March 29, 2016 | Vol. 17 No. 7
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  Taking My Hacks: Building the Mount Rushmore of Baseball Autographs

joe-orlandoWith the 2016 MLB season around the corner, we thought it would be fun to build our own Mount Rushmore of baseball autographs. In a continuing series, we allow the viewers to help construct this mountainside of signatures. Our first three selections are Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle and Shoeless Joe Jackson. Who should take the #4 slot? In the following article, PSA’s Joe Orlando breaks down his selections and asks other hobbyists to consider their own.

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Brian Bancroft – Collecting the 2012 Topps Heritage Baseball Card Set

brian-bancroftBrian Bancroft has been a longtime Philadelphia Phillies fan and baseball card collector. Through the years, Bancroft was looking for a challenge that suited his taste and he finally found one. The 2012 Topps Heritage set is one that may scare the average collector. The Master Set requires well over 2,000 different cards, from modern-era stars to vintage icons to autographed cards. In the next article, we talk to Brian and find out how his attraction to the hobby – and this monstrous set – all began.

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Unlocking the Dating Mystery of Undated Yankee Tickets in the 1933-1947 Era

undated-yankess-tixIn the world of baseball tickets, it’s hard to envision a franchise with a more diverse selection of historical moments than the New York Yankees. Their abundance of championships and iconic figures makes collecting tickets of the "Bronx Bombers" a lot of fun. In the following article, a longtime hobbyist takes a look at a specific period in Yankee history: 1933-1947. It was during this time that undated tickets were produced, but our author’s goal is to unlock the mystery behind these relics.

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    Set Registry Spotlight

Oscar, Michael, etc – All-Time NBA Guards
With the announcement that this will be Kobe Bryant’s last year as an active player, it seems fitting to highlight some of the sport’s finest guards to have ever graced the court. From Bob Cousy, Oscar Robertson, and Walt Frazier to Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant, this 28-card composite has them all. Although missing one card, this collector’s set is littered with Top Pop cards and is the highest graded set ever to be registered on the PSA Set Registry. With a weighted GPA of 9.50, even sets that are complete are not near achieving the GPA of this set. Click here to view this set.

PSA CardFacts is Now in Your Set Registry
PSA CardFacts is the foremost online encyclopedia which provides collectors with expert narratives, articles, pricing, populations, and auction records for trading cards. The PSA Set Registry has incorporated PSA CardFacts into "My Set Registry" so you can now view all the details about your card right from your private inventory. Everything you find in CardFacts is there as well as any additional information you may have added about your particular card. Just login to the PSA Set Registry, go to "My Inventory" and click the link to "My CardFacts" in the "View" column next to the card you want to research. From the "My CardFacts" page you can upload/delete images, add/edit your own comments, add/edit your purchase date, source, cost, etc. It’s a complete picture of all the facts about your card, both specific and general.

Collectors Corner Marketplace
Exclusive to PSA Set Registry members, upload your inventory from My Inventory to sell on Collectors Corner. Collectors Corner cards are also listed on exposing your items for sale to a large audience of buyers. 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. Auction #233 – 2 Day Memorabilia Auction Ending Wednesday April 6th, Thursday April 7th 2016

Auction closes next week. This auction will offer affordable sports autographs and memorabilia. Nearly all items have a retail value of $500 or less and carry very low minimum bids.

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Greg Bussineau Sports Rarities Announces its Spring 2016 Vintage Trading Cards Auction March 17 - April 7, 2016

Greg Bussineau Sports Rarities’ "Spring 2016 Vintage Trading Cards Auction" is now open for bidding. The auction features 971 lots of important rarities, highest graded examples, legendary Hall-of-Famer cards, and complete sets. Bidding will end on Thursday, April 7th.

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Sirius Sports Auction #156 Is Open for Bidding: Ends Thursday, March 31st

There are 751 lots for Auction that will end on Thursday, March 31st. This Auction features many high-grade and low pop cards for Collectors to complete their sets from the 1950s to 1970s.

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Rich Altman’s Boston Show, April 15-17, 2016. New Guests Added!

Rich Altman’s Boston Show is returning for a seventh year to the Shriner’s Auditorium at 99 Fordham Road, Wilmington, MA on April 15-17, 2016.


  • Friday, April 15: doors open to the public from 12 Noon to 7:00 pm
  • Saturday, April 16: doors open to the public from 9 am to 5 pm
  • Sunday, April 17: doors open to the public from 10 am to 4 pm
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Small Traditions’ Spring Premium "Black Magic" Auction Preview & Consignments Wanted by 4/15

Like most athletes who played parts of their careers in the Empire State, Joe Morrison of the New York Football Giants earned his share of nicknames: Old Dependable, they called him, Mr. Versatility, Captain, Most Valuable Player, Mr. Wonderful even. After his playing career, he earned yet another name when he surprised the nation and coached the USC Gamecocks to the Gator Bowl, earning himself honors as the Walter Camp National College Football Coach of the Year. "The Man in Black," they dubbed him in Columbia. And USC’s unforgettable season: "Black Magic."

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Rare Weil Baking Ruth Rookie Brings Big Price in Memory Lane Sale

One of a small number of 1916 Babe Ruth rookie cards with Weil Baking Company advertising on the back topped the sales list in Memory Lane Inc.’s recently completed I Own It Now catalog.

One of the rarest variations of the familiar Ruth card issued through numerous sponsors 100 years ago, the EX graded example sold within minutes of the sale’s opening last week for a price of $136,850 including a 15% buyer’s premium added to all purchases. Last fall, the same card had sold elsewhere at auction for just over $87,000.

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Babe Ruth Autograph Comparison –
What to look for
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    Collectors Corner

2,838 Cards for Sale Today valued at $446,447

Most Recent Listings:
1987 Fleer Glossy 204 Barry Larkin
PSA GEM MT 10...$93.99

1967 Topps 45 Roger Maris
PSA NM 7...$65.00

1973 Topps 50 Roberto Clemente
PSA NM-MT 8...$70.00

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

Which one of the following baseball autographs do you think has the most eye appeal?
  1. Babe Ruth
  2. Mickey Mantle
  3. Roberto Clemente
  4. Christy Mathewson
Click here to answer; and to view the latest issue’s survey results.
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