January 19, 2016 | Vol. 17 No. 2
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  Collecting Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Cards and Memorabilia – Junior Headed to Cooperstown

ken-griffeyDuring a time when PED usage became a serious threat to the integrity of Major League Baseball, Ken Griffey, Jr. remained a standout without any ties to the drugs that ruined the credibility of several contemporary stars. As one of the best five-tool talents the game has ever seen, Griffey did it all during his illustrious career. Along with Mike Piazza, Griffey is headed to the Hall later this year. In the following article, we dig further into the collectibles of the man with the sweetest swing of his generation.

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Jimmie Foxx – Collecting Baseball Cards and Memorabilia of "The Beast"

jimmie-foxxDuring the 1920s and 1930s, baseball pitchers throughout the league were terrorized by the likes of Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, but one could argue that no batter injected more fear into opposing hurlers than "The Beast." Jimmie Foxx was a handful at the plate. Foxx could hit for average and he possessed, perhaps, more raw power than anyone in the game during his prime. While Foxx had a natural ability to intimidate as a player, he couldn’t be more different as a person. In the next piece, we explore the cards of this affable strongman.

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From Missiles to Mantle: Meet Ron Hobbs, a Successful Statistics Major that Relishes Set Building

ron-hobbsRon Hobbs has been collecting for decades, with a specialty in vintage baseball cards. From Hank Aaron to Mickey Mantle, Hobbs has amassed some terrific cards from the 1950s and 1960s, including some of the best complete sets on the PSA Set Registry. In the following article, we take a closer look at the collector who had the courage to open a 1952 Topps pack over 50 years after the set was released.

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    Set Registry Spotlight

Heifetz – 1948 Bowman
Even though this 72-card set is not very large, it is an important set amongst collectors. To some, the reason could be the many rookie cards sprinkled throughout the set. Arguably the most important card in this set is the George Mikan rookie card. To others, it is important as it was, at the time, the only basketball issue from Bowman. Littered throughout with "Top Pop" cards, anyone can clearly see why this multi-award winning set has dominated the top spot since 2005! Complete and with a GPA of 9.02, this is one of the finest sets ever registered with PSA and highly deserving of its repeated recognition. Click here to view this set.

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  Clean Sweep’s Major Auction: Bidding is Open and Ends February 3, 2016

The centerpiece of this auction is a very high grade collection of sets and near-sets from 1939 through 1969. These are mostly from a single owner who worked tirelessly at shows in the 1990s and early 2000s, assembling all of these the old fashioned way, card-by-card. These are exceptionally well centered and fine sets, and perhaps best of all, have not been seen on the market until now and are fresh to the current hobby.

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New World’s Records by Lelands.com: A 1985 Kentucky Derby Owner’s Trophy Sells for a Record $188,305 and Jackie Robinson’s 1962 Hall of Fame Induction Plaque Fetches $72,600 in the Lelands.com Traditions Vintage Sports Auction. Final week to consign to their May 2016 Auction

The 1985 Kentucky Derby Owner’s Trophy sold for a record $188,305, and Jackie Robinson’s original 1962 Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Plaque garnered $72,600 in the Lelands.com Traditions Vintage Sports Auction, which closed Jan. 8. The Lelands.com auction also featured a 1930-31 Babe Ruth game-used bat ($70,738), a Moe Berg single signed baseball ($35,458), 2015 Triple Crown champ American Pharoah’s halter ($19,326), a 1927 Pid Purdy Cincinnati Reds game-worn uniform ($27,569), a Ruffian race-worn saddle from Jacinto Vasquez ($21,780), and a complete uniform worn by actor Tom Hanks in "A League of Their Own" ($13,343), a 1909 World Series seventh and deciding game full unused ticket ($26,003).

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Ends This Thursday, January 21: Sirius Sports Cards Auction #152

There are 720 lots for auction that will end on Thursday, January 21, 2016 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 1970s.

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Five Super Bowl Player Rings and Tom Brady’s Boxer Shorts Among the Rare Football Memorabilia in the Goldin Auctions 2016 Winter Auction. Closes Saturday, January 30

Throughout January, the best football teams will be battling on the field in search of a championship. Similarly, from now through January 30th, 2016, football fans and collectors will be competing online at www.GoldinAuctions.com as more than 200 lots of football memorabilia from Super Bowl and championship game rings to game worn jersey from football legends are up for bids as part of the 1,400-plus lot auction.

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Strong Bidding Continues in Mile High Card Company January Auction, Closing January 21

Mile High Card Company’s Elite January Auction opened to heavy bidding that is expected to continue at a steady pace right up to the January 21st close. Leading the selection of high-profile items is a PSA 9 1954 Topps #128 Henry Aaron RC, which quickly breezed past the $100,000 mark on its way to what will likely be a new record price.

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Immaculate ’65 Kahn’s Collection w/ 27 PSA 10s Highlights STs Vintage Baseball New Year’s Auction Now Open for Bidding. Closes January 23

Highlighting over 600 vintage baseball lots in its current Vintage Baseball New Year’s Auction, Denver-based auction firm Small Traditions LLC is breaking up one of the finest 1965 Kahn’s Wieners collections in existence. With 27 of the 45 cards graded PSA 10 Gem Mint, including Pete Rose and Hall of Famers Frank Robinson, Willie Stargell and Bill Mazeroski, the no-reserve auction presents interested bidders with the unique opportunity to claim (or to defend, for good) the #1 current and all-time finest positions on the hotly contested PSA Set Registry leader board.

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Love of the Game Auctions’ Winter, 2016 Sale is Underway! Closes January 30, 2016

The sale features sports and non-sports cards and memorabilia from the late 19th Century to the present, highlighted by the amazing 1930 Boston Post Old-Timer’s Day Multi-Signed Poster. The poster was created by participants in the 1930 event, to be given to former Red Sox catcher Lou Criger, who was unable to attend the game due to illness. The hand-lettered poster was signed by 49 deadball era figures, including Honus Wagner, Ty Cobb, Cy Young, Ed Walsh, "Nuf Ced" McGreevy, Johnny Evers, and more. Another auction highlight is a 929 Lou Gehrig Game-Used Bat. The bat, a beautiful Hanna Batrite, is another newly-discovered bat that was discovered in an antique store several decades ago.

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Mantle Cards Crush Records in Memory Lane Auction

Highlighted by an ultra-high grade run of Mickey Mantle cards, Memory Lane’s Winter Classic Auction tallied over $2.1 million and set several hobby records when bidding wrapped up early Sunday morning. The Empire State Collection, a remarkable run of every basic Mickey Mantle card from his career (1951-1969), sold for a combined $759,100. Fourteen of the 21 cards in the collection sold for the highest price ever recorded for their grades.

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    Collectors Corner

2,772 Cards for Sale Today valued at $462,223

Most Recent Listings:
1985 Topps 536 Kirby Puckett PSA
GEM MT 10...$159.99

1972 Topps 180 Artis Gilmore PSA
NM-MT 8...$47.99

1951 Bowman 276 Frank Quinn PSA
EX-MT 6...$32.00

Most Valuable Listings:
1952 Bowman 218 Willie Mays PSA
MINT 9...$34,999.99

1910 E98 Set Of 30 Hans Wagner
Red-Black Swamp Find PSA
NM-MT 8...$14,999.99

1915 Cracker Jack 68 Honus Wagner PSA NM-MT 8...$14,995.00
    Survey Question

In your opinion, which of the following players is the greatest slugger of their era?
  1. Barry Bonds
  2. Ken Griffey, Jr.
  3. Mark McGwire
  4. Sammy Sosa
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