February 21, 2012 | Vol. 13 No. 4
Collectors Club SMR Price Guide Pop Report Services Set RegistrySM
The 1962 Topps Football Set, Collecting the Gridiron "Men in Black"

The 1962 Topps football set is one of the top gridiron issues of the decade. Some collectors prefer the 1965 Topps Tall Boys and others may find the 1966 Topps (brown border) unique but it's hard to argue with the importance of the 1962 Topps set. Surrounded by extremely condition-sensitive black borders, the set is absolutely one of the toughest - ever - to complete in PSA NM-MT 8 or better condition. The 176-card issue contains tough short prints and a handful of ultra-popular keys, which include #1 Johnny Unitas, #28 Jim Brown, and rookie cards of #17 Mike Ditka and #90 Fran Tarkenton. In the following article, we talk to the collectors who pursue this incredibly-tough 1960s staple. More...


Giving Thanks to the Hobby

The hobby, just like most other endeavors, has its share of pitfalls and frustrating elements. A few months ago, Joe Orlando wrote an editorial about some of those things that hobbyists struggle with from time to time. If you have been in the hobby long enough, there is no doubt that you have been through a trying experience or two. This is especially true for those hobbyists who have been able to witness the evolution of the industry during the past three decades. In the following article, however, Orlando wanted to discuss some of the great things the hobby has to offer and how it has impacted him personally. It may not be perfect but, as Orlando points out, it is a hobby that he feels fortunate to be a part of. More...

Set Registry Spotlight

Showtime and More - The Number One Current Finest All-Time Lakers Basketball Set
This set has won Best of the Registry multiple times and it's no wonder why. The set is 100% complete and is populated with some of the highest graded examples of what many consider to be basketball's finest players. This collector's set has a rating of 9.13 which is not too far away from finest possible of 9.71. Out of the 20 members currently participating in this set only 3 are 100% complete. Click here to view this multi-award winning set.

Match Your Inventory for Sale to Want List Connection Items!
PSA Set Registry members are now listing 8,350 items in the Want List Connection. These are collectors looking for specific items to fill their sets. If you have inventory to sell or trade, move your items in your inventory to "My Inventory for Sale," go to the WLC (linked from your "My Inventory for Sale" page) and click "Match Items from My Inventory for Sale." Any want list items that match your inventory for sale will display giving you the option to contact the want list lister.

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


Sirius Sports Cards Auctions #49 Is Now Open for Bidding and Ends Thursday, February 23

There are 755 lots for auction that will end on Thursday February 23, 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 through the 1970s. There is a complete set of PSA graded 1951 Topps Red Backs being auctioned off as singles. There are nice runs of 1956 Topps baseball, 1960 Topps baseball, 1968 Topps baseball (including 3 PSA 10's), 1959 Topps football, and much more. There are also over 40 autographed pieces including photographs, baseball, and Perez Steele Postcards. Click here for more information.


Memory Lane Inc's "I Own It Now" Vintage Card Sale Ends February 23, 2012

Up to 20% off on over 3,000 high-end PSA graded cards!
Visit www.MemoryLaneInc.com.


Rich Altman's Boston Show, March 30 - April 1, 2012

Come out to Rich Altman's Boston Sports Memorabilia and Card show at the Shriner's Auditorium on Friday, March 30, until April 1. Fans will have the rare opportunity to meet some of sports' greatest athletes. Click here for more!


Breaking a Near-Complete 1959 Topps Baseball PSA Graded Master Set (8.00 GPA)

Ending Feb 21, 22 and 23. Click here to find out more!


Goodwin and Company's Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons XXXIX. Begins February 25 and Closes March 15, 2012

A dazzling 1934 Goudey card of Lou Gehrig graded mint 9 begins the catalog, followed by the coveted 1933 Goudey Lajoie and a Jim Thorpe rookie card. Click here for more details.



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Collectors Corner

25,645 Cards for Sale Today valued at $4,114,781

Most Recent Listings:
1953 Bowman Color 136 Jim Brideweser PSA NM-MT 8...$850.00
1953 Topps 280 Milt Bolling PSA EX 5...$225.00
2002 Super Bowl Xxxvi-Full New England 20, St Louis 17, Silver Var. PSA NM-MT 8...$250.00
Most Valuable Listings:
1952 Topps 311 Mickey Mantle NM-MT 8OC...$34,000.00
1954 Topps 94 Ernie Banks PSA Mint 9...$19,500.00
1911 T3 Turkey Red #9 Ty Cobb Checklist Back PSA EX5...$15,000.00
Survey Question

With the recent passing of Hall of Famer Gary Carter, which of the following Carter-related collectibles do you find the most desirable?
  1. A 1975 Topps Rookie Card
  2. A 1986 Game 6 World Series Ticket
  3. An Autographed 1986 Mets Team Ball
  4. A Game-Used Bat
Click here to answer, and to view last issue's survey results.
 
     
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