January 24, 2012 | Vol. 13 No. 2
Collectors Club SMR Price Guide Pop Report Services Set RegistrySM
The 1954-55 Parkhurst Hockey Set

Prices for vintage hockey cards have been relatively strong in the marketplace despite the sport's struggles with capturing the attention of the mainstream audience these days. One specific area of interest has been the early Parkhurst issues which are not only beautiful in design, but also very tough in high grade. The 1954 Parkhurst hockey issue is no exception. This 100-card issue is larger than its Topps counterpart from the same year but also more affordable on a per-card basis. In the following article, we talk to those who follow the set and they explain why this set is so appealing to collectors. More...


Preserving History

Hobbyists have various motivations for collecting. Some do it for the love of history, while others build shrines to their favorite teams or players. Some collectors do it for the competition, while others do it for the hunt... the chance at unearthing a gem from the least likely of places. The motivations may vary but one benefit derived from collector action is the preservation of these items for future generations to enjoy. In the following piece, Joe Orlando talks about this often-overlooked aspect of our hobby. More...

Set Registry Spotlight

Donald E. Spence - The Lone Star Collection - The Number One Current Finest Top 200 Sportscards in the Hobby Set
In the early part of his career at PSA, Joe Orlando wrote a little book entitled The Top 200 Sportscards in the Hobby. The book wasn't an expensive production but it covered virtually every sport, from the vintage era to modern cards. In order to complete it, you need everything from a T206 Wagner to a 1935 National Chicle Bronko Nagurski to a 1986 Fleer Michael Jordan rookie. The diversity is what makes it so interesting and challenging since most collectors are hyper-focused on one area or another. In 2011, Spence completed this set with the addition of the super rare 1948 Leaf Graziano - the finest known copy (PSA EX-MT 6). The entire set carries a GPA of 8.44, which seems near impossible. Click here to view this award-winning set.

HURRY - Set Registry Special ends 1/31!
All Sports and Non-Sports - $10 Per Card/10 Card Minimum - Cards Valued Under $250 Each. Click here for details.


Goodwin and Company's Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons XXXVIII: Closes on Wednesday, January 25

Leading off our auction are two of the finest consignments that we have ever offered. One of the finest Babe Ruth Rookie cards in the hobby is offered in lot one. The "Sultan of Swat" card is a well-centered PSA 7, near-mint blank back card that just misses the next grade.
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Mile High Card Company's January Auction: Ends Thursday, January 26

Mile High Card Company, one of the foremost auction houses in the hobby today, brings you hundreds of baseball, football, basketball, hockey and non-sport lots of the highest quality. A rare HOF photo, Aaron jersey and high-end cards lead Mile High's January Auction. Their January 2012 Premium Auction is now open for bidding and ends on January 26, 2012. Visit MileHighCardCo.com.


Memory Lane Opens Massive Vintage Set Break: Over 4,000 Vintage PSA-Graded Cards Being Offered

Vintage card collectors will have a chance to put some serious dents in their want lists. Memory Lane Inc's special I Own it Now sale features over 4,000 PSA-graded cards from some of the hobby's most iconic sets. It's believed to be the largest private offering of such cards ever offered for private sale. Click here to read more.


Clean Sweep Auctions Opens 2012 with Huge Auction Closing February 1

This auction is a perfect illustration of the unique position Clean Sweep occupies in the auction world. Click here for more.


Sirius Sports Cards Auctions #47 Is Now Open for Bidding and Ends Thursday, January 26

This auction features many high grade and low pop cards for collectors to complete their sets from the 1950s through the 1970s with lots of baseball and football cards. Click here for more.



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Collectors Corner

26,093 Cards for Sale Today valued at $4,298,856

Most Recent Listings:
1957 Topps 95 Mickey Mantle PSA NM-MT 8...$3,995.00
1975 Topps 456 Lydell Mitchell Highlights PSA GEM MT 10...$109.00
1933 Goudey 232 Lefty O'Doul PSA NM 7...$325.00
Most Valuable Listings:
1952 Topps 311 Mickey Mantle PSA NM-MT 8OC...$34,000.00
1954 Topps 94 Ernie Banks PSA Mint 9...$19,500.00
1916 Famous & Barr Co. 86 Joe Jackson PSA EX 5...$12,500.00
Survey Question

Which of the following modern-era, manufactured "chase" card types do you find the most appealing?
  1. Single Autographed Cards
  2. Dual Autographed Cards
  3. Piece of Game-Used Jersey or Bat Cards
  4. Limited Edition "Retro" Cards
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