PSA Insider - Sept. 13, 2007 | Vol. 8 Number 19 


Important Early Vintage Auction from Memory Lane Inc.
Memory Lane's latest auction features early vintage cards, including a Turkey Red Walter Johnson and a Mello-Mint Honus Wagner, plus cards featuring Ty Cobb, Nap Lajoie and Cy Young. Click here for more highlights from the auction.

R306 Babe Ruth to be Offered by Robert Edward Auctions
The 1933 R306 Butter Cream Confectionery card of Babe Ruth, one of the collecting world's greatest and most revered rarities, will be offered in Robert Edward Auctions' spring 2008 sale. Click here to learn how this legendary rarity came to light.

World Record of $2.8 Million Paid for Famed T206 Honus Wagner Baseball Card
The most famous and valuable trading card in the world was sold for the second time this year through a private transaction conducted by SCP Auctions. Click here to read more.

PSA/DNA Certifies Historic Bonds HR Balls #755 & 756
Two of the most famous home run baseballs in sports history, Barry Bonds' 755th and 756th, have been certified by PSA/DNA Authentication Services. The two eagerly-anticipated baseballs are now being offered in the SCP Auctions "Road to History" online auction that closes on September 15. Click here for more details.

An Acquisition of a Significant Collection of High Grade, Vintage, PSA-Graded Sets by Steve Novella
PSA Dealer Steve Novella is pleased to announce an acquisition of a significant collection of high grade, vintage, PSA-graded sets. The collection will be sold in September, October, and November 2007. Click here for auction highlights.

Memory Lane


Catching Cool Collectibles: The Collection of Washington Nationals Catcher Brian Schneider
As the starting catcher for the Washington Nationals, Brian Schneider is living a dream as a big league ballplayer. What many people don't know is that Schneider is also trying to amass a dream collection. In the following article, Schneider shares his thoughts about collecting. Click here to read more.


The Five Most Underrated Pre-War Baseball Cards
As many hobbyists know, pre-war baseball cards have been on fire over the past couple of years. With these cards escalating in value at light speed, are there any bargains left? In the following piece, Joe Orlando shares his insights on a few cards that may still be undervalued. Click here to read on.


D. Bryant - The Number One Current Finest 1970-71 Topps Set
D. Bryant has dominated this set since 2003 winning four Best of the Registry certificates and in 2006 winning the top award for Best Vintage Basketball Set of the Year (1971 and older). There's a reason for the accolades. The 175-card set, with a weighted GPA and Rating of 9.07, contains a large percentage of "Top Pops," which include the finest single graded #20 Earl Monroe, #27 Henry Finkel, #70 Elvin Hayes, #77 Happy Hairston, #80 Len Wilkens, #88 Larry Siegfried, #109 Connie Hawkins, #120 Walt Frazier, and #144 Clyde Lee. Very impressive, indeed! Click here to enjoy.

Basic Player Sets
A poll has gone out to those members who have basic football player sets registered to determine a set list for the basic sets. In coming weeks we will also be polling for the basketball and hockey basic sets. For more information, visit the Set Request page.

New Set Registry Special!
1960 - Present football cards. $5 per card/10 card minimum - Cards valued under $75. Click here for details.

Visit the Set Registry News page and learn which set composites have been recently added to the Registry and other Set Registry news. The following are new set composites added to the Registry:

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The PSA Set Registry is a work in progress and we invite your comments and ideas. Send your suggestions to [email protected].


Question: I have heard about the three major rarities in the T206 set in Honus Wagner, Eddie Plank and Sherry Magee, but why is the T206 Joe Doyle so valuable?

Answer: Early in production, some Joe Doyle cards were released, noting him as playing for "N.Y. NAT'L" when he actually played in the AL for the New York Highlanders. Another Doyle (Larry) played in the NL for the New York Giants. The mistake was corrected relatively quickly judging by the handful of error cards that are known at this time.




In your opinion and value aside, which of the following cards do you consider Lou Gehrig's most important?

  1. 1932 US Caramel
  2. 1933 Delong
  3. 1934 Goudey #37
  4. 1934 Goudey #61

Click here to answer. Results will be posted in the next Insider.

Results from last survey: It's a tie. 31% each said that Michael Vick and Darryl Strawberry were the athletes that arrived with the most hype but turned out to be the biggest busts. Click here for a complete breakdown.

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See PSA at These Upcoming Shows!

PSA Public Friday

Collectors Universe Lobby Area
1921 East Alton Avenue
Santa Ana, CA 92705

Sept. 14, 2007

Show Details:

  • PSA and PCGS representatives will be available to answer questions and accept submissions for all levels of service.

Public Hours:
10am - 4pm

More Information:
For more information on PSA Public Friday, call PSA Customer Service at (800) 325-1121.



San Jose Convention
Center - South Hall
435 South Market Street
San Jose, CA 95119

Oct. 5-7, 2007

Show Details:

  • PSA representatives will be available to answer questions and accept submissions for all levels of service.
  • PSA/DNA autograph experts will be available to authenticate your previously signed autographs on-site at the PSA Booth.

More Information:
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Philadelphia Sports Card and Memorabilia Show

Greater Reading Expo Center
Reading, PA

Oct. 12-14, 2007

Show Details:

  • PSA representatives will be available to answer questions and accept submissions for all levels of service.

  • PSA/DNA autograph experts will be available to authenticate your previously signed autographs on-site at the PSA Booth.

More Information:
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