July 26, 2011 | Vol. 12 No. 14
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The HOF Hobby Blessing

This past weekend, the baseball Hall of Fame enshrined pitcher Bert Blyleven and second baseman Roberto Alomar in Cooperstown, NY. From this point forward, both men will be recognized amongst the greats of the game alongside other legends of the game. What both Blyleven and Alomar may not realize is that their status in the hobby has also changed forever. In the following piece, Joe Orlando discusses the impact of the HOF blessing. More...

The 1961 Topps Football Set, An Affordable Vintage Gridiron Offering

The 1961 Topps football set is certainly not one of the toughest trading cards sets to complete in high-grade but it remains a popular choice. This 198-card issue boasts a colorful design, a terrific "In Action" cards and even a great #1 card of Hall of Fame quarterback Johnny Unitas - the 3rd consecutive time Unitas led-off a Topps set. In the following piece, we discuss this classic set with some collectors on the PSA Set Registry. More...
Set Registry Spotlight

The Allison Collection - The Number One Current Finest 1948 Bowman Football Set
This classic black and white issue is filled with HOF rookie cards and the design offers a simplicity that many collectors love. It also represents the beginning of an 8-year span, with the exception of 1949, where Bowman dominated football card production. It wasn't until 1955 when Topps started to make a real run of their own. Headlined by inaugural issues of Sammy Baugh, Bulldog Turner, Pete Pihos and Sid Luckman, this 108-card set also contains a number of tough short prints, which add to the challenge. This award-winning set carries a GPA of 8.26, which makes it the finest set ever assembled on the registry. Click here to view this multi-award winning set.

PSA Set Registry Luncheon August 5th
Our staff looks forward to seeing many of you at the National Sports Collectors Convention this summer at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois.

Set Registry Special
All Sports and Non-Sports - $14 Per Card/No minimum - Cards Valued Under $500 Each. Click here for details.

PSA to Give Away Prizes at the 32nd National Sports Collectors Convention, August 3 - 7, 2011

Visitors to the booth can register for drawings of free sports collectibles that will be given away by PSA and PSA/DNA. Among the prizes that lucky winners can receive are a 2003 Upper Deck Michael Jordan-signed card, a Starlin Castro-signed bat an Ernie Banks-signed baseball, and other certified sports collectibles. Click here to read more!

Goodwin & Company's Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons XXXIV Is Open for Bidding

Auction Ends This Week, Thursday, July 28th. Click here to read more!

Sirius Sports Cards Auctions #34 Open for Bidding; Closes July 28

There are 848 lots for auction that will end on Thursday July 28, 2011, at 11 PM EST using the 15 minute rule. This auction features many high grade and low pop cards for collectors to complete their sets from the 1950s through the 1990s. Click here to read more!

Legendary Auctions' Online Proxy Bidding Has Begun!

The first session for live bidding will open on August 5th. Click here to read more.

Heritage Auctions' Greatest Sports Auction Ever Coming August 4

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Dynamic Dodgers Collection Goes on the Block at Memory Lane Inc.

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Upcoming PSA Shows View Full Calendar »

PSA/DNA presents "Tools and Technology for Authenticating Historic Documents and Letters" by John Reznikoff of University Archives.
Collectors Corner

28,130 Cards for Sale Today valued at $4,883,693

Most Recent Listings:
1974 Topps Deckle Edge 16 Pete Rose PSA NM-MT 8...$395.00
1972 Topps 764 Dusty Baker PSA Mint 9 OC...$75.00
1951 Topps Magic 75 Bob Carey PSA EX 5...$59.00

Most Valuable Listing:
1888 N162 Goodwin Champions Glasscock Baseball PSA NM-MT+8.5...$49.999.00
1914 Cracker Jack 88 Christy Mathewson PSA VG-EX 4...$49,995.00
1952 Topps 311 Mickey Mantle PSA NM 7...$37,500.00
Survey Question

All other things being equal, which of the following types of baseball cards do you consider the best long term investments?
  1. 19th Century Cards
  2. HOF Rookie Cards
  3. Low Population "Commons"
  4. Classic/Mainstream Star Cards
Click here to answer, and to view last issue's survey results.
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