December 22, 2015 | Vol. 16 No. 25
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  The 1965 Topps Baseball Card Set – A Banner Year

It’s hard to believe that this classic Topps baseball card set celebrated its 50th anniversary this year. Filled with all the stars of the day such as Mickey Mantle, Roberto Clemente and Sandy Koufax, this colorful issue is also home to some great Hall of Famer rookie cards like those of Steve Carlton and Joe Morgan. From a visual-appeal standpoint, this 598-card set was considered an improvement from Topps’ previous release in 1964, which is one key reason why so many collectors are drawn to it. In the following article, we break down this terrific production in detail.

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Collecting Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Autographs and Cards – A Basketball Icon Viewed Through His Collectibles

kareem-abdul-jabbarWhile another Laker has announced his farewell tour in Kobe Bryant, we decided to take a look back at another Laker legend who may be one of the most underrated players in the history of the league. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar possessed the most unstoppable weapon the game has ever seen. The combination of his immense size and the angle the shot came from made his skyhook impossible to defend against. In the hobby, Abdul-Jabbar’s overlooked legacy has impacted the value of his cards and autographs to some degree, but is there an upside? In the following piece, we take an in-depth look at the collectibles of the man once named Alcindor.

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    Set Registry Spotlight

Jim’s 1914 Cracker Jack Set – 1914 Cracker Jack Baseball Set
If you are a hobbyist that stays on top of the market, then you know how much the 1914 Cracker Jack cards have surged in recent years. Far tougher than their 1915 counterpart, most collectors have stayed away from the 144-card 1914 set simply because it is perceived as too tough. Some collectors, however, have decided to take that challenge and the prices for these condition rarities have been exploding. This is true of some of the lesser-known player cards as well, like the scarce #93 Del Pratt card, which has sold well into five figures during the past year. The 2015 winner for Best Vintage Pre-War Baseball Set of the Year is the finest complete set ever assembled on the registry, boasting a GPA of 7.03 and a set rating of 8.27. Click here to view this set.

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  Spectacular Sports Memorabilia Highlight 2015 Traditions Vintage Sports Auction

The 1985 Kentucky Derby Owner’s Trophy, Jackie Robinson’s original 1962 Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Plaque, the coveted Clipper Medal awarded in 1868 to Baseball Hall of Famer and the sport’s first superstar George Wright, and 2015 Triple Crown champ American Pharoah’s halter are among the spectacular sports memorabilia being offered as part of the Traditions Vintage Sports Auction, which closes January 8, 2016.

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Sirius Sports Cards Auction #149 Now Open. Ends Saturday, December 26

There are 1083 lots that will end on Saturday, December 26 at 11 PM EST using the 15 minute rule. 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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The December Sterling Sports Auction #48 is Live: Auction Closes December 29

Sterling Sports Auction #48 includes 449 lots from the four major sports, boxing and non-sports lots including unopened boxes from the ’70s and ’80s. The auction also includes part 3/6 of a break-up of complete sets of T205s, 220/221 possible, #2 on the registry and average 55, part 2/5 of T202s, all PSA, and part 2/5 of the scarce 1933 George C. Miller plus T206 Walter Johnson, 1971 Topps Pete Rose PSA 8, many Mickey Mantle cards of all grades, 1933 Sport Kings Jim Thorpe plus much more!

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2,744 Cards for Sale Today valued at $312,641

Most Recent Listings:
1955 Topps All-Amer. 18 Pudge Heffelfinger PSA EX+ 5.5...$25.00

1966 Topps 254 Phillies Rookies F.Jenkins/B.Sorrell PSA NM 7...$69.99

1962 Exhibits Statistic Back Don Hoak
PSA VG-EX 4...$19.50

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

1952 Bowman Large 136 Bert Rechichar
PSA MINT...$4,495.00

1953 Bowman 24 Chuck Bednarik PSA
MINT 9...$4,450.00
    Survey Question

In your opinion, which of the following basketball rookie cards is the most undervalued right now?
  1. 1957 Topps #77 Bill Russell
  2. 1961 Fleer #36 Oscar Robertson
  3. 1969 Topps #25 Lew Alcindor
  4. 1997 Tim Duncan (several)
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