PSA Insider - January 13, 2009 | Vol. 10 Number 1 

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Just Collect Auctions Over 400 High Grade PSA Cards and PSA/DNA Autographs - Closing Sunday January 18!
Over 400 high grade, low pop PSA cards and PSA/DNA autographs this week, including Ruth & Gehrig Autos, 1958 Topps FB, 1913 Tom Barker Game, 1961 Golden Press, 1961 Fleer FB, 1964 Topps Beatles Movie, 1959 Fleer The 3 Stooges, 1968 Topps BB, 1951 Bowman FB and many more! More...

SCP Auctions Internet Auction of Important Sports Memorabilia & Cards Is Now Open for Bidding
The auction opened to registered bidders on January 13th and the conclusion of bidding will take place on January 28th. 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. More... Offers Collectors and Related Services Alternative Avenue to Connect
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  1968-69 O-Pee Chee Hockey Set: Still "Big" After 40 Years
The 1968 O-Pee-Chee hockey set is one in a long line of popular hockey issues that ran from the late-1960s through the early 1990s. Anchored by a few early Bobby Orr cards (most notably the #2 card in the set) and a key Bernie Parent rookie card, this set offers a nice selection of stars and Hall of Famers. This 216-card set is susceptible to the typical O-Pee-Chee condition obstacles, which makes it appealing to the collector who seeks a real challenge. In the following piece, we find out why some hobbyists are drawn to this classic set. More...


How Much Is It Worth?
There's no doubt that more information is available to collectors today than ever before but figuring out what certain collectibles are worth can be more challenging than one thinks. Some collectibles are mass produced or available in significant numbers while others are extreme rarities. You know what they say... a collectible is worth what someone is willing to pay for it. As cliché as it may sounds, there's a lot of truth to that statement. In the following piece, Joe Orlando discusses the reality of collectible valuation. More...


Rookie Ecstasy - The Number One Current Finest HOF Rookies Basketball Set
This collector has managed to assemble a near-complete HOF Rookie set and win the "Best of the Registry" award for 2006, 2007, and 2008. This set does require specific cards, and this collector has populated his set with several top pops; not the least of which is the 1961 Fleer Oscar Robertson in a PSA 10! His set rating is 8.64, which places in him in good standing above the next ranked set, but not too far from the finest possible set rating of 9.29. What an amazing collection! Click here to enjoy.

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 Baseball
  • 1960-1969 Topps 5 Cent Wax Packs - Any Series Baseball
  • 1970-1979 Topps Wax Packs - Any Series Baseball
  • 1970-1979 OPC Wax Packs - Any Series Hockey
  • 1970-1979 Topps Wax Packs - Any Series Hockey
  • 1980-1989 OPC Wax Packs - Any Series Hockey
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: Is a vintage signature always considered more valuable than a more modern signature of the same person?

Answer: The vast majority of the time -- yes -- simply due to scarcity. You can often see the dramatic change in a person's signature over time; it tends to evolve but the earlier version is often the one that is much more difficult to locate. Most athletes tend to sign more frequently later in their careers or after their career is over so the market becomes saturated with the later version of their autographs. There can be exceptions where the later version becomes more desirable because it becomes recognized as the more aesthetically pleasing version and it may become more recognizable as that athlete's autograph. Most of the time, however, the scarcity of the earlier example drives the value.


In 2009, due to the state of the economy, what are your hobby plans?
  1. To curtail spending a little but still participate
  2. To curtail spending a lot but still participate
  3. To stop entirely until things get better
  4. To not change a thing because collecting is what I enjoy doing
Click here to answer. Results will be posted in the next Insider.

Results from last survey: 40% selected the 1960 Topps Willie McCovey as the most undervalued baseball rookie card form the 1960s. 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 & Non-Sports Trading Cards from 1956 through 1968 - $6 per Card
Any card from 1956 through 1968 with a declared value of $100 or less can be submitted for only $6 (10 card minimum). Turnaround time varies with demand.
For Gold & Platinum members only.

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Sports & Non-Sports Trading Cards from 1969 to Present - $5 per Card
Any card from 1969 - Present with a declared value of $100 or less can be submitted for only $5 (10 card minimum). Turnaround time varies with demand.
For Gold & Platinum members only.

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Sports & Non-Sports Cards - $14 per card - No Minimum Quantity Required
This special is valid for Sports & Non-Sports Cards at $14 each for cards valued under $500 - No Minimum Quantity Required. Turnaround time is approximately 5 Business Days.
For Gold & Platinum members only.

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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:
33,596 items, valued at $3,815,808

Most Recent Listings:
1948 Leaf 64 Frank Seno EX 5 $79.00
1966 Philadelphia 194 Charley Taylor PSA Mint 9 $335.00
1912 T207 Brown Background Edward Stack PSA VG3 $150.00

Most Valuable Listings:
1952 Topps 311 Mickey Mantle PSA NM-MT 8 OC $42,500.00
1967 Super Bowl I-Stub Green Bay, Kansas City PSA NM-MT 8 $5,900.00
1952 Bowman Large 136 Bert Rechichar PSA Mint 9 $4,495.00

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