PSA Insider - August 12, 2009 | Vol. 10 Number 16 

Sports and Rarities


Legacy Sports Rarities Summer 2009 Vintage Trading Cards and Memorabilia Auction: Closes August 22, 2009
Legacy Sports Rarities of Traverse City, Michigan, is currently conducting its "Summer 2009 Vintage Trading Cards and Memorabilia" catalog/Internet auction. The sale features 414 lots of important rarities, finest known examples, and legendary Hall-of-Famer issues. Bidding ends on August 22, 2009. Click here for more details!

Legendary Auctions August 26-27 Sports & Americana Auction FULL PREVIEW NOW ONLINE!
Over 1,000 lots of the finest cards, memorabilia and autographs the hobby has to offer, including the final selections from The Bob Gibson Collection. Preview available online. Auction opens on August 17, 2009. Click here to learn more!

Over 140 Low Pop, High Grade PSA Cards at Auction from Just Collect - Closing Sunday, August 16!
Just Collect is offering over 140 high grade, low pop PSA cards this week including: 1948 Topps Magic Photo, 1953 Topps Baseball, 1969 MLB Photostamps Baseball, 1954 Topps Scoop and much more! Click here for more information!

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Mars Attacks! 1962 Topps Mars Attacks Set - Martians Still Have Hobby Appeal
People have always been fascinated with the idea of life on other planets. Many movies and television shows have centered on alien life forms. Some have been friendly while others have been hostile. In 1962, a trading card set that detailed an alien invasion of Earth hit the market -- Mars Attacks. This fascinating and colorful issue makes it very clear that these aliens were not friendly at all. In the following article, read more about what makes this classic non-sports set so popular. More...


Bob Gibson Collecting Cards is a "Hoot" for Rob Taylor
Rob Taylor's collection is focused on one of the great pitchers in MLB history -- Bob Gibson. The hard-throwing righty terrorized batters throughout the National League and he was never afraid to come inside and back a hitter off the plate. Taylor's passion for collecting was rejuvenated in 2008, the 40th anniversary of Gibson's amazing 1968 season. In the following piece, Taylor explains how collecting Gibson cards and putting them up on the Set Registry has been very rewarding. More....


Twinight #1 Master Set - The Number One Current Finest 1959 Fleer Three Stooges Master Set
Even sportscard collectors can appreciate the importance and popularity of this non-sports issue, featuring Moe, Larry and Curly in some of their most hilarious situations. This 96-card set has enjoyed a great deal of fanfare in recent years and, in 2009, we simply had no choice but to recognize this particular set. Not only does this set exhibit a leading GPA of 9.56, this collector owns 11 of the top 17 sets (including the top 6 in a row), all complete in PSA NM-MT 8 or better, within the category. Need we say more? Click here for a look.

PSA Set Registry Awards 2009
Winners have been announced. Congratulations to all of our participants for another fantastic year! To review the list of winners, please click here. To view the 2009 HOF Inductees, please click here.

PSA Set Registry Luncheon at National
Thank you to all who were able to attend. The program consisted of the 2009 award presentations, a hilarious, not to mention surprising, introduction from Joe Orlando, followed by an impromptu and entertaining speech from this year's HOF inductee, Michael Rakosi. Wrapping the event up was a spirited Q&A session with Joe.

Set Registry Special - $14/5-Day
$14 per card/5 business days (approximate) - 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: When it comes to awards, which one is considered the most valuable?

Answer: Over the years, the award that seems to generate the highest price at auction has been the Heisman Trophy. They have sold for over $250,000 in the past. After that, baseball MVP awards seem to be next in line with several examples eclipsing the $100,000 mark over the years. There are many other awards and trophies from various sports that have generated tremendous prices at auction, from Cy Young Awards to Championship Boxing Belts, but the two noted above seem to be the consistent leaders.


Value aside, which of the following boxing autographs do you feel is the most important?

  1. Jack Johnson
  2. Joe Louis
  3. Rocky Marciano
  4. Cassius Clay/Muhammad Ali
Click here to answer. Results will be posted in the next Insider.

Results from last survey: 72% felt that the 1980 Topps Rickey Henderson HOF rookie card has the most 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
Sports & Non-Sports: 1956 to Present.
$4.50 per Card / 25 Card Minimum Quantity Required.
For Cards Valued Under $100 each.
Turnaround Varies with Demand.
Hurry! Offer expires 8/31/2009!
For Silver, Gold & Platinum Members.

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Modern Pack Special
Modern Sport & Non-Sport Packs: 1972 to Present.
$10 per Pack / No Minimum Quantity Required.
No Maximum Value Restrictions Apply.
Turnaround Varies with Demand.
Hurry! Offer expires 8/31/2009!
No Membership Required!

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Modern Ticket Special
Modern Sport & Non-Sport Tickets: 1980 - Present.
$10 per Ticket / No Minimum Quantity Required.
For Tickets Valued Under $500 each.
Turnaround Varies with Demand.
Hurry! Offer expires 8/31/2009!
No 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:
31,873 Cards for Sale Today valued at $5,321,420

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