PSA Insider - July 1, 2008 | Vol. 9 Number 14 
Mastro Auctions

SCP Auctions

19th Century Only


Mastro Closing Dates Moved to July 1st and 2nd for Classic Collector Auction!
Due to network difficulties, Mastro Auctions has extended the bidding for their auction until Tuesday and Wednesday, July 1st and 2nd. Bidding for lots 1-863 will end on Tuesday, July 1st, and bidding for lots 864-2174 will end on Wednesday, July 2nd. Visit

Bidding Has Begun! SCP Auctions Summer Internet-Only Auction of Important Cards & Sports Memorabilia
Over 500 lots offered, highlighted by a fine selection of significant pre- and post-war cards, quality memorabilia, and game used bats. A few of the highlights include: T206 Walter Johnson Port PSA 8 NM-MT, 1959 Topps Bob Gibson PSA 10 GEM MT, 1948 Bowman #69 George Mikan PSA 9 MINT, 1916 M101-4 Babe Ruth PSA 6 EX-MT, Babe Ruth Single Signed Baseball, and much more. Initial bidding is now open and will continue through the closing date of July 12th. Make sure you have your initial bids placed prior to the extended bidding period starting at 8:00 PM PST / 11:00 PM EST on July 12th. Check out the auction now.

19th Century Only July 18th Auction Now Open for Bidding!
A Harry Wright MacIntire Studios Cabinet, an enormous selection of E-Candy cards, tobacco cards, 100 graded Old Judges and many other vintage rarities! Click here to view the lots. Consignment deadline for Fall Auction is September 1, 2008. Call toll-free at 800-801-4399 to consign today!


The 1969 Topps Super Set -- A Good Place to Start Looking Back...
The 1969 Topps Super baseball set is one that has fascinated collectors for decades. The beautiful design and amazing star selection make it ultra-popular. Abandoning the traditional square design, Topps went with a round corner look. While they are not tough to find in high-grade, they are tough to find since they were, technically, a test issue. In the following piece, we find out why collectors find this set so desirable. Click here to read on.

1956 Topps Football: A Long Road to the Hobby End Zone
The 1956 Topps football set is one that seems to jump out at you due to its incredibly bright presentation. Much like the 1955 Topps All-American set, this issue exhibits brilliant color. Along with tremendous eye-appeal, the set features some key Hall of Fame rookie cards like that of Roosevelt Brown, Lenny Moore and Roosevelt Grier. In the following piece, we learn why this set seems to have so much staying power over 50 years later. Click here to read more.


Joester68PS - The Number One Current Finest 1968-69 O-Pee-Chee Puck Stickers Set
With only two items in this set that can be improved upon, this set is almost perfect! With a set rating of 8.63, this set is so very close to the finest possible set rating of 8.72. The composite calls for 22 items for completion and contains a special Gordie Howe card which commemorates his 700th goal. This card also happens to be one of the many single finest graded examples in this set. One can clearly see why this set has received awards for 4 years running. Kudos! Click here to enjoy.

Judging is currently underway and winners will be announced in the near future. To review the list of award categories, please click here.

Set Registry Luncheon Invitations Have Been Emailed
The luncheon is scheduled for August 1st in Chicago at the National. If you did not receive an invitation, please email [email protected].

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 INVENTORY, you can do the following:

  • Using any of the Sort Headers will allow you to search for specific items. Or you can use the Filters to search for specific items.
  • You can add comments, images, purchased price, purchased date, source of purchase, etc, by finding the item you wish to edit and clicking on View Item.


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.

New Set Registry Special!
$14/5-day (approx.) - Sports and Non-Sport cards valued under $500. 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:

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 it true that it is harder to forge an autograph with a pencil or pen versus a marker?

Answer: Well, that is what people have said for years due to the fact that a marker is far more "forgiving" than a fine-point pen or pencil since the marker produces a thicker stream of ink. The theory is... the more precise the writing instrument, the harder it is to forge. That being said, master forgers will often use pens and pencils on virtually any kind of medium so it is important that you protect yourself as a buyer no matter what type of writing instrument the item is signed with. Insist that the item is certified by a reputable third party authenticator. Remember, it's your money at stake.




Which of the following rookie cards of the 1960s do you think is the most important?

  1. 1960 Topps Carl Yastrzemski
  2. 1963 Topps Pete Rose
  3. 1967 Topps Johnny Bench
  4. 1968 Topps Nolan Ryan

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

Results from last survey: 66% considered tickets from 1932 World Series Game 3 (with Babe Ruth's Called Shot) to be the most desirable. 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.

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Collectors Universe Public Friday

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1921 East Alton Avenue
Santa Ana, CA 92705

July 18, 2008

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Brigandi and PSA/DNA

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60 West 44th Street
New York, NY 10036

July 14, 2008

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