April 16, 2013 | Vol. 14 No. 8
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The Impact of an Icon - More than Just Numbers

Too often, baseball players and other sports stars are judged solely by statistics. When measuring one player's value versus the next, most of the time, it is a strict battle between things like the number of wins, home runs, and Gold Gloves. What gets left out of the debate are the intangibles and the sheer impact of the player, aside from the numbers. In the following piece, Joe Orlando discusses the impact of the legendary Jackie Robinson and how his legacy goes far beyond the numbers alone, not just in the game of baseball, but in the hobby as well.

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Jackie Robinson - The Rain of Courage

Along with other iconic baseball players like Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle and Ted Williams, Jackie Robinson is usually at the top of most autograph collectors' lists. The Brooklyn Dodger legend was not only the man who broke the color barrier in baseball and a fine player on the field, Robinson also passed away at the young age of 53 in 1972, which makes his autograph much tougher to come by compared to most other players who rose to stardom during the late-1940s and 1950s. In the next article, we take a closer look at Jackie's prized signature.

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Set Registry Spotlight

Elitecards - The Number One Current Finest All-Time 1972 Topps Football Set
The 1972 Topps football set consists of 351-cards and contains several rookie cards of some of the finest players. Rookie cards for Archie Manning, Jim Plunkett, and Roger Staubach, just to name a few, and colored borders make this set a favorite amongst many collectors. This collector has populated his set with many top pop cards and has a set rating of 9.55, very close to the Finest Possible of 9.82. Click here to view this great set.

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SCP Auctions' April Auction to Include Prominent Items from NBA Great John Havlicek and MLB All-Stars Steve Garvey, Rollie Fingers and Bret Saberhagen. Ends April 26 and 27.
SCP Auctions is proud to announce the featured collections in their upcoming spring auction beginning Wednesday, April 10. The offering will include prominent items from NBA great John Havlicek and MLB all-stars Steve Garvey, Rollie Fingers and Bret Saberhagen...

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SportsCardLink April Auction Is Underway at sportscardlink.com! Auction Ends April 25.
This auction is now open and will close on Thursday, April 25th (mark your calendars!), features mostly third party graded sports cards from the late 1800s to the mid 1980s. Collectors with "Rookie Fever" will be excited to see this auction stocked with key, individual Rookie cards of "post-war" Hall of Famers...

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Sirius Sports Cards Auction #79 Now Open for Bidding - Auction Ends April 18.
There are 756 lots for auction that will end on Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 11 PM EST using the 15 minute rule...

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REA Blockbuster Auction Features Baseball Collecting World's Greatest Treasures Including T206 Honus Wagner.
A full year in the making, Robert Edward Auctions has put the finishing touches on its latest catalog auction and the thousands of collectors who look forward to the blockbuster event each year will have plenty of history to bid on...

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Breaking a High Grade 1951 Bowman Baseball PSA Graded Set - All PSA 8 - Ending April 17 and April 18.
PSA Dealer Steve Novella ( Estero, FL. ) will be breaking and auctioning a PSA Graded 1951 Bowman Baseball Set card by card on eBay...

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The Best Vintage Sports Card and Memorabilia Hotel Show, April 19-21, 2013 in Strongville Ohio.
The Best Vintage Sports Card and Memorabilia Hotel Show in the USA will be held on April 19-21, 2013 at the Holiday Inn Select, 15471 Royalton Rd., Strongsville, OH 44136...

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Greg Bussineau Sports Rarities Announces Successful Completion of Its Spring 2013 Auction.
Based on preliminary sales results, the auction generated total prices realized of $678,513...

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21,009 Cards for Sale Today valued at $2,189,028

Most Recent Listings:
1970 Kellogg's 58 Carl Lockhart PSA GEM MT 10...$49.00
1975 Topps 232 Bobby Howfield PSA GEM MT 10...$149.00
1975 Topps John Hicks PSA GEM MT 10...$129.00

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1952 Topps 311 Mickey Mantle PSA NM-MT 8OC...$37,500.00
1916 M101-4 Sporting News 87 Joe Jackson Blank Back PSA EX 5...$9,750.00
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Which of the following non-Jackie Robinson, 1950s Brooklyn Dodger cards do you think is the most desirable?
  1. 1952 Topps Roy Campanella
  2. 1953 Bowman Pee Wee Reese
  3. 1955 Topps Duke Snider
  4. 1955 Topps Sandy Koufax
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