PSA Insider - April 5, 2011 | Vol. 12 Number 6 
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Goodwin & Co. Auctions Auctions


Goodwin & Company Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons XXXII: Now Live, Closes April 14, 2011
Goodwin & Company Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons XXXII is now open for bidding and closes on April 14, 2011. Auction highlights include: T206 Sweet Caporal Eddie Plank PSA 6 EX-MT, Ultra Rare Ty Cobb W600 Sporting Life Cabinet, Incredible Ed Delahanty W600 Sporting Life Cabinet PSA 6, 1911 T5 Pinkerton Cabinets #616 Joe Jackson, and much more. There are 110 lots of great graded sports cards! Visit to bid and or register for the current auction. Click here for more.

Collect Auctions Showcases Vintage Vending Boxes and More: Auction Ending April 7
Collect Auctions' bidding is live with the current auction ending April 7. The auction, which can be viewed at, has a strong mix of vintage sports cards, autographs and game-used items, while featuring an unprecedented selection of unopened vending boxes from all four major sports, led by 1968-69 Topps Hockey, 1971 Topps Series 1 Football and 1970 Topps Series 1 Football boxes. Click here to find out more!
Sirius Sports Cards Auction #28: Ends April 7
There are 384 lots for auction that will end on Thursday, April 7, 2011, at 11 PM EST using the 15 minute rule. This auction features many high-grade and low-pop cards for collectors to complete their sets from the 1950s through the 1970s. Be sure to visit to register and bid today!

Excitement Builds For REA: Baseball World's Most Anticipated Auction!
Inside the catalog will be hundreds of items worthy of the most prestigious collections in the world, both public and private. The final date of bidding in this year's auction will be Saturday, May 7. Bidding begins April 15 by fax, phone, or the Internet via the REA website at Total sales for the event are expected to exceed $5 million. Click here for more details.

Hank Aaron 1954 Rookie Jersey Expected to Reach $200,000+ in April at Heritage Auctions
The Milwaukee Braves baseball jersey that Hank Aaron - arguably the greatest living hero of the golden age of America's pastime - wore in 1954, the year that began his fabled career, will be the centerpiece of Heritage Auctions' April 21-22 Signature® Sports Memorabilia Auction. Click here for more about this exciting auction.

Personal Memorabilia of Boston Celtics Legend Arnold "Red" Auerbach to be offered in SCP Auctions' April 15-30 Auction
The first part of the substantive collection representing Auerbach's extraordinary professional life will be a part of the April 2011 auction. Bidding will open to registered bidders on on Friday, April 15, and conclude Saturday, April 30. Click here to learn more.

Legendary Auctions: Final days for Consignments for May 25-26 Auction: Ends this Friday!
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! Click here to read more!


1948 Bowman Baseball Set   1948 Bowman Baseball Set: A Small Set with 'Deep Depth'
The 1948 Bowman baseball set marked the beginning of an eight-year stretch where Bowman competed with Topps for baseball card supremacy. It was also the beginning of an entirely new era in baseball card collecting. The set itself contains a modest 48 cards but, within the set are some key rookie cards. This group includes several Hall of Famers such as Yogi Berra, Stan Musial and Warren Spahn. The simple black and white design was Bowman's first and only non-color issue of the eight-year run. In the following article, we learn more about the simplistic yet classic inaugural Bowman set. More...


Turning a New Leaf with Brian Gray   Turning a New Leaf with Brian Gray
Brian Gray has been involved in the hobby for years and in a number of different capacities. The one consistent aspect of Gray's approach to the business has been to deliver quality and creativity to an industry that sometimes lacks fresh ideas... and collectors have responded to his innovative products. From autographs to trading cards to combinations of both, Gray has made it a priority to be on the cutting edge of collectibles. In the following interview, Gray talks about how he got started in the hobby, his business plans for the future and his family. More...


J Jet J - The Number One Current Finest 1971-72 Topps Basketball Set
One year after Topps released their second Tall Boy set and the Pete Maravich rookie, they reduced the physical size of the cards but increased the size of the set by going to 234 total cards. Within this substantial basketball offering is a host of key rookies including Nate Archibald, Dave Cowens, Bob Lanier, Rick Barry and Dan Issel... and those are just the Hall of Famer rookies! This particular set is the best one ever registered with an impressive GPA of 9.30, one of only two Current Finest sets to achieve a GPA of PSA Mint 9 or better. Click here to view this multi-award winning 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: When someone refers to a bat surface being "planed," what does that mean?

Answer: A planed surface may be found on some vintage bats, though it is fairly rare. Sometimes, this was done by a person at the bat factory so they could document the bat upon its return by the player (possibly after cracking it, etc.). They would plane the surface so they could write along the barrel in grease pencil. Other times, you can see bats with planed surfaces where players autographed the bat. The flatter surface simply made it easier to sign. Finally, and very rarely, you may see a planed surface where a player was altering the barrel for game or practice reasons. In these rare cases, there are rules that prevent players from altering bats in certain ways and any major form of barrel flattening would prevent the bat (if caught by an umpire) from being used in a game.


Whose start in MLB do you think will impact their collectibles the most, whether it is good or bad?
  1. Mark Teixeira
  2. Nelson Cruz
  3. Derek Jeter
  4. Albert Pujols
Click here to answer. Results will be posted in the next Insider.

Results from last survey: 44% felt that the 1953 set was the Bowman baseball set with the most visual appeal. Click here for a complete breakdown.

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Collectors Club Special #1 (Extended by Popular Demand):
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For Cards Valued Under $100 • For Gold & Platinum Members • Turnaround is Approximately 15 Business Days
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Collectors Club Special #2 (Extended by Popular Demand):
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PSA/DNA Special:
Baseball Player Autograph Special

Any single signed item autographed by a baseball player with a regular authentication fee of under $50 can now be authenticated at 50% off!
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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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