May 29, 2012 | Vol. 13 No. 12
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PSA Set Registry: The 1972-73 Topps Basketball Set, An Affordable Set Anchored by ABA Stars Dr. J. and the A-Train

The 1972 Topps Basketball set was a giant issue in more than one respect. Containing 264 total cards, an enormous quantity by basketball set standards, this issue included players from both the ABA and NBA. In addition, the set contains key rookie cards of Phil Jackson, Artis Gilmore and one of the most exciting players of all-time - Dr. J, which remains of the most important basketball cards in hobby history. In the following article, we find out why this colorful 1970s basketball issue continues to be one of the most coveted productions from the collectors who pursue it on the PSA Set Registry. More...


Collecting Al Kaline Cards

Al Kaline was often overshadowed by the likes of Hank Aaron, Willie Mays and Frank Robinson during his career but, in the American League, he remained one of the most dominant outfielders and players from the 1950s to the 1970s. Kaline, a powerful hitter and one of the most popular players in Detroit Tigers history, started his career in cardboard in the 1954 Topps set - a hobby classic. Kaline's rookie card is one of three major keys residing in the Topps issue, along with rookies of fellow stars Ernie Banks and Hank Aaron. In the article that follows, the Hall of Famer is profiled through the cards collectors find most desirable. More...

Set Registry Spotlight

seinbigd - The Number One Current Finest Post Cereal (1961-1963) Baseball Mega Set
This was one of the more impressive sets to be recognized repeatedly in the annual PSA Set Registry Awards. First of all, the Mega Set category is not for the faint of heart since it takes a combination of sets, usually several in number, to complete the entire run. In this case, some of the Post Cereal baseball cards can be tough because a good portion of them were cut too small by collectors. This limits the cards to receiving a designation of "authentic" based on the PSA grading standards. These cards were distributed in different ways. Some, for example, were included on cereal boxes and had to be removed while others could be obtained via a mail-in offer. In any event, the excellent GPA of 8.47 on this 777-card run makes this set clearly worthy of the recognition. Click here for a look.

PSA Set Registry Awards 2012 - Deadline May 31st!
The deadline for this year's PSA Set Registry Awards is Thursday, May 31st. Any new sets or edits to existing sets must be published before 5:00 pm EST (2:00 pm PST). To review the list of award categories, please click here.

We are looking forward to another exciting awards season! Should you have any questions, please email [email protected]. Set Registry Special
All Sports and Non-Sports - $10 Per Card/10-card minimum - cards valued under $250 each. Click here for details.


Babe Ruth Exhibit Highlights Return of Sports Collectibles to Long Beach Expo, May 31 - June 2

An exhibit of historic, valuable Babe Ruth memorabilia will be featured at the upcoming Long Beach Coin, Stamp & Collectibles Expo www.LongBeachExpo.com, May 31 - June 2, 2012, as part of the eagerly anticipated return of sports collectibles to the popular show. The display by JP Cohen of Memory Lane will include rare baseball cards, autographs and memorabilia, including a Ruth-signed bat. Click here to read more!


Launch of Collectors Corner CoinSearch at Long Beach Expo, May 31 - June 2

An exciting new era in buying and selling rare coins and collectibles will begin on May 31, 2012 with the live, beta test launch of Collectors Corner CoinSearch(tm) at the Long Beach Coin, Stamp & Collectibles Expo. Click here to read more!


Clean Sweep Auctions: Closes May 30, 2012

The current Clean Sweep auction contains many fresh items to the hobby, including significant contributions from several major collections acquired in 2012. Click here to more about this auction.


Sirius Sports Cards Auction # 56 is Now Open for Bidding. Ends Thursday, May 31

There are 601 lots for auction that will end on Thursday May 31, 2012 at 11 PM EST using the 15 minute rule. This auction features many high grade and low pop cards for collectors to complete their sets from the 1950s to 1980s. Click here for more!


SCP Auction: World Records

Records set for Babe Ruth's Earliest Known Jersey, David Wells' 1930s Ruth NY Yankees Game Worn Cap, and Lawrence Taylor's NY Giants Super Bowl XXV Ring. Click here to read more!



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Collectors Corner

24,700 Cards for Sale Today valued at $4,012,224

Most Recent Listings:
1909-1911 T206 Piedmont Christy Mathewson Portrait PSA VG 3..$550.00
1888 N29 Allen&Ginter James Ryan Baseball PSA VG-EX 4..$500.00
1935 National Chicle 24 Clarke Hinkle PSA NM 7..$1,595.00
Most Valuable Listings:
1952 Topps 311 Mickey Mantle PSA NM-MT 8OC..$34,000.00
1909 E90-1 American Caramel Joe Jackson PSA GOOD 2...$15,500.00
1911 Turkey Red Cabinets T3&T9 Ty Cobb Checklist Back PSA EX 5...$14,500.00
Survey Question

So far, which NBA player's individual and team performance has impacted his collectibles the most this postseason?
  1. Kevin Durant
  2. Tim Duncan
  3. Lebron James
  4. Russell Westbrook
Click here to answer, and to view last issue's survey results.
 
     
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