PSA Insider - December 29, 2009 | Vol. 10 Number 24 

1949 Bowman Baseball Set
O-Pee-Chee Hockey Set

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Memory Lane's February 6th Football Only Auction: Now Accepting Consignments
Memory Lane is anxious to launch another exciting event as 2010 draws near. The Big Game Auction will feature only football cards and memorabilia and Memory Lane invites you to consign your items to this special event that will close a week before the Super Bowl. Items are being accepted until January 4th. For more information, visit or call (877) 606-LANE (5263). Click here for more details!

Mile High Rings in the New Year with Exclusive Winter 2010 Premium Auction
Bidding Opens January 4th. Colorado's Mile High Card Company is pleased to kick off the New Year with its first-ever Exclusive Winter Premium Auction.
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Just Collect Auctions More Than 110 High Grade, Low Pop PSA Cards - Closing Sunday, January 3!
Just Collect is offering over 110 high grade, low pop PSA cards this week including: 1971 O-Pee-Chee Baseball, 1934 Goudey World Wide Gum Baseball, Denny's Grand Slam Complete Baseball Sets, 1970 Kellogg's Football and much more!!

Legacy Sports Rarities Announces Its Winter 2010 Vintage Trading Cards and Memorabilia Auction: Opens January 2
Legendary Auctions
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 to read on.

SCP Auctions Has Recorded Another Record Shattering Transaction!
SCP Auctions, one of the foremost specialists in the field of high-end sports cards and memorabilia, has recorded another record shattering transaction. Click here to learn more.


1949 Bowman Baseball Set Collecting the 1949 Bowman Baseball Set
The 1949 Bowman baseball set, the first Bowman issue to make use of color, is very collectible and for a number of reasons. It contains several key rookie cards like that of Duke Snider and Richie Ashburn. The set, at 240 cards, is feasible for most collectors and does not represent too daunting of a task. The set also contains some interesting variations to boot. In the following piece, some collectors share with us why this Bowman production is so appealing. More...


1938 Horrors of War Set A Historic Illustration: "Ronnie Paloger's 1938 Horrors of War Set"
The 1938 Horrors of War is one that is as graphic as it is controversial. The set depicts, with stunning realism, terrible moments from the field of battle and beyond. Ronnie Paloger is one of many collectors who find this set fascinating but Paloger's set is head and shoulders above the rest. In the following article, we take a deeper look into this classic non-sports set and the quality of Paloger's amazing collection. More...


Donald E. Spence - The Lone Star Collection - The Number One Current Finest Willie Mays Basic Set
One of the beautiful things about collecting Willie Mays cards is the fact that he had such a long career, spanning from the 1951 Bowman rookie card all the way to the 1973 Topps finale. In addition to his rookie card, there are so many important Mays cards to choose from, 27 in all. His 1953 Topps card has often been considered a classic while his 1966 Topps #1 card plays leadoff man to a great set. This award-winning set averages above a PSA Mint 9 across the board with a superb 9.17 set rating. Click here to view.

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Question: Sometimes, I have a hard time deciding which rookie card to buy of a particular player like Reggie Jackson. Which one should I buy?

Answer: In some cases, a player was pictured on more than one rookie card. Now, of course, today this is very common. Some athletes have dozens of so-called rookie cards these days but that wasn't the case years ago. In many cases, a player had one or only a handful of rookie cards. In cases where they had more than one rookie issue to choose from, it can be hard to decide which one is best. Let's take Reggie Jackson as an example. Reggie was featured on two very popular cards in 1969: his regular Topps card and the Topps Super card. The Topps Super card is very desirable but most people prefer mainstream rookies and, in this case, that rule applies to the Reggie rookie dilemma. The general rule, in cases where there may be more than one rookie, is that the more popular or mainstream issues tend to get the nod over regional, test or less collectible manufactured sets. If in doubt, the mainstream rookies are usually your best bet.


In the modern trading card world, which of the following genres do you feel has the most upside in the future?

  1. Baseball
  2. Football
  3. Golf
  4. Entertainment
Click here to answer. Results will be posted in the next Insider.

Results from last survey: 35% felt the 1957 Topps set exhibited their favorite card design among vintage football issues. Click here for a complete breakdown.

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* The December grading specials are in effect until December 31, 2009. As of January 1, 2010, the above links will take you to the January grading special. See below for details!


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Sports Cards and Tickets for Sale:
34,249 Cards for Sale Today valued at $5,982,279

Most Recent Listings:
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