July 10, 2012 | Vol. 13 No. 15
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Blockbuster Superhero Flicks Spark Increased Demand for Comic-Related Cards and Autographs

The year 2012 is going to be dominated by the blockbuster superhero movie... at least at the box office. In fact, many of the top grossing films of the last decade or so have been based on superheroes such as The Dark Knight, Spider-Man and The Avengers. How has this impacted the world of collectibles? By bringing these classic stories to life, thus introducing the superheroes to new generations of potential fans, new legions of collectors are created as well. In the following article, we explore the resurgence of the superhero in the hobby. More...

Taking My Hacks: "Super" Memories

Most of us can recall moments during our childhood when we pretended to be our favorite baseball, basketball or football players. Emulating our sports heroes was a common practice when we were kids, as it is today. The same thing can be said of fantasizing about becoming our favorite superheroes. Kids would piece together homemade costumes and let their imaginations run wild. That is part of what being a kid is all about. In the following article, Joe Orlando shares his superhero memories and asks the readers to see if they can remember their own. More...

Set Registry Spotlight

Ice King 99 - The Number One Current Finest Wayne Gretzky Basic Set
Every sport has an icon, an athlete that was able to rise above everyone else in the sport and establish a standard that may never be approached. In hockey, there have been several legends of the ice but there's only one player that fans call The Great One. Gretzky was able to put up numbers that seem utterly impossible and he set a standard of excellence that may never be matched despite not being the most physically-gifted man in the sport. This multi award-winning set is a tribute to Gretzky and, fittingly, the level of excellence is unsurpassed in the category. Even though many of Gretzky's cards are of the tough OPC variety, it carries an almost perfect GPA of 9.81. Click here for a look.

PSA Set Registry Awards 2012
The winners for the 2012 installment of the Set Registry Awards have been announced. To view the list of winners please visit the awards page.

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.

Greg Bussineau Sports Rarities Announces Its Summer 2012 Vintage Trading Cards and Memorabilia Auction. Ends July 26

Greg Bussineau Sports Rarities "Summer 2012 Vintage Trading Cards and Memorabilia Auction" is now open for bidding. The auction features 539 lots of important rarities, finest known examples, legendary Hall-of-Famer cards, and complete sets. The closing date is Thursday, July 26th. Click here to read more!

Sirius Sports Cards Auction #59 Is Now Open for Bidding. Ends Thursday, July 12

Sirius has 560 lots for auction that will end on Thursday July 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 1960s, along with a great assortment of PCGS graded coins. Click here to read more!

1920's Ty Cobb Game Used Bat, Babe Ruth Autographs, Quality Sports Rings & Wide Array of Cards to Be Featured in SCP Auctions Monthly Internet Auction, July 11-July 25

SCP Auctions is set to offer a wide variety of sports cards and memorabilia in their upcoming mid-summer Monthly Internet Auction. Over 800 items are set to be offered in the sale that opens on Wednesday, July 11, and concludes on Wednesday, July 25, 2012. Click here to find out more!

Memory Lane to Exhibit Don Spence Collection of Babe Ruth Cards at the National

The greatest collection of Babe Ruth baseball cards ever assembled will be on display at this year's National Sports Collectors Convention in Baltimore, August 1-5. The Don Spence Babe Ruth Master Collection is ranked as the finest in existence on PSA's Set Registry. Click here for more!

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Collectors Corner

21,813 Cards for Sale Today valued at $3,602,415

Most Recent Listings:
1963 Topps 275 Ed Mathews PSA Mint 9 ...$875.00
1933 Goudey 220 Lefty Grove PSA NM 7 OC...$425.00
1971 Kellogg's 60 Dave Osborn PSA GEM MT 10...$195.00

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
1911 Turkey Red Cabinets T3 & T9 Ty Cobb Checklist Back PSA EX 5...$14,500.00
Survey Question

In your opinion, which superhero-related collectibles will stand the test of time and be the most popular in the year 2112, 100 years from today?
  1. Superman
  2. Batman
  3. The Hulk
  4. Spider-Man
Click here to answer, and to view last issue's survey results.
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