June 23, 2015 | Vol. 16 No. 12
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  Collecting Mario Lemieux Hockey Cards – Identifying the Key Cards of Hockey’s Most Famous No. 66

Mario Lemieux was a force of nature during his prime. Aside from "The Great One" – Wayne Gretzky – no one could take over a game during the era like Super Mario could. Physically, some would argue that his combination of size and skill made him, perhaps, the most athletic ice legend of all time. Unfortunately for collectors and fans, his career was cut short due to injury. That said, even though his career was relatively short, the impression Mario made will stay with us forever. In the following article, we take an in-depth look at his career through the cards that feature his image.

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Collecting the 1985 O-Pee-Chee Hockey Card Set – More than Just Mario

opeechee-kevin-dineenThe 1985 O-Pee-Chee set, like many O-Pee-Chee sets from the period, remains extremely popular with collectors. Of course, the set is anchored by one of the most important rookie cards in the hobby – Mario Lemieux. In fact, recently, the card has reached new heights in the marketplace, selling between $7,500-$10,000 at auction. Despite the overwhelming value of the Lemieux rookie versus the rest of the set, collectors of this issue realize that it’s about more than just Mario. In the next piece, collectors share their insight about this modern-era classic and talk about the appeal of putting it together.

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    Set Registry Spotlight

2015 PSA Set Registry Award Winners to be Announced Soon!
The judges have selected this year’s winners and we are preparing to make the announcement soon. Congratulations to all of the 2015 winners. For more information about the PSA Set Registry awards, please click here.

PSA Set Registry Luncheon
Email invitations have been sent for the luncheon to be held on Friday, July 31st. Reservations are required. If you plan on attending, and have not already done so, please submit your RSVP to [email protected] no later than
July 17th.

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 http://www.psacard.com/PSASetRegistry/.

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™
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  Lelands.com Summer Auction Featuring Vintage Sports, Horse Racing and More: Now Open for Bidding!

A football used by Tom Brady and the New England Patriots during the infamous "Deflategate" game is being offered as part of the Lelands 2015 Vintage Sports Auction, which is now underway and concludes on July 17th. Bidding for the football – used by the Patriots when they scored a rushing touchdown in the third quarter of the AFC Championship game against the Indianapolis Colts – starts at $25,000.

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Jordan’s Game Used 1984 Olympic Sneakers Lead Grey Flannel June 24th Summer Auction, Ends This Wednesday

Grey Flannel’s Summer Games auction featuring top-tier game-used sports memorabilia closes this week on Wednesday, June 24. More than 900 lavishly illustrated lots representing all major sports are currently available to view online at www.greyflannelauctions.com.

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Sirius Sports Cards Auction #136 Now Open. Ends Thursday, June 25th

There are over 800+ lots for auction that feature many high grade and low pop cards for collectors to complete their sets from the 1950s through the 2000s.

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SportsCardLink Summer Auction is Now Live! Auction Ends
July 8th

The auction features a single owner collection of T205 & T206 Sovereign backs in PSA 5 – PSA 7 grade and close to 300 other T206 cards including Hindu Brown, Broad Leaf, Cycle, Tolstoi, EPDG, Old Mill & Polar Bear backs. Other highlights include 1887 Old Judge, T202, T207, T212, Turkey Red, E95 & E102 and many cards from the 1950s, which as we all know is a "sweet spot" for card collectors.

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E93 Standard Caramel Cobb, Mathewson and Wagner PSA 9, T210 Joe Jackson Power Mile High Card Company’s July Auction

Headlining the auction is a quartet of cards that stand as hallmarks of the industry. Ty Cobb, Christy Mathewson and Honus Wagner lead a group of 17 of the finest examples ever graded from the 30-card 1909 E93 Standard Caramel series. All three are graded PSA 9 and each is the only specimen in existence at that grade.

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Sterling Sports Auction #43 is Now Live! Auction Ends
June 25th

Auction consists of 517 lots from Baseball, Hockey, Basketball, Football, Boxing and Non Sports plus a nice selection of authenticated autographs. Also features a large selection of 1949 Bowman and 1953 Topps PSA cards.

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    Collectors Corner

3,067 Cards for Sale Today valued at $414,138

Most Recent Listings:
1953 Topps 221 Bob Milliken PSA
EX-MT 6...$58.00

1998 Fleer Zone 9 Chipper Jones PSA
GEM MT 10...$24.99

1953 Oregon Hal Reeve PSA
EX+ 5.5...$195.00

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

Aside from Wayne Gretzky, which one of the following hockey legends do you think is the most iconic?
  1. Gordie Howe
  2. Bobby Hull
  3. Bobby Orr
  4. Mario Lemieux
Click here to answer; and to view the latest issue’s survey results.

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