January 10, 2012 | Vol. 13 No. 1
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The 1975 Hostess Baseball Set: A Challenging but Affordable 1970s Issue

As a kid, who can forget the excitement of opening a Hostess treat? There were so many different snacks to choose from and all of them were filled with incredible nutritional value. Well, OK, maybe that part is not exactly true. They did help drive parents a bit crazy as their children bounced off the walls for hours after ingesting unconscionable amounts of Twinkies, Ding Dongs and Chocodiles. During the 1970s, Hostess produced some baseball cards, which could be found on the boxes these snacks were packed in. With a steady hand, collectors could remove the cards from the box. Today, there are more and more collectors who are trying to find complete panels, which can be tough to locate. In the following article, we take a look at the 1975 Hostess issue in full panel form. More...

One of Each Kind: A Look into the Type-Set Collection of Alan Moon

Non-Sports cards keep gaining in popularity. Like their sports counterparts, most issues are collected in their traditional set form. Collectors simply work on building their sets against the checklist of the particular issue. Over time, there seems to be a growing number of collectors who enjoy set building but in a slightly different form. Enter Alan Moon, one of the collectors who is leading the charge in type-set collecting. Instead of completing individual sets, which usually carry the same general design or look, Moon is attracted to the diversity type-set collecting has to offer. In the following piece, Moon explains the fascination with obtaining one of every kind. More...

Set Registry Spotlight

Decobill's 1960-1969 Topps Baseball Cello Packs - The Number One Current Finest 1960-1969 Topps Cello Packs - Any Series Set
As collectors know, the PSA Set Registry is not limited to traditional trading card sets, there are also other categories like this one. If you think finding some low population cards is tough, try finding some vintage unopened packs. Even if you can find them, now you have to resist the temptation of opening them, especially in this case since cello packs often produce higher grades than traditional wax packs! While it is not advisable to open vintage packs in most cases, over the years, more and more vintage packs continue to be opened. As a result, the supply of original packs continues to dry up. This wonderful pack run carries a GPA of 9.14, a stellar level of quality across the board. Click here to view this award winning set complete with images.

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Clean Sweep Auctions Opens 2012 with Huge Auction Closing February 1

This auction is a perfect illustration of the unique position Clean Sweep occupies in the auction world.
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Sirius Sports Cards Auctions #46 is Now Open for Bidding and Ends Thursday, January 12

Sirius Sports Cards Auction # 46 is now open for bidding. There are 1,112 lots for auction that will end on Thursday, January 12, 2012 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. There are nice runs of 1956 Topps, 1966 Topps, 1967 Topps baseball, 1984 Topps USFL, 1983 Topps Olympics in PSA 9s and 10s and much more here!

Mile High Card Company's January Auction: Now Open for Bidding

Mile High Card Company, one of the foremost auction houses in the hobby today, brings you hundreds of baseball, football, basketball, hockey and non-sport lots of the highest quality. Rare HOF photo, Aaron jersey and high-end cards lead Mile High's January Auction. Their January 2012 Premium Auction is now open for bidding and ends on January 26, 2012. View the auction here.

Heritage Auctions Vintage Sports Collectibles Post $16+ Million in 2011, Taking Over Top Spots in Sports Memorabilia Auctions

Heritage posts $806 million+ in 2011 total sales, its best year to date; records set in numerous categories, including U.S. Coins, World Coins, Comics, Jewelry, Music & Entertainment, and Decorative Arts.
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Collectors Corner

26,093 Cards for Sale Today valued at $4,312,598

Most Recent Listings:
1962 Topps 598 Rookie Parade Outfielder PSA EX+5.5...$110.00
1961 Topps 468 Johnny Callison PSA NM+7.5...$25.00
1960 Topps 437 Bob Friend PSA NM-MT 8...$30.00
Most Valuable Listings:
1952 Topps 311 Mickey Mantle PSA NM-MT 8OC...$34,000.00
1933 Sport Kings 2 Babe Ruth Baseball PSA NM-MT 8...$29,995.00
1954 Topps 94 Ernie Banks PSA Mint 9...$19,500.00
Survey Question

Which NFL Quarterback will enjoy the biggest boost in the hobby after a Super Bowl champion is crowned?
  1. Tim Tebow
  2. Tom Brady
  3. Drew Brees
  4. Aaron Rodgers
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