PSA Insider - April 8, 2009 | Vol. 10 Number 7 

Andy Madec Sports Card Company

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Andy Madec Sportscards April 22, 2009 Internet & Phone Auction is Now Live
Visit to view and bid in the current auction containing 326 lots of incredible sportscards and sports memorabilia. Bidding for this auction is underway and runs through April 22nd. If you have any questions about the auction or need your bidder information, please contact Andy Madec by phone at (805) 987-3055 or email [email protected].

REA Presents Baseball Card and Memorabilia Treasures 1845-1975: Bidding Opens April 10 at
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. For more information, click here.

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Just Collect Auctions 100 High Grade, Low Pop PSA Cards and PSA/DNA Autographs - Closing Sunday, April 12!
Just Collect is proud to offer 100 high grade, low pop PSA cards this week including: 1965 Philadelphia Football, 1971 O-Pee-Chee Baseball, 1966 Leaf Good Guys & Bad Guys, 1972 Topps Baseball, and many more!! Click here for more details.

Rare Vintage and Modern Cards Hot in Memory Lane Auction
The vintage card and memorabilia specialists offered hundreds of prime lots in the sale, with both older and even some modern issues generating five-figure bidding. The auction closed in the early morning hours of Sunday, April 5, as collectors and investors fought tooth and nail by telephone and Internet to win treasures rarely seen on the market. Click here to read more!

Legacy Sports Rarities Announces Successful Completion of Inaugural Catalog/Internet Auction
Concluded on Saturday, March 28th, the auction generated total prices realized of $737,058. There were 3,351 registered bidders, and 95 different winning bidders. A total of 235 lots were featured, of which 234 were sold. There were 2,502 bids placed, for an average of close to 11 bids per lot. Click here for more information.


Greg Maddux Player Set: The Professor is Bound for Cooperstown
Greg Maddux made his mark in the game of baseball with a "brain over brawn" approach. With pinpoint control, tremendous work ethic and a brilliant mind, Maddux finished with well over 300 wins in his career, piling up Cy Young Awards along the way. In the following piece, we take a look at the perennial Gold Glove Award winner and All-Star through his most collectible cards. More...


Weathering the Storm
The struggling economy is not news to anyone. People across America are questioning where to place their money. With such a volatile stock market and the real estate market in dire straits, more people are feeling better about the money they spend on collectibles. Even if the economy is in a bad state, has it really impacted the hobby that much considering how bad things are elsewhere? In the following piece, Joe Orlando offers his perspective on why the hobby will weather the storm. More...


Luke's Wackys - The Number One Current Finest 1973 Topps Wacky Packages Series 1 White Back - Basic Set
Before the very popular Garbage Pail Kids trading card series were ever produced, there were Topps Wacky Packages trading cards. In fact, many say that the Wacky Packages trading cards paved the way for the aforementioned Garbage Pail Kids cards. With card titles such as, "Minute Lice" and "Quacker Oats", one can imagine the fun of collecting these cards. This award-winning set contains several examples of "Top of the Pops" cards and enjoys top ranking with an 8.93 set rating. Very Nice! Click here to have a look.

PSA Set Registry Awards Deadline!
The deadline for the 2009 PSA Set Registry awards is just around the corner on May 29th. All requests for card additions to the player and team sets received up through April 30th will be processed and those cards will be added to the player sets prior to the deadline. Card addition requests received between May 1-May 29th will be added to the sets after May 29th. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. Thanks for your participation in the PSA Set Registry!

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.

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: Is a rookie card always considered someone's best or most important card?

Answer: As a general rule, this is the case simply because it is one of the more popular collecting themes in the hobby. Rookie card collecting of baseball, football or basketball players is something that many hobbyists enjoy. On the other hand, there are instances where non-rookie cards are considered more important or desirable than the rookie card of the same player. For example, Mickey Mantle's most important card is, without question, his 1952 Topps issue -- not his 1951 Bowman rookie card. Some people would argue that the most important Ted Williams card might be his 1954 Wilson Franks issue or his 1954 Bowman card, not his 1939 Play Ball rookie. While there may be exceptions to the rule, rookie cards are almost always where the focus is.


Which of the following auction formats do you prefer as a collector?

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  2. Phone Bidding Only
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Results from last survey: 48% answered that the 1933 Goudey Baseball set had the best design. Click here for a complete breakdown.

April Customer Appreciation Special #1
Any card from 1956-1971 with a declared value of $100 or less can be submitted for only $5.50 each (25 card minimum). Turnaround time varies with demand.
For Gold & Platinum members only.

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April Customer Appreciation
Special #2

Any card from 1972-Present with a declared value of $100 or less can be submitted for only $4.50 each (25 card minimum). Turnaround time varies with demand.
For Gold & Platinum members only.

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Half-Price Autograph Grading Special Through PSA/DNA
Autographed items that have already been authenticated by PSA/DNA can have their autographs graded for HALF PRICE throughout April! 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:
30,487 Cards for Sale Today valued at $4,755,953

Most Recent Listings:
1939 Play Ball 92 Ted Williams PSA NM-MT8 $5,995.00
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Most Valuable Listings:
1952 Topps 1 Andy Pafko Black Back PSA NM-MT8 $85,000.00
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