PSA Insider - October 7, 2008 | Vol. 9 Number 20 
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Mastro Auctions Classic Collector Auction Full Preview is Open. Bidding Opens This Monday.
The Full Preview of the Upcoming October 2008 Classic Collector Auction is now available. Bidding starts at 10 a.m. Central Time on Monday October 13, 2008. You can set up your watched lots list now for a head start before bidding begins on Monday. With 2119 lots available, you should be able to find something of interest in this auction. Session One Lots (1 - 893) will close on Wednesday, October 29th. Session Two Lots (894 - 2119) will close on Thursday, October 30th. Visit

Huggins & Scott Auctions: Fall 2008 Masterpiece Auction is Now Open for Bidding. Auction Closes October 22-23.
This auction includes 1,418 lots of sports and Americana items. To view highlights and to bid, visit The auction closes October 22-23.

Babe Ruth Cap, Other Newly Discovered Treasures To Make Thrilling Debut in Heritage Sports Auction. Closes October 17-18
A baseball cap worn by Babe Ruth during a 1920's barnstorming tour will be one of the highlights when Heritage Auction Galleries' Sports Collectibles division presents a stunning array of vintage sports memorabilia and trading cards in their upcoming October 17th and 18th, 2008 Signature Auction to be held in Dallas, Texas. To bid, visit Click here to read more.


Taking My Hacks: In Defense of Quality Auctioneers
Over the last several years, a small group of quality auctioneers have emerged in the hobby. These auctioneers will often times offer over a thousand lots per auction. Once in a while, these auctions may make a mistake whether the mistake comes in the form of an error in the auction write-up or offering an item that turns out to not be authentic. We all have to remember that auctioneers, just as we are, are human. In the following piece, Joe Orlando discusses the importance of keeping auction errors in perspective. More...


PSA Dealer Profile: Rob Rosen - The High-End King
Rob Rosen has been a collector and dealer of high-end sports memorabilia for many years. Rosen, the owner of, specializes in offering very unique, high-end collectibles that are certified by PSA and PSA/DNA from autographs of baseball legends such as Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Mickey Mantle, Joe DiMaggio and Roger Maris to games-used bats from some of baseball's greatest sluggers. In the following piece, we find out why Rosen has such a fascination with handling the best of the very best in sports memorabilia. More...


MorrellMan's '59 Morrells- The Number One Current Finest 1959 Morrell Meats Dodgers Set
This collector has been in the top spot for five years, winning a "Best of the Registry" certificate for each year. This set, at 100% complete and with a rating of 5.67, is not far from the finest possible of 6.41. The set contains some of baseball's brightest stars. Within the collection are several of the finest graded examples. In addition, this collector has included images for all to enjoy. Click here to view.

Set Registry Special!
1960-Present - Sports and Non Sport Cards - For cards Valued under $100 - 10 Card Min - $6 each. Click here for details.

Benefits for Free Submissions Expanded
We are now offering expanded benefits for those larger sets that are being completed. Here is the complete list:
If the set composition is 1-50 cards or tickets you are entitled to 1 free grading.
If the set composition is 51-150 cards or tickets you are entitled to 2 free gradings.
If the set composition is 151-300 cards or tickets you are entitled to 3 free gradings.
If the set composition is 301-750 cards or tickets you are entitled to 5 free gradings.
If the set composition is 751-1500 cards or tickets you are entitled to 6 free gradings.
If the set composition is over 1500 cards or tickets you are entitled to 7 free gradings.
For information about how to submit your request for free submissions, visit the Benefits page.

