August 9, 2011 | Vol. 12 No. 15
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Michael Jordan: Still the Best Ever

NBA players like Kobe Bryant and LeBron James continue to cement their own legacies but, as with most young stars, they are all ultimately compared to Michael Jordan. Jordan not only created a standard of excellence in the game itself, he also created a standard in the hobby that few sports icons have reached... a level of popularity only matched by a handful of legends. In the following piece, we look at the cards which capture "Air" and interview collectors about their Jordan player sets. More...

Ernie Banks Player Sets – Let's Collect Two

Ernie Banks is one of the most beloved Chicago-area sports legends in history. Not only was Banks a man who performed on the field, hitting 512 home runs and winning back-to-back NL MVP awards in 1958/1959, his positive energy made him a fan-favorite at Wrigley Field. In the following article, we take a look at Mr. Cub's cards from his playing days through the collectors who pay tribute to the Hall of Famer. More...
Set Registry Spotlight

McGee Collection - The Number One Current Finest 1988 Kenner Starting Lineup Basketball Set

Many of the readers can remember the hobby explosion during the 1980s and how it changed the industry forever. At that time, Fleer had very little competition in basketball cards but there were others who came onto the scene and tried their hand at card manufacturing. One of those companies was Kenner. Who can forget those plastic figurines that became so popular in the late-1980s? If you remember, those figurines came with a trading card. In 1988, there were 85 different cards made and the set will always have a special place in hobby history. In most sets, the star cards are the ones that carry the most weight but some of the tougher cards to find here are the likes of Sam Perkins, Mark Eaton and Thurl Bailey due to varying production numbers. This is the finest complete set on the registry, with a GPA of 8.21. It's no wonder why this set has won an award for 8 consecutive years. Click here to view this multi-award winning set.

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New Discoveries Highlight Memory Lane Auction; Ends Saturday, August 20

One-of-a-kind tickets and packs, a collection of vintage Dodgers items as well as high-grade cards and autographs are just some of what will be up for bid. Click here to read more!

Legendary Auctions' Preview of the August 24-25 Auction Has Begun!

It features over 1,800 offerings of the finest Sports Memorabilia and Americana the hobby has to offer. Click here for more!

Sirius Sports Cards Auctions #35 Is Now Open for Bidding and Ends Thursday, August 11

There are 717 lots for auction that will end on Thursday, August 11, 2011 at 11 PM EST using the 15 minute rule. Click here to read more!

The Latest Auction from Collect Auctions Is Now Live, Ends August 11, 2011

This auction features five different 1951 Topps Ringside Boxing panels, including the only known Joe Louis and Joey De John panel. There is also a Bob Murphy/Bob Fitzsimmons PSA 8 Panel; Tommy Laughran/Marty Servo High Number Panel; Joey Maxim/Roland La Starza PSA 6; Barney Ross/Sal Bartola PSA 6 and more! Call 888-463-3063 to bid, register, and receive a catalog or click here.

Gem Mint Auctions, Inc., Summer Auction Preview Opens August 13. Auction Ends August 27, 2011

Auction highlights to include: Outstanding Babe Ruth Single Signed Baseball Authenticated by PSA/DNA, 2010 Topps Sterling Babe Ruth/Lou Gehrig Quad Relic Cut Auto 1/1, Spectacular Ty Cobb 1925 Single Signed Baseball PSA/DNA 5.5, Super Rare Honus Wagner Single Signed Mini Baseball PSA/DNA 5.5, One of a Kind Ed Cicotte Black Sox 1917-1919 Type I Photo PSA/DNA, 1965 Topps Steve Carlton PSA 10, and more. View the full preview and register to bid at

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Collectors Corner

27,747 Cards for Sale Today valued at $4,868,226

Most Recent Listings:
1961 Topps 568 Bill Skowron All Star PSA Mint 9...$265.00
1965 Topps 122 Joe Namath PSA NM-MT 8...$4,750.00
1951 Bowman 18 Bill Neal PSA -MT 8...$320.00

Most Valuable Listing:
1888 N162 Goodwin Champions Glasscock Baseball PSA NM-MT+ 8.5...$49,999.00
1933 Goudey 53 Babe Ruth PSA NM-MT 8...$42,500.00
1952 Topps 311 Mickey Mantle PSA NM 7...$37,500.00
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