PSA Insider - May 17, 2011 | Vol. 12 Number 9 
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Collectible Classics

PSA HOBBY NEWS

Collectible Classics offers Tommy John and Munson Memorabilia, Cards and Other Collectibles: Ends May 26
Hundreds of collectibles from Tommy John's illustrious career, Thurman Munson's 1979 mask and helmet, autobiographies signed by Nelson Mandela and Ronald Reagan and more than 100 card lots, many PSA-graded, headline Collectible Classics' CCA29 auction, which is open now and closes Thursday, May 26. Click here for more.

Mile High Card Company's May 19th Auction to Offer a Bounty of High Grade Cards and Memorabilia
Mile High Card Company's Spring 2011 auction closes May 19th. The auction has met with an exceptional amount of interest and excitement surrounding the extensive, nearly 2400-lot offering. Click here to find out more!

Legendary Auctions: Auction of Exceptional Sports Memorabilia, Americana & Photography: Closes May 25 and 26, 2011
This auction includes more than 2,200 lots. Collectors will find an incredible amount of freshly graded material. The highlights of the great collections featured include a 1952 Topps Complete Set, almost entirely graded NM-MT 8 by PSA. Click here to find out more!

Clean Sweep Has an Exciting Auction Closing on Wednesday, June 1
Clean Sweep's current auction is loaded with great material. The auction opens with three very significant lots: a higher grade 1915 Cracker Jack set, a mid-grade 1952 Topps baseball set and an outstanding scrapbook from the early 20th century with 500 cards, housing hundreds of tobacco and E cards, including four Ty Cobbs. Click here to read more!

Legendary
Final Days for Bidding in the May Sterling Sports Auctions Sale of 525 Lots: Closes May 19
Sterling Sports Auctions' current auction is in progress with 525 lots of sports cards and memorabilia closing May 19. The auction features a wide array of sports and non-sports items all offered with low starting bids and no reserves. Click here to read more!

Heroes of Sport: Fresh Inventory Just Posted!
Heroes of Sport Inc has loaded some fresh inventory on its website: www.heroesofsportinc.com.
Click here to read more!

SET REVIEWS

1960 Topps Football 1960 Topps Football Set - An Affordable Vintage Option
The 1960 Topps football set is one of the more affordable alternatives of the era. With 132 total cards in the set, many of the top stars are included such as Jim Brown, Bart Starr, Paul Hornung and the eye-popping #1 Johnny Unitas card, which is almost sure to bring a smile to your face. There is also a rookie card of Hall of Famer Forrest Gregg included. In the following article, we interview various collectors who enjoy this simple yet classic set. More...

1951 Bowman Red Menace The 1951 Bowman Red Menace Set - Collecting a "Menacing" Set
As non-sports cards continue to gain in popularity amongst graded-card collectors, colorful vintage issues that exhibit great artwork seem to be near the top of the heap. The 1951 Bowman Red Menace set is a terrific example of that. This 48-card set is filled with images that convey the concerns of Communism. It was released shortly after Communist forces invaded South Korea to begin the Korean War. In the following piece, we explore the impact of the events captured here on cardboard. More...


PSA SET REGISTRYSM SPOTLIGHT

Phillies Phan - The Number One Current Finest Mike Schmidt Master Set
With 641 cards required for completion, this multi-award winning set is near complete at 98.91%. Take a look at the range of cards needed to participate in this set. Beginning from Schmidt's 1973 Topps rookie card along with issues like 1976 Crane Discs to the 1982 K-Mart card, you have to have them all. There are even some rarities like the 1972 Puerto Rican League Sticker that are required - a pre-rookie issue featuring Schmidt. This collector has added several images throughout the set and has a set rating of 9.39; that's not too far off from the current finest possible set rating of 9.63. Click here to view.

PSA Set Registry Awards
The 2011 PSA Set Registry Awards deadline is Tuesday, May 31st, at 5pm EST (2 p.m. PST). All sets which have a completion factor of at least 95% at the deadline will be in contention. For more information, click here.

Set Registry Special!
All Sports and Non-Sports - $14 Per Card/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: Is it still possible to achieve a high-grade on a 1948 Leaf Bob Feller despite the inherent condition problems?

Answer: In short – yes – but it is very difficult. The 1948 Leaf Feller is not only a short print, which makes it harder to find than most other cards in the set, it is also plagued with condition issues. Poor centering and print defects in the background are commonly found on examples of this card. The card is also always out of register to some degree. None of the Feller cards have a razor sharp image of the great pitcher; it was simply a defect that was consistent on all the Feller cards manufactured. Some exhibit slightly better registration than others but none of them are terrific. In sum, it may be very difficult to find high-grade Feller examples due to the challenges listed – however – they do exist since some of the higher grades allow for some tolerance of print issues... especially where it is common to the specific card.

COLLECTORS SURVEY

In honor of Duke Snider, who passed away a short while ago, which one of the following Snider cards is your favorite?
  1. 1949 Bowman #226
  2. 1952 Topps #37
  3. 1953 Bowman #117
  4. 1955 Topps #210
Click here to answer. Results will be posted in the next Insider.

Results from last survey: 63% find the superhero-based sets that feature cartoon artwork to be the most appealing. Click here for a complete breakdown.

Have your sports autographs authenticated by PSA/DNA. Submission forms are available online at the PSA 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 MAY GRADING SPECIALS

Hurry! To take advantage of this special, all orders must be postmarked between 5/1/2011 - 5/31/2011!

Collectors Club Special #1:
Sports & Non Sports Cards - All Years - $8 Per Card - 25 Card Minimum - 10 Business Days (approx.)

For Cards Valued Under $250 • For Gold & Platinum Members • Turnaround is Approximately 10 Business Days
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Collectors Club Special #2:
Sports & Non Sports Cards - All Years - $6 Per Card - 20 Card Minimum - 45 Business Days (approx.)

For Cards Valued Under $100 • For Gold & Platinum Members • Turnaround is Approximately 45 Business Days
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PSA/DNA Special:
Any autograph that has passed authentication from PSA/DNA can now be graded at 50% off the regular price!

No Membership Required!
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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:
28,787 Cards for Sale Today Valued at $4,782,556

Most Recent Listings:
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