PSA Insider - February 28, 2007 | Vol. 8 Number 5 


PSA Reports Record $2.35 Million Sale of NM-MT T-206 Honus Wagner Card
The world's most valuable baseball card, the famous 1909 Honus Wagner card that once was owned by hockey star Wayne Gretzky, has been sold by a Las Vegas, Nevada, sports memorabilia collector for a record $2,350,000. Click here to read more about it.


Peanuts Strip Sets New Record at R&R February Auction
The poetry of Peanuts: High-flying Snoopy strip sets a new record at R&R's February auction. Click here to read more about it.

Collectors Universe® Teams With iSold It® To Help Collectors Sell on eBay®
Getting higher prices for collectibles you sell on eBay is now easier than ever. Professional Sports Authenticator (PSA and PSA/DNA) has enlisted the online sales expertise and local store network of iSold It to provide certification services to iSold It customers. Click here to read more.


King Kobe: A Look at Collecting Cards of One of Basketball's Most Dominant Players
Kobe Bryant is arguably the NBA's best player. Yet, off-court controversies have damaged his reputation and his marketability. However, his 81-point game last January changed everything. More people are embracing the Lakers superstar, as evident by the growing number of Kobe sets found in Set Registry. Click here to read on.


The Batting Cage: World Series Bats
For almost 80 years, the Hillerich & Bradsby Company (H&B), maker of the famed Louisville Slugger, has been making World Series bats for use by players of Major League Baseball's most coveted sporting event. At the beginning of each year, hand-selected, top-quality wood is set aside for making these very special post-season bats. Click here to read more.


Court King - The Number One Current Finest Oscar Robertson Basic Basketball Set
Every year since 2003, Court King has received the "Best of the Registry" award. Sitting in the number one spot, now with a high GPA of 9.07, this set is going to be hard to beat. Four of the seven cards in the set are "Top Pops." The 1972 Topps is a perfect 10. Court King is also working on the 25-card master set, which has won three "Best of the Registry" awards and is currently 88% complete, well beyond any of the other registered sets. Congratulations! Click here to view.

T206 Varieties
Please note that PSA has recently made a modification in the labeling of the 1909-11 T206 baseball set. PSA is now designating the many different back varieties in this set. As these are newly recognized and previously not cataloged in our database, you may receive an error message pertaining to a spec # not being associated with this set. Please allow 1 business day for the spec # to be added. Once the set has been updated, you will be able to add your card. As a reminder, the spec #'s are PSA's internal numbering system and are how the Registry recognizes valid cards for the sets.


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Question: Is the T206 Honus Wagner card the rarest of all baseball cards?

Answer: Most non-hobbyists and even some collectors believe this to be true but, as a matter of fact, it is not. While the Wagner card is a very tough card, there are cards that are clearly scarcer. What makes the Wagner card so valuable is the story behind the card in its entirety... the player, the popularity of the set, the controversy about the reason for its rarity and so on. The Wagner has always been considered the Holy Grail of the baseball card world.




With the famous Honus Wagner card selling for $2,350,000 in PSA NM-MT 8, which one of the following cards do you believe is the second most valuable card in the world?

  1. 1909-11 T206 Eddie Plank PSA NM-MT 8
  2. 1909-11 T206 Honus Wagner PSA EX 5 (2nd highest graded)
  3. 1951 Bowman Mickey Mantle PSA Gem Mint 10
  4. 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle PSA Gem Mint 10

Click here to answer. Results will be posted in the next Insider.

Results from last survey: 42% answered that they would like to own the 1950 Bowman Joe DiMaggio card, if it existed. Click here for a complete breakdown.


See PSA at These Upcoming Shows!

97th Philadelphia Sports Card & Memorabilia Show

Greater Reading Expo Center
2525 N. 12th St.
Reading, PA

March 2-4, 2007

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97th Philadelphia Sports Card & Memorabilia Show

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  • PSA/DNA autograph experts will be available to authenticate your previously signed autographs on-site.

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PSA Public Friday

Collectors Universe
1921 E. Alton Ave.
Santa Ana, CA 92705

March 9, 2007

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