August 6, 2013 | Vol. 14 No. 16
  Collectors Club SMR Price Guide Pop Report Facts Services Set Registry®
Greg Bussineau Sports Rarities
  Pulp Non-Fiction - The Famous 1952 Topps Baseball Find

1952 Topps Baseball CardLast year, one of the greatest baseball card finds in hobby history occurred - The Black Swamp Find. This incredible find of 1910 E98 cards captured the imagination of a lot of people, both inside and outside of the hobby. The event received nationwide attention. As great as this 2012 find was, there are some who feel it is only the second greatest baseball card find of all-time. So, which find do they think is the greatest? The 1952 Topps baseball card find of the 1980s. In the following article, we revisit this amazing event.

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Taking My Hacks: Fantasy Cards -
What Cards Are on Your List?

1915 Babe RuthThere are many cards throughout hobby history that weren't made for one reason or another. In some cases, it is a result of a simple contract dispute or contractual exclusivity. In other cases, military service kept some of the game's best players out of baseball. In 1915, Cracker Jack decided to proceed with their release without including a rookie card of a little-known player at the time by the name of Babe Ruth. As great as the 1915 Cracker Jack set is, just imagine how great it would be with the only truly mainstream Ruth rookie. In the following piece, PSA's Joe Orlando covers the topic of the great cards that never were.

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    Set Registry Spotlight

Movin’ On Up - The Number One Current Finest 1970-71 O-Pee-Chee Basic Set
During the 1950s and into the 1960s, Parkhurst and Topps dominated the hockey card manufacturing landscape for a large portion of the time period. In the 1960s, O-Pee-Chee began its rise, eventually surpassing both as the premiere brand in trading card collecting. As the decade came to a close, after Parkhurst cards were no more, OPC hockey cards surged past Topps. Yes, OPC was the Canadian version of Topps. For the most part, the cards looked the same, but the difference in difficulty clearly set them apart. The 1970 OPC set was a very large set by hockey standards, containing 264 cards. With centering being a condition obstacle on many of the bright, colorful cards, high-grade examples can sell for gigantic premiums. This year's winner ranks #1 on the All-Time Finest list with a GPA of 8.84, and the set rating puts it nearly a full point higher than the second best set on the Current Finest list. 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 Pins/Coins - $8 per Item/10 Item Minimum - 30 Business Days (approx.) Click here for details.
  Heritage Auction  
  Clean Sweep's 2-Day Auction: Open for Bidding,
Ends August 7 and 8.

Clean Sweep's current auction is our affordable all sports autograph and memorabilia-only auction. Nearly all items have a retail value of $500 or less and come with very low minimum bids. Day one of the auction starts with autographed cards. There are many tougher singles from the 1950s and 1960s, as well as a solid run of HOFers. For more modern collectors, we have the scarce Upper Deck Mickey Mantle insert card and the 7-card Joe DiMaggio signed set.

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Collect Auctions to Offer Rare Crew-Signed NASA Photos, Musial Game-Used Lumber and Complete Baseball Sets
from 1952-Present

Collect Auctions has become well known for offering signed sets, vending boxes and signatures of historical figures. That tradition continues in the company's upcoming sale, adding a couple new stalwarts to the list - astronaut signed rarities and complete postwar sets. Kicking off the July 29 auction (ending Aug. 8) are two space-related signed pieces that you simply don't see very often. The first is a Space Shuttle Challenger crew-signed NASA 8-by-10 photo authenticated by PSA/DNA.

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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. "There are already more than 85,000 sets registered on our website, and we'll be giving away special prizes as we eagerly approach the amazing milestone of 100,000 registered sets. The top prize will be a Christy Mathewson 1915 Cracker Jack card (#88) graded PSA NM-MT 8," said Joe Orlando, PSA President.

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Sirius Sports Cards Auction #87 Now Open for Bidding. Auction Ends 8/8.

This auction features many high grade and low pop cards for collectors to complete their sets from the 1950s through the 1970s.

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Greg Bussineau Sports Rarities Announces Successful Completion of Its Summer 2013 Auction

Based on preliminary sales results, the auction generated total prices realized of $827,154. There were 4,862 registered bidders, 395 active bidders, and 217 different winning bidders. A total of 717 lots were featured, of which 715 (99.7%) sold. There were 4,919 bids placed, for an average of 6.9 bids per lot.

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The Stan Musial Collection to be Offered at Heritage
in October

The family of Hall of Famer and St. Louis Cardinals great, Stan "The Man" Musial, have chosen Heritage Auctions to offer The Stan Musial Collection, more than 500 lots of never-before-offered milestone game-used treasures, correspondence and mementos from Musial's personal collection, as the centerpiece of its October Signature® catalog auction.

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    PSA Video

Another Cracker Jack Moment
- Smokey Joe Wood
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    Collectors Corner

25,422 Cards for Sale Today valued at $3,448,547

Most Recent Listings:
1971 Topps 570 Jim Palmer
PSA NM+ 7.5..$45.00

1951 Berk Ross 4-15 Charles Justice
PSA NM-MT 8..$95.00

1919 W514 111 Jim Vaughn Hand Cut
PSA VG-EX 4..$95.00

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
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    Survey Question

Which of the following statements best describes the importance of sports collectibles conventions and the future of the hobby?
  1. The shows need to be strong for the hobby to be strong.
  2. It would help if the shows were strong but the hobby doesn't need them at this point.
  3. The shows are fun but not very indicative of the health of the hobby in this day and age.
  4. The shows are irrelevant at this point, it's an Internet world.
Click here to answer; and to view the latest issue's survey results.

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