March 18, 2014 | Vol. 15 No. 6
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  Taking My Hacks: Chicago – What a Sports Town

Taking My HacksSports are a part of the American fabric but, in some U.S. cities, the teams and the players are cherished on another level. We have areas like Boston and New York City, Los Angeles and the Bay Area, but it’s possible that no one town can rival the all-around sports strength of Chicago. The Cubs, White Sox, Bulls, Bears and Blackhawks have all contributed to the sports scene and a host of stars have helped fill the seats over the years. As PSA heads towards Chicago this week for another collectibles show, Joe Orlando takes a quick look at how Chicago stacks up against other sports towns across the country.

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Billy Williams Player Sets – Collecting the Unheralded Cubs Legend

Autographed BaseballsBilly Williams is one of the more overlooked sports stars from the Chicago area. Williams, a Hall of Famer who possessed power at the plate and the ability to hit for average, was named the NL Rookie of the Year in 1961. In Chicago, where he played most of his career, Williams never had the chance to play in the postseason. In fact, he never had the chance to play in the World Series for any team. This 6-time All Star and 1972 batting champ was a consistent player for most of his career. In the following article, we explore this legendary Cub’s career in cards.

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    Set Registry Spotlight

Dpeck100 – The Number One Current Finest 1982 Wrestling All-Stars Series A Set
You could argue that, when it comes to wrestling, the 1980s might be the Golden Age of the "sport." Yes, we just put the word "sport" in quotes because we are fully aware that this extremely popular form of entertainment is staged. That said, the level of athleticism shown by its combatants and the abuse these men put their bodies through should not go unnoticed. The critically-acclaimed movie The Wrestler, perhaps, captured that best. Love it or hate it, the world of wrestling produced some enduring characters from that decade. Andre the Giant (a tough #1 card in high grade), Hulk Hogan, The Junkyard Dog and Ric Flair are just some of the memorable names from the genre. This year’s award-winning 36-card set ranks #1 on the All-Time Finest list with a GPA of 9.56, and this collector has really helped create awareness of this fan-friendly subject. Click here to view this set.

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  Clean Sweep’s Two-Day Memorabilia Auction: Ends March 26 and 27

Clean Sweep’s current auction is our unique affordable autograph and memorabilia auction (with some cards). Almost all items have a retail value of $500 or less, and the minimum bids are very low. This auction includes a very substantial vintage program collection covering baseball, basketball and football, some very advanced Brooklyn and LA Dodger signed items in many categories and much more fresh material.

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Greg Bussineau Sports Rarities’ Spring 2014 Vintage Trading Cards and Memorabilia Auction. Ends Thursday, March 20. Final Week to Bid

This is the final week to place bids in Greg Bussineau Sports Rarities’ "Spring 2014 Vintage Trading Cards and Memorabilia Auction." The auction features 736 lots of important rarities, highest graded examples, legendary Hall-of-Famer cards, and complete sets.

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Goodwin & Company Masterpieces & Uncommon Commons LIV is Open for Bidding and concludes on March 27th

"The Sultan of Swat", "The Great Bambino" or simply "The Babe", baseball’s greatest player, Babe Ruth, is highlighted in this auction no less than in seventeen different lots. Just a few examples are the much sought after blank back rookie card in Lot 1, the amazing E-121 graded 7.5, the 1922 Neilson’s Chocolate and the rare 1922 W-501 "Babe Holding Bird". The last three mentioned lots are the highest graded by any grading company!

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SCP Presents The Delbert Mickel Estate Collection – Part One: Bidding Opens April 30th

To those who knew him, A. Delbert Mickel was above all an extraordinary family man, a true friend and a generous and faithful spirit. He was also curator of one of the finest personal collections of game worn baseball jerseys in the world. It is an honor for SCP Auctions to present The Delbert Mickel Estate Collection at public auction. Part One of this three stage endeavor highlights our April 30th-May 17th Spring Premier Auction.

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SportsCardLink March Auction is Now Open for Bidding

The SportsCardLink March Featured Auction is now open for bidding on with a solid selection of vintage graded cards from the 1890s through the 1980s. With a wide range of low, middle and high grade baseball, football and basketball cards, this offering has something for just about any sports card collecting focus.

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1968 Topps Baseball Complete PSA Graded Set Break
(9.05 GPA) – Auctions ending March 18th-19th-20th

PSA Dealer Steve Novella (Estero, FL.) will be Breaking a High Grade (9.05 GPA) NEAR COMPLETE 1968 Topps Baseball PSA Graded Set card by card on eBay ending March 18th through March 20th.

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Rich Altman’s Boston Show, March 28-30, 2014

Rich Altman’s Boston Show is returning for a fifth year to the Shriner’s Auditorium at 99 Fordham Road, Wilmington, MA on March 28th - 30th, 2014.

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Goldin Auctions Presents the Beatles Lockers from the Famous 1965 Shea Stadium Concert. Auction Starts March 31

Lockers Used by The Beatles at Famous 1965 Shea Stadium Concert up for Auction by Goldin Auctions from March 31-April 25, 2014.

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Sirius Sports Cards Auction #103 Now Open for Bidding.

Last 2 Days of Bidding! Sirius Sports Cards Auction #103 Closes Thursday.

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    Collectors Corner

23,662 Cards for Sale Today valued at $3,105,033

Most Recent Listings:
1955 Bowman 8 Alan Ameche PSA
NM-MT+ 8.5...$395.00

1950 Bowman 68 Joe Scott PSA
NM+ 7.5...$49.00

1967 Philadelphia 93 Tom Moore PSA
NM-MT+ 8.5...$19.00

Most Valuable Listings:
1936 National Chicle Fine Pens DiMaggio Slams It Erickson Catch PSA
NM-MT 8...$15,000.00

1933 World Wide Gum 80 Babe Ruth PSA EX-MT 6...$12,500.00

1952 Topps 311 Mickey Mantle PSA
VG 3...$12,500.00

    Survey Question

Value aside, which of the following autographs do you feel is most symbolic of Chicago sports?
  1. Michael Jordan
  2. Walter Payton
  3. Bobby Hull
  4. Ernie Banks
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