August 20, 2013 | Vol. 14 No. 17
  Collectors Club SMR Price Guide Pop Report Facts Services Set Registry®
Greg Bussineau Sports Rarities
  The 1914 Cracker Jack Baseball Set (E145-1) Buy Us "Some Peanuts and Cracker Jack" Cards

1952 Topps Baseball CardWe are nearing the 100-year anniversary of the classic 1914 Cracker Jack set, a set filled with Hall of Famers and, perhaps, the most infamous non-Hall of Famer in baseball history - Shoeless Joe Jackson. This 144-card issue is as well known for its difficulty as its beauty and popularity. Unlike the issue's 1915 sister set, the only way to get these cardboard gems was to extract them from treacherous boxes of Cracker Jack candy. In the following piece, we take a look at this near century-old baseball card set.

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The 1951 Bowman Football Card Set: Logos, Landry and Looking for Lavelli:

1915 Babe RuthThe 1951 Bowman football set is one that tends to get overlooked by hobbyists. Released after some of the terribly difficult Leaf football sets of the late-1940s and prior to some of the more popular Bowman and Topps sets of the 1950s, the 144-card issue still has much to offer. As with most Bowman issues of the period, each card features outstanding color artwork and the set itself contains some key cards like the Norm Van Brocklin and Tom Landry rookies. In the following article, we dig deeper into this vintage gridiron beauty.

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    Set Registry Spotlight

Logan R. Ward (The Stock Car Museum) - The Number One Current Finest 1980-1989 Nascar Racing - Master Mega Set
Over the years, this category has produced some fantastic sets, both from a creative and importance standpoint. We have recognized top cards from a variety of sports, which are often rookie card collections or sets built upon all-time lists of some kind. This year, we have selected another comprehensive collection. This time, it is from the world of car racing. This Mega set includes every NASCAR card ever made during the 1980s, which totals a lofty 723 cards. It combines sets such as 1983 UNO, 1986 Sportstar Photo-Graphics, 1988 Maxx Charlotte, 1988 Maxx Myrtle Beach, 1989 Maxx Crisco, 1989 Maxx Previews, 1989 Maxx Racing, 1989 Winners Circle and 1989-90 TG Masters of Racing. All the top figures from the sport are represented, from Dale Earnhardt to Richard Petty. Even their cars have their own cards within this substantial run. Complete, and with images, this year's winner in the Best Overall Specialty Set of the Year category ranks #1 on the All-Time Finest list and carries a GPA of 9.59. Click here to view this set.

PSA Set Registry Luncheon
The Set Registry Luncheon was a great success. A great big 'Thank you' to all of our members who attended and participated. An event like this would not be possible without your continued support. We're looking forward to an even greater event in 2014!

Set Registry Special!
All Sports & Non-Sports - $10 per Item/No Minimum - 20 Business Days (approx.) Click here for details.
  Heritage Auction  
  Memory Lane Offers Remarkable Rookie Card Collection in Current Auction; Auction Ends August 29

More than 650 lots are offered in this auction that includes the "Graham Collection" which features dozens of mint and gem mint cards of the biggest icons in baseball history.

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1914 Cracker Jack Near Set Featured at Love of the Game

On the eve of the iconic set's 100th Anniversary, Love of the Game Auctions is pleased to announce that its summer auction features a PSA-graded 1914 Cracker Jack near set.

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The Race To 100,000: PSA Plans Prizes With Growth of Popular Set Registry Programs

Four prizes, including a $12,000 Cracker Jack card, will be given away by Professional Sports Authenticator ( and PSA/DNA Authentication Services in conjunction with the continuing growth of the popular PSA Set Registry® and PSA/DNA Set Registry® programs.

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Small Traditions Delivers Big Results in Monthly Masterpieces Plus #11

Denver-based auction firm, Small Traditions LLC, successfully concluded its 11th consecutive Monthly Masterpieces Plus auction late Saturday, August 10th, from the 38th Annual National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago, and the results were big. "Our favorite motto is 'Small Traditions, Big Results,'" said company founder, Dave Thorn, a former teacher and research writer for catalog auction companies like Mile High and Goodwin and Co. "We say it often, usually to motivate us through the long days and nights that go into preparing each of our auctions, but it's encouraging to see so many of our realized prices standing behind those words."

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Another Cracker Jack Moment -
Grover "Old Pete" Alexander
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    Collectors Corner

25,907 Cards for Sale Today valued at $3,572,291

Most Recent Listings:
1952 Bowman Small 131 John Rapacz
PSA Mint 9..$1,950.00

1967 Royal Castle Dolphins Mel Branch
PSA EX 5..$129.00

1977 Topps Cloth Stickers 38 Pete Rose
PSA NM-MT 8..$ 60.00

Most Valuable Listings:
1952 Topps 311 Mickey Mantle
PSA EX 5..$18,500.00

1948 Leaf 8 Satchel Paige
PSA NM 7 OC..$11,500.00

1916 M101-4 Sporting News 87 Joe Jackson Blank Back PSA EX 5..$9,750.00

    Survey Question

In your opinion, which one of the following NFL players will have the greatest impact on the hobby this season?
  1. Robert Griffin, III
  2. Andrew Luck
  3. Calvin Johnson
  4. Adrian Peterson
Click here to answer; and to view the latest issue's survey results.
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