PSA Insider - June 29, 2010 | Vol. 11 Number 13 

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Huggins & Scott Auctions July 28-29, 2010 Preview Now Live
Highlights from the upcoming sale include: 1954 Topps Baseball Card uncut sheet w/ Aaron, Kaline, 1952 NumNum Cleveland Indians complete graded set, multi-signed HOF baseball w/Foxx, Walsh, Cochrane, amazing collection of high grade 1952 Topps cards, and more. Visit to register and preview the auction now.

Most Successful Baseball Card Auction in Collecting History Hits Ten Million Dollars at Robert Edward Auctions!
N172 Old Judge card sells for record $129,250; 1911 Turkey Red set sells for record $246,750; T206 Wagner hammered down at $282,000; countless baseball card auction records shattered at REA. Click here for more.

Mile High Card Company Is Moving!
MHCC, the nation's leading auctioneer of high-grade Sportscards as well as select pieces of memorabilia, is pleased to announce that as of July 1st, 2010, they are moving to a new location in the upscale Denver Technological Center to better serve clients. New address is 7200 S. Alton Way, Suite A230, Centennial, CO 80112. Visit MHCC at the National, August 4th-8th in the Baltimore Convention Center, Booths 1207-1209. For more information about our upcoming Fall 2010 auction, please call MHCC at (303) 840-2784 or visit
Legendary Auctions
Legendary Auctions: August 6th Legendary Live Auction
This live auction promises to be the event of the year and include 100 select items. This will include a wide array of game used uniforms, memorabilia, historical artifacts and rare sports cards. There will be something for everyone! The Master of Ceremonies will be Hall of Fame Baltimore Orioles Third Baseman Brooks Robinson. This evening will also include a special tribute to a great friend of our firm and the hobby George Michael. To partner with an auction house dedicated to maximizing the value of your fine material visit, or call (708) 889-9380.

Summer is Finally Here... Celebrate the Boys of Summer with Great Savings at Just Collect!
Summer has officially begun, and for Just Collect (eBay ID: just_collect), that alone is a great reason for a huge sale! Over 5,000 PSA cards are on sale from all eras, including Tobacco, Candy, Pre-War, Vintage, and Modern cards. More than 3,500 PSA cards are less than $20, and 1,500 PSA cards are at $10 or less. In this early summer heat, cool off with a great deal on cards from Just Collect! All fixed price cards feature free shipping! Click here to see the sale and save!

Collectors Corner, the Marketplace for PSA Graded Cards has Over 32,000 Cards for Sale
Use Collectors Corner to fill your wish list or find a dealer in your area. It's also THE place to find the cards or tickets you need for your PSA Set Registry(SM) sets. Click here for more.


Joe Orlando   The Hobby of Holders
In the world of collectibles grading, it seems as if the item can be placed inside of a holder, the item performs better in the marketplace. Recently, PSA introduced a new photo holder to be used for autograph grading and original photo authentication. The question is... will this new holder have a similar impact? In the following piece, Joe Orlando discusses the potential of this new product and how the holders might make all the difference. More...


The First Monster Set   The 1961 Nu-Cards Horror Monsters Series - A Monstrous Challenge
Classic monster collecting has been one of the more popular genres of all-time. The 1961 Nu-Scoops Horror Monsters series provides collectors with just about every classic creature known to man. The 146-card issue includes the characters and beasts that fans are familiar with like The Wolf Man, The Blob, Frankenstein and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. For more on the set that some collectors consider the granddaddy of all monster issues. More...


Hatch's 1978 Topps - The Number One Current Finest 1978 Topps Baseball Set
The 1978 Topps baseball set is simply monstrous. At 726 total cards, it takes a great deal of patience to assemble this set one by one in ultra high-grade. Anchored by the Eddie Murray rookie and other great rookies like Lou Whitaker, Jack Morris and a combo rookie of Paul Molitor and Alan Trammell, this set is very popular with collectors. It also contains many great cards of the top players of the decade like Johnny Bench, Reggie Jackson and Mike Schmidt to name a few. Centering problems and print defects plague this set, making the GPA of this year's winner remarkable at 9.92. That's correct... almost every card in the over 700-card set is a PSA Gem Mint 10. Congratulations! Click here to enjoy.

PSA Set Registry Awards 2010
Winners have been announced. Congratulations to all of our participants for another fantastic year! To review the list of winners, please click here. To view the 2010 HOF Inductees, please click here.

PSA Set Registry Luncheon August 6th
Email invitations have been sent out for the annual luncheon to be held in conjunction with the National Sports Collectors Show. If you did not receive your invitation and wish to attend, please check to ensure that the email address you are using in our database is valid. If it is not, please update your account by logging in to the Set Registry and click the "Your Account" link which appears in the upper left corner of the page. If your email is valid, check to make certain your email provider is not spamming email from In either case, contact [email protected] and we will re-send your invitation. Your RSVP must be received by July 16th.

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: Why is it that single signed baseballs from early in a player's career are generally worth much more than ones from later in their career?

Answer: There are a couple of different factors that provide the answer. First of all, as with most collectibles (cards, game-used equipment, etc), items from earlier in a player's career are usually worth more assuming that all other things are equal (quality, etc). It is a general rule that has been followed for decades. In addition, keep in mind that most players take time to develop into superstars so it is uncommon to find baseballs that only contain their signature (and no others) from early in their careers... well before they were household names. In other words, it would be rare for a fan to request that a player place his sole signature on a ball at that point in time because the fan doesn't know what the future holds for that player.


Which of the following former MLB catchers do you think deserves to be in the Hall of Fame most?
  1. Thurman Munson
  2. Elston Howard
  3. Ted Simmons
  4. Bill Freehan
Click here to answer. Results will be posted in the next Insider.

Results from last survey: 37% felt Stephen Strasburg's career will most resemble Kerry Wood's. 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.

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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:
31,968 Cards for Sale Today valued at $5,112,860

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