|PSA Insider - March 22, 2011 | Vol. 12 Number 5|
The current auction is their biggest ever in terms of number of lots, checking in at a staggering 2,052 lots. This is their affordable autograph and memorabilia auction, which also happens to include higher grade cards generally from 1960 to the present from all of the major sports. Nearly all of the lots are valued at $500 or less, with low minimum bids. Click here for more.
Huggins and Scott Auctions' March 30-31, 2011 Auction: Now Open for Bidding
The upcoming March 30-31, 2011 auction will offer more than 850 consigned lots of vintage and modern sports cards and memorabilia in a two-week auction with bidding now open, and being conducted by phone and Internet via the company's website, www.hugginsandscott.com. Click here to register and bid today!
750 New PSA Cards Listed by Just Collect This Week (1948-Present)
Just Collect listed more than 750 fresh PSA cards this week, including 1948 Bowman FB, 1970s Kellogg's BB, 1974 OPC & Topps BB, Michael Jordan Basketball, 1965 Gomer Pyle, 1976 Bionic Woman, and much more! Click here to read more.
Legendary Auctions: Now Accepting Consignments for May 25-26 Auction
Legendary's consignment deadline is approaching for their May 25-26 Auction of Sports, Americana and Photography. This auction will feature a complete 1952 Topps Set with every card offered individually! Be sure to contact Legendary Auctions today at www.Legendary.com for more.
Memory Lane Inc.'s Own It Now Sale Generates Nearly $500,000
Paced by the sale of one of the sportscard hobby's most coveted high-grade cards, Memory Lane Inc.'s second Own it Now catalog sale has ended with nearly one-half million dollars in sales. Click here for more info about this sale!
Sirius Sports Cards Auction #28: Ends April 7
Sirius' auction is set to open soon and end on Thursday, April 7, 2011, at 11 PM EST using the 15 minute rule. Included in this auction are a nice group of PSA-graded cards to fill PSA registry sets. There are also some PSA/DNA autographs & PCGS-graded coins. Be sure to visit www.siriussportsauctions.com to register and bid today!
Rich Altman's Boston Show: Coming up April 1 - 3, 2011
Rich Altman is hosting his public autograph event at the Shriner's Auditorium in Boston from April 1-3! NFL Hall of Famer, Jim Brown, will be joining Bobby Hull, Lee Smith and the 1968-69 Boston Celtics Reunion Team! Click here to read more!
Rare Lou Gehrig Bat, Game Jersey, Signed Baseball to Hit Auction Block at REA
Robert Edward Auctions announced Monday that a trio of historic and valuable items tied to the legendary life and career of baseball icon Lou Gehrig have been consigned to the company's upcoming annual catalog auction. This includes a 1925-29 Gehrig pro model bat with strong use once personally gifted by Gehrig to his next-door neighbor, a 1938 game-used road jersey, believed to be worn in his last World Series with the Yankees, and a high-grade, single-signed and inscribed Gehrig autographed baseball, also with special provenance. The three lots will be among the many highlights when the company opens bidding in its 2011 sale next month. Click here to read more!
Question: I have been collecting modern-era baseball cards, post-1980, for some time. I am really confused about what cards are considered rookie cards and what cards aren't because other price guides have labeled these cards differently. How do I know what are the "true" and best rookie cards to collect?
Answer: This is a great question. For years, certain price guides have decided to distinguish between what they consider to be "true" rookie cards and "other" rookie cards. In some cases, it seems to makes sense but, in others, it can be confusing. For example, there are some guides that do not consider a 1984 Fleer Update Roger Clemens or a 1986 Topps Traded Barry Bonds a true rookie card even though they are two of the most desirable cards of each of those players. Instead, some guides consider cards like a 1985 Topps Roger Clemens or a 1987 Fleer Barry Bonds the true rookie cards. The reality is, no matter what any price guide says, the hobby decides - the collectors decide - which cards are the ones that are most desirable and true rookies regardless of how they are labeled in price guides. Today, with so many different rookie cards produced, it is important to ask around the hobby to find out which cards collectors find most desirable, especially if you are about to spend a lot of money.
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