September 29, 2015 | Vol. 16 No. 19
  Collectors Club SMR Price Guide Pop Report Facts Services Set Registry®  
  A Treasure Trove of the Titans’ Tools – Game-Used Bat Collector Scott Foraker on Amassing World-Class Lumber

Collecting professional model bats from the icons of the game has become increasingly popular over the years. Owning a tangible piece of baseball history, one that is customized for every player, has an obvious appeal. As more and more information has been unearthed about things such as bat ordering records and player characteristics, hobbyists have become more interested in adding some legendary lumber to their collections. In the following article, we had the chance to speak with one of the premier collectors from the bat collecting world – Scott Foraker – who shares his incredible collection and vast experience with the readers.

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Collecting, Researching, Pricing & Enjoying "The Monster" – An Analysis of T206 Backs (Part Two)

piedmont-cigboxThe 1909-11 T206 baseball card set has seemingly reached a new level of popularity in recent years. With increased, detailed information about the rarity of certain backs versus others, some collectors have decided to delve further into The Monster than ever before. It’s a set that offers more potential layers than a gargantuan onion and an unrivaled challenge in the card world. As a result, PSA founder David Hall and other industry experts have shared their findings in a short series of articles about the subject. In the following piece, Hall and company break down the T206 issue in further detail during Part Two of the series, covering rarity and pricing.

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    Set Registry Spotlight

Movin’ On Up – 1910-11 Sweet Caporal Postcards
One of the wonderful aspects about our hobby is that there always seems to be something else to learn, a collectible that you may have never seen in person or one of which you only have little knowledge. The 2015 winner for Best Pre-War Vintage Hockey Set of the Year represents that kind of set, a set that the average collector may not be too familiar with – but should be. Within the 1910 Sweet Caporal 45-photo postcard set of hockey subjects such as Georges Vezina are, perhaps, the most haunting images ever seen on any type of card. If you have never seen one before, do yourself a favor and venture online to view some images of this unique set. The portraits are truly stunning. The subjects look like ghosts from the past. You almost expect the eyes on each card to follow you like those on a painting in a haunted house! In addition to the striking appearance, the cards are very tough to find. Often times, you may see one here or there, but rarely do you see a complete set. This set is not only complete, it is the finest known. Its 7.05 GPA gives the set a near two-point lead on our All-Time Finest list. Click here to view this set.

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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].

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  Clean Sweep’s Major Auction Ends October 7, 2015

A truly terrific auction with all sorts of high points throughout the catalog. There is, in fact, so much quality material in this auction that this is the biggest catalog that we have ever produced.

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Paul Hornung’s Pro Football HOF Bust and Ken Keltner’s 1948 Cleveland Indians World Series Ring Highlight 2015 Worthridge Fall Sports Auction: Open Sept 30 and Closes October 25

Over 500 lots will be offered in Worthridge’s latest auction, beginning September 30. Items in this auction come from the personal collections of Paul Hornung, ABA All-Star Bill Melchionni, and the winningest Latino pitcher in MLB history, Dennis Martinez. Also included are pieces from the estates of dead ball era catcher Ivey Wingo, Chicago Bears All-Pro Ray Bray, and former NBA star and longtime Washington Bullet general manager Bob Ferry.

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Sirius Sports Cards Auction #143 Now Open. Ends Thursday, October 1

Final days to bid in Sirius Sports Cards Auction #143! There are 625 lots for auction that will end on Thursday, October 1 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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Legendary T206 Doyle Rarity Headlines Blockbuster REA Fall Auction Opening September 28. Closes October 17

Astounding Array of Items Includes 1916 Babe Ruth Rookie, Four 1952 Topps Mickey Mantles, Comprehensive 1952 Topps Collection, and Countless Additional Highlights!

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1950 Bowman Baseball PSA Set Break – Ends THURSDAY, October 1st

Breaking a 1950 Bowman Baseball PSA-Graded Set card by card on eBay ending Thursday, October 1st. All cards grade PSA 8. Each card starts $0.99/MB.

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Mile High Card Company October 2015 Auction Led by 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle PSA 8, 1951 Bowman Mantle RC PSA 8 and #3 Ranked 1953 Topps Baseball Set with Mantle PSA 8

Gearing up for their strongest event of the year, the Mile High Card Company Fall auction begins on Sept. 28th and ends October 15th, headlined by a quartet of world-class cards: an incredible 1952 Topps #311 Mantle PSA 8, 1951 Bowman #253 Mickey Mantle rookie card PSA 8, 1953-Stahl-Meyer Mantle PSA 7, part of the #1 PSA Set Registry ranked 1953 Stahl-Meyer collection with an 8.88 GPA and a 1953 Topps #82 Mantle PSA 8 from the #3 1953 Topps set, which carries an 8.41 GPA.

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Collecting MLB Bats, from Babe Ruth to Derek Jeter, and How Experts Use Photos: PSA10 Webcast Series
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    Collectors Corner

2,940 Cards for Sale Today valued at $405,741

Most Recent Listings:
1959 Topps 464 May’s Catch Makes Series History PSA NM 7...$56.00

1989 Upper Deck 25 Randy Johnson Star Rookie PSA Mint 9...$11.99

1949 Leaf 118 Fred Davis PSA
NM-MT 8...$495.00

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

If you could own one professional model, game-used bat, which of the following legendary lumber would you pick?
  1. Ty Cobb
  2. Lou Gehrig
  3. Jackie Robinson
  4. Babe Ruth
Click here to answer; and to view the latest issue’s survey results.

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