Pee-Chee cards sell for a noticeable premium. During this stretch, O-Pee-Chee was responsible for producing some of the most popular hockey rookie cards in the hobby, from Ken Dryden to Wayne Gretzky. This near complete set has an excellent GPA of 7.95, enabling it to become the first recognized pack collection in the category. Click here for a glimpse.

Set Registry Special: Pennant Fever/Football Kickoff Special!
$6 per card - cards valued under $100 - Baseball and Football cards only - All years - 10 card 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: Rookie cards are generally the most valuable cards of a particular player. Does the same rule apply to game-used equipment?

Answer: While rookie-era jerseys, bats, gloves or any other form of equipment can be amongst the most valuable pieces of game-used items, items that were worn or used during significant events or seasons can be even more valuable. This would include things like record-breaking seasons, MVP or award-winning years or postseason equipment. Game-used items are valued not just by age or quality, but also by their link to performance.

COLLECTORS SURVEY

In your opinion, which of the following sports feats has the greatest impact on an athlete's collectibles?

  1. Super Bowl Victory
  2. World Series Championship
  3. NBA Title
  4. Stanley Cup
Click here to answer. Results will be posted in the next Insider.

Results from last survey: 41% felt that 1957 Topps Football is the most important football set in the hobby. 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
Autographed Sports & Non-Sports:
$10 per Card - No Minimum Quantity Required.
For Cards Valued Under $150 each.
Turnaround Time Varies With Demand.
Hurry! Offer Expires 10/31/2009!
For Silver, Gold & Platinum Members.

» Click here for full details!
Collectors Club Grading Special #2
Autographed Sports & Non-Sports:
$14 per Card - No Minimum Quantity Required.
For Cards Valued Under $500 each.
Turnaround Time Approximately 5 Business Days.
Hurry! Offer Expires 10/31/2009!
For Silver, Gold & Platinum Members.
» Click here for full details!
Pennant Fever/Football Kickoff
Special

Baseball and Football Cards Only:
All Years
$6 per Card - Minimum 10 Cards.
For Cards Valued Under $100 each
Turnaround Varies with Demand.
Hurry! Offer Expires 10/31/2009!
For Collectors Club Members.
» Click here for full details!

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:
33,195 Cards for Sale Today valued at $5,786,216

Most Recent Listings:
1959 Topps 572 Billy Pierce All Star PSA VG-EX 4... $25.00
1971 Topps 744 Chuck Manuel PSA NM-MT 8... $50.00
1970 Dad's Cookies Pat Stapleton PSA GEM MT 10..$40.00

Most Valuable Listings:
1952 Topps 1 Andy Pafko Black Back PSA NM-MT 8... $85,000.00
1952 Topps 311 Mickey Mantle NM-MT 8OC... $42,500.00
1955 Bowman 184 Willie Mays PSA Mint 9... $20,000.00

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