PSA Insider - July 27, 2010 | Vol. 11 Number 15 

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PSA HOBBY NEWS

PSA Signs with Baseball Hall of Fame: Free SMR Magazines in Cooperstown
Professional Sports Authenticator, www.PSACard.com, the world's largest sports memorabilia and trading card authentication and grading company, is now in the official lineup at the renowned National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York. More here.

Clean Sweep Auctions Has an Exciting Auction Closing This Week on July 28-29, 2010
The current auction is a unique, almost entirely under $500, autograph and memorabilia auction offered by Clean Sweep Auctions. More here.

Goodwin & Company's Auction Ends This Week: Thursday, July 29th
Goodwin & Company's Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons XXVIII auction is in full swing, and there are still great deals to be had! The auction closes on Thursday, July 29th. Thousands of cards are available below $10 and $20 with free shipping, but the best deals will go quickly. Click here for more.

Huggins and Scott's Two-Day Auction Ends This Week: Wednesday and Thursday, July 28-29th
Huggins and Scott's worldwide sports memorabilia catalog auction will be accepting bids until the auction closes on July 28 & 29, 2010. More here.

Legendary Auctions
Just Collect Offers $50 Free to Collectors at The National - Booth #412!
Just Collect (eBay ID: just_collect) is exhibiting in Booth #412 at the National Sports Collectors Convention August 4 - 8. In addition to accepting consignments, Just Collect is also offering a huge incentive to collectors to stop by and shop at their, booth, after negotiating your best deal on your purchases, Just Collect will take an ADDITIONAL $50 off a $500 purchase. Spending less? Just Collect will apply similar discounts to purchases as small as $100! Click here for details and a printable coupon.

Legacy Sports Rarities Announces Its Summer 2010 Vintage Trading Cards and Memorabilia Auction
Legacy Sports Rarities of Traverse City, Michigan has just put the finishing touches on their "Summer 2010 Vintage Trading Cards and Memorabilia" catalog/Internet auction. The sale will feature 818 lots of important rarities, finest known examples, and legendary Hall-of-Famer issues. Bidding will begin on July 31st, 2010, and will end on August 21st, 2010. More here.

PSA 8.5 1952 Topps Mantle, Historic Game-Used Items Headline Memory Lane Summer Treasures Auction
Memory Lane Inc. has released its list of items in the company's Summer Treasures Auction, available for bidding now! More here.

Collectors Corner, The Marketplace for PSA Graded Cards has Over 32,000 Cards for Sale
Use Collectors Corner to fill your wish list or find a dealer in your area. It's also THE place to find the cards or tickets you need for your PSA Set Registry(SM) sets. More here.

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT

Brooks Robinson Brooks Robinson Player Sets - Collecting the Human Vacuum Cleaner
As a player, Brooks Robinson made a name for himself on the field with his glove and his bat. From a defensive standpoint, he is considered the best third baseman of all-time and Robinson was pretty good at the plate as well. He was so well-rounded that he was eventually enshrined in Cooperstown. Off the field, Robinson has made a name for himself by being a personable and kind human being, which has given hobbyists even more reason to collect items that relate to this Baltimore legend. In the following article, we look at collecting cards from Robinson's incredible career. More...

PSA PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT

The Men of T206 The Men of T206 - New Book Reveals the Tales of Players Featured in the Storied Set
The T206 baseball set has long been one of the most iconic issues in the hobby. The Monster, as it is often referred to, is enormous in size but also one of the most beautiful sets ever made. The one aspect of the set that differs from the sets most hobbyists remember collecting as kids is that the backs do not contain any information about the players. There are no statistics or stories about any of them, from the commons to the Hall of Famers. Tom Zappala has put together a beautiful book, due out in this spring, that will allow collectors to get to know the players who comprise this magnificent hobby staple. In the following piece, we interview Tom about his exciting new book. More...


PSA SET REGISTRYSM SPOTLIGHT

McGee Collection - The Number One Current Finest 1988 Kenner Starting Lineup Basketball Set
Many readers can remember the hobby explosion during the 1980s and how it changed the industry forever. At that time, Fleer had very little competition in basketball cards but there were others who came onto the scene and tried their hand at card manufacturing. One of those companies was Kenner. Who can forget those plastic figurines that became so popular in the late 1980s? If you remember, those figurines came with a trading card. In 1988, there were 85 different cards made and the set will always have a special place in hobby history. In most sets, the star cards are the ones that carry the most weight but some of the tougher cards to find here are the likes of Sam Perkins, Mark Eaton and Thurl Bailey due to varying production numbers. This is the finest complete set on the registry, with a GPA of 8.21. Click here to view.

PSA Set Registry Awards 2010
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 2010 HOF Inductees, please click here.

PSA Set Registry Luncheon August 6th
Confirmation tickets have been mailed to those who RSVP'd for the event. If you do not receive your ticket, please contact [email protected] as soon as possible. We look forward to seeing you in Baltimore!

Set Registry Special!
All Sports and Non-Sports - $14 Per Card/5 day - No Minimum - Cards Valued Under $500 Each. 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: What is the primary reason that people attend The National?

Answer: Well, there are many reasons that people attend the annual show. Some go for the opportunity to see so many great collectibles in one room while others go to obtain in-person autographs. On-site authentication and grading, auction previews and show giveaways are also reasons but it seems as if the primary reason has to do with people. Most people attend so they can connect with fellow hobbyists and meet the people they do business with, such as dealers or employees of grading services, in person. It may only be once a year but the show provides a great opportunity to develop relationships with others.

COLLECTORS SURVEY

So far, what do you think will have the biggest impact on the hobby by the end of 2010?

  1. Stephen Strasburg Mania
  2. Lebron's Move to Miami
  3. Upper Deck Losing their MLB license
  4. The great MLB pennant races
Click here to answer. Results will be posted in the next Insider.

Results from last survey: 78% felt the primary reason to attend collectibles shows is to buy items. 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 JULY GRADING SPECIALS
Hurry! To take advantage of this special, all orders must be postmarked between 7/1/2010 - 7/31/2010!

JULY Collectors Club Special #1:
Sports & Non-Sports Cards - 1955 and Earlier - $6 per Card - No Card Minimum Quantity Required

For Cards Valued Under $100 • For Gold & Platinum Members • Turnaround is Approximately 45 Business Days
» Click here for full details!

JULY Collectors Club Special #2:
Sports & Non-Sports Cards - 1956 to Present - $5 per Card - 10 Card Minimum Quantity Required
Sports & Non-Sports Cards - 1956 to Present - $4.50 per Card - 50 Card Minimum Quantity Required

For Cards Valued Under $100 • For Gold & Platinum Members • Turnaround is Approximately 45 Business Days
» Click here for full details!

JULY Modern Ticket/Pack Specials:
Modern Sports & Non-Sports Packs - 1972 to Present - $10 per Pack - No Minimum Quantity Required

No Membership Required
Turnaround Time Varies With Demand
Hurry! All Orders Must be Postmarked Between 7/1/2010 - 7/31/2010!
» Click here for full details!

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

Sports Cards and Tickets for Sale:
31,816 Cards for Sale Today valued at $5,163,334

Most Recent Listings:
1909-1911 T206 Piedmont Cy Seymour Batting PSA VG-EX 4... $85.00
1959 Topps 572 Billy Pierce All Star PSA VG-EX 4... $25.00
1910 E75 American Caramel Black Back Tommy Burns PSA VG-EX 4... $55.00

Collectors Corner
Featured Dealer
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Most Valuable Listings:
1952 Topps 311 Mickey Mantle PSA NM-MT 8 OC... $39,500.00
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