January 20, 2015 | Vol. 16 No. 2
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  Facing Off with Jeffrey Griffith – A Passionate Hockey Card Collector

facing-off-espositoHockey card collecting has a history that, in many respects, rivals the world of baseball cards. The history of the sport itself runs very deep when discussing the legends who laced up the skates. You can see how that rich history affects collector interest as many classic hockey cards, while not quite as popular as their baseball counterparts, often generate strong prices in the marketplace by outpacing cards from the worlds of football and basketball. In the following article, we take an in-depth look at the fantastic hockey card collection of Jeffrey Griffith – a young man who has devoted his hobby pursuits to the stars of the ice.

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The Hobby Impact of Labels in Sports

joe-orlandoThere is no doubt that labels impact the hobby. Hobbyists often establish themes and create structure in their collections by basing the foundation on certain labels. Some hobbyists focus on Hall of Famers, MVPs, Cy Young Award winners or World Champions. The list of possible labels is virtually endless. That said, do hobbyists often limit their options by letting labels control their collecting destiny? In the following piece, PSA’s Joe Orlando delves into the issue of labels and how they can be helpful or restricting in the hobby we all love.

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    Set Registry Spotlight

Strokes of the Babe – The Number One Current Finest Babe Ruth Type Set
In the world of autographs, one name rises to the top...a name that really symbolizes autograph collecting – Babe Ruth. It goes beyond baseball too. Babe Ruth’s autograph is simply the most desirable of all autographs. More than Abraham Lincoln, more than Marilyn Monroe, more than anyone. It is fitting considering the aesthetic beauty of his signature, one of the best-looking autographs in the hobby. This set is, technically, the smallest one receiving special recognition in 2014, but don’t let the tiny number of required items fool you into thinking the set is diminutive in importance. This type set requires six different mediums, all carrying the Sultan of Swat’s prized signature, on everything from a baseball to a check to a trading card, and this year’s winner has an exceptional weighted GPA of 8.70. Click here for a look.

The New PSA Shop Button
It is now easier than ever to find the cards needed to upgrade and complete your collections on the PSA Set Registry. The new PSA Shop Button feature lets you conveniently find nearly every card offered online. The Shop feature is a free service available to all members of the PSA Set Registry, the hobby’s most popular online tool for organizing and analyzing your PSA card collection. To start your free Set Registry account and to learn more,
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  Clean Sweep Auctions Closes Thursday, January 28th

Checking in at over 900 lots, this is one of the biggest auctions of this kind that we have ever run. We want to of course thank our many loyal consignors for making this possible. This auction is our most balanced ever, with terrific selections of baseball graded cards, complete sets, autographed flats, autographed baseballs and perhaps our best selection ever of baseball memorabilia.

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Newly Discovered 1942 Joe DiMaggio Game Used and Signed Yankees Home Flannel Jersey Offered in Goldin’s 2015 Winter Auction

The only known and authenticated Joe DiMaggio jersey from the 1942 Wartime season is expected to set a record price when it hits the auction block in the Goldin’s 2015 Winter Auction scheduled for January 12, through February 7, 2015 at www.Goldinauctions.com.

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Steve Novella: 1953 Topps Baseball PSA Partial Set Break (150+ cards)

Offering 150+ cards PSA-graded 8-7-6-5-4 including Mantle (PSA 6) ’ Mays (PSA 5.5) – Paige (PSA 4.5) – Robinson (PSA 5) – Berra – Ford – etc. to be sold card by card. Each card starts at a minimum bid price of $0.99.

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Vintage Cards Set Records in Memory Lane Auction

The hobby’s first major catalog auction of 2015 came to a close early Sunday when Memory Lane’s Past and Present auction closed with hundreds of top end sports cards and collectibles changing hands.

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SCPAuctions.com Launches New, Improved Website

SCP Auctions, one of the nation’s largest auctioneers and private sellers of important sports memorabilia and cards, has just unveiled its new website at www.scpauctions.com. Full of vibrant colors, fresh design, and user-friendly navigation, the new look is highlighted by the company’s world-record prices for top lots over the past two decades as well as easy bidder registration for upcoming auctions and search capabilities for recent online auction results and highlights.

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    Collectors Corner

5,528 Cards for Sale Today valued at $516,018

Most Recent Listings:
1973 Topps 400 Gaylord Perry
PSA Mint 9...$109.99

1972 Topps 539 Terry Forster
PSA Mint 9...$20.00

1950 Bowman 104 Dick Hensley
PSA Mint 9...$595.00

Most Valuable Listings:
1909-1911 T206 Sweet Caporal Eddie Plank PSA VG-EX 4..$75,000.00

1972 Comspec Rick Barry PSA
VG-EX 4..$24,999.99

1935 National Chicle 7 Ken Strong
PSA NM-MT 8..$5,450.00

    Survey Question

Which of the Following is Your Favorite Hockey Card of All Time?
  1. 1933 Goudey
  2. 1911 C55 Georges Vezina
  3. 1954 Topps Gordie Howe
  4. 1966 Topps Bobby Orr
  5. 1979 O-Pee-Chee Wayne Gretzky
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