March 17, 2015 | Vol. 16 No. 6
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  Taking My Hacks: Baseball Looks for a New Face

nap-lajoieEvery major sport has a face or several faces of the game. There is a heavy burden that comes with the title, but it is something that remains inevitable. Over time, different athletes have become the face of the sports they play. In the NBA, the torch has been passed several times in the last few decades. From the Magic/Bird era, to MJ, to Kobe and now LeBron, different periods have their icons. The face of the game is not always reserved for the best player necessarily. It is a combination of accomplishment and marketability. This year, in MLB, the game looks to a new generation of stars to pick up where Derek Jeter left off. Can anyone fill the void? In the following piece, PSA’s Joe Orlando delves into the search for the new face of baseball.

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Life After Derek Jeter – Who Will Replace "The Captain" as the Face of Baseball?

mike-troutFor two decades, Derek Jeter was the ambassador of MLB. Jeter accomplished many things in his career, both personal and team-oriented achievements. During his era, no player won more World Series championships and no player garnered more respect for how he handled himself on and off the field. Now that Jeter is retired, MLB looks to anoint a new face or group of faces to replace "The Captain." There is no doubt that players like Clayton Kershaw, Andrew McCutchen, Buster Posey, Giancarlo Stanton and Mike Trout have many things going for them, but will one of them rise to the top and become the face of the game? As the 2015 season approaches, we take an in-depth look at each candidate and their collectibles.

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    Set Registry Spotlight

Goochster12 – The Number One Current Finest 1975 Hostess Hand Cut – Master Baseball Set
Back in the 1970s, who can forget seeing packages of Hostess products with baseball card panels placed on the boxes? Kids really didn’t need more of an incentive to eat their tasty treats, but having baseball cards on the boxes certainly didn’t hurt sales for Hostess. A total of 153 different cards are required to complete this Master set, the very first Hostess baseball card product to hit the market. Most of the stars are included like Hank Aaron, Mike Schmidt, and Pete Rose. According to most collectors, the panel that includes Bob Gibson is the toughest in the set due to a factory wrinkle along most boxes. This 2014 award-winning set has a strong GPA of 9.67, making it the best one ever registered on the site. Click here for a look.

The New PSA Digital Album
PSA has created the PSA Digital Card Album. Now you can show off your PSA Set Registry trading cards in a customizable, online album, even if your cards are stored far away for safe keeping. Like the PSA Set Registry, the Digital Album is free and easy to use. To learn more, please view the step-by-step guide.

The 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, please visit

Collectors Corner Storefront
Exclusive to PSA Set Registry members, you now have the ability to upload your inventory from a new location in My Inventory to sell on Collectors Corner. Collectors Corner cards now show up in the new PSA Shop feature exposing your items for sale to a much larger audience. To get started, login to MSR, move the inventory you want to sell to the CC Sales location, determine your selling preferences and price and upload to Collectors Corner. For more information, email [email protected].

PSA CardSlugger™
Know your cardboard? Prove it! Play PSA CardSlugger to test your skills. More new cards have been added to the game!
  Clean Sweep’s Two-Day Memorabilia Auction: Ends March 25-26

Checking in at a whopping 2,052 lots, this auction will take place over two days, on March 25 and March 26. The auction is loaded with all sorts of fresh and interesting material. This is their "unique to the industry" affordable auction with nearly all lots having a retail value of $500 or less and very low minimium bids, making this a veritable collector’s paradise.

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Love of the Game Auctions’ Spring 2015 Sale is Open for Bidding!

The auction closing date is Saturday, March 28. The sale features sports and non-sports cards and memorabilia from the late 19th Century to the present, highlighted by an incredibly rare collection of Joseph Hall cabinets. Each of the cabinets, published in 1888, are thought to be unique, and feature four Hall of Famers: Roger Connor, Jim O’Rourke, John Ward, and Mickey Welch.

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Giovanni Sports Auctions’ March Auction NOW OPEN! Ends March 27

Auction is scheduled to run from Monday, March 16th - Friday, March 27th and features many PSA-graded cards and certified signatures! Auction will include such iconic cards as T206 Ty Cobb, 1933 Delong Jimmy Foxx Rookie, 1935 Goudey Babe Ruth, 1927 W560 Babe Ruth and Walter Johnson both PSA MINT 9, 1953 Topps Mickey Mantle and many more.

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Sirius Sports Cards Auction #129 is in Progress. Ends Thursday, March 19th

There are over 500+ lots for auction that will end, Thursday, March 19th, 2015 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 1930s through the 2000s.

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Steve Novella: 1955 Topps Baseball PSA Set Break – Auctions End Thursday March 19

1955 Topps Baseball PSA Set Break selling card by card ending Thursday 03/12. Includes PSA 9 (2 cards); PSA 8.5 (1 card); PSA 8 (40 cards); PSA 7.5 (3 cards); PSA 7 (55 cards); PSA 6 (55 cards) and a group lot.

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Michael Jordan’s Earliest Known Professional Game-Worn Nike Air Shoes Set for Auction

The shoes that Jordan wore in the Bulls’ 113-112 victory in which he scored 20 points will now be featured in SCP Auctions’ 2015 Spring Premier starting April 8 at The signed shoes are expected to fetch $50,000 or more.

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    PSA Video

Eminem Autograph Comparison – Most Dangerous Autographs of 2014
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    Collectors Corner

5,131 Cards for Sale Today valued at $479,902

Most Recent Listings:
1948 Leaf 37 George Connor
PSA NM+ 7.5...$495.00

1957 Topps 95 Mickey Mantle
PSA VG 3...$195.00

1999 Hoops Pure Players 1 Tim Duncan PSA GEM MT 10...$123.99

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

Who do you think is the right choice for the new face of MLB?
  1. Clayton Kershaw
  2. Andrew McCutchen
  3. Buster Posey
  4. Mike Trout
Click here to answer; and to view the latest issue’s survey results.

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