April 26, 2016 | Vol. 17 No. 9
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  Ryne Sandberg – Respect for “Ryno”

Ryne SandbergWhile Ryne Sandberg was a very popular player with the Chicago Cubs in the 1980s and 1990s, he tends to be overshadowed by some of the stars who put up inhuman numbers during the era, an era that is somewhat tainted in the minds of some fans.  Sandberg had power, speed and a dependable glove.  Perhaps more than anything else, Sandberg had a solid reputation when it came to his character.  As a result, his cards remain popular with collectors.  In the following piece, we take an in-depth look at his career in cardboard. 

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Collecting the 1982 Topps Baseball Set – The First 792-Card Set

Nolan RyanIn 1982, Topps unleashed a monstrous set, tallying nearly 800 total cards in order to complete it.  At the heart of this set is an “Iron Man” – Cal Ripken, Jr. – whose rookie card still commands respect in the marketplace along with a handful of other rookie cards produced in 1982.  The early-to-mid 1980s was a time of transition in baseball as some of the all-time greats were winding down their career and a new crop of talent was about to take over.  In the next article, we take a look at all the stars that make this set interesting.

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Collecting the 1985 Topps Baseball Card Set Can It Overcome the “Jinx”?

Mark McGwireBy 1985, several new faces were dominating the headlines in baseball.  The likes of Tony Gwynn, Don Mattingly, Dwight Gooden and Darryl Strawberry were already making their mark very quickly.  The 1985 Topps set contained all of these fresh faces, including a few more new ones in Roger Clemens, Kirby Puckett and it even contained an Olympic card of a player who would not make his MLB debut for another year — Mark McGwire.  All three players became superstars of the sport, but each of them also endured either strange or controversial endings to their careers.  In this article, we take a closer look at a set that was once the darling of the hobby.

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Set Registry Spotlight

DJR – 1888 Allen & Ginter Pirates of the Spanish Main (N19)
The Allen & Ginter Cigarette Company produced many great 19th Century trading cards sets, covering a wide range of subjects.  Beyond some of the popular baseball cards produced by the company, they also issued a large number of non-sports sets.  The subject matter of these sets ranged from American Indians to wild animals to flags from around the globe.  The one thing all of these sets have in common is that each subject was depicted using fine artwork.  Some of the most visually-stunning cards you will ever lay your eyes on were produced by Allen & Ginter in the late-1800s.  The 2015 winner for Best 19th Century Vintage Non-Sports Set of the Year, which has a 7.03 GPA and more than a full-point lead over all of its competitors, is a great example of the aesthetic appeal generated by the company.  The 1888 N19 Pirates of the Spanish Main set contains 50 cards and each card features a different pirate.  While there is no way to confirm how accurate or authentic the depictions are, the most recognizable pirate in the set is, arguably, Edward Teach – otherwise known as Blackbeard. Click here for a glimpse of this set.

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The 2016 PSA Set Registry award deadline is Tuesday, May 31st. As in previous years, the cut-off for requests for additions to the set composites is April 30th. We will guarantee that the cards you request by April 30th, if approved, will be added to the set composites prior to the awards deadline. Currently, set updates are running approximately 1-3 business days.
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  Robert Edward Auctions’ Blockbuster Spring Auction: Open for Bidding, Ends April 30

Bidding is underway in Robert Edward Auctions’ blockbuster Spring Auction event, with more than 1900 lots from all areas of sports and non-sports featured throughout the sale. The final day for bidding is Saturday, April 30.

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New York Yankees Steakhouse in New York City to Host Goldin Auctions April Premium Live Auction

New York City will be the center of the sports memorabilia world on April 30, when Goldin Auctions hosts the 2016 Goldin Auctions April Premium Live Auction at New York Yankees Steakhouse (7 West 51 Street, NYC). Featuring 76 lots of sports memorabilia, with each lot valued at over $10,000, the auction preview is open at GoldinAuctions.com. Goldin Auctions will also conduct a corresponding online auction with 1,000+ lots through May 7.

