PSA Insider - June 3, 2008 | Vol. 9 Number 12 
Mastro Auctions

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Mastro Auctions
Auctions Classic Collector Auction is currently available online at for preview. Bidding opens Monday, June 9th at 10 AM Central Time. With 2174 lots available, Session One Lots (1 - 863) will close on Wednesday, June 25th. Session Two Lots (864 - 2174) will close on Thursday, June 26th. Click here to preview Mastro Auctions is also accepting consignments until June 6th for the August 27-28 Catalog Auction Call 630-472-1200 or click here.

Andy Madec Sportscards, Inc.
Andy Madec Sportscards' recent Auction #23 had great results. The auction contained 315 lots sports cards and memorabilia items and surpassed more than $400,000 in sales. Highlights include: 1959 Topps Baseball Complete (572) Card Set All 7 NM PSA Graded $17,603 , 1952 Topps #311 Mickey Mantle PSA 5 $16,413, 1955 Topps #164 Roberto Clemente PSA 8.5 NM-MT $14,547.00 and much more. For a complete listing of the auction results please click here.

Collectors Corner - 23,891 Cards for Sale Today valued at $2,704,458
Collectors CornerSM is THE premier market place for serious rare coin, currency and card collectors. At Collectors Corner, buyers deal directly with the world's top dealers. Everyday, tens of millions of dollars worth of top quality Collectibles are available to purchase. Coins, currency and cards are posted for sale on the Collectors Corner by dealers registered on the Certified Coin Exchange, PCGS Authorized Dealers, PCGS Currency Authorized Dealers and PSA Dealers. Click here to read more.

PSA Set Registry and Collectors Corner Team up to Provide a Great New Service
The Set Registry is now linked to Collectors Corner, a Collectors Universe company. Collectors Corner is a marketplace for coins, currency and trading cards. Fill a slot or upgrade an item in your set... Click here to read more.

Robert Edward Auctions
Countless Baseball Card Auction Records Shattered At Robert Edward Auctions!!! Babe Ruth Rookie Card Sells For Record $517,000, T206 Wagner Sells For Record $317,000: $9.07 Million Sale Is Most Successful Multi-Consignor Baseball Auction In The History of Collecting. Click here for more.


Rich Gossage Player Set: A Wild "Goose" Chase That Ends in Cooperstown
Goose Gossage was one of the most feared pitchers in the league during his prime. He possessed a blazing fastball and a mean stare that made hitters tremble at the plate. Since his induction into the HOF, Gossage collectibles have received a boost as more collectors have taken note of his great accomplishments. In the following piece, we take a look at the cards that commemorate his career. Click here to read on.

Taking My Hacks: It's an Auction World
Auctions can be a lot of fun and they certainly have helped rejuvenate the hobby over the past decade. In the meantime, as the auctions have started to dominate the high-end market, where have the retailers gone? In the following piece, Joe Orlando gives his take on the market and on how a balance between auction houses and retail dealers might be the best thing for the hobby. Click here to read on.


Davalillo - The Number One Current Finest 1964 Kahns Weiners Set
With a set rating of 8.41, this set is just points away from the finest possible set rating of 8.72. The composite requires 53 cards for completion and contains a Paul Warfield card which holds special interest to many collectors as it was issued early in his career. Davalillo's set leaves little room for improvement, as this set is filled with an ample amount of "Top Pops." Within this grouping 31 are the single finest graded examples, including the Paul Warfield card! Congratulations! Click here to enjoy.

Just two weeks to go! The deadline for this year's PSA Set Registry Awards is Friday, June 13th. Any new sets or edits to existing sets must be committed before 5:00 pm EST (2:00 pm PST). Click here to visit the new site.

To review the list of award categories, please click here.

All sets which are in the top in their category are considered in contention. Judging by PSA experts will take place the third week in June and the winners will be announced at the end of June. Awards will be presented at the annual PSA Set Registry Luncheon. This year, the National Sports Collectors Convention will be held in Rosemont, Illinois. The luncheon is planned for Friday, August 1st from 11:30 to 1:30. Email invitations will be mailed out mid-June.

In order to qualify you must own and have possession of the cards and tickets you are listing in your sets.

Due to our recent import from V1 to V2, you may find that items are missing from your inventory or you might find that you are unable to add an item because the certification number is not recognized by the program. In both cases, please email [email protected] with scans of the front and back of any item you are having a problem with.

