PSA Insider - August 27, 2008 | Vol. 9 Number 18 
Mastro Auctions

Memory Lane Inc.


Mastro Auctions Premier Catalog Auction closes this week, August 27 - 28
The Mastro Auctions Current Premier Catalog & Connoisseur Live Auction event is closing this week. Get your initial bids in before 9 PM Central Time on the auction closing date for the following sessions: Session One Lots (1 - 524) will close on Wednesday, August 27th. Session Two Lots (525 - 1313) will close on Thursday, August 28th. Reminder of New Closing Time! Please remember the change in the Auction Extended Bidding period. Initial bids will be due at 9:00 PM Central Time, and the 30-minute timer will kick off at 10:00 PM Central Time. To view the auction and place your bids, visit

Memory Lane Unveils Highlights of Upcoming Auction set to close September 13
Just three months after breaking a company record with $2.8 million in sales of vintage sports cards and memorabilia, Memory Lane Inc. returns with yet another incredible lineup for its next auction. Featuring items ranging from a 1936 New York Yankees championship ring to a giant Ted Williams 'Ted's Root Beer' display piece and high grade vintage baseball cards, the auction is packed with items appealing to a wide audience of sports collectors. Auction is now open for bidding. Visit Click here to read about this auction which closes September 13.


Taking My Hacks: An Early Look at Half-Point Grading
PSA's new half-point grading system has made an immediate impact on the hobby. Cards that have achieved the half-point bump have started to sell for, in many cases, noticeable premiums above the lower, full grade. In fact, some of the sales have set all-time records at auction. What does the future hold for these cards? In the following piece, Joe Orlando takes an early look at this issue. Click here to read on.

The Dmitri Young Collection
Dmitri Young has been an outstanding MLB player for years. This two-time All-Star has posted some serious offensive numbers throughout his career. There has never been any doubt that Young is dangerous with the bat. That is what most people know about the man. What many people don't know about Young is that he has taken that keen eye into the hobby with him, assembling one of the finest collections of baseball cards in the hobby. In the following piece, we take a look at Young's amazing assembly of cards. Click here to read more.


Boy from Monessen - The Number One Current Finest Roberto Clemente Master Set
Currently, the master set composite consists of 181 vintage cards and the Boy from Monessen is only missing four of them. This amazing collection has a weighted GPA of 8.02 and has impressed a lot of fellow collectors. One comment on the set called it "one of the most impressive sets on the Registry." The "Boy's" hard work earned him a "Best of the Registry" certificate for 2008. Knowing this collector's passion for his collection, we are convinced we will continue to see this set in the number one position in spite of a number of worthy contenders. Click here to view.

Hurry - Set Registry Special Ends 8/31!
$14/5-day (approx.) - Sports and Non-Sport cards valued under $500. Click here for details.

PSA Set Registry Awards 2008
Plaques, HOF awards and "Best of the Registry" certificates are being mailed out now. Please allow another two weeks for delivery.

V2 Hot Tip - Did You Know...
If a spec number is missing from a set and you cannot add your card even though there is a slot for it, in MY SETS, in the set in question, click on the link called Report a cert that should match this composite and follow these instructions.

  • Leave "Add spec to existing slot" as the Request Type
  • Select the slot in the dropdown box for the card that is missing the spec number
  • Type in your Cert Number
  • Click the Submit Request button
Spec numbers are updated within one business day. Note that if you select "New Slot" to send in your request, it may take longer for the update. If the card is listed in the set, but you cannot add yours, then be certain to keep "Add Spec to existing slot" as your request type for faster turnaround.


V2 linked to Collectors Corner
The Set Registry is 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.

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: When it comes to paper loss and card grading, what is PSA's stance?

Answer: Paper loss is one of the more subjective issues in card grading. It all has to do with the severity of the paper loss. Technically, a card may be downgraded to a PSA Poor 1 or Good 2 for paper loss but, if very minor, the card may still qualify for a grade near the higher end of the scale - even a PSA NM 7 or NM-MT 8 - though rare. Eye-appeal and degree are the two key factors.




If you could own only one of the following Mickey Mantle items, value aside, which one would it be?

  1. PSA Mint 9 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle
  2. Mickey Mantle's Game Used Rookie Home Jersey
  3. Mickey Mantle's Game Used Bat used to hit his 500th Home Run
  4. Mickey Mantle's Game Used Glove - circa 1950s

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

Results from last survey: 38% answered 1971 Topps has the most potential of 1970s baseball cards. Click here for a complete breakdown.

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