PSA Insider - May 3, 2011 | Vol. 12 Number 8 
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FBA Auctions


SportsCardLink Vintage Card and Memorabilia Auction: Ends Wed, May 4th
SportsCardLink's Spring Featured Auction of cards and memorabilia is about to end, as it closes this Wednesday, May 4th. That means it's time to place your bids! The auction contains over 300 Vintage, Graded card and memorabilia lots with no seller reserves. Lots will begin closing on Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. EST. There is no extended bidding - lots close "ebay style" at the exact time/date specified in the auction listing. Click here for more.

Sirius Sports Cards Auction #30: Ends Thursday, May 5th
This auction features a nearly complete 1964 Topps Set, currently ranked #19 in the PSA set registry, being sold off individually and much more. Click here to read more!

Memory Lane's Spring Fever Classics Auction Bidding Extended Until May 5
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Excitement Builds For REA: Baseball World's Most Anticipated Auction!
Inside the catalog are hundreds of items worthy of the most prestigious collections in the world, both public and private. The final date of bidding in this year's auction will be Saturday, May 7. Bidding is now open by fax, phone, or the Internet via the REA website at Total sales for the event are expected to exceed $5 million. Click here for more!
Mile High Card Company's May 19th Auction to Offer a Bounty of High Grade Cards and Memorabilia
On April 28th, Mile High Card Company will open bidding for its Spring 2011 auction, which closes May 19th. A preview of the auction was featured several days before the auction was to go live and was met with an exceptional amount of interest and excitement surrounding the extensive, nearly 2400 lot offering. Click here for more details.

Heroes of Sport Inc. Has Loaded Some Fresh Inventory on Its Website
Heroes of Sport focuses on direct-to-customer sales of mainly graded sports and non-sport cards. Many cards are added to the site every week. Check out and click here to learn more.

Auction Features Tommy John and Munson Memorabilia, Cards and Other Collectibles
Hundreds of collectibles from Tommy John's illustrious career, Thurman Munson's 1979 mask and helmet, autobiographies signed by Nelson Mandela and Ronald Reagan and more than 100 card lots, many PSA-graded, headline Collectible Classics' CCA29 auction, which is open now and closes Thursday, May 26. Click here for more information.


Joe Orlando   The Distinguished Auction - A Dying Breed?
There was a time when auctions were very limited in our industry and only the very best of the best items were offered in, what many people considered to be, a grand event. That is not the case anymore as some auctions have ceased being "events" and have now become merely a preferred method of selling. In the following piece, Joe Orlando discusses this change in our hobby and wonders if the word "auction" will ever carry the same meaning again. More...


Superman Set   The 1966 Topps Superman Set - More Adventures for Superman Collectors
Superman is not only the most popular comic book character of all-time, but the fabled character has also been the subject of many popular movies and television shows over the years. In 1966, Topps decided to commemorate the popular 1950s Adventures of Superman television show with a 66-card set. For those of you who remember the series, the intro to the show is quite memorable. In the following article, we learn more about the popular Man of Steel issue. More...


Franks t9 Set - The Number One Current Finest 1911 Turkey Red Boxing (T9) Set
As hobbyists, we often talk about cards that possess exceptional eye-appeal due to their design or possibly the artwork used within a particular set. That said, most cards that fit that description are standard-sized issues or smaller like the T206s in baseball. Other times, cards combine all those attributes in addition to a much larger format, which really gives them a striking appearance. That is the case with the T9 Boxing cards. While the total number of cards needed to complete the set is small (26), the cards themselves are enormous. At 5 ¾" by 8" these brown bordered relics help bring the boxers of the past, like James Jeffries and Jack Johnson, to life. The 2011 award winning set has a GPA of 5.75, the finest of all-time on the registry. Click here to view.

PSA Set Registry Awards
The 2011 PSA Set Registry Awards deadline is Tuesday, May 31st, at 5pm EST (2 p.m. PST). All sets which have a completion factor of at least 95% at the deadline will be in contention. For more information, click here.

New Set Registry Special!
All Sports and Non-Sports - $14 Per Card/No minimum - Cards Valued Under $500 Each. 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.

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: Is the best way to judge the rarity of a ticket based on the attendance at the event?

Answer: The rarity of tickets goes much deeper than the mere attendance at an event. Even if the event announces an attendance of 50,000, the reality is that a very small percentage of those attendees keep their tickets. In addition, these days, a lot of attendees do not even receive or obtain the full, season tickets. They simply use the electronic tickets for admission, which are not the tickets that collectors desire or ones that PSA grades. Obviously, vintage tickets can be extremely scarce but even current tickets are a lot tougher than people think they are. What matters is how many "survive" an event, not how many were made.


When it comes to Superhero-based trading card sets, which type of set do you find most appealing?
  1. Sets that feature cartoon artwork
  2. Sets that feature photos from Superhero TV shows
  3. Sets that feature photos from Superhero movies
  4. I like all of them equally
Click here to answer. Results will be posted in the next Insider.

Results from last survey: 61% would most want a Babe Ruth professional model bat. Click here for a complete breakdown.

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Hurry! To take advantage of this special, all orders must be postmarked between 5/1/2011 - 5/31/2011!

Collectors Club Special #1:
Sports & Non Sports Cards - All Years - $8 Per Card - 25 Card Minimum - 10 Business Days (approx.)

For Cards Valued Under $250 • For Gold & Platinum Members • Turnaround is Approximately 10 Business Days
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Collectors Club Special #2:
Sports & Non Sports Cards - All Years - $6 Per Card - 20 Card Minimum - 45 Business Days (approx.)

For Cards Valued Under $100 • For Gold & Platinum Members • Turnaround is Approximately 45 Business Days
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PSA/DNA Special:
Any autograph that has passed authentication from PSA/DNA can now be graded at 50% off the regular price!

No Membership Required!
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For more information on how to list your inventory, contact Ryan Foster at [email protected].
PSA Set Registry now links to Collectors Corner, click here.

Sports Cards and Tickets for Sale:
28,790 Cards for Sale Today Valued at $4,810,276

Most Recent Listings:
1948 Leaf 78 Clarence Self PSA VG-EX 4... $59.00
1954 Wilson Franks Sammy White PSA VG-EX 4... $175.00
1950 Bowman 44 Joe Dobson PSA NM-MT 8... $120.00

Collectors Corner
Featured Dealer
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Most Valuable Listings:
1888 N162 Goodwin Champions Glasscock Baseball PSA NM-MT+8.5... $75,000.00
1933 Goudey 53 Babe Ruth PSA NM-MT 8... $42,500.00
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