PSA Insider - April 20, 2010 | Vol. 11 Number 8 

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O-Pee-Chee Hockey Set

Goodwin & Company


Last Chance to Bid in Goodwin and Company's "Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons XXVI, The T206 Set" Auction
Closes on Thursday, April 22nd. Click here to view lots and bid.

Moving Sale! 1,000s of PSA Cards Moving from JustCollectCards to Just_Collect
Just Collect owns eBay IDs just_collect and justcollectcards. To make it easier for collectors to find all our cards, we are moving the graded cards from justcollectcards to just_collect, starting with over 1,500 cards moved this week. Over 5,000 cards remain on the justcollectcards eBay ID at huge discounts and free shipping. Click here for more details.

Mantle, Orr, Hornung: Historic Game Worn Jerseys in Heritage Sports April 2010, Auction Ends April 22-23
Heritage Auctions: Important examples from some of the greatest names in sports rank among hobby's finest uniforms, ends April 22-23, 2010. More here.

Robert Edward Auctions' Blockbuster 2010 Spring Auction: Bidding Closes May 1
Serious baseball collectors all over the world have been looking forward to REA's annual spring auction, which opened April 12 and is set to close May 1. The sale features hundreds of items worthy of the most prestigious collections in the world, both public and private. Total sales for the event are expected to exceed $5 million. Click here for more.
Legendary Auctions
Vintage Card Sets, Home Run Bats Top Memory Lane Auction
The bat used by Ernie Banks to hit the final home run of his Hall of Fame career sold for over $60,000, topping Memory Lane's Springtime Classic Auction, which closed early last Sunday morning. Memory Lane's auction also included a wealth of high-grade vintage sports card sets. A 1955 Bowman set, fourth best on the PSA Set Registry with an average grade topping NM-MT 8, sold for $37,099. Numerous other sets, some completely graded, topped the $15,000 mark. Total auction proceeds were over $1.6 million. Click here to read more.

PSA Announces Custom Card Encapsulation Service
Since 1991, PSA has helped authenticate, grade and preserve millions of trading cards and other collectibles. Many of them are the most valuable of their kind in the world. Now, for the first time, PSA can help you celebrate the important personal events and people in your life by placing your specially designed trading cards or photos in our protective holder with a special label of your choosing. Click here for details.

PSA Photograde™ Online - Free PSA Service Lets You Easily Compare Cards' Grades
The grade or condition of sports or other trading cards is a crucial factor in determining their value. PSA Photograde™ Online, a free, new online service from Professional Sports Authenticator (PSA), helps hobbyists gain a better understanding of the PSA Grading Standards and how they apply to their cards by providing a visual tour. Click here for more details.


Drazen Petrovic   Basketball Hall of Fame Players Autographs Set: Highlighting Historic Hoops Heroes
When it comes to autograph collecting, baseball often dominates the discussion due to its long history and popularity. While autographs from the other major sports might not be as popular, that fact helps give collectors a chance to obtain some extremely important signatures at a more affordable price. In the world of basketball, the history is not quite as rich but there are plenty of legends to collect...from Chamberlain to Maravich to Jordan. In the following article, we take a look at collecting autographs of the hardwood heroes. More...


Dr. Soloway   A Prescription for PSA Hall of Fame Collecting
The Set Registry has become such a popular venue in a very short time. There are almost 55,000 registered sets at this time, a remarkable number with many of the finest collection in the hobby on display. Of all those collectors, one could argue that Hall of Famer Stephen Soloway might represent what the registry is about better than anyone. Collecting sets is about the pursuit of completion and, in the following piece, Soloway discusses his vast collection and why completion is at the core of his drive. More...


Luke's Wackys - The Number One Current Finest 1973 Topps Wacky Packages Series 1 White Back - Basic Set
Non-sports sets can be a lot of fun and perhaps no other modern non-sports set better exemplifies this than the ever-popular Topps Wacky Packages issues. While it's true that these Wacky Packages had been previously issued several years before in 1967/68, it was the 1973 set that took the product to another level of popularity. With a new design of peel-and-stick versus the old die-cut punch-and-lick design, this 1st Series enjoyed immense success in comparison to its predecessor. This award-winning set contains 30 hilarious card titles and features an overall set rating of 9.12, making it the finest collection in the category. Click here for a look.

HURRY- Set Registry Special Ends 4/20/10!
$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.

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The PSA Set Registry is a work in progress and we invite your comments and ideas. Send your suggestions to [email protected].


Question: Does it matter or affect the value if a check is signed on the front or back?

Answer: Great question. All things being equal, most people prefer personal checks that are signed on the front for display purposes. They are simply easier to show off; however, certain checks were intended to be signed on the reverse... like payroll checks. In those cases, since that is where they should be signed, it doesn't affect the value in a negative way.


In your opinion, Which of the following baseball autographs do you feel is the most undervalued?
  1. Yogi Berra
  2. Willie Mays
  3. Ted Williams
  4. Sandy Koufax
Click here to answer. Results will be posted in the next Insider.

Results from last survey: 54% felt the ball used by Wilt Chamberlain to score point #100 was the most important piece of basketball memorabilia on the list. 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 4/1/2010 - 4/3/2010!

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

For Cards Valued Under $100 • For Silver, Gold & Platinum Members • Turnaround is Approximately 45 Business Days
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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:
37,447 Cards for Sale Today Valued at $5,913,221

Most Recent Listings:
1961 Fleer 16 Hal Greer PSA EX-MT+ 6.5... $100.00
1953 Bowman 32 Hugh Mcelhenny PSA NM 7... $100.00
1954 Red Man Tobacco 1 Richie Ashburn PSA NM-MT 8... $395.00

Most Valuable Listings:
1952 Topps 311 Mickey Mantle PSA NM-MT 8 OC... $42,500.00
1910 T202 Hassan Triple Folder G.Moriarty/T.Cobb Good Play At Third PSA NM-MT 8... $26,500.00
1955 Bowman 184 Willie Mays PSA Mint 9... $20,000.00

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