PSA Insider - June 2, 2009 | Vol. 10 Number 11 

Clean Sweep Auctions

Collectibles Classics


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!

Seattle Mariners Wladimir Balentien and Franklin Gutierrez to Appear at Public Signing
Mill Creek Sports, the Northwest's largest sports memorabilia dealer, will be having a public signing with Seattle Mariner Young Stars Wladimir Balentien and Franklin Gutierrez. They will be appearing on June 4th and June 6th respectively. If you are in the Seattle area, this is your chance to meet these Mariners. They are also taking mail order for those of you who cannot attend. You can contact Brent at Mill Creek Sports or check out for more information.

Just Collect Auctions 140 High Grade, Low Pop PSA Cards - Closing Sunday, June 7!
Just Collect is offering 140 high grade, low pop PSA cards this week including: 1950 Bowman Football, 1960 Funny Valentines, 1968 O-Pee-Chee Hockey, Non Sports Sets and many more!!

First Auction in Collectible Classics' New Collector Series Under Way - Closes June 11!
Collectible Classics, specializing in affordable auctions for collectors, has launched a new series of collector-friendly online auctions.

Legendary Auctions


    Affordable Alternatives in 2009
Everywhere you turn, someone is talking about the economy. On television, on the radio and in social circles, it's the topic that refuses to die. It seems to have more lives than Michael Myers but, since it's real, it's even scarier than the horror film icon. It has also become the go-to excuse for anything that goes wrong. More...


  1959 Fleer Three Stooges Set
Sellers of high-grade 1959 Fleer Three Stooges cards have been "nyuk, nyuk, nyuking" all the way to the bank during the past year. Pristine singles from this issue have fetched five figures at auction. More...


Joester60'sOPC - The Number One Current Finest O-Pee-Chee 1960's Run - Basic Mega Se
While this mega set is not as large as others, it is a task to complete nonetheless. This collector has not only completed the set, but has done so with mostly "Top Pop" cards! With a set rating of 9.42, this collector is not at all far from the finest possible set rating of 9.68. This set also includes images for several of the cards. What an accomplishment! Click here for a peek.

PSA Set Registry Awards 2009
The deadline for this year's PSA Set Registry Awards was Friday, May 29th. Judging is currently underway and winners will be announced in a couple of weeks.

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: What is the difference between grooving and scoring when it comes to game-used bats?

Answer: Both are used to either enhance the grip on a bat or to create spin on the ball after contact. Players would use sharp objects such a jackknives to prepare their bats. Grooving is best described as carving that occurs in a straight line. The handle may be grooved, up and down; in order to enhance grip or the contact area of the barrel may have grooves to create spin on the ball. Scoring is different in that the carving resembles a criss-cross pattern, either along the handle or barrel. Even though the techniques are different, the purpose is the same. Players known to use these techniques include great hitters such as Hank Greenberg (scoring), Stan Musial (handle grooving) and Roberto Clemente (barrel grooving).


Which of the following Non-Sports sets do you consider the most important?
  1. 1938 Horrors of War
  2. 1940 Superman
  3. 1959 Fleer Three Stooges
  4. 1962 Topps Mars Attacks
Click here to answer. Results will be posted in the next Insider.

Results from last survey: 37% answered Mildly Important, to them, whether to collect non-HOFers but the HOF designation gives a collectible a slight edge if an athlete either is or is not a member of the Hall of Fame. 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 - $8 per card - 10 Card Minimum Quantity Required For Cards Valued Under $100 15 Business Days (approx.).
For Gold & Platinum members only.

» Click here for full details!
Collectors Club Grading Special #2
Sports and Non-Sports Cards - $14 per card - No Minimum Quantity Required 5 Business Days (approx.).
For Gold & Platinum members only.

» Click here for full details!
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!

» Click here for full details!

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:
31,139 Cards for Sale Today valued at $5,218,893

Most Recent Listings:
1972 Topps 559 Pete Rose PSA MINT 9...$600.00
1960 Topps 160 Rival All Stars Mantle & Boyer PSA NM 7...$100.00
1966 Topps 132 Bobby Rousseau All Star PSA NM 7...$300.00

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
1933 Goudy 144 Babe Ruth PSA NM-MT 8...$23,500

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Gibraltar Sports Cards and Collectibles Show 6/26 - 6/28, 2009 Taylor, MI
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