PSA eCollector VOL. 2, Number 20 
October 2, 2001

The Market Report

Are Collectors Ready for Some Football?
Football season is back in full swing and, already, there have been a few surprises. Football collectors are watching closely as they try to predict what player will become the next hot commodity. Today, it seems as if the game is in transition with many of the true superstars gone and a host of young players eager to show their stuff. Who do you think will be the next Joe Montana or John Elway? Who do you think will be he next Ryan Leaf? It's all part of the gamble but football collectors know the risks involved. In addition, a high-grade PSA auction closed just days after the terrorist attacks with some very surprising results. We talked about how collectors use this hobby as an escape last time and it couldn't have been more evident after the solid prices realized came down.
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Set Registry Spotlight                       

MH - 1961-62 Fleer Set
The Number One Finest Set of All Time

Sprinkled with 8's, 9's, and a 10, this little set is complete in every way. First posted in June, this set has surged past David Hall's All Time Finest and is now in first place with a set rating of 8.40. Congratulations to this collector for assembling a top rated set. Click here to view and enjoy!

The PSA Set Registry is in full swing with new sets being added every day. Click here to browse.

Composites recently added to the Set Registry are the 1970 Kellogg's baseball set and the 1964 Topps hockey set. Also, you can now choose to display your email address with your set should you wish to hear from other registrants. The request list for new set composites continues to grow. If your set is not currently listed, please send your request to [email protected]



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Collector's Corner

The Jeff Morey Collection and a Tiger Tale
Autograph collecting can be an exciting and rewarding hobby, especially when you can avoid paying astronomical prices for a signed piece. Take Jeff Morey for example. Morey assembled a collection of signed index cards unmatched in hobby history. From Cobb to Lajoie, Morey had all the keys including multiples of many. Recently, his incredible vintage hoard came up for sale at auction with some very impressive results. It seems as if the hard work paid off. In this article, Morey explains how the collection was assembled over the years. Speaking of autographs, Tiger Woods is always a hot topic and, after signing a huge deal with a major collectibles company, his signed memorabilia is sure trading like wildfire.
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Collector's Survey

How do you think Michael Jordan's comeback will go this year?

  1. Jordan will excel and lead his team to the playoffs
  2. Jordan will excel but his team will play poorly
  3. Jordan will have an average year as will his team
  4. Jordan will play terribly and his image will be damaged
  5. Jordan will get injured before he can prove anything

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Results from last survey: 45% answered that Barry Bonds will hit 67-69 and just fall short of the record . Click here for a complete breakdown.



The Expert's Corner

Modern Pigskin Gems - A Look at Some of the Tougher Modern Football Card Rarities
When collectors talk about condition rarity in the sportscard market, they are almost always discussing vintage issues. The fact remains, however, that there are some modern issues that are very tough and desirable in top condition. With the help of one of the hobby's premier modern football card dealers, we take a trip through some of his hottest sellers and we explain why these issues are in such high demand. In some cases, the PSA population numbers, or lack thereof, in PSA 10 will astound you. In the eyes of most collectors, there's always room for Modern Pigskin Gems.
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Our Readers Ask

Question: I just bought a Babe Ruth signed ball over the Internet. The ball is in good shape, but it is a little brown over the signature area. The signature itself is very good, the COA says it is an 8.5. The only thing is I don't know much about the ball; it is a Babe Ruth Home Run Special baseball. What do you think it is worth?

Answer: Well, to begin with, most of the Babe Ruth Home Run Special baseballs were not actually signed by the Babe himself so the chance of your ball being authentic is severely diminished. Those baseballs were given away as part of a promotion with many of them containing facsimile or mass printed signatures. In fact, they bare little resemblance to Ruth's actual signature (you would think they would do a better job, oh well). On the other hand, I have seen these baseballs with real Ruth autographs on them but, of the one's I have seen, the authentic Ruth autograph was added to the ball. In other words, the balls contained one facsimile and one real signature, two in total. If the signature was real and the condition is being described accurately, the ball could be worth in the $10,000 plus range. Here's some advice. First, you need to be very careful about buying items over the Internet. Second, who authenticated the ball? I am not aware of any respected autograph authenticator that grades or rates the signature at this point in time. I hope, for your sake, that this Ruth ball is indeed special.
--Joe Orlando, Editor Sports Market Report


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Announcements

PLACE YOUR BIDS NOW! SUPERIOR AUCTION CLOSES OCTOBER 11
Superior's "Kings of the Diamond" auction is an event that offers a once in a lifetime opportunity to purchase many of the most important and highest graded sportscards in existence. There are spectacular gems available from all eras, all sets, and all sports. A sampling of highlights include:



The Internet portion of the auction closes on Thursday, October 11, 2001 at 7:00 p.m. Pacific Time. To bid by telephone call 888-337-4492. Phone bids will be accepted on Thursday, October 11, 2001 from 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Pacific Time, with initial bids needing to be placed by 7:00 p.m. Pacific Time. Call 231-922-9862 for more information. To browse the auction and bid online, click here.

SEE PSA AT THE FOLLOWING SHOWS!

Bring your sportscards to the following shows and have them graded by PSA:

PSA SUBMISSION ONLY
Cards submitted at the "PSA Submissions Only" shows will be graded by PSA and returned via mail.

Long Beach Coin & Collectibles Expo
October 4 - 7, 2001
Long Beach Convention Center
Long Beach, CA

Gloria Rothstein Sports Show
Westchester County Center
October 4 - 7, 2001
White Plains, NY

Long Island 110 Classic SportsCard Show
October 27 - 28, 2001
University of Farmingdale
Farmingdale, NY

PSA ON-SITE GRADING

Collectors Showcase of America
October 12 - 14, 2001
Capital Expo Center
Chantilly, VA

Tri-Star Collectors Show
October 19 - 21, 2001
Overland Park International Trade Center
Kansas City, KS

PSA On-Site Grading Show Services
  • Guaranteed Two-Hour Show Service -- $50 per card
  • Standard Show Service (same or next day at show) -- $35 per card
    (PSA/DNA Signed-in-the Presence and James Spence On-Site Sports Autograph Authentication are also available at these shows.)

    FREE Expert Pre-Grading Consultation Service
    PSA is all about service to the sportscard collecting hobby. So if you have friends who are active collectors or who have collections from long ago, but don't know whether they should have their cards graded, encourage them to bring their cards to the PSA On-Site Grading Shows and get an unbiased expert pre-grading opinion about the condition of their cards absolutely FREE!

    Cards may be submitted to all PSA grading levels at the shows. Cards submitted at the "PSA Submissions Only" shows will be graded by PSA and returned via mail.

    For more information about PSA grading at any of these shows, call PSA Customer Service at 800-325-1121.

    For more information about the Long Beach Coin & Collectibles Expo, call 805-962-9939. Or go to: www.longbeachshow.com

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