PSA Insider - October 19, 2010 | Vol. 11 Number 21 

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SCP Auctions


Significant Private Collections & Iconic Rarities Unveiled in SCP Auctions' Biggest Internet Auction
Preview Now Available. On October 27th, 2010, SCP Auctions will open bidding for an unprecedented Internet auction of important sports memorabilia and cards. Comprised of several important, single-owner collections and a comprehensive array of additional memorabilia and cards, the 1,400-lot offering is the firm's largest and most impressive Internet sale to date. Click here to read more.

Piedmont Sport Opens High End Vintage Sports Memorabilia Shop
Vintage sports card and memorabilia company, Piedmont Sport, opens their new high-end boutique shop in Philadelphia, allowing their customers to come view and purchase their merchandise. Frank Prisco, founder and owner of Piedmont Sport, opens his first high-end vintage sports memorabilia boutique shop. Those interested in vintage sports signatures and memorabilia will want to check out this store. Click here to read more!

Sirius Sports Cards Auction #21: Bidding ends Thursday, October 21
There are 286 lots for auction that will end on Thursday, October 21, 2010, at 11 PM EST using the 15-minute rule. This auction features many high-grade and low-pop cards for collectors to complete their sets from the 1950s through the 1960s. Click here to read more.
Just Collect offers eBay's First 0% Seller's Commission Consignment Program for Significant Cards Just Collect is pleased to announce eBay's First 0% Seller's Commission Consignment Program for Significant Cards. In this program, consignors enjoy Risk Free Consignments; you set the price you want for each card you consign, guaranteeing you are satisfied when it sells! Click here to read more.

Memory Lane Adds Private Sales Catalog Program
Memory Lane, Inc. is launching a new buying and selling platform this month, focusing on premier items. Click here to read more!

SportsCardLink Accepting Consignments for Inaugural Featured Auction of Sports Cards and Sports Memorabilia to Be Held in January 2011
It is to be a blockbuster event! This auction will feature important and exciting sports cards and sports memorabilia from the late 1800s to the present day. Graded cards and memorabilia featuring HOFers and star players will be part of this premier auction. Other highlights include: 1961 Yankee Team signed baseball, Mickey Mantle's 1st pair of game used cleats, 1952 Topps Mantle Rookie Card, and more! To inquire about selling within this auction, call Josh Nathanson or Douglas Gillock at 718-246-0400. is a full service exchange and brokerage house for vintage, investment quality sports cards. More information here.

Paragon Auctions Accepting Memorabilia for Upcoming Premier January 2011 Auction
Consignors pay zero consignment commission fees when they consign to Paragon Auctions! Just one low flat rate reserves a place in their auction catalog. No buyer's premiums. Paragon Auctions is now accepting consignments for their January 2011 auction. Visit for more details.


1860s Indian Life T73 Set   Indian Life in the 1860s: Collecting the T73 Set
Long before trading cards were packaged with sticks of bubblegum to entice kids, cigarette manufacturers included cards with their products, which of course were aimed at an older clientele. In 1910, the American Tobacco Company produced such a set, Indian Life in the '60s (the T73 set), which depicted a mythologized view of Native American culture. In this article, Peter Putman takes us on a tour of this obscure but fascinating (if anachronistic) set. More...


Mill Creek Sports   The New and Expanded... Mill Creek Sports
Most sports memorabilia stores were built on their owner's passion for cards, autographs, and sports in general. This is definitely the case with Mill Creek Sports in Mill Creek, Washington. The store's founder, Scott Mahlum, has had a lifelong love affair with cards and memorabilia and is driven by a passion for items that are directly connected with sports, particularly baseball. In this article, Scott brings a proprietor's-eye view to the demand for authentication and shares some thoughts regarding future hot collectibles. click here.


Colin's NHL Top 50 Rookies - The Number One Current Finest All-Time NHL Top 50 Rookies Set
Although this set only requires 50 cards, many of the cards required are known to be condition sensitive, making the set tough to complete altogether and especially in high grade. Complete, with a set rating of 7.48, which is not too far off from the finest possible set rating of 8.51, it's no wonder this set won the 2010 Best Overall Specialty Set of the Year Award. Click here to view.

Hurry - Set Registry Special Ends October 31st!
Sports and Non-Sports - $10 per card - No Minimum - Cards Valued Under $250 Each. 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: Why doesn't PSA place a number grade on some 19th Century cabinet issues?

Answer: PSA, at least at the current time, has decided not to place numerical grades on some cabinet issues. The reason behind it is that some of these issues are merely a mounted photo on a cardboard backing. In some cases, the cardboard backing varies quite a bit, even within the same issue. In addition, since eye appeal plays such a great role on these issues, it would seem unfair to downgrade one of these cards severely if the mounted photo is in nice condition (assuming the cardboard has noticeable flaws). Oftentimes, you will see cabinet cards that technically grade very poor but the photo itself is actually presentable.


Over the years, there have been many different sizes of trading cards. Which size do you prefer the most?
  1. Standard - 2 1/2" x 3 1/2"
  2. Slightly Larger (example - 1953 Topps) - 2 5/8" x 3 3/4"
  3. Slightly Smaller - (example - 1933 Goudey)- 2 3/8" x 2 7/8"
  4. Supersized Issues - (example - Turkey Red Cabinets) - 5 3/4" x 8"
Click here to answer. Results will be posted in the next Insider.

Results from last survey: 41% felt that Real Estate would be the best investment over the next 15 years, edging out even Babe Ruth cards! Click here for a complete breakdown.

Have your sports autographs authenticated by PSA/DNA. Submission forms are available online at the PSA 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.


Hurry! To take advantage of this special, all orders must be postmarked between 10/1/2010 - 10/31/2010!

October Collectors Club Special #1:
Sports & Non Sports Cards - All Years - $6 per Card - No Minimum Quantity Required
For Cards Valued Under $100 • For Gold & Platinum Members • Turnaround is Approximately 45 Business Days
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October Collectors Club Special #2:
Sports & Non Sports Cards - 1972 to Present - $4.50 Per Card - 50 Card Minimum Qty Required

For Cards Valued Under $100 • For Gold & Platinum Members • Turnaround is Approximately 45 Business Days
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October Collectors Club Special #3:
Sports & Non Sports Cards - Half Price for All Reviews

For Gold & Platinum Members • Turnaround Time Based on Service Level Chosen
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October Collectors Club Special #4:
Sports & Non Sports Cards - $14 Per Card - No Minimum Qty Required - 5 Business Days (approx.)

For Cards Valued Under $500 • For Gold & Platinum Members • Turnaround is Approximately 45 Business Days
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PSA/DNA Special:
50% off Any Autograph Sent in with a Regular Authentication Fee of $75 or Less!

Sport & Non-Sport Autographs • No Membership Required • Turnaround Time Varies with Demand
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For more information on how to list your inventory, contact Ryan Foster at [email protected].
PSA Set Registry now links to Collectors Corner, click here.

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