October 2, 2012 | Vol. 13 No. 20
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The Controversial Collectability of Signed Rookie Cards

One of the hottest areas of the market has been autographed trading cards. What was once considered somewhat taboo by card collecting purists in the 1980s is now one of the more popular mediums in autograph collecting. One especially hot area of this hobby segment has been the collecting of signed rookie cards. The hobby may have some general understanding of how rare a 1954 Topps Hank Aaron rookie is in PSA 7 or better but how many signed Aaron rookies exist? In the following piece, we explore this popular and somewhat controversial area of the hobby. More...

Many Collectors Catch "The Big Train"

Walter Johnson remains one of the most dominant pitchers in baseball history. Possessing one of the most devastating fastballs in the game and a unique slingshot delivery, Johnson overpowered batters. Collectors continue to view Johnson as one of the very elite pitching legends of the game and Johnson has been featured in some of the most popular trading card sets in the hobby such as T206 and Cracker Jack. In the following article, we take a closer look at The Big Train. More...
Set Registry Spotlight

Michael Wynne - The Number One Current Finest Cal Ripken Jr. Basic Set
In the post-1980 era, it would be hard to argue that there has been a more popular or more universally liked baseball player than Cal Ripken, Jr. He was an incredible player on the field and a class act off the field. This two-time MVP, 3,000 Hit Club member, World Series champion and Hall of Famer became known as Iron Man after breaking Lou Gehrig's consecutive-games played streak in 1995. This set, which contains all the key Ripken rookies from 1982 and mainstream issues of Iron Man over the years, requires 175 total cards. What makes this set so great and worthy of recognition in 2012 is the fact that every single card is graded a PSA Gem Mint 10. A better collection of these cards, literally, does not exist. Click here for a glimpse.

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Clean Sweep Auction is Now Open for Bidding. Auction Ends October 3, 2012

The latest major Clean Sweep Auction may well be one of the best auctions in its history. Included are many important and rare pre-World War Two baseball card sets, terrific graded cards, an amazing selection of baseball autographs spanning almost 100-years and choice memorabilia from all of the major sports, including Eddie Lopat's 1949 World Series ring and a stunning 1930 Notre Dame completely signed yearbook with Knute Rockne. For more, click here.

Goodwin & Company's Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons XLIV: Closes on Thursday, October 4

Among some amazing cards, Goodwin & Company's auction offers over twenty five T206 Hall of Famers and commons graded PSA 8 or higher, led by the one and only PSA 8 example of Hall of Famer Jake Beckley. Football fans will find a beautiful 1956 Topps set with a minimum grade of PSA 8, a 1952 Bowman Large #72 John Schweder and the highest graded and only PSA 8 1948 Leaf Charley Conerley rookie card. Click here for more.

Sirius Sports Cards Auction # 65 is Now Open for Bidding

There are 648 lots for auction that will end on Thursday October 4, 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 1950's through the 1970's. For more, click here.

Highlighted by High-Grade National Chicle Bronko Nagurski, Love of the Game Auctions' Inaugural Sale Is Filled With Rare Sports Cards and Memorabilia. Auction Ends Oct 27

Love of the Game Auctions, a new Internet-based sports auction house catering to the passionate collector of memorabilia and cards, is preparing to launch its first auction, which will include the most treasured and valuable of all football cards: the 1935 National Chicle Bronko Nagurski. The auction closing date is Saturday, Oct. 27. Bidding will begin in early October by internet, via the Love of the Game Auctions website. The auction will feature baseball and football memorabilia from the late 19th Century to the early 1970s, highlighted by the exceptionally high-grade National Football Nagurski (graded NEAR MINT by PSA), known throughout the trading card hobby as the most coveted and valuable football card. Click here to read more.

Goldin Auctions Has Picked Up Exciting Memorabilia for Fall 2012 Auction

Excitement around the upcoming fall auction is growing. We invite you to register to receive a free full color catalog for our upcoming Fall 2012 Premier Auction of Sports Memorabilia and Collectibles www.goldinauctions.com. The auction will feature over 1,000 lots of the finest Sports Memorabilia and Collectibles in the industry. Click here for more details.

Brockelman & Luckey's Fall 2012 Auction Is in Its Final Week, Ending Saturday October 6

There are over 500 lots of Baseball, Basketball, Football, Golf, Hockey, Autographed cards and Non-Sports cards from the 1860s through 1990s. Click here for more!

High Grade Ruth Ball Tops Memory Lane's 'I Own It Now' Sale

One of the best single-signed Babe Ruth baseballs known to exist changed hands for $97,000 in Memory Lane Inc.'s latest I Own It Now catalog event last week. Click here to learn more.

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A PSA/DNA Original Photograph Guide – A Visual Tour of Photos Used to Create Baseball Cards and Memorabilia.
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Collectors Corner

19,685 Cards for Sale Today valued at $2,361,211

Most Recent Listings:
1973 Topps 458 Jim Cheyunski PSA GEM MT 10...$195.00
1964 Topps Stand-Up Carl Yastrzemski PSA VG-EX+4.5...$300.00
1970 Topps Super Glossy 30 Matt Snell PSA Mint 9...$95.00

Most Valuable Listings:
1952 Topps 311 Mickey Mantle PSA EX 5...$18,500.00
1909 E90-1 American Caramel Joe Jackson PSA Good 2...$15,500.00
1916 M101-4 Sporting News 87 Joe Jackson Blank Back PSA EX 5...$9,750.00
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Survey Question

Everyone knows about Mike Trout and Bryce Harper but which of the following MLB players do you think made the biggest impact on the hobby after a strong comeback or breakout performance in 2012?
  1. Buster Posey
  2. Derek Jeter
  3. Stephen Strasburg
  4. R.A. Dickey
Click here to answer, and to view last issue's survey results.
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