PSA Insider - December 15, 2009 | Vol. 10 Number 23 

O-Pee-Chee Hockey Set

Memory Lane


Legacy Sports Rarities Announces Its Winter 2010 Vintage Trading Cards and Memorabilia Auction
Legacy Sports Rarities of Traverse City, Michigan has just put the finishing touches on their "Winter 2010 Vintage Trading Cards and Memorabilia" catalog/Internet auction. The sale will feature 327 lots of important rarities, legendary Hall-of-Famer issues, and complete and partial sets. Bidding will begin on January 9th, 2010, and will end on January 30th, 2010. Catalogs for the sale will be mailed on January 4th, 2010. An online preview, at, will begin on January 2nd, 2010. Click here for more details!

Sirius Sports Cards Auction #10 closes on Thursday, December 17, 2009!
There are 803 lots for auction that will end on Thursday December 17, 2009 at 11 PM EST using the 15 minute rule. This auction features many high grade PSA graded cards for collectors to complete their sets from the 1950s through the 1970s. Also included is a small selection of PCGS graded coins. To view the auction and place your bids please visit

Just Collect Auctions More Than 220 High Grade, Low Pop PSA Cards - Closing Sunday, December 20!
Just Collect is proud to offer over 220 high grade, low pop PSA cards this week including: 1956 Topps U.S. Presidents, 1970 Kellogg's Football, 1961 Golden Press Baseball, 1971 Topps Baseball, 1972 Topps Baseball, 1975 Topps Mini Baseball and much more!!

Legendary Auctions
Memory Lane Achieves World Record Price for Basketball Card in December 12, 2009 Auction!
A 1948-49 Bowman George Mikan rookie basketball card sold for $218,550 early Sunday morning in the Hidden Treasures Auction conducted by Memory Lane Incorporated. It is the highest price ever recorded for the public sale of a single basketball card. Click here to read on.

December PSA/DNA Special - Half Price for Letter Upgrade
During the month of December, PSA/DNA will be offering customers the opportunity to upgrade to our Premium Letter service when sending in items for authentication which would normally come with our Certificate of Authenticity (COA) for only $5.00 per item; that's 50% off the normal fee of $10.00 per item. Click here to learn more.


O-Pee-Chee Hockey Set 1980-81 O-Pee-Chee Hockey Set - "The Great One" of '80s Puck Issues
The 1980-81 OPC Hockey set is one of the more desirable issues of the modern era. Following the ultra-popular 1979-80 OPC issue, this set not only contains a key second year card of The Great One -- Wayne Gretzky -- it also contains rookies of Ray Bourque, Mike Gartner and Mark Messier. Gretzky is also featured on several other cards that feature record breakers, league leaders and All-Stars. In the following piece, find out why collectors are drawn to this modern hockey classic. More...


Joe Orlando Back By Popular Demand...
A few months ago, Joe Orlando shared some of his more comical memories in his time with PSA. Since there was such a positive response to this article, Orlando decided to provide another installment from the sometimes wacky world of collecting. If you thought the stories from the first article were bizarre, wait until you read these three from the past few months! Keep in mind, they are all based on real events. More...


Vintagegolfcards - The Number One Current Finest 1927 Churchman Famous Golfers Large Set
Even though this is one of the smallest sets ever recognized in the annual PSA Set Registry awards, its importance cannot be denied. Featuring important cards of golf legends Walter Hagen and Bobby Jones, this 12-card set remains popular amongst collectors. The classic images, combined with their relative scarcity, make the set one of golf's best. This particular set has a GPA of 7.88, nearly 1.5 grade points higher than the closest competitor in the category, and not too far from the Finest Possible Set Rating of 7.92. Click here to view.

Hurry - Set Registry Special Ends 12/31! Sports & Non-Sports - $14 per card - No Minimum
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Question: What is the story behind the T206 Eddie Plank card?

Answer: The T206 Eddie Plank is the second most valuable card in the T206 set, behind the legendary Honus Wagner card. What most people don't realize is just how scarce this card is. The most prevalent theory behind the scarcity is that the printing plate broke during the manufacturing process, leaving many copies out of circulation since they didn't pass quality control. The truth is no one knows for sure. While it is not quite as scarce as the Wagner, it can be almost as difficult to find. There are certainly more mid-to-high quality examples known than there are of the Wagner (most of the known Wagners grade below a PSA VG 3). Like Wagner, Plank is a Hall of Famer, so that fact adds even more to the appeal of the card.


Which one of the following vintage football issues exhibits your favorite card design?

  1. 1948 Leaf
  2. 1952 Bowman Large
  3. 1957 Topps
  4. 1965 Topps "Tall Boy"
Click here to answer. Results will be posted in the next Insider.

Results from last survey: 38% felt that value aside, the 1948/49 Leaf Jackie Robinson was the most important 1940's card. Click here for a complete breakdown.

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For more information on how to list your inventory, contact Roy Alcala at [email protected].
PSA Set Registry now links to Collectors Corner. Click here.

Sports Cards and Tickets for Sale:
32,244 Cards for Sale Today valued at $6,138,507

Most Recent Listings:
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