PSA Insider - December 31, 2008 | Vol. 9 Number 26 

Memory Lane, Inc.


Just Collect Auctions Over 400 High Grade PSA Cards and 46 Single Signed Baseballs - Closing Sunday, January 4th
Over 400 high grade, low pop PSA cards and single signed baseballs this week, including (14) 1948 Topps Magic Photos PSA with Sugar Ray Leonard PSA 7, (10) 1962 and 1963 Fleer Football PSA 9 and PSA 8, (46) Single Signed Baseballs with Mickey Mantle and Ted Williams, (8) 1929 Kashin and many more! Click here to read more.

SCP Auctions Internet Auction of Important Sports Memorabilia & Cards Set to Open Online January 13, 2009
Over 600 lots are offered, highlighted by the card collection of Dr. James Rice, Harry Hooper's 1916-18 Red Sox flannel and Mickey Mantle's 1955 Yankees home flannel jersey. Click here to read on.

Mantle Collection Highlights Final Memory Lane Auction of 2008
Nearly 40 years after he retired as an active player, Mickey Mantle is still magic to baseball fans and collectors. Proof of that can be found in the Winter Extravaganza Rarities Auction conducted by Memory Lane, Inc. Click here for more details.


Collecting Sports Legends
After a lengthy delay, Collecting Sports Legends is finally here! This 376-page, full color book covers everything from trading cards to autographs to game-used bats and much, much more. This hobby guide will be available very soon at book stores and online but, most importantly, everyone who signs up for the PSA Collectors Club will receive one as a gift. In the following piece, we get a glimpse of what the book is all about. More...
Mastro Auctions


1948 Bowman Basketball Set: The First Chapter of Hoops Cards
The 1948 Bowman basketball set is the first key basketball issue and it contains the most important basketball card in the entire hobby -- the rookie card of George Mikan -- basketball's first dominant center. Along with some condition rarities and interesting Play Cards that are unique to the set, the set offers other notable Hall of Fame rookie cards. In the following piece, we explore the set that started it all for Hoops fans. More...


Fight4OldDC - The Number One Current Finest All-Time Great Quarterbacks Set
Football cards continue to gain popularity in the collecting world and one of the areas to pick up the most has been the All-Time Great categories such as running backs, wide receivers and this one - quarterbacks. It's mind boggling to think of all the key quarterback rookies over decades of football card production. From the 1948 Leaf Sammy Baugh to the 1965 Topps Joe Namath to the 1984 Topps John Elway rookie, all of the 28 cards needed to complete this set are important. The set spans nearly 70 years of card manufacturing and several of the necessary components are tough to locate in top grades. No matter though, as this collector has managed to fill his set with a majority of 'Top Pop' cards. There are only two cards in this set that can be upgraded. With an overall set rating of 8.98, it remains well above those in pursuit of its excellence. Congratulations! Click here to view.

Set Registry Pack Special!
Sport and Non-Sport - any year - packs valued under $500 - $10 each - 10 pack minimum. Click here for details.

The new PSA/DNA Set Registry V2 has launched!
We are very pleased to announce that the new, highly anticipated interactive PSA/DNA Set Registry is finally here! We've launched with a number of new set compositions. As always we thank all of our members for their feedback and patience during this endeavor. Click here to visit the new site.

Here are some of the new features:
  • Add inventory one item at a time or in batches
  • Inventory tracking with price paid and source
  • Easy image loading with no size restrictions
  • Add multiple sets directly from your inventory
  • Collectors Showcase divided into categories and collections easier to locate
  • Ability to post comments on other members' sets
  • PSA/DNA submissions can be viewed within "My Set Registry" and you will be able to add new items to your inventory, directly from the order screen
New PSA Pack Registry Now Online!
If you collect Wax Packs, you now have the option to build the following sets:
  • 1952-1959 Topps 5 Cent Wax Packs - Any Series
  • 1960-1969 Topps 5 Cent Wax Packs - Any Series
  • 1970-1979 Topps Wax Packs - Any Series
  • 1980-1989 OPC Wax Packs - Any Series
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 noticed that 1969 Topps Supers do not sell for much of a premium in PSA Mint 9 and Gem Mint 10 grades even though the cards are pretty tough to find. Why is that?

Answer: Great question. The 1969 Topps Super Set is a great one. The cards are visually appealing and hard to find compared to the regular issue set but, once you do locate them, they are not hard to find in high-grade. The cards, due to their design (the fact that they were made with rounded corners), were much easier to preserve in nice shape. That is why you see such a high percentage of 8s, 9s and 10s on such a relatively scarce issue.


Which of the following baseball rookie cards from the 1960s do you feel is the most undervalued?

  1. 1960 Topps Willie McCovey
  2. 1962 Topps Joe Torre
  3. 1963 Topps Willie Stargell
  4. 1965 Topps Joe Morgan
Click here to answer. Results will be posted in the next Insider.

Results from last survey: It's a tie! When asked which second-year baseball card they felt was the most undervalued, 31% of respondents selected 1952 Bowman Mickey Mantle. The same percentage chose 1955 Topps Hank Aaron. 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:
52,456 items, valued at $53,829,773

Most Recent Listings:
1965 Kahn's Wiener Bill Mazeroski PSA NM 7 $45.00
1952 Bowman 224 Johnny Schmitz PSA NM 7 $75.00
1933 Sports Kings 47 J. Hubert Stevens Bob-Sled Racing PSA PR1 $60.00

Most Valuable Listings:
1952 Topps 311 Mickey Mantle PSA NM-MT 8OC $42,500.00
1933 Goudey 53 Babe Ruth PSA EX 5 $7,000.00
1968 Super Bowl li-Stub Green Bay - Oakland PSA NM-MT 8 $5,900.00

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