PSA Insider - October 21, 2008 | Vol. 9 Number 21 
Mastro Auctions

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Huggins & Scott Auctions: Fall 2008 Masterpiece Auction Closes This Week!
This auction includes 1,418 lots of sports and Americana items. To view highlights and to bid, Visit

Mastro Auctions Classic Collector Auction Closes Next Week!
The October 2008 Classic Collector Auction Closes Next Week on October 29th and 30th. Session One Lots (1 - 893) will close on Wednesday, October 29th. Session Two Lots (894 - 2119) will close on Thursday, October 30th. Visit

Andy Madec Sportscards' Auction #24 Closes November 19, Preview Now Available!
Auction #24 is scheduled for November 19, 2008. Full Color auction catalogs have been mailed to all registered bidders. If you haven't registered, visit and click on "Register Now".

Memory Lane Announces New Auction, Set to Close December 13.
Tired of high quality vintage baseball cards and sports memorabilia? We didn't think so. Like you, Memory Lane Inc. is always ready for an auction and the company has just announced plans to bring forth another blockbuster catalog sale, this one set to close December 13th. Click here to read more!


Bill Russell Master Set: A Tribute to the Ultimate Winner
Bill Russell is the ultimate winner, plain and simple. In 13 seasons with the Boston Celtics, Russell won 11 almost unthinkable number. As an amateur, Russell won two NCAA titles and a Gold Medal in the 1956 Olympics. Wherever he played, he won. Russell wasn't the most prolific scorer or the flashiest player in the league. Russell helped his team win by being a true team player. Russell, one of the greatest defensive players in basketball history, is not featured on many cards but the few that carry his image also carry great demand. More...

1980 Topps Baseball: Tomorrow's Vintage Set
The 1980 Topps baseball set is not one that receives a great deal of fanfare but it is one that carried our hobby into the decade of the hobby boom. Pre-dating the Donruss and Fleer invasion in 1981, the 1980 Topps set was the last regular issue to dominate the hobby in baseball. Anchored by the Rickey Henderson rookie, a card that is sure to join collections of baseball Hall of Famers very soon, this set also has some condition obstacles. In the following piece, collectors share why they still have a passion for this nearly 30-year old set, one that has often been overlooked. More...


Sarah Verno - The Number One Current Finest 1950 Bowman Football Set
This collector has dominated this category for 7 years and has the Set Registry Awards to prove it! This set, at 100% complete and with a rating of 8.88, is very near the finest possible of 8.99. The set consists of some of footballs' finest. Including the rookie cards of Otto Graham, Y.A. Title, Lou Groza, and Elroy Hirsch. Within this collection are several of the finest graded examples. Click here to view.

Hurry - Set Registry Special ends on 10/31!
1960-Present - Sports and Non Sport Cards - For cards Valued under $100 - 10 Card Min - $6 each. Click here for details.

New Set Composites Online!
Visit the Set Registry News page and learn which set composites have been recently added to the Registry and other Set Registry news.

Fun, informative, and sometimes controversial, the PSA Set Registry Messageboard is the place to get involved with other collectors who are currently participating in the Set Registry program or are just beginning. Click here to chat on the Set Registry Messageboard.

The PSA Set Registry is a work in progress and we invite your comments and ideas. Send your suggestions to [email protected].


Question: Is a card like a 1952 Topps Willie Mays considered a Topps rookie card for Mays even though he had a 1951 Bowman issue?

Answer: Great question. There was a time when people would argue that cards like this Mays and even the 1952 Mickey Mantle were rookie cards since it was the first Topps issue to include them. Perhaps it was just another way to help market the cards better. Today, the answer is clear. Since there was a regular issue to depict both baseball legends a year earlier, the Bowman cards are the only ones that are considered true rookies. The Topps cards are great and, in the case of Mantle, the card is actually much more valuable due to popularity but it is not his rookie card.




What is the one type of collectible you have thought about collecting but stayed away from because you felt you didn't know enough about the subject matter?

  1. Autographs
  2. Game-Used Items
  3. Original Photos
  4. Unopened Packs

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

Results from last survey: 64% answered that an Abraham Lincoln autograph is the one they would want to own most, value aside. Click here for a complete breakdown.

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Sports Cards and Tickets for Sale:
34,375 items, valued at $3,815,304

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