PSA Insider - August 25, 2009 | Vol. 10 Number 17 

Clean Sweep Auctions


Legendary Auctions August 26-27 Sports & Americana Auction: Closes This Week!
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 closes this week! More...

Clean Sweep Auction Ends on Sunday, September 2, 2009 - Auction #166 Offers Higher Grade PSA Cards from 1960-Present and Many Complete Sets
Clean Sweep's current auction is a smaller auction that is run twice a year. The auction is loaded with higher grade complete sets from the 1960s and 1970s, better condition Rookie cards from all of the major sports and many better grade star cards, including several Mantle PSA 6s from the 1960s. More...

Sirius Sports Cards Raw Auction #1 Is Now Live
There are 545 lots for auction that will end on Saturday, August 29, 2009. at 11 p.m. EST using the 15 minute rule. This auction features raw HOF, commons, and group lots ranging from VG to NM condition featuring various players like Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays, Sandy Koufax, Roberto Clemente, Stan Musial, and many more. We decided to keep this auction smaller since it is the first one. If this is well received like our graded auctions we will make them much bigger and better to include 1000+ lots of high grade commons, HOF cards, group lots, partial sets, and complete sets per auction. More...

Legendary Auctions
Over 150 Low Pop, High Grade PSA Cards at Auction from Just Collect - Closing Sunday, August 30!
Just Collect is offering over 150 high grade, low pop PSA cards this week including: 1948 Leaf Football, 1966 Philadelphia Football, 1974 Topps Football, 1971 Topps Basketball, 1950 Callahan HOF Baseball, T220 Champions Boxing and much more!! More...

Perfect 1986-87 Fleer Basketball Set a Slam Dunk for Memory Lane
Memory Lane Inc's 2009 Summer Classic Rarities auction proved the adage that while real estate depends on three things: location, location and location, sports cards sell best based on condition, condition, condition. As is always the case with this vintage sports memorabilia specialist, there was no shortage of high-grade memorabilia available to the thousands of collectors who devour the company's full-color auction catalogs! More...


Mars Attacks! Bobby Orr Set Registry Sets - Is No. 4 the Greatest Ever?
Bobby Orr was, without a doubt, one of the greatest and most popular players top ever lace up the skates. This nine-time All-Star and 1979 Hockey Hall of Fame inductee is also pictured on some of the most important hockey cards in the hobby. Most notably, his 1966 Topps rookie is considered one of the all-time classics. The tough brown borders, coupled with inconsistent centering, make this one of the more difficult cards to find in high-grade from the 1960s. In the following piece, we look at collecting the Boston Bruins hero. More...


Joe Orlando A Day in the Life
A lot of people wonder what it must be like to work at PSA, especially being in the position of president. While it can be a lot of fun to be surrounded with cool collectibles and great co-workers, sometimes, it can make for some very interesting situations. This is particularly true as it relates to the customer service portion of the position. When dealing with the public, there are moments that are partially humorous and partially disturbing. In the following piece, Joe Orlando shares a few recent experiences that can be representative of what it's like. More...


Matt Huppertz Family Set - The Number One Current Finest Robin Yount Master Set
This set is what the registry is all about... finding a collecting theme that means something special to you and completing the set for the love of the hobby. This set is made up of nothing but Robin Yount, the Hall of Fame shortstop who played for the Milwaukee Brewers his entire career, and it includes every card PSA has ever graded from his playing days - a total of 638 cards! This set is not only complete, it also has a GPA of 9.20, so it is as nice as it is vast. No, this set may not be worth a million dollars someday, but it exemplifies the heart and soul of the program. Click here for a glimpse.

Hurry! Set Registry Special ends August 31st!
$14 per card/5 business days (approximate) - cards valued under $500 - sports and non-sports cards. No Minimum. Click here for details.

PSA Set Registry Luncheon Pictures
We've posted pictures from the luncheon we held in July in Cleveland at the National. Visit the Registry Scrapbook.

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: Why are there some huge discrepancies in value when it comes to the superstars and all the other players in certain regional sets?

Answer: Regional issues can be very collectable. These issues are often scarce and some of them have great designs. The reason you might see huge differences in value between the top stars like Mickey Mantle or Sandy Koufax and the rest of the set comes down to demand for the entire set. Player-based collections (which are often built around stars) usually include regional issues. For example, if I collect Sandy Koufax cards, I would probably want to add a 1958 Bell Brand card to my collection to compliment my regular issue Koufax cards. That said, the semi-stars and commons from those sets get attention, primarily, from set builders. If the set receives a lot of interest from set builders, these cards seem to perform well but most regional sets do not possess the mass appeal that mainstream sets do. As a result, the non-superstars can be obtained at a fraction of the prices realized from Mantle and Koufax cards because most of the demand is hyper-focused on the big name players.


In your opinion, which one of the following Babe Ruth game tickets should be worth the most?

  1. Babe Ruth's First Game
  2. Babe Ruth's 60th Home Run from 1927
  3. Babe Ruth's "Called Shot" from the 1932 World Series
  4. Babe Ruth's Final Home Run
Click here to answer. Results will be posted in the next Insider.

Results from last survey: Value aside, 32% felt Cassius Clay's/Muhammad Ali's is the most important boxing autograph. 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.
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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.
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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:
31,918 Cards for Sale Today valued at $5,376,734

Most Recent Listings:
1987 Fleer 59 Michael Jordan PSA Mint 9... $175.00
1962 Topps 34 Stan Mikita PSA NM-MT 8... $225.00
1966 Philadelphia 87 Ray Nitschke PSA NM-MT 8... $100.00

Most Valuable Listings:
1952 Topps 1 Andy Pafko Black Back PSA NM-MT 8... $85,000.00
1952 Topps 311 Mickey Mantle NM-MT 8OC... $42,500.00
1948 Leaf Satchel Paige PSA NM 7OC... $11,500.00

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