By popular demand...

PSA is happy to announce that beginning January 1st, 2005 through March 2005, we will be offering a $3 re-holder special for collectors and dealers who would like to have their 1952 Topps baseball cards labeled with the Black Back variation designated by PSA.

Keep in mind that this only applies to cards 1-80.

In addition, any card submitted on January 1, 2005 or later will be labeled under the new guidelines.

There was a brief period of time when PSA labeled the Black Back variations but trouble ensued. Some sellers were taking advantage of the situation by claiming that their cards were a "Pop 1" despite the fact that we were grading cards without the distinguishing labels for several years.

Please keep in mind that it may take some time for the PSA Population Report to reflect more accurate numbers since there are, of course, many cards already graded by PSA without the Black Back designations in the marketplace.

Furthermore, Red Backs will continue to be labeled without any designation. For the purposes of The PSA Set Registry, here is how it will work. For the Basic Set, without variations, either Red or Black Backs will suffice to complete the set. For the Master Set, the Black Back slots must be filled with cards that have received the Black Back designation. It is the only way the program can recognize those cards. All non-Black Back labeled cards, for the purposes of The Registry only, will be assumed to be Red Backs.

With the success of The PSA Set Registry and continued demand by collectors, we felt it was time to institute a permanent change as the 1952 Topps set is clearly one of the most important sets in our hobby and it deserves the attention to detail on these variations.

Thanks so much for your continued support!

Joe Orlando
PSA President


Joe Orlando has been an advanced collector of sportscards and memorabilia for over 25 years. Orlando attended Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California where he studied communications and was the starting catcher for the baseball team. After a brief stint in the minor leagues, Orlando obtained a Juris Doctor from Whittier Law School in Southern California in the spring of 1999. During the last fourteen years, Orlando has authored several collecting guides and dozens of articles for Collectors Universe, Inc. Orlando has also authored two books for Collectors Universe. Orlando's first book, The Top 200 Sportscards in the Hobby, was released in the summer of 2002. His second book, Collecting Sports Legends, was released in the summer of 2008. Orlando has appeared on several radio and television programs as a hobby expert including ESPN's award-winning program Outside the Lines and HBO's Real Sports, as the featured guest. Currently, Orlando is the President of PSA and PSA/DNA, the largest trading card and sports memorabilia authentication services in the hobby. He is also Editor of the company's nationally distributed Sports Market Report, which under Orlando's direction has developed into a leading resource in the market. Orlando also contributed the foreword and last chapter to The T206 Collection: The Players and Their Stories, a 2010 release, and to The Cracker Jack Collection: Baseball's Prized Players, a 2013 release.