March 31, 2015 | Vol. 16 No. 7
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  Collecting, Researching, Pricing & Enjoying "The Monster" – An Analysis of T206 Backs

back-cardThe 1909-11 T206 baseball card set has always been one of the staples of the hobby. In recent years, some collectors have started to dig even deeper into "The Monster". Those collectors will tell you that there is much more than meets the eye when it comes to this iconic issue. As if the Base set wasn't difficult enough, some hobbyists have decided to take their collecting a step further by pursuing different back variations. Which T206 backs are the toughest? In the following article, some of the most experienced T206 collectors in the hobby provide their insight into the ultimate T206 checklist, including in-depth analysis about all the possible backs.

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Collecting the 1977 Topps Basketball Card Set – An Underrated 1970s Hoops Issue

abdul-jabberDuring the 1970s, the sport of basketball began to turn a corner, which resulted in a tremendous decade for hoops fans the following decade. Before Magic, Bird and Jordan emerged, there were players like "Dr. J," Moses and the "Iceman" who paved the way. The 1977 Topps basketball set, while not as popular as some of the other issues released during the decade, is appealing in its own right. Within this 132-card set, HOF rookie cards of Adrian Dantley and Robert Parish join a host of other great stars who helped shape the game before the 1980s rolled around. In the next article, we take a closer look at a set that may be a sleeper in the basketball card world.

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    Set Registry Spotlight

palacejester – The Number One Current Finest 1952 Bowman Large Football Set
The 1952 Bowman Large football card set has long been one of the iconic issues in the hobby. Visually stunning, the colorful artwork on these cards has captivated collectors over the years, especially since the cards were produced in a slightly larger format compared to its "small" sister set. There are several very tough cards in the set including a host of short prints, which includes the #1 Norm Van Brocklin card, and the most valuable card of all – the #144 Jim Lansford card – which is notoriously off center and the last card in the set. The 2014 award winner for Best Vintage Football Set of the Year (pre-1960) is one of only two sets on the Current Finest list to exhibit an overall GPA of PSA 8 or better at 8.07. Click here to view this set.

The New PSA Digital Album
PSA has created the PSA Digital Card Album. Now you can show off your PSA Set Registry trading cars 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!
  Greg Bussineau Sports Rarities Announces its Spring 2015 Vintage Trading Cards and Memorabilia Auction

Greg Bussineau Sports Rarities’ "Spring 2015 Vintage Trading Cards and Memorabilia Auction" is now open for bidding. The auction features 1,182 lots of important rarities, highest graded examples, legendary Hall-of-Famer cards, and complete sets. Bidding will end on Thursday, April 9th.

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Unopened Product Bonanza at Collect Auctions. Auction Now Open. Ends April 2

A hurdle to overcome is finding sources for unopened product. You aren’t going to find them in every shop or auction. One place that has an abundance of unopened product this spring is Collect Auctions, featuring more than 50 different unopened lots. Auction is now open and ends April 2 at

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Sirius Sports Cards Auction #130 is in Progress. Ends Thursday, April 2nd

There are over 500+ lots for auction that will end on Thursday, April 2nd, 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 1950s through the 2000s.

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Rich Altman’s Boston Show is Returning for a Sixth Year to The Shriner’s Auditorium at 99 Fordham Road, Wilmington, MA on April 10-12, 2015

Rich Altman’s Boston Show is returning for a sixth year to the Shriner’s Auditorium at 99 Fordham Road, Wilmington, MA on April 10-12, 2015.

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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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John F. Kennedy Autograph Comparison – PSA/DNA’s Most Dangerous Autographs
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    Collectors Corner

4,697 Cards for Sale Today valued at $458,935

Most Recent Listings:
1964 Topps CFL 68 Jackie Parker PSA
NM-MT+ 8.5...$149.00

1980 Topps 418 Clay Matthews PSA
NM-MT 8...$20.00

1962 Topps 50 Stan Musial PSA
EX-MT+ 6.5...$78.00

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

Value aside, which of the following is your favorite 1909-11 T206 Ty Cobb baseball card?
  1. Ty Cobb Red Portrait
  2. Ty Cobb Green Portrait
  3. Ty Cobb Bat on Shoulder
  4. Ty Cobb Bat off Shoulder
Click here to answer; and to view the latest issue’s survey results.
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