May 12, 2015 | Vol. 16 No. 9
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  Collecting the 1948 Leaf Boxing Card Set – A Mystery About "Rocky" and a Lesson in Boxing History

Well, we are about a week removed from the so-called Fight of the Era between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao. While it didn’t turn out to be the action-packed fight that most casual boxing fans hoped for, the sport will go on. Boxing, much like baseball, has a very rich history. A long line of legendary names have laced up the gloves over the decades. In the hobby, one of the most desirable boxing card sets ever released is the 1948 Leaf issue. From Jack Dempsey to Joe Louis to an incredible rarity in Rocky Graziano, this difficult set is one that provides a stiff test for boxing collectors. In the following piece, explore the appeal and historical importance of this terrific set.

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The 1957 Topps Robin Hood Card Set – An Underrated Set about a Timeless Hero

robin-hoodThe popularity of non-sports sets continues to grow over time, especially on the PSA Set Registry, as more and more collectors assemble sets based on iconic television shows, movies and characters. The allure of the fantasy world, bringing these fictional names and stories to life, is what this segment of the hobby is all about. That is certainly the case with Robin Hood, a story that has been told in various forms over the years. In 1957, Topps released a 60-card set based on the television series The Adventures of Robin Hood, which aired from 1955 to 1959. These colorized cards feature various characters and scenes, in a very bright format. In the next article, we talk to the collectors who pursue the man who stole from the rich to feed the poor.

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    Set Registry Spotlight

2015 PSA Set Registry Awards!
The PSA Set Registry award deadline is Friday, May 29th. Any new sets or edits to existing sets must be published before 5:00 pm EST (2:00 pm PST). We do not extend the deadline for any reason, so please plan ahead. Prior to the deadline, please check each of your sets in contention to make sure that all the items are in place. As in previous years, awards will be presented at the annual PSA Set Registry Luncheon. Email invitations for the luncheon will be mailed out mid-June. For more information about the PSA Set Registry awards, please Click here.

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. We’ve also added a new category for Best Digital Card Album award. We will be taking nominations until 5/15/15. Candidates should have high quality front and back images, an interesting set description and be complete. Send your nomination to [email protected] with the name of the album and a direct link to the album. Once all nominations are in, you will be given an opportunity to vote for your favorite.

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].

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  Muhammad Ali, Game Used Bats, and Unprecedented Sports Card Offerings Anchor Largest Heritage Sports Auction in History. Closing May 14 – 16

Just weeks after breaking multiple hobby records with more than $9.8 million realized in its February 2015 New York Platinum Night auction, Heritage storms back into the hobby headlines with its May 2015 Signature® auction featuring nearly 4,000 lots of rare trading cards and sports memorabilia.

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A New Look and a Collection of Premium Lots Highlight Mile High Card Company’s Spring Elite Extra Inning Auction

Coinciding with the rollout of a newly designed, state of the art website, Mile High Card Company is pleased to announce its Spring 2015 Elite Extra Innings Auction, which concludes on Thursday, May 14th. In addition to the normal array of moderately priced items, some of the hottest and most exclusive cards in the hobby will be offered.

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Sirius Sports Cards Auction #133 Now Open. Ends Thursday, May 14th

Sirius Sports Cards Auction #133 is in progress. There are over 700+ lots for auction that will end on Thursday, May 14th, 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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Goldin Auctions Accepting Consignments for This Summer’s Live, Catalog and Online Auction Through May 26th

Last summer, Goldin Auctions’ Babe Ruth 100th Anniversary Live Auction made national headlines and saw many record prices realized. This year, the company’s summer event will feature both a Live Auction at The National Sports Collector’s Convention in Chicago on July 31st and a conventional catalog/online auction at through August 8th.

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Mantle, Mays Rookie Cards Reach New Heights in Memory Lane Auction

A 1951 Bowman Mickey Mantle graded PSA 8 (NM/MT) sold for $95,600 early Sunday in Memory Lane’s Spring Break Auction. The price was the highest ever attained for a Bowman Mantle rookie card at public auction. Fewer than 50 Bowman Mantles have been graded 8 by PSA with only nine PSA 9s and one ten in existence. Just five years ago, the price on a Mantle’s ’true’ rookie card from his debut season with the New York Yankees in the same grade, was around $20,000.

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Sterling Sports Auction #42 is Open for Bidding! Closes Thursday, May 21st

Auction features 528 Lots from the four major sports, including Boxing and Non Sports. Hall of Famers/Commons, Graded/Ungraded, there is something for everyone.

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    Collectors Corner

3,015 Cards for Sale Today valued at $406,536

Most Recent Listings:
1952 Topps 53 Chris Van Cuyk Black Back PSA EX 5...$38.99

1953 Topps 73 Eddie Robinson PSA
NM-MT 8...$100.00

1951 Berk Ross 3-14 Wade Walker PSA
NM-MT 8...$89.00

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

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

1952 Bowman Large 136 Bert Rechichar PSA Mint 9...$4,495.00
    Survey Question

Value aside, which of the following is your favorite boxing card of all time?
  1. 1911 T9 Turkey Reds #76 Jack Johnson
  2. 1948 Leaf #48 Joe Louis
  3. 1948 Leaf #50 Rocky Graziano
  4. 1951 Topps Ringside #32 Rocky Marciano
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