PSA Insider - June 17, 2009 | Vol. 10 Number 12 

Collectible Classics


Legendary Auctions' June 24-25 Catalog Auction is Now Online and Open for Bidding!
100s of sets, groups and single cards as well as autographs, memorabilia and game used equipment. Also featuring over 2,000 photos from the files of Sport Magazine. Bidding in the auction, which will be conducted online or over the phone, will begin on June 15, and conclude on June 24, and 25.

Collectible Classics' CCANet2 Set for June 22 Opening
CCANet2, Collectible Classics' next collector-friendly online auction, will go live June 22 and close July 2. The auction will offer 200 sports and non-sport lots expected to sell primarily in the $50-$150 range. The offerings include a 1969 Topps partial set of 423 with stars and high numbers, PSA-graded cards and 20 lots of non-sport cards ranging from the 1880s to 1960s. Click here for more details!

Just Collect Auctions Over 150 High Grade, Low Pop PSA Cards - Closing Sunday, June 21!
Just Collect is offering over 150 high grade, low pop PSA cards this week including: 1947-1966 Exhibits Baseball, 1968 Topps Baseball, T206 Baseball, 1961 Fleer Football 1971 Bazooka Football, 1965 A&BC Civil War News, 1951 Bowman Signed Baseball cards and much more!!

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Trust: A Hobby Observation
Trust is an ultra-important issue in life. Whether it's a personal matter or a professional one, trust can be the strength of any relationship or the weakness of one if it doesn't exist. How does trust affect what we do as hobbyists? In the following piece, Joe Orlando discusses how this issue can alter the way we collect and hinder our experience, whether we trust no one or trust way too easily. More...


Tylicki The Tylicki Portrait Gallery
Collectors are often fascinated by what other collectors do. They want to know how their fellow hobbyists think and how they chose the theme of their collection. Mark Tylicki is a card collector who has amassed a group of PSA graded cards with an interesting twist. He doesn't collect traditional complete sets or collect by player or team; he collects by pose -- portraits. In the following article, we learn more about how Tylicki began his portraits-only collection. More...


Carlos D. Aponte - The Number One Current Finest 1985 Donruss Baseball Set
It's no wonder this set is a two-time "Best of the Registry" award recipient, it is truly a near-perfect set. With a finest possible set rating of 9.85, this set with a rating of 9.76, is just cards away from perfection! This collector has not only completed this 663-card set, but has done so with a majority of "Top Pop" cards, including the rookie card of Orel Hershiser in a PSA 10! This collector has also included images for this collection. Very nice! Click here for a glance.

PSA Set Registry Luncheon July 31st
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PSA Set Registry Awards 2009
The deadline for this year's PSA Set Registry Awards was Friday, May 29th. Judging is almost complete and winners will be announced shortly.

Hurry! Set Registry Special ends June 30th!
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: Would a Mickey Mantle autograph on a vintage baseball sell for a premium over a modern-era baseball from the 1980s?

Answer: In short -- yes -- but the premium might be small or large depending on one key factor... whether or not the autograph itself is also a vintage example. Unsigned vintage baseballs still appear on the market today, giving living legends like Stan Musial or Yogi Berra an opportunity to sign them, but real premiums are paid for examples that were actually signed during the period. It is very tough to find single-signed baseballs, even from the 1970s, because the hobby had not yet become a nationwide industry and signings were not prevalent. So, in the case of Mantle, the premium could be huge if the autograph dates to the period the ball was manufactured but only slight if Mantle signed it decades later.


After Kobe Bryant won his 4th championship on Sunday, which of the following statements best describes the market for his collectibles?

  1. Very Hot - Kobe proved that he is the best player in the game and one of the best all-time.
  2. Fairly Hot - Kobe did what was expected of him so demand for his collectibles remains strong but stable.
  3. Lukewarm - Kobe may be a living legend but his past controversy in is personal life prevents his collectibles from "Hot" status.
  4. Stale - No matter how good Kobe performs it will never outweigh the controversy from his past. He will always be tainted, hurting the demand for his collectibles.
Click here to answer. Results will be posted in the next Insider.

Results from last survey: 30% considered 1959 Fleer Three Stooges to be the most important Non-Sports set. Click here for a complete breakdown.

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Collectors Club Grading Special #1
Sports and Non-Sports Cards - $8 Per Card for Cards Valued Under $100 - 10 Card Minimum Quantity Required.
Turnaround time is approximately 15 business days.
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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Sizzling Summer Savings from PSA/DNA!
For the month of June, PSA/DNA is offering a 50% discount on items valued under $500 with regular authentication fees of $30 or less.
Turnaround time varies with demand.
No 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:
31,113 Cards for Sale Today valued at $5,067,253

Most Recent Listings:
1957 Topps 138 John Unitas PSA NM 7... $625.00
1952 Bowman 115 Larry Doby PSA NM-MT 8... $250.00
1934 Goudey 10 Chuck Klein PSA VG-EX 4... $110.00

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
1909 E90-1 American Caramel Joe Jackson PSA GOOD 2... $15,500.00

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