June 24, 2014 | Vol. 15 No. 13
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The 1968 Topps Hockey Card Set – Topps Introduces Hockey Cards to the American Masses

norm ullmanThe 1968 Topps hockey set marked the dawn of a new era in the trading card world. For the first time ever, Topps produced a set exclusively for American audiences and separate from the O-Pee-Chee production. Hockey was gaining in popularity in the United States, with much of the hoopla generated by the great Bobby Orr at the time. This set was smaller than its O-Pee-Chee counterpart at 132 cards versus 216 cards, but the colorful, horizontal design was virtually identical. It also includes a key rookie card of Bernie Parent. In the following piece, we interview some of the collectors who pursue this terrific Topps issue.

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The 1975 O-Pee-Chee Hockey Card Set – More Dazzling than It First Appears

o-pee-cheeAs the 2013-2014 hockey season comes to a close, we are reminded of the great players who made their mark on the ice over the years. There are so many legendary names that come to mind, from Georges Vezina to Bobby Orr, from Maurice Richard to Wayne Gretzky. There is one legend who may represent longevity and consistency more than any other-Gordie Howe. Mr. Hockey’s career spanned an unbelievable five decades and Howe remains the only NHL player to compete for that duration. In the following article, we take an in-depth look at the Howe cards that collectors pursue with a passion.

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Set Registry Spotlight

John Jeffries Collection – The Number
One Current Finest 1972-73 Icee Bear Basketball Set

This 20-card set is home to some of the biggest names in basketball. While this relatively small set contains no major rookie cards, it is definitely a collector favorite. Stars like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wilt Chamberlain and Jerry Lucas, are showcased in this set. This collector has worked years to attain a perfect set, and he has! The Finest Possible Set Rating is a 10.0 and the rating for this set is 10.0...not one card in this set can be improved upon! Click here to view this set.

2014 PSA Set Registry Awards!
The deadline for this year’s PSA Set Registry Awards was Friday, May 30th. Judging is underway and winners will be announced by the end of June. Good luck to all who are in contention and thank you for your participation in the PSA Set Registry! To review the list of award categories, please Click here.

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Collectors Celebrate the Centennial of Babe Ruth’s MLB Debut as Bidding Begins in the Goldin Auctions Babe Ruth 100th Anniversary Auction Beginning on June 16

On July 11, 1914 the greatest player in baseball history, Babe Ruth, played his first MLB game and baseball was forever changed. One hundred years later, Goldin Auctions and the Babe Ruth Birthplace & Sports Museum will also make history when they hold the largest auction of Babe Ruth memorabilia in the Goldin Auctions Babe Ruth 100th Anniversary Auction.

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Historic 1947 Brooklyn Dodgers Championship Ring to be Sold at Worthridge Auction: June 8 to June 29

A solid argument could be made that the Brooklyn Dodgers’ 1947 season is the most important season ever played by a baseball team. It started on April 15, when Jackie Robinson’s name appeared on the lineup card as the Opening Day first baseman, and ended at Yankee Stadium on October 6 with a Game 7 loss in the World Series.

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Check Out CCA35 – Online Now, Closing June 26

Collectible Classics’ June 26 auction, which is online now at www.auctionscc.com, contains 398 lots of sports and non-sport cards, autographs and memorabilia. With heavy emphasis on baseball, the auction also has lots representing football, basketball, hockey, golf, boxing, wrestling, horse and auto racing and soccer.

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The June Sterling Sports Auction #33 Is Open for Bidding. Auction Ends June 26th

This auction features 1934 Goudey #37 Lou Gehrig, 1954 Topps Hank Aaron Rookie, 1914 Cracker Jack Home Run Baker, many different Ty Cobbs, Tango Egg Buck Weaver, and many rookie cards including 58T Jim Brown, 57T Johnny Unitas, 79T Wayne Gretzky, 72T Julius Erving, 1980-81T Bird/Magic, 49B Satchell Paige, 63 T Stargell PSA 8. Auction is scheduled to end Thursday, June 26th.

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Various PSA Baseball, Football, Hockey, and Non-Sports Cards Offered: Auctions End June 25

PSA Authorized Dealer Steve Novella (Estero, FL.) will be selling a miscellaneous offering of 300+ PSA cards (singles & group lots) on eBay ending Wednesday, June 25.

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1,300+ Lots Offered in Memory Lane’s Newly Christened "I OWN IT NOW"Catalog

From an 1888 Goodwin Champions Cap Anson to an unused ticket for Derek Jeter’s 3000th hit game, virtually every era of sports is covered in the latest I Own It Now catalog from Memory Lane. The company opened its latest event on Thursday with more than 1,300 high end lots available for straight sale.

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Sirius Sports Cards Auction #110 Is Now Open for Bidding. Ends June 26

There are 650 lots for auction that will end on Thursday, June 26, 2014, 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 are rookies of Hank Aaron, Bob Gibson, Joe Namath, Ernie Davis and much more.

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4,148 Cards for Sale Today valued at $552,405

Most Recent Listings:
1967 Topps 339 Chico Ruiz
PSA Mint 9..,$54.00


1968 Topps 454 Checklist 458-533
PSA Mint 9...$168.00


1969 Topps 49 Rex Mirich PSA
NM-MT+ 8.5...$29.00


Most Valuable Listings:
1923 W515-1 47 "Babe" Ruth Hand Cut PSA GEM MT 10...$49,999.00

1954 Red Heart Mickey Mantle
PSA Mint 9...$5,950.00


1935 National Chicle 7 Ken Strong PSA NM-MT 8...$5,450.00
Survey Question

Which of the following statements best describes the hobby impact of Tim Duncan’s 5th championship ring?
  1. It elevates Duncan’s collectibles to a slightly higher level
  2. It elevates Duncan’s collectibles to a much higher level
  3. It doesn’t impact Duncan’s collectibles at all; he was already an all-time great
  4. It doesn’t impact Duncan’s collectibles at all; he just isn’t very popular
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