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Heritage Smashes Multiple World Records in 1933 Goudey PSA Set Registry Auction

The April 14, 2016 auction of the 1933 Goudey PSA Registry Set at Heritage Auctions proved itself to be a juggernaut, as prices soared – totaling more than $1.17 million in all and setting world record prices along the way – when the first great bubble gum baseball card set was offered to collectors.

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Doc Adams’ 1857 ‘Laws Of Base Ball’ Documents Sell For $3.3 Million in SCP Auctions’ 2016 Spring Premier

Like a heavyweight prizefight, online bidders were trading blow for blow in hot pursuit of the historical 1857 “Laws of Base Ball” documents in SCP Auctions’ 2016 Spring Premier auction, which concluded early Sunday morning. Once the dust had settled, an eye-popping high bid of $3,263,246 secured the precious baseball pages whose author was recently identified as Daniel Lucius “Doc” Adams, who was then serving as President of the New York Knickerbockers Base Ball Club.

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High Grade 1960 Topps and 1964 Topps PSA Set Breaks - Ending Tuesday, April 26th (60T) and Thursday, April 28th (64T)

Steve Novella offers a high grade 1960 Topps Baseball PSA Set Break and a 1964 Topps Baseball Set break with nearly 400 Cards - ALL Grading PSA MINT 9. Includes all Leader cards, Berra, Mathews, Banks, WS Game 1, Mays, Killebrew, Koufax, Maris, Aaron, AL Bombers, Clemente, Gibson, Niekro (R) and many more.

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#1 Ranked Hank Aaron Card Collection Leads Off Memory Lane’s Spring Auction

The world’s top collection of mainstream Hank Aaron baseball cards is about to go on the auction block.

Memory Lane Inc. will offer the group of 25 cards that encompass Aaron’s record-smashing career as part of its Spring Rarities Auction, set to open Saturday, April 23. The collection includes a PSA 9 Aaron rookie card that will carry an opening bid of $50,000. The top rated Aaron Basic set on PSA’s Registry, the collection includes 23 9s and two 10s from 1954-‘74. Each card will be sold individually.

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Sirius Sports Auction #158 Is Open for Bidding: Ends Thursday, April 28, 2016

There are 891 lots for auction that will end on Thursday, April 28, 2016. 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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Newly Discovered 1915 E145 Cracker Jack Advertising Poster Leads Off Mile High Card Company April 2016 Auction

Mile High Card Company is ready to welcome the new baseball season with a stunning April 2016 auction, kicking off with the most recent hobby find, a 1915 E145 Cracker Jack advertising poster that was discovered in a barn in the upper Midwest. Once used as a display piece in local candy shops to promote the Cracker Jack baseball card offered with each purchase of a box of the caramel covered popcorn, there are now less than five known to exist. “It’s only fitting that such a rare and incredible piece of history starts off this event, but there are so many world-class items in what is one of our deepest auctions to date,” said MHCC President and CEO Brian Drent. The auction is open for bidding on and closes May 5th.

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    Collectors Corner

2,912 Cards for Sale Today valued at $479,136

Most Recent Listings:
1987 Topps 467 Randy St. Claire PSA GEM MT 10..$24.99

1965 Topps 533 Mets Rookie Stars PSA MINT 9..$125.00

1954 Topps 1 Ted Williams PSA VG-EX 4..$210.00

Most Valuable Listings:
1952 Bowman 218 Willie Mays PSA MINT 9..$39,999.99

1915 Cracker Jack 68 Honus Wagner PSA NM-MT 8..$18,995.00

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

The market has been red hot for vintage rookie cards in PSA 8, but which of the following rookies has exceeded your expectations most over the past year?
  1. 1954 Topps Hank Aaron #128
  2. 1955 Topps Sandy Koufax #123
  3. 1955 Topps Roberto Clemente #164
  4. 1965 Topps Joe Namath #122
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