March 4, 2014 | Vol. 15 No. 5
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  Taking My Hacks – The Baseball Hall of Fame Grows by Six

Taking My HacksThis year, six more men will be enshrined into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Bobby Cox, Tom Glavine, Tony LaRussa, Greg Maddux, Frank Thomas and Joe Torre will be honored this summer in Cooperstown. The group features two crafty pitchers, a great hitter and three fine managers. In fact, Torre excelled as a player and manager during his career. It is a group of individuals that are generally well-liked and respected, free of the controversy that surrounds the process and game to some degree. In the following article, PSA’s Joe Orlando takes a quick look at the new inductees and the ones who didn’t make the cut.

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PSA/DNA Set Registry – Collecting Autographed Baseballs of Hall of Fame Baseball Players

Autographed BaseballsIn the world of autographs, collecting single-signed baseballs of Hall of Famers ranks amongst the most popular themes. There are incredible challenges that prevent most collectors from ever achieving true completion, even after you remove the extreme rarities or baseballs that remain unknown at this time. There are the major names like Babe Ruth and Jackie Robinson, while there are more difficult signed baseballs like those autographed by Grover Cleveland Alexander that can give collectors a major headache. In the following article, we delve deeper into this appealing genre.

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    Set Registry Spotlight

Hockeywax – The Number One Current Finest 1953-54 Parkhurst – Basic Hockey Set
There is no doubt that this issue remains one of the most beautiful trading card sets ever produced. The 100-card 1953 Parkhurst set contains fantastic eye-appeal and the cards are very tough in top grades to boot. The cards will often suffer from various degrees of toning along the edges, which can hinder the appeal if severe. Within this classic set, a nice selection of HOF rookie cards reside like those of Gump Worsley, Andy Bathgate, Harry Howell and Jean Beliveau – the most valuable card in the issue. The set also contains a very tough #1 card to find in high-grade (Harry Lumley). With an awesome GPA of 8.41 the 2013 winner for the Best Vintage Hockey Set is now the finest ever assembled on the registry. It is also one of only two complete sets in registry history to reach a GPA of PSA 8 or better. Click here to view this set.

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  From Ruth to Red Heart; Memory Lane’s New I Own It Now Sale Packs Over 1,000 Lots

Complete regional sets that are among the best in the world join 19th century singles, Hall of Famer autographs and hundreds of high grade sports cards in Memory Lane Inc.’s latest I Own it Now catalog sale. Over 1,000 lots of vintage sports and non-sports cards, sets, autographs and more are available for outright sale in the unique event that is held three times each year and offers collectors the chance to buy or wait for a potentially better deal.

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Greg Bussineau Sports Rarities Announces Its Spring 2014 Vintage Trading Cards and Memorabilia Auction Is Now Open. Ends March 20

Greg Bussineau Sports Rarities’ "Spring 2014 Vintage Trading Cards and Memorabilia Auction" is now open for bidding. The auction features 736 lots of important rarities, highest graded examples, legendary Hall-of-Famer cards, and complete sets. The closing date is Thursday, March 20th. Highlights of the auction include:

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Babe Ruth Family Heirloom Heading to Auction Block with SCP Auctions

SCP Auctions is honored to announce that Babe Ruth’s pocket watch from the 1948 celebration of the 25th anniversary of the opening of "The House That Ruth Built" will be offered to the public directly from the Ruth family as part of SCP Auctions’ Spring Premier Auction.

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Collectors Universe/PSA Reaches Historic 50 Million Items Certified Milestone

An important and historic milestone has been reached in the multi-billion dollar collectibles marketplace. Collectors Universe (NASDAQ: CLCT), the parent company of Professional Sports Authenticator and PSA/DNA Authentication Services, certified its 50 millionth item on February 26, 2014.

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Giovanni Sports Auctions – Allen & Ginter Auction Now Live. Ends March 6

his auction features many high grade Allen & Ginter baseball & non-baseball cards including N28’s Keefe PSA 8 with NONE GRADED HIGHER, Charles Comiskey PSA 7, John Clarkson PSA 7, and more! The auction also includes many other classic sports cards as well as PSA/DNA certified autographed items including jerseys, baseballs, photos, and more!

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Sterling Sports Auctions #30 Is Open for Bidding! Auction Ends March 13th

Sterling Sports Auctions #30 offers over 600 lots from the four major sports, including boxing and non-sports, with many PSA-graded cards. Highlights include 1914 Cracker Jack Walter Johnson, 1953 Topps Satchell Paige, T205 Cy Young, 1952 Topps Willie Mays.

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Carlton Fisk’s Iconic 1975 World Series Game 6 Home Run Ball to be Featured in Robert Edward Auctions’ Spring Auction!

Robert Edward Auctions is pleased to announce that one of the featured auction lots in its upcoming blockbuster sale will be the home run ball hit by Boston Red Sox catcher Carlton Fisk in the 12th inning of Game 6 during the 1975 World Series.

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SportsCardLink March Auction Starts March 6th

The SportsCardLink March Featured Auction opens for bidding on Thursday, March 6th at 8:00 PM ET 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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Just Collect, Inc. Buys Big Baseball Card Collection From Long Time New Jersey Collector

Just Collect bought a huge collection this week that contains 90+ T206’s, 100+ Cracker Jacks, 250+ 1933 Goudey’s, hundreds of "E" cards, sets from the 1950’s and 1960’s, and many star cards of Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Lou Gehrig, etc!

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    Collectors Corner

22,045 Cards for Sale Today valued at $2,620,360

Most Recent Listings:
1955 Bowman 86 Len Szafaryn
PSA NM-MT+ 8.5...$149.00

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

1969 Topps 225 Johnny Roland PSA
Mint 9...$59.00

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

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

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

    Survey Question

Which one of the following recent auction prices was most surprising to you?
  1. 1911 Joe Jackson Side-Written Rookie Bat - $956,000
  2. 1923 Babe Ruth/New York Yankees Championship Pocket Watch - $717,000
  3. 1931 Lou Gehrig Signed (three times) Passport - $262,900
  4. 1964 Muhammad Ali Fight-Worn Gloves Against Sonny Liston - $836,500
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