August 4, 2015 | Vol. 16 No. 15
  Collectors Club SMR Price Guide Pop Report Facts Services Set Registry®  
  Taking My Hacks: The Next Generation of Collectors

Cultivating new collectors is important to everyone in the hobby. It doesn’t matter if you are a company like PSA, a dealer, an auction house or a fellow collector; more participation is healthy for the market. One major challenge is that the youth of the today have more distractions than ever before. While trading card collecting may not be as popular as it once was with kids, some young people are still finding their way into the hobby. In the following editorial, PSA’s Joe Orlando shares a recent experience that gives him hope about the next generation of collectors.

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Fisk’s Focus on Everything – Looking at a Collection that Spans from 1948 to 1991!

bob-fisksBob Fisk is a name that you may or may not be familiar with. Fisk is one of the few hobbyists that have been recognized and inducted into PSA’s Collector Hall of Fame on the set registry. Why? Fisk’s vast collection is simply outstanding. It is not only fantastic in terms of quality and diversity, Fisk has made a concerted effort to complete what he starts. In other words, most of his sets are either 100% complete or very close to it, which is at the core of what collecting is about. In the following article, Fisk shares his thoughts about the hobby and talks to us about his collecting pursuits.

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    Set Registry Spotlight

The Crandell Collection – The Number One Current Finest The Big Three Basketball Mega Set
In the world of basketball cards, the 1948 Bowman, 1957 Topps and 1961 Fleer sets have long been considered the three premier vintage hoops sets in the hobby. Three different manufacturers, three different years, full of iconic hardwood legends. At the time, other than a handful of regional or more esoteric productions, these three issues were the only mainstream sets released. From George Mikan to Bill Russell to Wilt Chamberlain, the most important rookie cards of the period are found in this Mega Set. You need 218 cards in all to complete it and this year’s winner ranks second on our All-Time Finest list, with every card in the run grading PSA 8 or better. It’s a set of tremendous quality and importance. Click here to view this set.

PSA Set Registry Luncheon
We had a full house at the Set Registry luncheon held during the National. It was great to see some new faces, as well as our regulars. The success of the luncheon was because of you, our members. Thank you for all who were able to attend. And for those that were not able to attend, we hope to see you next year.

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!
  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 manners 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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2015 Goldin Auctions Summer Auction Part 2 Closing August 8

Fresh on the heels of its record breaking live auction at the National Sports Collector’s Convention on July 31 that generated more than $3 million in sales, the second half of the 2015 Goldin Auctions Summer Auction offers a wide array of rare and unique sports, entertainment, historical and pop culture memorabilia through August 8th at

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Love of the Game Auctions’ Summer 2015 Sale is Open and Ends this Saturday, August 8!

Love of the Game Auctions’ Summer 2015 auction is now open for bidding and closes this Saturday, August 8. The sale features sports and non-sports cards and memorabilia from the late 19th Century to the present, highlighted by an impossibly rare and remarkable 1930 Lou Gehrig game-used, photo-matched bat. The bat, which has been graded GU 9 by PSA/DNA, is one of the most rare and valuable of all game-used bats, and is the only known Lou Gehrig bat to be photo-matched.

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Sirius Sports Cards Auction #139 Now Open. Ends Thursday, August 6

Sirius Sports Cards Auction #139 is in progress. There are over 1,100+ lots for auction that will end on Thursday, August 6, 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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Unopened Product Leads the Way in Collect Auctions, Ends Thursday, August 6

Once again, Collect Auctions will offer a wide selection of unopened product in a sale slated to end Aug. 6 at Look for 1982 Donruss Baseball unopened rack and wax cases, 1983-85 Topps Baseball unopened vending case, 1985 Topps Baseball unopened vending case, 1986 Donruss Baseball wax sealed case, 1989 Upper Deck Baseball high-number wax box sealed case and 1990 Leaf Baseball Series 1 wax box sealed case.

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Alex Rodriguez’s Game-Used Bat to Get His First Major League Hit Goes Up for Auction August 5th

On May 7, 2015, New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez passed Hall of Famer Willie Mays on Major League Baseball’s all-time career home run list with his 661st round-tripper. Now playing in his 21st season in the major leagues with more than 3,000 hits to his credit, he has certainly made a name for himself. Next month, collectors can get their hands on one of Rodriguez's very first pieces of game-used baseball memorabilia. The signed and inscribed bat from which he delivered his very first MLB hit back on July 9, 1994, as a member of the Seattle Mariners goes on the auction block at starting on Wed., August 5.

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Sterling Sports Auctions #44 is Now Open for Bidding! Closes August 6th

Auction features 1934 World Wide Gum Babe Ruth, 1887 N172 Old Judge Amos Rusie, 1933 Goudey Lou Gehrig, T206 Ty Cobb, and more. Plus a nice selection of PSA graded cards including T202s. Auction is scheduled to end August 6th.

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Building the Mount Rushmore of Baseball Cards
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    Collectors Corner

2,926 Cards for Sale Today valued at $406,380

Most Recent Listings:
1949 Leaf 39 Jim White PSA
EX-MT+ 6.5...$195.00

1970 Kellogg’s 10 Jim Maloney PSA
Mint 9...$14.00

1981 Topps 158 Fergie Jenkins PSA
VG-EX 4...$5.00

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

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

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

Which of the following 1980s baseball rookie cards has the most upside in your opinion?
  1. 1982 Topps Traded #98 Cal Ripken, Jr.
  2. 1983 Topps #482 Tony Gwynn
  3. 1983 Topps #498 Wade Boggs
  4. 1989 Upper Deck #1 Ken Griffey, Jr.
Click here to answer; and to view the latest issue’s survey results.

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