PSA Insider - May 18, 2010 | Vol. 11 Number 10 

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Clean Sweep Auctions


Clean Sweep Auctions has an Exciting Auction Closing on Wednesday, May 26th, 2010
One of Clean Sweep's most exciting auctions ever, this auction begins with an ultra-fresh group of Old Judges. Check out a rare N167 Jim O'Rourke, a Gypsy Queen, some HOFers and many new variations. Graded cards come next, with a solid selection of quality tobacco and candy cards, a nice graded 1933 Goudey Ruth and many quality star cards through the late 1960s. The highlight of this section is a mini-find of some truly incredible 1953 Topps cards: there is a Smoky Burgess PSA 9 1/1, two other PSA 9s (Lollar and Stobbs), 8 and 8.5s of Berra, Campanella, Schoendienst, Slaughter and many other stars. See more here.

Legendary Auctions' May 25-27 Auction of Sports, Americana & Photography: Now Open for Bidding!
Over 2,100 lots are featured in this auction with 100s of sports, non-sports singles, groups and PSA Registry Sets. Login now to place your bids! Click here to view auction and bid.

Mile High Card Company's June 9th Auction: Now Open for Bidding!
MHCC's upcoming auction includes over 1800 amazing lots. Featured Highlights: Babe Ruth Single Signed Baseball PSA/DNA 6.5 EX/MT+, 1952 Topps #311 Mickey Mantle PSA 7.5 NM+, 1911 M110 Sporting Life Cabinets Christy Mathewson PSA 2 GOOD, 1968 Brooks Robinson Baltimore Orioles Game-Used Jersey, and an Amazing Collection of Game Used Jerseys and many more. Visit to view and bid in the auction!

Legendary Auctions
Just Collect Offers Over 1,500 PSA Cards On Sale For Less Than $10 with Free Shipping!
Just Collect (eBay ID: just_collect) has over 1,500 PSA cards on sale for under $10 and more than 4,200 PSA cards on sale for under $20. All with free shipping! Sales have been increased and cards are selling rapidly, so shop now for the best selection! Click here for more details.

SCP Auctions Internet Auction of Important Sports Memorabilia & Cards Set: Opens May 26, 2010
Over 750 lots offered, highlighted by property from the Cy Jones Collection, an incredible selection of game used bats, and an outstanding array of pre- & post-war card sets and singles including 1933 Goudey, and #106 Napoleon Lajoie Mint PSA 9. Click here for more.

Goodwin & Company's "Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons XXVII" Is Now Open for Bidding and Will Close on Thursday, June 3rd
The auction features 888 lots of sports cards and memorabilia. Highlights include: 1919 T213 Coupon Cigarettes Rube Marquard Type 3 PSA 6 EX-MT, T205 Gold Border J.J. McGraw PSA 7 NM, and more. To bid or register go to for details.

Imperial Sports Auctions Vintage Rarities Baseball Autographs and Related Memorabilia Preview Now Available
Imperial Sports Auctions is one of the largest buyers and sellers of vintage baseball signatures. Auction is now up for preview. Bidding will begin on June 1st and end on June 17th. Check out the preview now on web site. This auction features vintage baseball autographs and related memorabilia. Highlights include: Exceptional Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Lazzeri, Huggins, et al. Signed Autograph Book, Babe Ruth Signed Autographed Baseball c.1920 - 1924, Jackie Robinson Single Signed Autographed Baseball - PSA/DNA LOA, Dizzy Dean Single Signed Autographed Baseball - PSA/DNA Graded, and much more! Click here to visit

Free PSA/DNA Autograph Grading Contest
In conjunction with Historic Autographs, PSA will be offering free autograph grading to the person who achieves the highest completion percentage of their newest product - Hall of Fame and All-Star Edition. Click here for more details.

PSA/DNA Certifies Over 9,000 HOF, All-Star Signatures for Historic Autographs
PSA/DNA Authentication Services ( certified more than 9,000 signatures for one of the largest autograph products ever offered, Historic Autographs 2010 Hall of Fame and All-Star Edition. Click here for 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 to learn more.

PSA/DNA Update - Tamper Evident Stickers
Effective immediately, PSA/DNA will be utilizing the red, white and blue colored stickers, used prior to the unveiling of the newer silver label, as part of the autograph authentication process. Click here for more details.


