May 26, 2015 | Vol. 16 No. 10
  Collectors Club SMR Price Guide Pop Report Facts Services Set Registry®  
  Taking My Hacks: Red Hot Rookies

Like all other hobbies and collectible markets, fads come and go. Things get hot and go cold, sometimes in a blink of an eye. Usually the volatility is connected to modern items that can be impacted by current events, but what’s happening in the graded card market is far from a modern fad. In the next editorial, PSA’s Joe Orlando touches on the red hot rookie card market for both vintage and modern-era icons.

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Collecting the 1981 Topps Basketball Card Set – Topps’s Last 1980s Hoops Issue

toops-basketball-johnsonThe 1981 Topps basketball card set was coming off the card debut (1980) of NBA legends Magic Johnson and Larry Bird just a year earlier. Strangely enough, it turned out to be the last Topps basketball release of the decade. Just a few years later, some new manufacturers made their entry into the basketball card market, including Fleer in 1986. While the 1981 Topps set is absent any iconic rookie cards, it does contain an important Hall of Fame debut for Boston Celtics legend Kevin McHale. In the following article, we take an in-depth look at this 198-card issue.

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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 Nominations
The nominations are in and it is now time to vote for your favorite digital album. To vote, simply login to the PSA Set Registry message board and click on the thread and cast your vote.

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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  Clean Sweep’s Major Auction Ends Wednesday, June 3

The current Clean Sweep Auction is one of the largest auctions that they have offered in terms of sheer physical size of the lots in the auction. In this time of seemingly endlessly recycled material, this auction should really hit the spot for collectors looking for items that have not been previously offered at public sale.

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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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Sirius Sports Cards Auction #134 Now Open. Ends Thursday, May 28th

There are over 900+ lots for auction that will end on Thursday, May 28th, 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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Giovanni Sports Auctions’ May Auction CLOSES THIS FRIDAY!

Auction is scheduled to run from Monday, May 18th – Friday, May 29th & features many PSA Graded Cards and Certified Signatures! Auction features PSA Pre-Certified Signed Checks from Jackie Robinson & Ty Cobb as well as cards from Iconic sets such as T206, T202, T9 Turkey Reds, Goudey & more!

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1980 Rickey Henderson RC Tops $30,000 in Mile High Card Company Spring Elite Extra Innings Auction

Usually a forum for more moderately priced items targeted toward the casual collector, this Elite Extra Innings Auction was supercharged with many of the hottest cards in the hobby today. In addition to the incredible price on the Henderson, one of just 13 in existence, other important sales include a 1986 Fleer #57 Michael Jordan RC PSA 10, which fetched a near-record $14,800.

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The Beatles Autograph Comparison - PSA/DNA’s Most Dangerous
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    Collectors Corner

3,135 Cards for Sale Today valued at $411,431

Most Recent Listings:
1965 Topps 85 Jerry Selinger
PSA NM-MT+ 8.5...$95.00

1953 Topps 274 John Riddle
PSA NM 7...$230.00

1992 Stadium Club Beam Team 13 Mark Price PSA GEM MT 10...$25.00

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

Which of the following red hot, iconic rookies do you think has the best long term potential?
  1. 1951 Bowman #253 Mickey Mantle
  2. 1965 Topps #122 Joe Namath
  3. 1979 0-Pee-Chee #18 Wayne Gretzky
  4. 1986 Fleer #57 Michael Jordan
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