PSA Insider - May 20, 2009 | Vol. 10 Number 10 

Clean Sweep Auctions


Clean Sweep Auctions' Latest Big Auction Closes Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Clean Sweep Auctions June 3 Auction is one of our most interesting and balanced ever. We have many really scarce items that have never appeared in a Clean Sweep Auction until now. This spectacular auction closes on Wednesday, June 3, 2009. Bids are welcome by phone (516) 338-8557 Monday through Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. EST. You may also bid via our website at: Initial bids must be placed by 6 PM EST on Wednesday June 3, and the ten minute rule begins at 11 PM EST. Click here to bid now!

Just Collect Auctions 200 High Grade, Low Pop PSA Cards - Closing Sunday, May 24!
Just Collect is offering 200 high grade, low pop PSA cards this week including: 1911 T3 Turkey Red Baseball, 1957 Topps Signed Baseball Cards PSA/DNA, 1971 Topps Baseball, 1971 Topps Super Baseball, 1970 O-Pee-Chee Hockey, and many more!!

Sirius Sports Cards Auction #4 closes this Thursday, May 21, 2009
This auction has 958 lots of PSA graded cards and PSA/DNA authenticated autographs. There is the usual assortment of HOF and commons to help collectors fill their set registry needs including three 1960's PSA 10's all Pop 1, and almost 500 PSA graded football cards -- including a nice looking group of 1951 Bowman cards. To view the auction or bid visit This auction closes this Thursday, May 21 at 11:00 PM EST using the 15 minute rule. Remember, Sirius Sports Cards is always looking for consignments for our upcoming auctions. The next auction, Sirius Sports Cards Auction #5, starts June 7 and ends June 17. The consignment deadline is June 1, 2009.

Legendary Auctions
Huggins & Scott May 27-28 Auction Closes Next Week!
Bidders can now bid in the Huggins & Scott May 27-28 Auction. You can also download a .pdf file of the auction catalog now by going to the web site, Also, it's not too early to consign to the Sept 30, 2009, Auction. Consignment Deadline is August 2nd.


Collecting Cards of Super Slugger Jim Rice: A Hall of Famer at Last
Jim Rice was one of the top sluggers of his era. Rice could hit for power and average during a time when few hitters were so balanced in their offensive attack. The Green Monster took a beating from this guy! In the following piece, we take a look at the cards which feature this Red Sox powerhouse and recent Hall of Fame inductee. More...


1980-81 O-Pee-Chee Hockey Set - "The Great One" of '80s Puck Issues
The 1980-81 O-Pee-Chee set is one that features a trio of important rookie cards. Inaugural cards of Ray Bourque, Mike Gartner and Mark Messier anchor the set, one that also includes a few early cards of The Great One -- Wayne Gretzky. In the following article, we take a look at this highly-collectible modern hockey set through the eyes of some of the collectors who share the same passion. More...


Showtime and More - The Number One Current Finest All-Time Lakers Set
This collector has compiled a complete All-Time Lakers set and has won the "Best of the Registry" award for 2004, 2006, 2007, and 2008. The set consists of what many feel are the best of the best, past and present. This set does require specific cards and this collector has several of them in "Top Pops." What an amazing collection! Click here for a peek.

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 at [email protected]. Thanks for your participation in the PSA Set Registry!

New Set Registry Special - Half Price for All Reviews!
Any currently graded PSA-card can be submitted for review at half the regular price. All service levels and any type of sports and non-sports cards are acceptable. Turnaround varies with the service level. 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 have heard of the term "photo-match" when it comes to game-used jerseys. What exactly does that mean?

Answer: Well, when it comes to vintage flannel uniforms, the term comes up quite a bit. Sometimes, a jersey can be photo-matched to a particular photo taken during the period. You will often hear the term used to match New York Yankee home pinstripe jerseys to photos. Since each jersey was hand-made, the pinstripes in the jerseys almost act like a fingerprint. When you compare different jerseys, you can see the different pinstripe placement on each one. In fact, it can also be done with non-pinstripe/non-Yankee jerseys by analyzing the button, patch and letter placement on a true gamer. These hand-made flannels can not only be beautiful and rare but unique as well. It is not always easy to find images that can assist but, when you do find them, they can be a tremendous resource.


How important is it, to you, if an athlete either is or is not a member of the Hall of Fame?

  1. Very Important - I won't collect any non-HOFers
  2. Fairly Important - I will collect non-HOFers but it really hurts the appeal of their collectibles
  3. Mildly Important - I will collect non-HOFers but the HOF designation gives a collectible a slight edge
  4. Unimportant - The HOF designation has no impact on my collecting habits
Click here to answer. Results will be posted in the next Insider.

Results from last survey: 32% selected the 1926-29 Babe Ruth Sidewritten 11-Notch Home Run Bat PSA/DNA GU 9, which recently sold at auction for $155,628, as the item with the most long term potential. 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.

Collectors Club Grading Special #1
Sports and Non-Sports Cards from 1955 and Earlier - $6 Per Card for Cards Valued Under $100 - 10 Card Minimum Quantity Required. Turnaround time varies with demand.
For Gold & Platinum members only.

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Collectors Club Grading Special #2
Sports and Non-Sports Cards - $14 Per Card 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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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 May 2009! 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:
31,097 Cards for Sale Today valued at $5,175,577

Most Recent Listings:
1952 Bowman Small 33 Fred Cone PSA NM-MT 8... $310.00
1933 Goudy 216 Vernon Gomez PSA NM-MT 8... $2,750.00
1913 Tom Barker Game John McGraw PSA MINT 9... $1,000.00

Most Valuable Listings:
1952 Topps 1 Andy Pafko Black Back PSA NM-MT 8... $85,000.00
1952 Topps 311 Mickey Mantle PSA NM-MT 8 OC... $42,500.00
1954 Wilson Franks Ted Williams PSA EX 5... $8,250.00

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