November 12, 2013 | Vol. 14 No. 23
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Collectible Classics
The 1953 Bowman Football Card Set – Finding the Big White Football Cards

Simon Bourque CollectionAsk any knowledgeable football card collector and they will tell you that one of the toughest sets to complete in high grade is the 1953 Bowman issue. Full of Hall of Famers and short prints, this 96-card set was released just one year after Bowman manufactured the legendary 1952 Bowman Large and Small football sets, two sets that remain on the top of most collector want-lists today. While not as vibrant in design as Bowman's prior release, the 1953 Bowman set provides the collector with a tremendous challenge. It remains a mystery as to why these cards are seen in fewer numbers compared to other football sets of the era, but it hasn't stopped hobbyists from attempting to tackle this gridiron classic.

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The 1965 Philadelphia Football Card Set – An Affordable and Overshadowed Vintage Football Issue

1965 Topps Hockey Card SetThe 1965 Philadelphia football card issue is often overlooked by collectors. Up against the classic 1965 Topps issue from the same year, this 198-card set is usually overshadowed by the towering tall boys. One year later, in 1966, the Philadelphia football card set was powered by some hugely popular rookies in Dick Butkus and Gale Sayers. The 1965 set does have its share of HOF rookies like those of Paul Warfield, Mel Renfro, Carl Eller, Paul Krause and Charley Taylor, but none carry the clout of the aforementioned 1966 rookie pair. In the following article, we dig deeper into a set that vintage football card enthusiasts seem to like more and more.

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Set Registry Spotlight

Elitecards 1985 Football - The Number One Current Finest 1985 Topps Football Set
Once you enter the post-1980 card era, collectors are much more selective about which sets to build. Within each major sport, however, there are certain sets that have clearly garnered the attention of collectors. In the graded football card market, the 1985 Topps set is one of them. This 396-card set, which resembles the 1962 Topps issue, was designed with solid, black borders. For a modern-era issue, these are very tough in PSA 10 as a result. While absent any major rookies, the set does have some notable first cards of Hall of Famers like Richard Dent and Warren Moon. It is also packed with stars, including important second year cards of John Elway and Dan Marino, not to mention the very desirable card of the legendary Walter Payton. This year's winner for Best Modern Football Set of the Year currently has an astonishing GPA of 9.83, making it #1 on the All-Time Finest list. Click here to view this set.

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Love of the Game
Collectible Classics' Nov. 20-21 Auction Features Baseball Memorabilia and Vintage Cards

Collectible Classics wraps up its 2013 auction season Nov. 20 and 21 by offering New York Yankees, Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds memorabilia, more than 140 lots of 1880s-1970s baseball cards, a Turkey Red boxing partial set and Part 2 of the Bert Randolph Sugar collection.

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Love Of The Game Auctions' Fall, 2013 Auction Is Now Open for Bidding - Auction Closes November 16, 2013

The sale features sports cards and memorabilia from the late 19th Century to the present, highlighted by a rare and valuable T206 Sherry "Magie" error card; a beautiful 1952 Topps #311 Mickey Mantle card; a complete, autographed 1955 Bowman Football set, and the hobby's highest-grade 1929 Kashin Publications complete set.

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Childhood Treasure Coming to Auction with Memory Lane Inc.: High Grade 1954 Brooklyn Dodgers Ball has Quite a Story to Tell

In its winter auction next month, Memory Lane will auction Dr. Davis' nearly pristine 1954 Brooklyn Dodgers team signed baseball that includes six members of the Baseball Hall of Fame he met in the team locker room that summer.

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Goodwin and Company's Masterpieces & Uncommon Commons LII: Auction Now Open; Closes Friday, November 15

Goodwin and Company's current auction offers one of the hobby's rarest autographs: a signed Joe Jackson voucher, which leads off our auction. This incredible document is graded 9 Mint by PSA/DNA. It will undoubtedly become a centerpiece in even the most advanced collection.

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23,375 Cards for Sale Today valued at $2,773,918

Most Recent Listings:
1954 Topps 238 Al Aber
PSA MINT 9...$750.00


1970 Kellogg's 58 Carl Lockhart
PSA GEM MT 10...$49.00


1950 Bowman 252 Billy DeMars
PSA NM-MT 8...$325.00


Most Valuable Listings:
1936 National Chicle Fine Pens DiMaggio Slam It Erickson Catch,
PSA NM-MT 8...$15,000.00


1933 World Wide Gum 80 Babe Ruth
PSA EX-MT 6...$12,500.00


1952 Topps 311 Mickey Mantle
PSA VG 3...$12,500.00
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