PSA Insider - June 15, 2010 | Vol. 11 Number 12 

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1959 Fleer Ted Williams

Imperial Sports Auctions

Andy Madec Auctions


Andy Madec's 27th Auction is Now Open for Bidding and Concludes on June 16th
Included in the auction is a most impressive group of material from the 19th century through the modern era. Original vintage photographs, autographed items, unopened packs, key cards, low population rarities, and some great oddball memorabilia. Visit Click here to register or bid.

Imperial Sports Auctions’ June 17th 'Vintage Rarities' Auction, Featuring Vintage Autographs, Cards, and Related Memorabilia is Open for Bidding!
Please visit Imperial Sports Auctions online at to register and bid. The June 17th auction includes some remarkable vintage autographed items and Pre-War Cards. Click here for more.

Just Collect’s Father's Day Gift Options: Over 4,500 PSA Cards Less Than $20 With Free Shipping!
Father's Day is Sunday, June 20, and Just Collect (eBay ID: just_collect) is offering over 7,000 cards on sale with Free Shipping. With over 4,500 PSA cards priced at
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less than $20 and 1,700 PSA cards at $10 or less, there are many bargains to be had. Click here to see the sale!

SCP Auctions' June 10th Sale Results
Highly competitive bidding throughout numerous categories of Important Sports Memorabilia and Cards led to impressive results in SCP Auctions recently concluded June 10th auction. Results include a Willie Keeler's 1896 Temple Cup diary ($83,713), 1933 Goudey Napoleon LaJoie Mint PSA 9 ($113,938), 1955 Mickey Mantle Yankees Home Jersey ($125,332) and Joe Dimaggio Autographed 1946-49 Game Used Bat ($80,626). Click here for more details.

PSA/DNA Introduces Protective Holders for Photos
Protective holders for certified original photographs and for the grading of autographs on 8 X 10 and slightly smaller-size photos will be used by PSA/DNA Authentication Services beginning June 14, 2010. Read more here.

"The Corner" is the Premier Site to List Your Complete Inventory - Collectors Corner has Something for Every Collector
Vintage, Modern and everything in between. All listings graded by PSA, and offered by the best dealers on the planet. We are pleased to have DJR Auctions listing over 700 vintage cards for sale this week. Click here for more.


1964 Beatles Card   Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! Yeaahh! Enthusiasts Sing the Praises of Vintage Topps Beatles Cards: Side 2
In the second part of this two part article, Doug Koztoski explores the intrigue of the various 1964 Beatles cards issued by Topps. From Beatles Color to Beatles Diary to Beatles Movie cards and more, it was clear that Topps was willing to go all in with The Fab Four. With the 50-year anniversary of this iconic group just passed, we learn more about the cards that pay tribute to the band that became a phenomenon. More...


The First Monster Set   The 1959 Topps You'll Die Laughing: The First Monster Set
In 1959, Topps decided to mix horror with comedy in producing the You’ll Die Laughing non-sports set. Filled with familiar characters from the world of monsters such as The Wolf Man and Frankenstein, coupled with funny captions, this colorful set is considered the template for so many other future trading card issues that combined these two elements. In the following piece, we found out why this 42-card set remains popular today. More...


Ice King 99 - The Number One Current Finest All-Time Wayne Gretzky Basic Set
Even a non-sport lover knows the name Wayne Gretzky is synonymous to the game of hockey. He broke Bobby Orr's record for assists along with Phil Esposito's record for points in a season. Earning the Art Ross Trophy and the Hart Trophy multiple times, he also helped lead the Edmonton Oilers to win the Stanley Cup four times. Wayne Gretzky is clearly an outstanding player and this collector is clearly a fan. With a set rating of 9.75, passing the 2009 Best of the Registry winner, and loaded with "Top Pop" cards this set is not far off from the finest possible set rating of 9.97. Very Nice! Click here to enjoy.

PSA Set Registry Awards 2010
The deadline for this year's PSA Set Registry Awards was Friday, May 28th. Judging is currently underway and winners will be announced this month.

Hurry - Set Registry Special Ends 6/30!
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: I noticed you were putting signed photos in holders now but your service indicates that you will only put graded ones in holders. What exactly are you grading - the autograph or the photo?

Answer: For signed photographs, PSA grades the autograph only - not the photo. The autograph is not graded on penmanship and legibility either; it is strictly graded on condition on a scale of 1-10 with "10" being best. For example, we all know athletes like Babe Ruth and Mickey Mantle have very attractive autographs but guys like Muhammad Ali and Greg Maddux do not. As long as the condition of the autograph is strong, it can still achieve a PSA/DNA Gem Mint 10 - no matter how bad the penmanship is.


Who do you think Stephen Strasburg's career will resemble most?
  1. Roger Clemens
  2. Nolan Ryan
  3. Kerry Wood
  4. No one - he will outdo them all
Click here to answer. Results will be posted in the next Insider.

Results from last survey: 39% felt that value aside the 1980 Topps Magic Johnson rookie card is most popular. 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 6/1/2010 - 6/30/2010!

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

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

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

For Cards Valued Under $150 • For Gold & Platinum Members • Turnaround Varies with Demand
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JUNE Ticket Special: EXTENDED!
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:
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