Occasionally, you may find an item is still being listed in another member's set. If you have sent an auto request to the former owner to remove and he or she has not done so, please send personal scans of the front and back of your item and we'll get the item released for you.

If you find you cannot add an item to a set even though there is a line item for it, please send in the request for us to add the spec number for this item using the form called "Report a cert that should match this composite" which is linked from your set in MY SETS in MY SET REGISTRY. Please make sure the request is sent in prior to the deadline. WE MUST RECEIVE YOUR REQUEST BY 5 PM EST (2 PM PST) ON FRIDAY, JUNE 13TH IN ORDER FOR THE CARD TO QUALIFY.

We do not extend the Set Registry awards deadline for any reason, so please plan ahead!

V2 linked to Collectors Corner
The Set Registry is now linked to Collectors Corner, a Collectors Universe company. Collectors Corner is a marketplace for coins, currency and trading cards. When you are in a set in MY SETS, if an item that is being listed in Collectors Corner is available to fill a slot or upgrade an item in your set, there will be a link in the ACTION column. Clicking this link will take you directly to Collectors Corner where you can purchase the item from a dealer.

V2 Hot Tip - Did you know...
In MY PREFERENCES, you can do the following:
Default new sets to allow the public to view the set item details - This preference will allow the public to see the contents of your set. Unless this option is selected, none of your sets will be viewable. However, you may make a specific set public by selecting a similar option for that specific set in My Sets. Note that if you are logged in you will be able to view your sets while in the Registry, even if your sets are marked not viewable. Your sets will not be viewable to others.
Allow users to contact me by email- This preference will permit others to email you from every set. Note that even if you select this option, your email address will not be viewable to other members unless you respond to their inquiry. If this preference is not selected, you may still enable email from a specific set by selecting that option for that set within My Sets.
Receive notifications of lowered ratings - This preference provides for an automatic email that will be sent to you should your ratings drop due to the activity of another member. You can select to receive these emails daily, weekly or not at all.
Receive email about Collectors Corner items that would upgrade my sets - This preference allows you to receive emails about new items listed in Collectors Corner which will upgrade your sets. You can select to receive these emails Daily or Weekly or not at all.

Change in Free Submissions Policy Effective 6/1/08
In order to qualify for free submissions, your set must be 90% complete. Should you qualify for free submissions, email your name, address and phone number to [email protected] with the name of the set and you will be mailed a submission form to be used exclusively for your free grades.

Set Registry Special!
1972-Present Modern Special - 10-card minimum -$5 each/Sports and Non-Sport cards valued under $100. Click here for details.

Visit the Set Registry News page and learn which set composites have been recently added to the Registry and other Set Registry news. The following are new set composites added to the Registry:

  • Gary Sheffield Rookie Set
  • 1984 Topps St. Louis Cardinals
  • Derrick Thomas Rookie Set
  • Barry Sanders Rookie Set
  • 1936 M. Pressner Government Agents vs. Public Enemies R61
  • 1966 A & BC Batman Series A - European

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 there a major difference, visually, between a 1956 Topps Grey Back and White Back other than the reverse?

Answer: Great question. There is not a huge difference but the Grey Backs tend to have richer and brighter colors than the White Backs. In terms of eye appeal, the Grey Backs do seem to have a slight edge most of the time but the biggest difference remains on the reverse.




Which one of the following is the most important baseball rookie card of the 1954-1959 era?

  1. 1954 Topps Hank Aaron
  2. 1954 Topps Ernie Banks
  3. 1955 Topps Roberto Clemente
  4. 1955 Topps Sandy Koufax

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

Results from last survey: 37% answered 1974 Topps Bill Walton is the most undervalued basketball card from the 1970s.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.


Sports Fest

Renaissance Shaumberg Conference Center
1551 Thoreau Drive
Schaumberg IL 60173
United States of America

June 06 - June 08, 2008

Show Details:

  • PSA representatives will be available to answer questions and accept submissions for all levels of service.
  • PSA/DNA autograph experts will be available to authenticate your previously signed autographs on-site at the PSA Booth.
  • Visit the SportsFest website at for more information.

Collectors Universe Public Friday

Collectors Universe Lobby Area
1921 East Alton Avenue
Santa Ana CA 92705
United States of America

June 20, 2008

Show Details:

  • PSA and PCGS representatives will be available to answer questions and accept submissions for all levels of service from 10am to 4pm.
  • Please call Customer Service 888-469-2646 for more details.

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