July 21, 2015 | Vol. 16 No. 14
  Collectors Club SMR Price Guide Pop Report Facts Services Set Registry®  
  Michael Jordan, Walter Payton and Ernie Banks – Examining the Autographs of Three Chicago Sports Giants

In the world of sports, there are certain cities that take legacy and tradition to the next level. Places like Boston, Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco are some examples where diehard fans come out in droves to support their teams. Chicago is no exception. Chicago’s rich sports history has provided collectors with fan favorites from every major sport. In the following article, we take a look at three sports icons from this city and their desirable autographs – Ernie Banks, Walter Payton and Michael Jordan.

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As Easy as 1-2-3 – Collecting Chicago Cubs Stars from the First Half of the 20th Century

joe-tinkerThe Chicago Cubs have been in a long drought in baseball...at least as far as World Series championships are concerned. Even though fans have suffered for a long time, the Cubs have – perhaps – the most loyal fans in all of baseball. During periods of the early 20th century, however, the Cubs were often one of the teams to beat and several of the team’s stars went on to become baseball legends. In the following piece, we delve into collecting the Cubs players who rose to stardom in the pre-1950 era.

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PSA Monthly Specials

    Set Registry Spotlight

2015 PSA Set Registry Award Winners Announced!
And the winners are...
Click here to view a list of winners and set descriptions. Click here to view a list of 2015 HOF inductees. Congratulations to all of the 2015 winners. For information about the 2016 PSA Set Registry awards, please click here.

PSA Set Registry Luncheon
Reservations were being accepted through 7/17. For those who rsvp’d, we look forward to seeing you there!

PSA Top Pop Bonus
Items that have the highest grade with none graded higher will now receive bonus points. Visit the Rules page for details. Sets are currently still recalculating in order by sport. It may take another week or so before all have been calculated. Watch the news page for updates. If, after this time, you feel your points are not calculating correctly, please contact [email protected].

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,
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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!
  Summer 2015 Vintage Trading Cards and Memorabilia Auction

This is the final week to place bids in Greg Bussineau Sports Rarities’ "Summer 2015 Vintage Trading Cards and Memorabilia Auction." The auction features 980 lots of important rarities, highest graded examples, legendary Hall-of-Famer cards, and complete sets. All lots can be viewed at www.gregbussineau.com.

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2015 Goldin Auctions Summer Auction is Live!

100 premium items to sell in a live auction at the National Sports Collector’s Convention on July 31, and 1,200+ other lots open for bidding through August 8th at www.GoldinAuctions.com.

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Bidding Open: July 30-31 Heritage Platinum Night Sports Auction – Chicago

A c. 1860 Brooklyn Atlantics Baseball Card, passed down in the family of player Archibald McMahon for more than 150 years, will be on the block Thursday, July 30, 2015, during the Heritage Platinum Night Sports Auction, held in conjunction with the 2015 National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago. It is expected to bring $50,000+.

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Clean Sweep’s Two-Day Memorabilia Auction: Ends August
5 and 6

The current Clean Sweep Auction is a fine two-day auction with all manner of interesting autographs and memorabilia from all of the major sports. This is their affordable auction, with almost all lots carrying a retail value of $500 or less and very low minimum bids.

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Consign to Mile High Card Company at the National for a Chance to Win a 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle Card!

Mile High Card Company will be accepting consignments at the National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago July 29th – August 2nd and one consignor will be taking home a 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle PSA AUTHENTIC.

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Sirius Sports Cards Auction #138 Now Open. Ends Thursday, July 23rd

Sirius Sports Cards Auction #138 is in progress. There are over 1,100+ lots for auction that will end on Thursday, July 23rd, 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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Steve Novella: Misc. PSA Baseball & Football Card Auctions – Ending Tuesday, July 21

35DS Grove & Hubbell – 60+ 55B Baseball cards, mostly grading PSA 7 & PSA 8 – 62T Mantle. 1950 Bowman to 1958 Topps Football Cards. Visit eBay ID www.stevenovella.com for details and a complete listing.

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PSA Giving Away Free "Evolution of the Baseball Card" Posters at 2015 National

The 24 by 36 inch full-color posters depict 18 PSA-certified baseball cards dating from an 1887 Old Judge Cap Anson to an autographed 2014 Bowman Chrome Kris Bryant card. Other cards illustrated on the posters include T206 Honus Wagner, 1915 Cracker Jack Joe Jackson, 1933 Goudey Babe Ruth, 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle and 2001 Finest Autographs Albert Pujols signed card, all featured in PSA holders.

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    Collectors Corner

2,939 Cards for Sale Today valued at $406,686

Most Recent Listings:
1969 Topps 152 W.K. Hicks PSA
Mint 9...$39.00

1982 TCMA Baseballs Greatest Sluggers 15 Yogi Berra PSA Mint 9...$12.99

2000 Skybox Dominion Milestones 2 Roger Clemens PSA GEM MT 10...$49.99

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

2015 Topps Tribute Dual Autographs Tdakk Clayton Kershaw/Sandy Koufax Red 1/1 PSA Mint 9...$10,500.00

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

In your opinion, which of the following athletes has the best chance of becoming the next Chicago sports icon?
  1. Derrick Rose
  2. Kris Bryant
  3. Matt Forte
  4. Jose Abreu
Click here to answer; and to view the latest issue’s survey results.

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