PSA Insider - February 24, 2009 | Vol. 10 Number 4 

Legacy Sports Auctions


Legacy Sports Rarities Puts Finishing Touches on March 7th - 28th Auction
Legacy Sports Rarities of Traverse City, Michigan has just put the finishing touches on their inaugural catalog/Internet auction. Titled "Classic 19th and 20th Century Sports Rarities," this auction features 235 lots of important rarities, iconic Hall-of-Famers and finest known sportscards. Catalogs for the sale will be mailed out the first week in March. An online preview, at will be open on February 28th. Bidding will begin on March 7th and the auction will close on March 28th. More...

Over 150 High Grade, Low Pop PSA Cards at No Reserve from Just Collect - Closing Sunday, March 1!
Over 150 high grade, low pop PSA cards are featured this week, including 1955 Golden Stamps, 1962 Salada Coins FB, 1971 Topps Super, 1974 Topps Stamps, 1959 Fleer The 3 Stooges, 1938 F.C. Cartledge Boxing and many more! Click here for more details.

Sirius Sports Cards Auction # 2 Closes March 4, 2009
Sirius Sports Cards Auction # 2 is open for bidding and features 1369 lots, with over 1,200 PSA-graded vintage cards and PSA/DNA memorabilia. Many PSA 8's & 9's to choose from for collectors to fill their Set Registry needs. Click here to view the auction now!
Mastro Auctions


  1910-12 Sweet Caporal Pins P2 Set: An Inexpensive Vintage Alternative
Most hobbyists grew up collecting trading cards. Along the way, they may have experimented with collecting other types of sports items like stickers or coins but few of them may have ever considered collectible pins. In the following article, we take a look at one of the most important pin issues ever manufactured -- the 1910-12 Sweet Caporal Pins (P2) set. Filled with most of the major stars of the day, these pins offer an affordable alternative to many of the card issues of the era. The question is, while these pins may have been overlooked in the past, will that lower price tag eventually disappear? More...


  The Danger of Feeling Entitled
There's no question that, today, athletes enjoy a privileged life. Many of them are offered multi-million dollar contracts that were simply unthinkable just a few decades ago. Some of them are flanked by their entourage and others are given every perk imaginable. As a result our expectations of them as it relates to their performance on the field and their behavior off the field have increased dramatically. While all of this may be true, is it fair and is there a danger to feeling entitled as collectors? In the following piece, Joe Orlando offers his opinion of this issue of hero worship and expectation. More...


Bigjimmi's felt backs - The Number One Current Finest 1950 Topps Felt Backs Football Set
This 125-card set, while obscure to some, is one of the more interesting and significant vintage football issues in the hobby. Containing some of the best college football players of the day, this unique issue also contains some future pro football Hall of Famers (Lou Creekmur, Leo Nomellini, Ernie Stautner and Doak Walker). Most importantly, the most valuable card in the entire series (Joe Paterno) is the only card to ever feature the college coaching legend. This award-winning set was the first to reach completion, and has overall set rating of 6.75. Very Nice! Click here to enjoy.

Hurry!!! Set Registry Pack Special Ends 2/28!
Sport and Non-Sport - any year - packs valued under $500 - $10 each - 10 pack minimum. Click here for details.

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: I am really interested in collecting vintage Negro League items but I don't see much to choose from. What are my options?

Answer: Vintage Negro League collectibles can be extremely hard to find. Besides a handful of obscure card issues that feature Negro League players like the 1950-51 Toleteros Josh Gibson, cards are virtually nonexistent. In addition, I cannot remember the last time a piece of documented Negro League game-used equipment came up for sale. That being said, you do have options. Some of the more popular types of Negro League collectibles come in the form of signed documents (such as contracts) and original photographs. Some examples have sold for huge premiums since Negro League collectibles are so hard to come by but at least they exist -- albeit in relatively small numbers.


What is the best way to describe how you feel the hobby will treat A-Rod collectibles over time?
  1. They will suffer a lot since he cheated
  2. They will suffer a little but they will recover since he apologized
  3. They will not suffer at all since he is an All-Time Great
  4. The jury is still out on A-Rod and only time will tell
Click here to answer. Results will be posted in the next Insider.

Results from last survey: 60% of respondents said that the continued performance-enhancing drug controversies of today have given them a greater interest in and appreciation for the players of the past. 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 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.
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:
30,781 cards for sale today, valued at $4,181,033

Most Recent Listings:
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Most Valuable Listings:
1953 Topps 82 Mickey Mantle PSA Mint 9 $125,000.00
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