PSA Insider - March 22, 2011 | Vol. 12 Number 5 

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Clean Sweep Auctions


Clean Sweep Auctions' March 30-31 Auction is Opening for Bidding!
The current auction is their biggest ever in terms of number of lots, checking in at a staggering 2,052 lots. This is their affordable autograph and memorabilia auction, which also happens to include higher grade cards generally from 1960 to the present from all of the major sports. Nearly all of the lots are valued at $500 or less, with low minimum bids. Click here for more.

Huggins and Scott Auctions' March 30-31, 2011 Auction: Now Open for Bidding
The upcoming March 30-31, 2011 auction will offer more than 850 consigned lots of vintage and modern sports cards and memorabilia in a two-week auction with bidding now open, and being conducted by phone and Internet via the company's website, Click here to register and bid today!

750 New PSA Cards Listed by Just Collect This Week (1948-Present)
Just Collect listed more than 750 fresh PSA cards this week, including 1948 Bowman FB, 1970s Kellogg's BB, 1974 OPC & Topps BB, Michael Jordan Basketball, 1965 Gomer Pyle, 1976 Bionic Woman, and much more! Click here to read more.

Legendary Auctions: Now Accepting Consignments for May 25-26 Auction
Legendary's consignment deadline is approaching for their May 25-26 Auction of Sports, Americana and Photography. This auction will feature a complete 1952 Topps Set with every card offered individually! Be sure to contact Legendary Auctions today at for more.
Memory Lane Inc.'s Own It Now Sale Generates Nearly $500,000
Paced by the sale of one of the sportscard hobby's most coveted high-grade cards, Memory Lane Inc.'s second Own it Now catalog sale has ended with nearly one-half million dollars in sales. Click here for more info about this sale!

Sirius Sports Cards Auction #28: Ends April 7
Sirius' auction is set to open soon and end on Thursday, April 7, 2011, at 11 PM EST using the 15 minute rule. Included in this auction are a nice group of PSA-graded cards to fill PSA registry sets. There are also some PSA/DNA autographs & PCGS-graded coins. Be sure to visit to register and bid today!

Rich Altman's Boston Show: Coming up April 1 - 3, 2011
Rich Altman is hosting his public autograph event at the Shriner's Auditorium in Boston from April 1-3! NFL Hall of Famer, Jim Brown, will be joining Bobby Hull, Lee Smith and the 1968-69 Boston Celtics Reunion Team! Click here to read more!

Rare Lou Gehrig Bat, Game Jersey, Signed Baseball to Hit Auction Block at REA
Robert Edward Auctions announced Monday that a trio of historic and valuable items tied to the legendary life and career of baseball icon Lou Gehrig have been consigned to the company's upcoming annual catalog auction. This includes a 1925-29 Gehrig pro model bat with strong use once personally gifted by Gehrig to his next-door neighbor, a 1938 game-used road jersey, believed to be worn in his last World Series with the Yankees, and a high-grade, single-signed and inscribed Gehrig autographed baseball, also with special provenance. The three lots will be among the many highlights when the company opens bidding in its 2011 sale next month. Click here to read more!


The sign of a True Rookie   The Sign of a True Rookie
Rookie card collecting has been one of the most popular segments of the hobby since the explosion during the 1980s. There is just something special about having that first appearance commemorated on cardboard, a card that is considered more desirable - at least 99% of the time - than any other card issued for a particular player. That concept has been brought into the world of autographs with PSA/DNA's RookieBall™ and RookieGraph™ programs. In the following piece, Dennis Sidler - one of the leading autograph dealers in the hobby - explains why he is excited about the future of rookie autograph collecting. More...


Operation Perfection   Operation Perfection: Mark Christmore's Fight to Compile the Highest-graded 1991 Topps Desert Shield Baseball Set
There are few modern sets that generate the interest of the 1991 Topps Desert Shield issue. These special cards, created by Topps and distributed to the men and women of the United States military, have remained one of the most desirable card sets since 1980. The historical importance and relative scarcity of the cards make the set, unlike the regular issue Topps set from the same year, a standout. In the following article, we discuss the set with a PSA Set Registry member who has tried to assemble the issue in top condition. More...


The Crandell Collection - The Number One Current Finest 1953 Bowman Football Set
This 96-card set, while considered one of the more attractive issues of the decade due to the design, is tougher than it is visually appealing. To put this in perspective, this particular set is the only one on the entire Current Finest list to achieve a GPA of PSA NM-MT 8 or better in complete form coming in at exactly 8.01. The set contains a smattering of short prints and a very tough #1 card in Eddie LeBaron, adding to the challenge of the entire condition-sensitive issue, which is often plagued with poor centering. It's no surprise this set won for Best Vintage Football Set of the Year in 2009. Click here to view this set.

Set Registry Special!
All Sports and Non-Sports - $10 Per Card/No minimum - Cards Valued Under $500 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 have been collecting modern-era baseball cards, post-1980, for some time. I am really confused about what cards are considered rookie cards and what cards aren't because other price guides have labeled these cards differently. How do I know what are the "true" and best rookie cards to collect?

Answer: This is a great question. For years, certain price guides have decided to distinguish between what they consider to be "true" rookie cards and "other" rookie cards. In some cases, it seems to makes sense but, in others, it can be confusing. For example, there are some guides that do not consider a 1984 Fleer Update Roger Clemens or a 1986 Topps Traded Barry Bonds a true rookie card even though they are two of the most desirable cards of each of those players. Instead, some guides consider cards like a 1985 Topps Roger Clemens or a 1987 Fleer Barry Bonds the true rookie cards. The reality is, no matter what any price guide says, the hobby decides - the collectors decide - which cards are the ones that are most desirable and true rookies regardless of how they are labeled in price guides. Today, with so many different rookie cards produced, it is important to ask around the hobby to find out which cards collectors find most desirable, especially if you are about to spend a lot of money.


Which of the following Bowman baseball sets do you think has the best visual appeal?
  1. 1951 Bowman
  2. 1953 Bowman
  3. 1954 Bowman
  4. 1955 Bowman
Click here to answer. Results will be posted in the next Insider.

Results from last survey: 50% of respondents felt the 1989 Upper Deck set was the most important 1980s baseball card set. Click here for a complete breakdown.

Have your sports autographs authenticated by PSA/DNA. Submission forms are available online at the PSA 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 3/1/2011 - 3/31/2011!

Collectors Club Special #1:
Sports & Non Sports Cards - All Years - $8 Per Card - 5 Card Minimum - 15 Business Days (approx.)

For Cards Valued Under $100 • For Gold & Platinum Members • Turnaround is Approximately 15 Business Days
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Collectors Club Special #2:
Sports & Non Sports Cards - All Years - $6 Per Card - 20 Card Minimum - 45 Business Days (approx.)

For Autographs Valued Under $100 • For Gold & Platinum Members • Turnaround is Approximately 45 Business Days
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Collectors Club Special #3:
Sports & Non Sports Cards - All Years - $5 Per Card - 50 Card Minimum - 45 Business Days (approx.)

For Tickets Valued Under $100 • For Gold & Platinum Members • Turnaround is Approximately 45 Business Days
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PSA/DNA Special:
Autograph Grading Encapsulation Special

Any autograph cut or card sent in for the autograph grading service with a declared value of $150 or less is now only $15.
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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.

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