Willie Mays PSA Showcasing with Jason Mays
Jason Mays has been an avid sports fan and collector for many years. He collects a variety of things from G.I. Joe action figures to PSA graded sportscards. His PSA graded collection includes, but is not limited to, cards of Hank Aaron, Ernie Banks, Dan Marino and -- yes -- cards of the superstar that shares his last name -- Willie Mays. In the following piece, we learn more about Jason's personal life, his family and the drive behind the collection that he cherishes so much. More...


Paul McCartney Yeah, Yeah, Yeah! - Enthusiasts Sing the Praises of Vintage Topps Beatles Cards - Side 1
It was 50 years ago when one of the most iconic bands formed -- The Beatles. The Fab Four traveled across the Atlantic and took the music world by storm. More importantly, these guys were no flash in the pan. Their music is beloved my multiple generations, including the youth of today. In the 1960s, Topps decided to create various sets devoted to this new sensation. In the following piece, we learn about these great cards and how they are starting to gain increased appreciation in the marketplace. More...


Rick Kozar - The Number One Current Finest Jim Brown Basic Set
Many consider Jim Brown to be the greatest running back of all-time. From his multi-record setting, nine-year career with the Cleveland Browns, where he averaged 104.3 yards per game and 5.2 yards-per-carry average, to his 1971 induction into the NFL Hall of Fame, he is clearly one of the best. With an 8.73 set rating, this collector has completed this set, including images for every card, with only 3 cards that can be improved upon. Click here to enjoy.

PSA Set Registry Awards Deadline 5/28/10!
The deadline for this year's PSA Set Registry Awards is Friday, May 28th. Any new sets or updates to existing sets must be published before 5:00 p.m. EST (2:00 pm PST).

Set Registry Special!
All Sports and Non-Sports / $6 Per Card - 10 Card Minimum - Cards Valued Under $100 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: If the amount is equal, can the "type" of corner wear affect the grade of a card in different ways?

Answer: Yes. Assuming the degree of wear is virtually the same, the type of wear can certainly impact the grade in different ways. For example, a corner that simply exhibits some wear near the tip is not considered as much of a detractor as a corner that appears to have the same amount of wear but is actually missing the top layer of paper. Often times, a corner that fits that description would cause the card to grade a PSA NM 7 or lower. There are exceptions to that rule. For example, if the eye-appeal is terrific on the face of the card, the graders may reward the card by giving it a grade of PSA 8 (assuming the rest of the card qualifies as well).


What is the one type of collectible that you have interest in but have been hesitant to buy for one reason or another (cost, don't know enough about them, space concerns, etc)?

  1. Unopened Packs
  2. Original Photos
  3. Game-Used Equipment
  4. Tickets
Click here to answer. Results will be posted in the next Insider.

Results from last survey: 33% felt the chances of all four New Your Yankees of The Core Four (Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte and Jorge Posada) getting into the Hall of Fame, was 0% - no chance. 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 5/1/2010 - 5/31/2010!

May Collectors Club Special #1:
Sports & Non-Sports Cards - $14 per Card - No Minimum Quantity Required

For Cards Valued Under $500 • For Silver, Gold & Platinum Members • Turnaround is Approximately 5 Business Days
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May Collectors Club Special #2:
Sports & Non-Sports Cards - All Years - $10 per Card - 10 Card Minimum Quantity Required

For Cards Valued Under $250 • For Silver, Gold & Platinum Members • Turnaround is Approximately 10 Business Days
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May Collectors Club Special #3:
Any Autographed Trading Card - $10 per Card - No Minimum Quantity Required - 50% off

For Cards Valued Under $150 • For Silver, Gold & Platinum Members • Turnaround Varies with Demand
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May Ticket Special:
Any Non-Autographed Ticket - No Minimum Quantity Required - 50% off

Dates and Value Limits Apply to Each Service Level • No Membership Required • Turnaround Time is Approximately 20 Business Days Except Premium Express
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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:
32,651 Cards for Sale Today valued at $5,585,157

Most Recent Listings:
1953 Bowman 32 Hugh Mcelhenny PSA NM 7... $100.00
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1973 Super Bowl Vii-Full Miami-14, Washington-7 MVP Jake Scott PSA NM 7... $3,995.00

Most Valuable Listings:
1952 Topps 311 Mickey Mantle PSA NM-MT 8 OC... $42,500.00
1912 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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