October 1, 2013 | Vol. 14 No. 20
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The 1992 Bowman Baseball Set - A Card Boom Survivor

1952 Topps Baseball CardMariano Rivera's career has come to a close. The all-time saves leader has been part of one of the most memorable final tours in sports history, with his final appearance at Yankee Stadium generating the most emotion, from fans, players and Mariano himself. Until recent years, the collecting community didn't appreciate the great closer as much as one would think. Just as fans got used to Mariano being automatic at the end of the game, perhaps fans and collectors took him for granted and didn't realize the greatness that was in front of them. Now, that has changed. Mariano's final tour has resulted in a much greater understanding of just how good he was. In the following article, collectors discuss the set that houses his most popular rookie card - the 1992 Bowman set.

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The 1962 Topps Hockey Card Set - The "Blue" Hockey Issue

1915 Babe RuthThe 2013/2014 NHL season is here. Over the years, Topps has produced many classic hockey card sets, especially from the 1960s. There are the towering "Tall Boys" produced by Topps in 1964 and the very tough 1966 Topps set, with those pesky brown borders. Not to be forgotten is the 1962 Topps set. It combines an attractive design with difficulty. The blue borders that surround each card give them eye appeal, but they also act as an obstacle for those collectors who prefer high-grade material. The slightest touch can reveal wear along the edges. From Bobby Hull to the extremely tough final checklist card, this 66-card set is modest in size but it remains popular. In the following piece, we explore this set in detail with the help of hockey collectors.

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Set Registry Spotlight

Oscar, Michael, etc - The Number One Current Finest All-Time NBA Guards Set
The NBA guard is arguably one of the most important roles on the team. A player has to be quick, able to shoot beyond the 3-point line and must be able to recognize weaknesses of the defense as well as strengths in their own offense. This set consists of, what many collectors feel are, the best of the best. Players like Bob Cousy, Oscar Robertson and Magic Johnson, just to name a few, are all listed here. This collector has managed to complete this set with a 9.47 set rating, which is not very off from the Current Finest Possible Set Rating of 9.66. A quick glance at the number of zeroes in the pop higher column and one can see why this set received its 6th consecutive Best of the Registry certificate in 2012. Click here for a look.

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Heritage Auction
Clean Sweep's Auction: Open for Bidding, Ends October 2

Only two days left to bid on Clean Sweep's current auction. Clean Sweep's current auction is now open for bidding and offers autographs from Washington to Lincoln to JFK, Beethoven to The Beatles. The premier item in the auction is an incredible 1918 Incentive Agreement signed by Babe Ruth at the time and the infamous Red Sox owner Harry Frazee. You'll also find some of the best single baseball cards Clean Sweep has offered and unusually deep selections from all of the major sports and baseball memorabilia.

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PWCC 2013 Premier Auction #8 - Closing 9/29 through 10/10

Auctions now open will include 3,800 High-End Lots, Spanning all Sports and Genres.

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Yankee Greats Gehrig, DiMaggio, Mantle, Mattingly and Jeter Highlight Over 1,500 Lots in Small Traditions' Monthly Masterpieces Plus #13 Auction Ending Saturday Night 10/5

With over 1,500 lots, Small Traditions’ Monthly Masterpieces Plus #13 Auction is the largest no reserve auction outside of eBay in the entire auction industry. The auction is loaded with several hundred autographs, from Lou Gehrig and Tony Lazzeri to Mickey Mantle and Derek Jeter, including signed photos, balls, bats, gloves, hats, jerseys and of course cards. There are over 300 PSA 10 Gem Mint cards encompassing all sports, plus non-sports, and there are nearly 300 different rookie cards, with significant first-time cardboard appearances by Joe DiMaggio, Miguel Cabrera, Derek Jeter, Peyton Manning, Bo Jackson, and so many more.

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Sirius Sports Cards Auction #91 Ending October 3

974 lots featuring many high grade and low pop cards from the 1950s through the 1970s.

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Mile High Card Company Auction Now Open Offering Cards from the E.C. McCoid ''Field Of Dreams'' Find as well as an Extensive Lineup of Astounding Cards and Memorabilia in their October 10th Auction

Mile High Card Company's Fall 2013 auction is now open for bidding and will culminate on October 10th.

The auction is definitely highlighted by the contents of the E.C. McCoid find which includes a stunning and attention commanding exceptionally high grade offering of a nearly complete 1917 Collins McCarthy complete set of exceptionally scarce blank backed cards as well as an impressive 1916 M101-4 Sporting News Blank Back Complete Set All PSA Graded that features an outstanding #151 Babe Ruth rookie PSA 3.5 VG+.

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Numerous Babe Ruth Signed Baseballs Highlight Huggins and Scott's October 2013 Auction

Huggins and Scott's fifth Masterpiece Auction of 2013 is now open. Bidding closes Thursday, October 10. This auction features another amazing array of sports and non-sports items that caters to every level of collector and investor. Whether you only want to spend a few hundred dollars or several thousand dollars, our selection of quality items has a little something for just about everyone. This auction is headlined by a variety of Babe Ruth signed baseballs, from a 1925 single-signed to a beautiful Ruth and Christy Walsh dual signed orb.

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