PSA Insider - December 14, 2010 | Vol. 11 Number 25 

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Sirius Sports Cards Auction #24 Opens January 1: Ends January 13
The next Sirius Sports Cards auction will be open for bidding on January 1 and closes January 13. Be sure to mark your calendar for the great assortment of cards and memorabilia that is available. Sirius is always accepting consignments. Contact [email protected] about your items for auction. Visit for details.

SportsCardLink's inaugural Featured Auction of Sports Cards and Sports Memorabilia Starts January 14th
This auction features important and exciting sports cards and sports memorabilia from the late 1800s to present day. Graded cards and memorabilia featuring HOFers and star players will be part of this premier auction. Card highlights within the upcoming auction range from a T205 Mathewson in a PSA 7 to a 1952 Topps Mantle "Once Owned by Mantle." Memorabilia highlights range from Mickey Mantle's Rookie Cleats to a rare 1915 Boston Red Sox Championship Pin w/Ruth, to the Collections of Ed Kranepool and Ralph Terry! To inquire about this auction, call Chris Porter, Josh Nathanson or Douglas Gillock at (718) 246-0400. SportsCardLink is a full service exchange and brokerage house for vintage, investment quality sports cards. Click here for more.

The Bill Mastro Collection Realizes Over $2.8 Million in Sales at Legendary Auctions
Legendary Auctions, a leading Sports and Americana auction house, announced that a signed original handprint of Babe Ruth was sold for a price that would make most peoples' palms sweat. The unique, mint condition handprint sold for $222,000, more than doubling all previous auction records for a sports item signed by an athlete.
(To date, only signed game used items have eclipsed this lofty amount.) The handprint was one of more than 800 items included in the auction event. Total sales from the Bill Mastro Collection in the Legendary Auction's December sale came to just over $2.8 Million (With Buyers Premium) in prices realized. Highlights from the sale include: "The Hand of George Herman Ruth" 1934 Signed Original Handprint ($222,000), Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig 1927 Barnstorming Advertising Poster-The Only Known Example ($78,000), Babe Ruth 1916-1922 H & B Game Used Bat ($75,000), Boston Red Sox World Champions 1915 Panorama Featuring Babe Ruth ($57,000), Babe Ruth 1927 Signed Yankees Payroll Check Issued and Cashed the Day of His 60th Home Run ($51,000), "Tour of Japan" 1934 Team Signed Ball (PSA/DNA NM-MT 8) with Original Tamazawa Box ($42,000), "Addie Joss Day" 1911 Panorama - PSA/DNA Authentic Type I ($42,000), Babe Ruth Signed Store Model Bat - PSA/DNA Gem Mint 10 ($36,000), and many more. For complete auction results visit Legendary Auctions is currently taking consignments for their February 2011 auction. Click here for more.


American Icon Autographs: A Signature Shangri-la in San Diego   American Icon Autographs: A Signature Shangri-la in San Diego
Sean Jacoby has come a long way from his days as an aspiring professional wrestler. Today, he owns and operates one of the most successful memorabilia companies in the hobby - American Icon Autographs. Dealing in a variety of items, including sports and entertainment collectibles, Jacoby has built a substantial business and made a name for himself in the process. In the following article, we get to know the man behind the company... a company that has become a leader in the world of autographs. More...


Joe Orlando   Market Slowdown versus Market Paralysis
While the economy limps along, it has been interesting to see how it has affected the hobby. There is no question that it has made an impact on some areas of the market but, that said, it is also clear that collectors continue to buy. Unlike other industries where the buying has come to a grinding halt, collectibles are still trading. In the following piece, Joe Orlando discusses how the collectibles industry has persevered through difficult times. More...


Mr. Parkies - The Number One Current Finest 1955-56 Parkhurst Hockey Set
Parkhurst hockey cards from the 1950s are all extremely popular amongst collectors and they are, for the most part, equally as tough for a host of reasons. In 1955, Parkhurst took the difficulty to the next level by including a colored border along the bottom edge, an edge that reveals wear with the slightest touch. The set has many key cards of Hall of Famers like those of Maurice Richard, a tough #1 card of Harry Lumley and the anchor of the set - the Jacques Plante rookie. The 79-card set also includes a run of special cards to finish the set showcasing players in action and cards that pay tribute to specific hockey venues. This year's winner for Best Vintage Hockey Set of the Year has a very impressive 7.83 GPA in this highly competitive category. Click here to view this award-winning set.

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Question: What is the difference between a counterfeit card and a reprint card?

Answer: The key difference between a counterfeit card and a reprint card is intent. A counterfeit card is created with the intent to deceive people. The creator wants you to believe that the card is original and authentic. A reprint card is not made with the intent to deceive. Reprints are generally made for the purpose of allowing people who cannot afford the real thing to own a "copy" of the item. There is no malice behind the creation of a true reprint. That said, some people take reprints and try to make them appear aged in order to pawn them off on unsuspecting buyers. So, in those cases, the creator of the reprint was not malicious but the same cannot be said of the next person... the person who attempted to sell the item as authentic.


When a great athlete, who is already a shoe-in for the Hall of Fame, stays in the sport too long and their performance suffers, what best describes the impact on the value of their collectibles?
  1. The subpar performance has no impact on the value since they have already achieved Hall of Fame numbers
  2. The subpar performance has a minor impact on the value since they have already cemented their legacy
  3. The subpar performance has a major impact on the value because the poor ending to their career starts to tarnish their legacy
  4. The subpar performance destroys the value entirely and people forget the great athlete they were during their prime
Click here to answer. Results will be posted in the next Insider.

Results from last survey: 74% said that Abraham Lincoln's signature would be the non-sports autograph they would want most, value aside. Click here for a complete breakdown.

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Hurry! To take advantage of this special, all orders must be postmarked between 12/1/2010 - 12/31/2010!

December Collectors Club Special #1:
Sports & Non Sports Cards - from 1955 and Earlier - $5.00 per card - 25 Card Minimum Quantity Required

For Cards Valued Under $100 • For Gold & Platinum Members • Turnaround is Approximately 45 Business Days
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December Collectors Club Special #2:
Sports & Non Sports Cards from 1956 - 1963 - $4.50 per card - 50 Card Minimum Quantity Required

For Cards Valued Under $100 • For Gold & Platinum Members • Turnaround is Approximately 45 Business Days
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December Collectors Club Special #3:
Sports & Non Sports Cards from 1964 to Present $4.25 per card - 50 Card Minimum Quantity Required

For Cards Valued Under $100 • For Gold & Platinum Members • Turnaround is Approximately 45 Business Days
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PSA/DNA Special:
Any single signed cut or card sent in with a declared value of $150 or less is now only $15!

This Special is Valid for Sport & Non-Sport Autographs
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