PSA Insider - March 25, 2009 | Vol. 10 Number 6 

Mile High Card Company

Memory Lane, Inc.


Mile High Card Company's Spring 2009 Auction Ends Today, March 25th!
Mile High Card Company is pleased to follow up its record-breaking fall 2008 auction with a no less impressive offering of what may be the single most comprehensive selection of scarce, high-grade sports cards and collectibles offered in recent memory. The auction is available online or by phone. Bidding closes Wednesday, March 25. Click here for more info.

Legacy Sports Rarities Auction Closes This Week, Saturday, March 28
Legacy Sports Rarities' inaugural catalog/Internet auction, titled "Classic 19th and 20th Century Sports Rarities," features 235 lots of important rarities, iconic Hall-of-Famers and finest known sportscards. The auction will close this Saturday, March 28th. For more information Click here for more details.

Just Collect Auctions over 150 Low Pop, High Grade PSA Cards and PSA/DNA Autographs - Closing Sunday, March 29!
Over 150 high grade, low pop PSA cards this week including: 1971 O-Pee-Chee Baseball, 1972 Topps Baseball, 1964 Topps Beatles Movie, 1971 Topps Super, 1961 Golden Press Baseball, and many more!! For more information, click here.

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Ruth Rookie Among Show-Stopping Memory Lane Spring Auction, Closes April 4th
Just weeks after it catapulted the hobby into the national spotlight with the $75,000 sale of the widely publicized 1869 Peck & Snyder Cincinnati Red Stockings card, Memory Lane returns to the spotlight with its Spring auction with hundreds of high quality, rare items up for grabs including a 1914 Baltimore News Babe Ruth rookie card. Click here to view the auction now!

Robert Edward Auction's Next Event Opens for Bidding April 10
Excitement is building for the baseball world's most anticipated auction! The Robert Edward Auctions event includes countless important new discoveries and extraordinary rarities in all areas and from all eras, including an extraordinary selection pre-1900 baseball cards and memorabilia; display pieces; original art; rare pinbacks; autographs; graded cards; tobacco cards; caramel cards; regionals; 1930s gum cards; bats, uniforms, and other equipment, in addition to cards of note from all eras. Bidding starts April 10 and ends May 2. Click here to read more.


1969 Topps Baseball Set: Hello Rollie and Reggie. Goodbye Mick
Featuring both the rising stars of the 1970s as well as legends from the '50s and '60s whose careers were winding down, the 1969 Topps baseball set boasts an amazing blend of rookies and veterans. This substantial set welcomed Rollie and Reggie while bidding a cardboard farewell to The Mick. Loaded with legends, the 1969 Topps Baseball set boasts a huge following on the PSA Set Registry. Click here for more info.


Collection Protection
Based in Wapakoneta, Ohio, Cornell & Finkelmeier is an insurance agency that offers a unique service: they specialize in insuring sports collectibles. The company's client list is rich with the names of prominent collectors, including actors, politicians and Hall of Fame athletes. Their clients know that Cornell & Finkelmeier insures the types of items that no one else will touch. More...


Northern Lights - The Number One Current Finest 1923-24 William Patterson (V145-1) Hockey Set
Some feel that this 40-card set is somewhat unattractive and not much in terms of eye appeal, however, many feel it is still an important set within the card collecting community. This set is home to several rookie cards of some of hockey's finest players. Frank "King" Clancy, Harry "Punch" Broadbent and Howie Morenz, just to name a few. This collector has populated his set with many of the highest graded examples, including the aforementioned rookie cards. With a set rating of 4.73, this collector is not far from the finest possible of 5.43. Very Nice! Click here to have a look.

Set Registry Special - Sports & Non Sports Cards - $14 per card - No Minimum Quantity Required
$14 per card/5 business days (approx.) - cards valued under $500, Sports and Non-Sports Cards. No Minimum. Click here for details.

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The PSA Set Registry is a work in progress and we invite your comments and ideas. Send your suggestions to [email protected].


Question: I was thinking about building some sets on the PSA Set Registry and noticed that there are Basic set and Master set categories, with Master sets including variations and rarities while Basic sets contain mainly the basic cards only. What do most collectors do?

Answer: This is a great question. It really depends on the set. Some classic sets have key rarities like the 1909-11 T206 set (which includes the Honus Wagner card) while others have variations like the 1958 Topps Yellow Letters or 1969 Topps White Letters. In cases like the ones above, most collectors seem to care about Master set since these rarities and variations are widely accepted and noteworthy. In some other sets, there are variations but there may not be much of a difference in value between them. In those cases, where the variations are not popular by mainstream standards or where the cards have very little difference in value, most collectors do not feel compelled to collect all the possible cards. It is important that you ask other hobbyists first before you decide to start building major sets. You want to make sure that your efforts in obtaining rarities and variations are appreciated by the majority of collectors.


Which one of the following sets has the best design in your opinion?

  1. 1933 Goudey Baseball
  2. 1952 Bowman Large Football
  3. 1954 Topps Hockey
  4. 1962 Fleer Basketball
Click here to answer. Results will be posted in the next Insider.

Results from last survey: 48% answered that the 1986 Fleer Michael Jordan card is the most important basketball card in the hobby. Click here for a complete breakdown.

Sports & Non-Sports Trading Cards from 1956 to Present - $7 per Card.
Any card from 1956 or later with a declared value of $100 or less can be submitted for only $7 (5 card minimum). Turnaround time varies with demand.
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Free Autograph Grading Special Through PSA/DNA.
Any full-price submission sent to PSA/DNA for autograph authentication between March 1 and March 31, 2009, will be graded for FREE! Turnaround time varies with demand.
No PSA Collectors Club membership required!

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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:
30,313 Cards for Sale Today valued at $4,740,604

Most Recent Listings:
1952 Topps 362 Ken Heintzelman PSA NM-MT8 $1300.00
1954 Topps 30 Ed Mathews PSA EX-MT6 $85.00
1972 Topps 195 Julius Erving PSA NM7 $195.00

Most Valuable Listings:
1952 Topps 1 Andy Pafko Black Back PSA NM-MT8 $85,000.00
1952 Topps 311 Mickey Mantle PSA NM-MT 8OC $42,500.00
1933 Goudy 144 Babe Ruth PSA NM-MT 8 $23,500.00

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