PSA Insider - March 9, 2010 | Vol. 11 Number 5 

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O-Pee-Chee Hockey Set

Mile High Card Co


Mile High Card Company Is Seeking Consignments for Its Spring Auction: Deadline March 19!
Mile High Card Company, the nation's leading auctioneer of high-grade sportscards as well as select pieces of memorabilia, is currently accepting consignments for its Spring 2010 Auction, with a consignment deadline of March 19th, for the May 20th auction. Secured for the auction is an extensive collection of game used jerseys highlighted by the likes of Gretzky, Staubach, Namath, Brooks Robinson and many more, as well as the usual array of stunning high grade cardboard. The auction will open to bidding on April 29, 2010. Interested consignors can discuss their items with MHCC by calling (303) 840-2784 or filling out an online consignment form at The single largest consignor in terms of dollar amount will win five days and four nights in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, including accommodations and airfare for two.

Almost 3,000 PSA Cards on Sale for Less Than $20 Each with Free Shipping -- from JustCollectCards
JustCollectCards has almost 3,000 PSA cards on sale for $20 or less, all with Free Shipping. Over 1,500 of them are $15 or less! The sale includes almost 1,000 new PSA cards listed in the last 10 days. Interested in a bulk purchase? Call us at (732) 828-2261 for details. Click here for sale details.

Sirius Sports Cards Auction #13 Is Now Open for Bidding
There are 1010 lots for auction that will end on Thursday, March 18, 2010, at 11 PM EST using the 15 minute rule. More here.
Legendary Auctions

Huggins and Scott Auctions Is Now Open for Bidding. Ends March 24 and 25
Huggins and Scott Auctions' March catalog and Internet auction includes several key items and baseball card rarities. The auction opens for bidding on March 7th with an original Godfather script, followed by an assortment of early baseball cards including a 1909 S74 Red Sun Ty Cobb silk, a 1911 D304 Brunner's Bread Ty Cobb (PSA 3), a 1948 Gunther Beer/Arch McDonald uncatalogued Washington Senators postcard, a 1952 Topps #311 Mickey Mantle (PSA 8, OC) and an incredible array of sports cards, memorabilia, Americana and autographs. This 200-page full-color catalog, featuring 1059 lots of sports and non-sports cards and memorabilia, will be presented to thousands of the foremost bidders worldwide. Click here to read more.

REA Presents Baseball Card and Memorabilia Treasures 1787-1987, a Multi-Million Dollar Auction Ready to Hit the Collecting World this Spring
The catalog for Robert Edward Auctions' 2010 blockbuster sale will ship on April 9, 2010. As always, the first copy off the presses will be presented to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York, for their library, as is REA's time-honored tradition. Click here to read more.

Clean Sweep Auctions Has a Unique Auction Closing on Wednesday and Thursday, May 24 and 25
Clean Sweep is offering a unique, almost entirely under $500, autograph, memorabilia and higher grade card auction which closes on March 24 and 25. This particular auction is by far the strongest of its type in their auction history. Bid Today! Bids are welcome by phone (516) 338-8557 Monday through Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. EST. You may also bid via Clean Sweep's website at: Click here for more.

Chicago Sun-Times Sports Collectibles Show Grading Special
As many of you know, PSA will be attending the Chicago Sun-Times Sports Collectibles Show to perform on-site card grading and autograph authentication from March 19-21, 2010. On-site card grading is a great way to have your submissions processed immediately. Contact PSA Customer service with any questions about the services offered at the show by calling (800) 325-1121 or emailing [email protected].


1948 Bowman Football The 1948 Bowman Football Set: Overcoming 60 Years of Overlooked Status
The 1948 Bowman football set does not get the attention that the colorful Leaf issue from the same year enjoys but this could be a blessing in disguise for many football card collectors. The set is absolutely filled with important rookie cards like those of Sammy Baugh and Bulldog Turner and some tough short prints. While slightly larger than the Leaf issue, the set is of a manageable size at 108 cards. In the following piece, collectors share their reasons for pursuing this often overlooked classic. More...


1901 E95 Phila. Caramel Ed Cicotte The Sweet Recollections of Erik Varon
Erik Varon, a collector who has been intrigued by the 1909 E95 Philadelphia Caramel baseball set, decided to give back to the hobby by composing a new book about the very same subject in 2009. This book concentrates on the history behind these caramel cards, which have become increasingly popular over the past few years as evidenced by the stunning prices paid at auction for exceptional examples. We look inside Varon's work and his collection in the following article. More...


seinbigd - The Number One Current Finest 1962 Post Cereal Football Set
While this issue is not exactly a mainstream set, it is one of the more difficult vintage football issues to assemble on the registry. Keep in mind that these cards were found on the backs of various cereal boxes and many of them have been poorly cut over the years, eliminating them from eligibility for a numerical grade from PSA. This particular set is not only complete, it carries with it an amazing set rating of 8.62! With 200 cards needed to complete the set, this achievement is put into even greater perspective. The set also includes a slew of very tough short prints and some very early cards of players like Mike Ditka and Fran Tarkenton. Click here to view.

New Set Registry Special!
$14 Per Card - 5 Day / No Minimum - cards valued under $500 each for Sports & Non-Sports. 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: I have been collecting 1959 Fleer Three Stooges cards and have noticed a wide range in color on these cards. Does that impact the grade?

Answer: There is no doubt that eye-appeal will affect the grade when evaluating a card; however, if there is a wide variance within an issue and it is common, it will have much less of an impact. The 1959 Fleer Three Stooges issue is one where big variances in color, registration and border tone are very common. Since that is the case, you may see various PSA 8 Curly cards -- for example -- with slightly different appearances. That said, collectors should buy cards that they find attractive, regardless of the technical grade.


Which of the following sportscards do you feel should be the symbol of all trading card collecting?

  1. 1909-11 T206 Honus Wagner card
  2. 1933 Goudey Babe Ruth #53
  3. 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle
  4. 1986 Fleer Michael Jordan
Click here to answer. Results will be posted in the next Insider.

Results from last survey: 47% felt that the 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle PSA Gem Mint 10 would be most likely to reach the million dollar threshold. 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.


Hurry! To take advantage of this special, all orders must be postmarked between 03/01/10 - 3/31/10!

Collectors Club Special #1:
Sports & Non-Sports Cards - 1956 to 1963 - $5 per Card - 50 Card Minimum Quantity Required

For Cards Valued Under $100 • For Silver, Gold & Platinum Members • Turnaround is Approximately 45 Business Days
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Collectors Club Special #2:
Sports & Non-Sports Cards - 1964 to Present - $4.50 per Card - 50 Card Minimum Quantity Required

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Ticket & Pack Specials:
All Years - $10 Each - No Minimum Quantity Required

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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.

Sports Cards and Tickets for Sale:
35,187 Cards for Sale Today valued at $5,851,060

Most Recent Listings:
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Most Valuable Listings:
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