PSA Insider - July 30, 2008 | Vol. 9 Number 16 
Mastro Auctions

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Historic Live Sports Auction To Blow into Chicago this week! Final Week of Bidding!
Mastro Auctions to conduct world's most concentrated auction of high-end Sports memorabilia, many items never before publicly offered, including Griffey's 600 home run ball; portion of event to benefit the Derrek Lee 1st Touch Foundation. Click here to read more.

SCP Auction July 2008 Internet Auction Nets $2.3 Million
Pre War Cards (T210 Jackson $165,486, N162 Kelly $63,337, 1935 Nat'l Chicle Nagurski $66,354) Lead an Impressive Lineup of Important Memorabilia and Cards. Click here to read more.

Peter Calderon Joins Heritage as Sportscard Expert
Heritage Auction Galleries is pleased to announce the addition of veteran vintage sportscard expert Peter Calderon to the staff, who brings with him a wealth of hobby experience and an encyclopedic knowledge of vintage trading cards. Click here to read more.


1971-72 Topps Hockey Set: That '70s Set
The 1971 Topps Hockey set does not get a ton of fanfare but seems to be increasing in popularity as time goes on. Anchored by the rookie card of Hall of Famer Ken Dryden, this set includes all the key stars of the era and a terribly tough checklist to boot. In the following piece, we find out if this Topps issue can holds its own against the larger and more dominant O-Pee-Chee version from the same season. Click here to read on.

1976 Topps Baseball Set: Beware of the Killer Bs
The 1976 Topps baseball set is often overshadowed by its more popular brethren. While it doesn't quite have the rookie card power of the 1975 Topps set or the sheer size of the 1972 Topps set, it does offer a very colorful design. In addition, and perhaps more importantly, the set contains Hank Aaron's last card from his playing days and the only recognized rookie of Hall of Fame pitcher Dennis Eckersley. To find out more about what makes this set so interesting, click here.


McBride 61 All Star - The Number One Current Finest 1961 Topps All-Stars Set
This collector's set has received the "Best of the Registry" certificate since 2002 and shows no signs of giving up the title. When viewing this set one can clearly see why this set has continuously won the award. With a finest possible rating of 9.74, this set is not very far from that with a current rating of 9.54. This set contains 17 "Tops Pops." As if that isn't enough, this collectors' set contains the single finest graded example for Nellie Fox which just happens to be graded a PSA 10! Each card in this set is imaged for others to enjoy. Very nice! Click here to view.

PSA Set Registry Awards 2008
Winners have been announced. Congratulations to all participants for another great year! We could not do it without you, the collectors. To review the list of winners, please click here. For 2008 HOF Inductees please click here.

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:

  • add item comments/purchased date/source/the cost of your items/market price of your items
  • add images
  • view the sets said item can be used in
  • delete inventory
  • add sets


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:

  • 1919-21 W514 Baseball
  • 1920 Mrs. Sherlocks Bread Pins Baseball
  • 1921 Oxford Confectionary E253 Baseball
  • 1947 Menko Ted Williams Back JCM44 Baseball
  • 1953-55 Dormand Postcards Baseball
  • 1961 Fleer Team Logo Decals Baseball
  • 1965 Topps Transfers Baseball
  • 1983 Fleer Stamps Baseball
  • 1984 Renata Galasso Hall of Fame Art Card Series Baseball
  • 1991 Topps Archives 1953 Reprints Baseball
  • 1999 Upper Deck Ultimate Victory Baseball
  • 2004 Leaf Certified Materials Baseball
  • Bobby Bonds Basic Set
  • Bobby Bonds Master set
  • Chien-Ming Wang Basic Set
  • Chien-Ming Wang Master Set
  • 1992 Kenner Starting Lineup Basketball
  • 1993-94 Topps Black Gold Basketball
  • 1993-94 Upper Deck SE Die-Cut All-Stars East/West Basketball
  • HOF Players/Coaches/Admin Autographs Basketball
  • 1988 Kenner Starting Lineup Football
  • 1997 Topps High Octane Football
  • 2003 Topps Football
  • Michael Irvin Rookie Set
  • Thurman Thomas Rookie Set
  • 1967-68 York Action Octagons Hockey
  • The Top 20 Sportscards in the Hobby
  • 1939 Carreras LTD. Glamour Girls of Stage and Film Large
  • 1994 Marvel Universe Power Blast Gold
  • 1994 Marvel Masterpiece Holofoil Gold
  • 1995 Ultra X-Men Hunters & Stalkers Gold
  • 1996 Marvel Masterpiece Gallery
  • 1996 Marvel Masterpiece Double Impact
  • 2007 Rittenhouse Star Trek Complete Movies Autographs
  • 1890-present Army vs. Navy Football Game Tickets
  • Alex Rodriguez Milestone Home Run Tickets

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: Why is it that you simply don't see that many single signed Lou Gehrig baseballs?

Answer: Well, compared to Babe Ruth, Gehrig was not a very social person. He also did not like to draw attention to himself. Even on dual signed or team signed baseballs, you will often notice that Gehrig would leave the sweet spot for Ruth and sign along a side panel. Single signed Gehrig baseballs do exist but they are much tougher to locate than Ruth single signed examples. Gehrig's signing habits were much like the man himself.




Which one of the following rookie cards in Dmitri Young's collection would you want to own most?

  1. PSA Gem Mint 10 1954 Topps Ernie Banks
  2. PSA Gem Mint 10 1955 Roberto Clemente
  3. PSA Gem Mint 10 1963 Topps Pete Rose
  4. PSA Gem Mint 10 1969 Topps Reggie Jackson

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

Results from last survey: 51% answered Pete Rose deserves to be in the MLB Hall of Fame the most. Click here for a complete breakdown.

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