PSA Insider - February 10, 2009 | Vol. 10 Number 3 

Goodwin and Company


Goodwin & Company's Latest Auction Closes This Week, Thursday, Feb 12, 2009
Last chance to bid in Goodwin & Company's Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons XX. The auction contains four of the top five cards in the hobby, along with some of the highest graded complete sets. A T206 Plank, a 1933 Goudey Lajoie, a M101 Babe Ruth Rookie, a 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle and the number two T201 Mecca Double Folder and T202 Hassan Triple Folder sets are included. Some fabulous Leaf cards, in addition to mint 1949 Bowmans, 3 T206 Hall of Fame Portrait cards graded PSA 9 and some ultra rare Pre-War issues including a Boston Garter Sepia Lajoie and a Bluebird Ruth are just a few of the highlights. Call or e-mail for any descriptions or questions you may have on any lot. The auction closes on Thursday, February 12th. Visit and click on "Auction."

No Reserve Auction Alert: Just Collect Auctions Over 300 Low Pop, High Grade PSA Cards and PSA/DNA Autographs - Closing Sunday, February 15!
Over 300 high grade, low pop PSA cards and memorabilia this week, including 1938 Goudey Heads-Up, 1959 Fleer The 3 Stooges, 1964 Topps Beatles Movie, 1961 Golden Press, 1970 OPC O-Pee-Chee, 1971 Topps Tattoos, 1962 Topps Stamps, 1953 Topps Baseball, 1938 F.C. Cartledge Boxing, Single and Team Signed Baseballs PSA/DNA, and many more! More...

Clean Sweep Auctions Sees Solid Auction Results from January 28 Auction!
Bidding was very active and went right until 1:30 AM EST, with lots of late bidding. Prices were consistent through most categories, with high quality autographed items among the particular highlights of the auction. More...
Mastro Auctions


  Derek Jeter: A Yankee and Hobby Giant
Derek Jeter has been a staple with the New York Yankees since the early 1990s. Considered a throwback-style player, Jeter's work ethic and willingness to sacrifice his body has never been questioned. While he may not post the kind of numbers that Albert Pujols or Alex Rodriguez do year after year, he remains a fan and hobby favorite. In the following piece, we look at collecting this perennial All-Star through his most popular cardboard. More...


  Tris Speaker: Hunting The Grey Eagle
Tris Speaker was considered the premier centerfielder of his day. Not only was he excellent on defense, Speaker also finished his career with one of the highest batting averages of all-time. Collecting cards that feature the Grey Eagle can be a lot of fun but it also can be quite challenging. Featured in some of the most popular sets of all-time like the T206, T205, T3 and 1914/15 Cracker Jack issues, building a Speaker collection in high-grade will cost you a small fortune. In the following piece, we take an in-depth look at the player who became a legend. More...


Tom Martin - The Number One Current Finest 1968 Topps Basic Baseball Set
The 1968 Topps set is very important to the hobby. Some say one of the most important, and one of the more unique sets of the decade. This can be attributed not only to the creative border design, but the host of key-player rookie cards that are in this set. This is not to mention the All-Star cards and combo cards featuring the likes of Mickey Mantle and Roberto Clemente, etc. This multi-award winning set finds itself in a category with a ton of competition, making this collectors' accomplishment even more impressive. With an amazing set rating of 9.79, this set stands above the rest and is clearly deserving of recognition. Spectacular! Click here to enjoy.

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Question: If a card was manufactured off-center consistently, let's say with 80/20 centering every time, can that card still qualify for an unqualified PSA NM-MT 8 or better even though - normally - the cards would not qualify because of the centering?

Answer: That is a great question. In short, the answer is - no. Sometimes, within large sets of 500 cards or more, certain cards were cut off-center every single time. It's just the way they were made. Since the rest of the set's cards can be found with good centering, there is no leniency given to one card simply because it is tougher or even impossible to find with better than 80/20 centering. The grading standard is applied in the same manner to all cards.


What is the best way to characterize the way the continued performance enhancing drug controversy has changed your approach to collecting?
  1. I refuse to collect players who are guilty of using them - period.
  2. I accept it as part of the game so it doesn't change my habits at all.
  3. I just have more interest in and a greater appreciation for players of past.
  4. I am still undecided.
Click here to answer. Results will be posted in the next Insider.

Results from last survey: 35% of collectors said they would most prefer that PSA would begin authenticating publications. Click here for a complete breakdown.

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Sports &p; Non-Sports Trading Cards from 1955 and Earlier - $7 per Card.
Any card from 1955 and earlier with a declared value of $100 or less can be submitted for only $7 (5 card minimum). Turnaround is approximately 15 business days.
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.
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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:
29,677 items, valued at $3,639,932

Most Recent Listings:
1961 Fleer 44 Len Wilkins PSA 7 $145.00
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1952 Topps 311 Mickey Mantle PSA NM-MT 8OC $ 42,500.00
1902 W600 Sporting Life Cabinets Joseph Mcginnity uniform PSA EX-MT 6 $ 12,500.00
1970 Super Bowl Iv - Full Kansas City - Minnesota, PSA EX-MT 6 $ 5,900.00

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