(Cleveland, Ohio) -- Professional Sports Authenticator (www.psacard.com) will give away specially-created 1930s Diamond Stars-style "cards that never were" of Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Bob Feller and Joe DiMaggio during the National Sports Collectors Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, July 30 - August 3, 2014.

Sponsored by Historic Autograph Company (www.historicautographcompany.com), the PSA-certified fantasy cards will be given to new and renewing Gold and Platinum level PSA Collectors Club members while supplies last. PSA will also display a complete set of original 1934 - 1936 Diamond Stars cards that ranks #1 on both Current Finest and All-Time Finest lists on the PSA Set Registry®.

"After the tremendous popularity of the fantasy Babe Ruth Cracker Jack baseball card we helped design for last year's National, we've again commissioned renowned artist Arthur K. Miller to create original artwork of cards that might have been, but never were. This time, he's produced beautiful images of how Ruth, DiMaggio, Feller and Gehrig might have looked in the historic Diamond Stars set. Those colorful images are now part of a limited-edition set that will be available only at The National," said PSA President Joe Orlando.

"The full five-card set includes two Ruth images, one as a New York Yankee and the other as Boston Brave. The original Diamond Stars set has always been popular with collectors due to its attractive Art Deco design and nice selection of star players, but it didn't include a few of the most legendary players of the era, such as Ruth and Gehrig," explained Orlando.

A card that never was: Babe Ruth on a fantasy 1934 Diamond Stars-style card
Babe Ruth in a Braves uniform as he might have appeared on a 1935 Diamond Stars card
Lou Gehrig never appeared on a 1930s era Diamond Stars card, but this how the card-that-never-was might have looked
If Joe DiMaggio had been on a 1936 Diamond Stars card it might have looked like this
How Bob Feller might have appeared on a 1936 Diamond Stars card

Printed by Historic Autograph Company, the new fantasy cards now are housed in PSA holders with consecutively-numbered labels, 1 to 500.

The first 500 visitors to the PSA booth (#169) who sign up for a Gold or Platinum level PSA Collectors Club membership or who renew their membership at the show will receive fantasy Diamond Stars-inspired cards. Gold Level memberships receive one randomly-selected card, and Platinum memberships receive the complete five-card set.

"We'll also be displaying the specially-commissioned paintings Miller created for these 'cards that never were,' and while supplies last we'll be giving away free copies of the National Sports Collectors Convention edition of Sports Market Report magazine," said Orlando.

The original Diamond Stars set of 108 cards that will be on display at the PSA booth is from the Charles M. Merkel collection and has an unmatched weighted grade point average of 8.70. Merkel's set, the finest of its kind, was inducted into the PSA Set Registry Hall of Fame in 2013.

Customer Service representatives will be available at the PSA booth to answer questions about special discounts for items submitted during the show. PSA will offer on-site card grading and PSA/DNA autograph experts will be available to authenticate your previously-signed autographs on-site at the PSA Booth. Additional information about the services and discounts at the National is available online at www.psacard.com.

For additional information about the 35th National Sports Collectors Convention, July 30 - August 3, 2014, at the International Exposition Center in Cleveland, Ohio, go to www.nsccshow.com.

While supplies last, PSA will give away free copies of the convention issue of SMR magazine at the 2014 National Sports Collectors Convention.
While supplies last, PSA will give away free copies of the convention issue of SMR magazine at the 2014 National Sports Collectors Convention.

News media contact:
Joe Orlando, (949) 567-1170


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.