PSA Insider - December 2, 2008 | Vol. 9 Number 24 

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Mastro Legends Live Auction Event in NYC Closes Monday, December 8th. Bid Now!
For more information, to register, or to bid in this spectacular auction event, call Mastro Auctions at 630-472-1200 or click here.

Memory Lane's Winter Extravaganza Rarities Auction Closes December 13
Bidding is open for the Memory Lane Auction. Featured in the upcoming auction, which closes Dec. 13, is a virtual history of baseball, told within its classic cards. Among those offered will be an unprecedented run of high grade Mickey Mantle cards from the Bruce Griggs Collection, third best on the PSA Set Registry's Basic Mickey Mantle Set rankings. Click here to participate.

Over 400 High Grade PSA Cards & 150 Signed Baseballs at No Reserve Auction from Just Collect - Closing Sunday Dec. 7
This week, Just Collect is offering over 400 high grade PSA cards, including (9) 1961 Post Cereal PSA 9 & 8 pop 1 cards, (47) 1969 Topps Four In One Singles cards including Blanda PSA 10 pop 1 and Piccolo Rookie PSA 9 pop 2, (75) 1951 Bowman Football cards highlighted by Van Brocklin Rookie PSA 6, (150) signed baseballs highlighted by Billy Martin/Phil Rizzuto PSA/DNA, Ted Williams, Hank Aaron, and many more! More...

Legacy Sports Rarities Announces Classic 19th and 20th Century Sports Rarities Auction
Legacy Sports Rarities of Traverse City, Michigan, has announced they will be conducting their inaugural catalog auction of "Classic 19th and 20th Century Sports Rarities." Online bidding for the auction will begin on March 7th, 2009, and end on March 28th, 2009, at

Mastro Auctions


The 1970-71 O-Pee-Chee Hockey Set - A "Bruin" to Assemble
The 1970 O-Pee-Chee set is one in a line of ultra-popular productions from the hockey brand giant. This 264-card set is anchored by three key rookie cards, including those of Gilbert Perreault, Bobby Clarke and Darryl Sittler -- all three being Hall of Famers. Always tough, OPC cards are extremely condition sensitive and very hard to find in top grades. This challenge has drawn the attention of more and more collectors who are looking for just that. In the following piece, find out what makes this nearly 40-year-old set a keeper. More...


Brett Favre Registry Sets - Introducing Broadway Brett
Last year, we all thought Brett Favre was hanging up his shoes for good. After an emotional press conference, Favre retired as the most prolific passer in NFL history. Favre, with that competitive fire still burning, wanted back in the game and joined the New York Jets shortly thereafter. This season, Favre's leadership is shining bright as he continues to lead the Jets towards the playoffs. For diehard collectors, was Favre's comeback a good thing for the hobby? In the following piece, collectors share their views on collecting cards of the great quarterback. More...


RAS - The Number One Current Finest 1951 Topps Ringside Boxing Set
The 1951 Topps Ringside boxing set is one that is filled with many of the great pugilists from the past. Greats like Joe Louis and Sugar Ray Robinson can be found throughout the set. Each card in the set is often found off-center, making high-grade examples hard to come by, but somehow, this award-winning set has reached an excellent overall set rating of 8.04, which is very close to the Finest Possible of 8.25. Very nice! Click here to view.

Set Registry Special!
$14 per card/5 business days (approx.) - cards valued under $500, Sports and Non-Sports Cards. No Minimum. Click here for details.

PSA/DNA Set Registry V2 Coming Soon!
The new registry will give users the many of the same benefits they receive in the PSA Set Registry including inventory tracking and multiple set loading. Look for the new Registry in the next week with many new set composites available.

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: I have read that Ty Cobb wasn't exactly the nicest guy in the world yet I see a ton of autographs in the market. What gives?

Answer: Sometimes, demeanor is a great indicator of signing habits and sometimes it's not. With Babe Ruth, his signing habits seem to match his personality. He was extremely social and outgoing. Ruth was also the most prolific signer of his era. Ty Cobb was a terror on the field and not exactly the most personable player in the game but he was considered a fairly prolific signer, one who replied to a lot of fan mail over his life. In contrast, Lou Gehrig was known to be one of the nicest guys in the game yet, due to his shyness, he did not sign autographs nearly as much.


In addition to Rickey Henderson, which one of the following MLB players deserves to be inducted into the HOF the most in 2009?

  1. Jim Rice
  2. Bert Blyleven
  3. Mark McGwire
  4. Andre Dawson
Click here to answer. Results will be posted in the next Insider.

Results from last survey: 36% selected the 1957 Topps set as the most important football card issue in the hobby. Click here for a complete breakdown.

Have your sports autographs authenticated by PSA/DNA. Submission forms are available online at the PSADNA web site. Just click here. Find out what your cards are really worth. Subscribe to the Sports Market Report and have it delivered to your door every month. Click here. Join the PSA Collectors Club today! Just click here to learn about the many benefits of membership.

For more information on how to list your inventory, contact Mike Brandow at [email protected].
PSA Set Registry now links to Collectors Corner. Click here.

Sports Cards and Tickets for Sale:
32,019 items, valued at $3,501,010

Most Recent Listings:
1956 Adventure 32 Jack Johnson-Jabber PSA NM-MT 8 $75.00
1992 Super Bowl Xxvi-Stub Washington-Buffalo PSA NM-MT 8 $295.00
1959 The 3 Stooges 70 PSA Mint 9 $850.00

Most Valuable Listings:
1952 Topps 311 Mickey Mantle PSA NM-MT8 OC $42,500.00
1933 Goudey 53 Babe Ruth PSA EX 5 $6,000.00
1967 Super Bowl I-Stub, Green Bay - Kansas City PSA EX-MT6 $4,900.00

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