June 26, 2012 | Vol. 13 No. 14
Collectors Club SMR Price Guide Pop Report Facts Services Set RegistrySM
The 1963 Topps Football Set, A Colorful and Affordable Vintage Issue

In 1962, Topps released what is still regarded as one of the toughest trading card sets of the era to collect in high-grade, mostly due to very fragile black borders. One year later, Topps continued with a colored-border design in their colorful 1963 set. While it isn't quite as tough as the 1962 issue, the 1963 release is still challenging. For the fifth year in a row, the 170-card set began with a #1 card of Johnny Unitas and the set contained several Hall of Fame rookie cards like those of Bob Lilly and Ray Nitschke. In the following piece, we revisit this visually appealing production. More...

The Year of The Mick: Collecting 1956 Topps Baseball

The 1956 Topps baseball set has long been considered one of the classic issues of the 1950s. Anchored by Mickey Mantle's Triple Crown card, returning to Topps after a two-year absence, one of the more appealing aspects to this issue is that the set is actually feasible to complete in high-grade. That said, this 342-card set does have its share of challenges. Along with Mantle, great second-year cards of Sandy Koufax and Roberto Clemente are included. In the following article, the set is broken down and we explore its vast appeal. More...

Set Registry Spotlight

Greatest Show on Earth - The Number One Current Finest NBA Top 50 Rookies Set
Selected by a blue-ribbon panel consisting of media, former players, coaches, general managers and team executives, this set highlights the Top 50 NBA Players. Requiring rookie cards of these greatest players, this collector has not only completed the set but, has populated it using several "Top Pop" cards, leaving just a little room for improvement. Clearly one can see why this set is a multi-award winner. Click here for a glimpse.

PSA Set Registry Awards 2012
Judging is underway and winners will be announced by the end of June. Good luck to all who are in contention and thank you for your participation in the PSA Set Registry! To review the list of award categories, please click here.

PSA Set Registry Luncheon Email invitations have been sent for the luncheon to be held in Baltimore on August 3rd. Reservations are required. If you plan to attend, please submit your RSVP to [email protected] no later than July 18th.

Set Registry Special
All Sports and Non-Sports - $10 Per Card/10-card minimum - cards valued under $250 each. Click here for details.

PSA to Run On-Site Card Grading Specials at 33rd National Sports Collectors Convention, August 1 - 5, 2012

PSA will run aggressive on-site card grading specials for those cards with a declared value below $500 (per card). We will also be offering a $10 PSA/DNA authentication service for any autographs obtained on-site at the Autograph Pavilion. Click here for more details, a complete pricing chart, and information on how to reserve grading placement for the weekend.

Greenberg, Liston and Ali Autographs and Card Lots Highlight Collectible Classics' June 28 Auction

A single signed, Hank Greenberg baseball, autographs of Sonny Liston and Muhammad Ali, Tommy John's 1982-83 New York Yankees contract signed three times by George Steinbrenner and more than 100 lots of sports and non-sport cards are open for bidding in Collectible Classics' CCA31 "Auction for Collectors" at www.auctionscc.com. The 298-lot auction closes June 28. Click here to read more!

Sirius Sports Cards Auction #58 Is Now Open for Bidding. Ends Thursday, June 28

Sirius has 432 lots for auction that will end on Thursday, June 28, 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. Rookies include Michael Jordan, Rickey Henderson, and much more. In the memorabilia section, there are nearly 100 lots of PSA/DNA slabbed HOF signatures and almost 70 PCGS graded modern coins. Click here to read more!

SportsCardLink Summer "Set Builder" Auction Ends Wednesday, June 27

This auction features important sports cards from the late 1800s to the mid 1980s, with a range of low, middle and high grade cards that will be sure to assist many sportscard collectors. The title of the event is the "Set Builder" auction, as the items listed are primarily individual cards that are perfect for accumulators of the various sportscard sets of the 20th century. High-end cards such as Low Population PSA 8's and 9's are abundant in the auction, and collectors of sets such as 1952 Topps, 1955 Topps, 1962 Topps and several more would do well to check out the lots in the auction. Please make a note that the Set Builder auction will close on Wednesday, June 27th. Click here for more!

T206 Wagner Sells For $651,750; Babe Ruth Rookie Card $142,200

Famous T206 Doyle hammered down at $414,750; countless baseball card auction records set At REA. Click here to read more!

PSA/DNA Game Used Bats Authentication & Grading $50.00 to $99.00

Authenticity, no matter what the value of the bat may be, is the primary concern with all collectors. We would like to announce a new service level for game used bats valued under $500.00. Collectors can now submit bats with values up to $499.00 for only $50.00 plus return shipping. Click here to find out more.

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Collectors Corner

21,783 Cards for Sale Today valued at $3,575,391

Most Recent Listings:
1958 Topps 30 Hank Aaron Yellow Name PSA NM-MT 8...$2,990.00
1952 Wheaties Doak Walker Portrait-Hand Cut PSA NM 7...$49.00
1911 T205 Gold Border Walter Johnson PSA VG-EX 4...$1,100.00

Most Valuable Listings:
1952 Topps 311 Mickey Mantle PSA NM-MT 8OC...$34,000
1909 E90-1 American Caramel Joe Jackson PSA VG 3...$26,500
1952 Topps 311 Mickey Mantle PSA EX 5...$18,500.00
Survey Question

Which of the following super hero-based trading card sets do you feel is the most important?
  1. 1940 Gum, Inc. Superman
  2. 1966 Topps Batman Color
  3. 1966 Donruss Marvel Super Heroes
  4. 1979 Topps Incredible Hulk
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