New Set Composites Online

  • 1993 Donruss Triple Play Nicknames Baseball
  • 2001 Fleer Greats of the Game Autos Baseball
  • 2001 Fleer Greats of the Game Feel the Game Classics Baseball
  • Bowman 1948-1955 Run - Master Baseball
  • Topps 1970s Run - Master Baseball
  • Hall of Fame Brooklyn Los Angeles Dodgers
  • Hall of Fame Cleveland Indians
  • Bert Blyleven Master Topps Set
  • Cletis Boyer Basic Set
  • Cletis Boyer Master Set
  • Rod Carew Basic & Collectors Issue Set
  • Bob Cerv Basic Set
  • Bob Cerv Master Set
  • Ryne Duren Basic Set
  • Ryne Duren Master Set
  • George Foster Basic Set
  • Bob Gibson Basic Topps Set
  • Bob Gibson Master Topps Set
  • Kent Hrbek Master Topps Set
  • Tony Kubek Basic Set
  • Tony Kubek Master Set
  • Camilo Pascual Basic Topps Set
  • Camilo Pascual Master Topps Set
  • Tom Tresh Basic Set
  • Tom Tresh Master Set
  • Chipper Jones Rookie Set
  • 2008 Topps Texas Rangers
  • 1999 Donruss Preferred Hard Hats Football
  • 2002 Topps Chrome Ring of Honor Football
  • Future HOF Players/Coaches/Admin Autographs Football
  • Sterling Sharpe Basic Set
  • Sterling Sharpe Master Set
  • David Boston Rookie Set
  • Junior Seau Rookie Set
  • 1962 Topps Minnesota Vikings
  • 1963 Topps Minnesota Vikings
  • 1964 Philadelphia Minnesota Vikings
  • 1965 Philadelphia Minnesota Vikings
  • 1966 Philadelphia Minnesota Vikings
  • 1967 Philadelphia Minnesota Vikings
  • 1968 Topps Minnesota Vikings
  • 1969 Topps Minnesota Vikings
  • 1974 Topps Minnesota Vikings
  • 1976 Topps Minnesota Vikings
  • Ed Giacomin Basic Set
  • Ed Giacomin Master Set
  • Calder Trophy Winners
  • 1961-62 Topps Boston Bruins
  • 1961-62 Topps Chicago Black Hawks
  • 1961-62 Topps New York Rangers
  • 1972-73 Topps LA Kings
  • 1973-74 Topps LA Kings
  • 1975-76 Topps LA Kings
  • 1982-83 OPC LA Kings
  • 1984-85 OPC LA Kings
  • 1986-87 OPC LA Kings
  • 1988-89 OPC LA Kings
  • 1980 Star Wars Fher
  • 1980 Star Wars Fher Mail-In Set
  • Brett Favre Game Starts Tickets
  • Brett Favre Playoff Games Tickets
  • 1995-96 Montreal Canadiens Home Games Tickets


Visit the Set Registry News page and learn which set composites have been recently added to the Registry and other Set Registry news.

Fun, informative, and sometimes controversial, the PSA Set Registry Messageboard is the place to get involved with other collectors who are currently participating in the Set Registry program or are just beginning. Click here to chat on the Set Registry Messageboard.

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


Question: Why is it that some publications do not classify certain cards as rookie cards even though those cards were released prior or during the same year as the cards they do actually classify as rookie cards?

Answer: This is a very interesting topic. There are certain cards, especially in the 1980s, that were amongst the first major issues to feature a player yet some hobby publications classify them as something other than a rookie card. In our opinion, this is complete nonsense. For example, a 1982 Topps Traded Cal Ripken, Jr. card is a rookie card because the hobby, the collectors who buy the product, believe it is and prove it with their wallets. The same can be said of the 1984 Fleer Update Roger Clemens and the 1986 Donruss Rookies Barry Bonds. These cards, as well as other key 1980s issues, have often been labeled as something other than a true rookie card. The only thing that really matters is how the hobby perceives the issues and the overwhelming majority of hobbyists consider all three of the above-mentioned cards amongst the most desirable true rookie cards of each player - no matter what some publications label them as.




Value aside, which of the following autographs would you want to own most?

  1. Babe Ruth
  2. Abraham Lincoln
  3. Marilyn Monroe
  4. Elvis Presley

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

Results from last survey: 45% felt that the 1954 Topps Baseball #1 Ted Williams had the lowest chance of ever being found in PSA Gem Mint 10 condition. Click here for a complete breakdown.

Have your sports autographs authenticated by PSA/DNA. Submission forms are available online at the PSADNA web site. Just click here. Find out what your cards are really worth. Subscribe to the Sports Market Report and have it delivered to your door every month. Click here. Join the PSA Collectors Club today! Just click here to learn about the many benefits of membership.

  For more information on how to list your inventory, contact Mike Brandow at [email protected].
PSA Set Registry now links to Collectors Corner. Click here.

Sports Cards and Tickets for Sale:
34,082 items, valued at $3,742,111

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Historic Auctions Buy Show

Renaissance Vinoy Resort and Golf Club
St. Petersburg, FL
United States of America

October 18, 2008

Show Details:
  • PSA/DNA autograph experts will be available to authenticate your previously signed autographs 9:00am to 3:00pm.

Collectors Universe Public Friday

Collectors Universe Lobby Area
1921 East Alton Avenue
Santa Ana CA 92705
United States of America

October 24, 2008

Show Details:
  • PSA and PCGS representatives will be available to answer questions and accept submissions for all levels of service from 10am to 4pm
  • Please call Customer Service 888-469-2646 for more details

Legends of the Game

Legends of the Game
Westport, CT
United States of America

October 30, 2008

Show Details:
  • PSA/DNA autograph experts will be available to authenticate your previously signed autographs 12:00pm to 6:00pm

Greater Boston Sports Collectors Club

Shriner's Auditorium
Wilmington, MA
United States of America

October 31 - November 2, 2008

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.
  • Ball grading will now be available on site.

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