PSA Insider - Nov. 13, 2002 | Vol. 3 Number 25 
 
 
 

PSA MARKET REPORT

The PSA 2002 Set Registry Awards
The results are in! With so many amazing sets currently registered, selecting only a few winners was tough. Nevertheless, we've chosen the winning sets in several categories that represent the best of the best of the PSA Set Registry. Click here to view the winners.


PSA SPORTS HISTORY

The Parquet Dynasty: Legendary Boston Celtics Players and their Cards
There are good teams and there are great teams, and then there are the teams that establish such phenomenal win records that they become dynasties. The Boston Celtics of the 1960s established such a dynasty, with eight consecutive championships and nearly two full decades of playoff appearances. The dynasty had ended by the 1980s, but names like Bird and McHale restored much of the Celtics' former glory. This article takes a look at Celtics history and the sportscards associated with legendary Celtics players. Click here to learn more.

PSA EXPERT'S CORNER

Signature Analysis and Signing Habits of Hall of Famer Stanley Raymond "Bucky" Harris
For Stanley Raymond "Bucky" Harris, it all began by playing amateur ball for coal mine teams in the Pittston, PA area. From there, he went on to the minors, then eventually on to the Washington Senators, where he was awarded the manager's job at the young age of 27. His skill as a manager led the Senators to their first World Series win, and led Harris to his very own place in the Hall of Fame. Autograph expert Jimmy Spence examines the history and signing habits of this famed baseball manager. Click here to read more.

SET REGISTRY SPOTLIGHT

John D. McLane - The Number One 1972 Topps Football Set
We thought it appropriate today to highlight one of the 2002 PSA Set Registry Award Winners. Congratulations to John D. McLane who was awarded the Best Modern Football Set for the Year. A few awards were given out to sets that are not yet 100% complete. John's set is still missing a few cards, but in this case, the sheer magnitude and quality of his set put him in an award winning position. Click here to view this award-winning set.

WINNERS ANNOUNCED! Yesterday the 2002 PSA Set Registry Award winners and Hall of Fame inductees were announced. Due to the numbers of fine sets listed, the judges really had their hands full reviewing all the sets and deciding on the winners. Their job was not an easy one. Congratulations to all winners and thanks to everyone who is participating in the Set Registry program. Your support and the collecting community you have created are adding value and excitement to the hobby and for this, you are all winners! Click here to view the 2002 Winners. Click here to view the Hall of Fame inductees. Now on to 2003! To see which sets are in the number one spot on the leaderboard and learn about the 2003 PSA Set Registry Awards, click here.

GRADING SPECIALS! Right now there are two fantastic grading specials available. Take advantage of the Set Registry Grading Special for Non-Sportscards which expires November 30, 2002. Just $5 a card, with a 25 card minimum! Click here for details. Or, if you have sportscards dated 1972 to present you are in luck. Get those cards graded for just $5 a card, with a 25 card minimum! This offer expires January 15, 2003. 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.

To see what new sets are soon to be added, visit the Set Request List. If your set is not listed, send us your request using the Set Request Form.

New composites recently added include:

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 RegistryTM is a work in progress and we invite your comments and ideas. Send your suggestions to [email protected].


OUR READERS ASK

Question: I'm a new participant on the PSA Set Registry. One thing I have noticed is that, in some cases, I have to pay more for a common player than a star player. Why is that?

Answer: In some cases, a common player may not be common at all. Many commons were discarded years ago because they were deemed worthless (most collectors focused on the star players and kept all of their favorite star cards). So expect to pay a premium for common cards that are truly uncommon.


COLLECTORS SURVEY

Surprise! Everyone loves a surprise now and then, but the year 2002 has provided more than its share of unprecedented happenings. Out of these five shockers of the year, which one is the biggest in the world of sports?

  1. Notre Dame football. The Irish were in the doldrums, then suddenly they became a powerhouse under Tyrone Willingham.
  2. The Anaheim Angels. You may be tired of the Rally Monkey by now, but who can deny the Angels their due?
  3. The New England Patriots. Regarded as mediocre by almost everyone, they turned on the power and won the Super Bowl.
  4. The New Jersey Nets. How is it possible that this team made it all the way to the NBA finals? The answer: they're good!
  5. The Maryland Terrapins. Their basketball team won it all and their football team suddenly became a national contender.

Click here to answer. Results will be posted in the next Insider.

Results from last survey: 37% picked 1991 as the year with the greatest World Series of all time. Click here for a complete breakdown.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

PSA Presents Four Different Grading Specials!

The "Running Back Rush" Grading Special

Any card featuring one of the following running backs is only $6 per card for 10 business day turnaround. No minimum number of cards needed!

Fill out a submission form and write "Running Back Rush Grading Special" on the top of the form. Mark "Other" as the type of service. To download a submission form, click here.

Send your cards with a check or credit card number to PSA using the shipping instructions on the submission form. Your cards will be processed in 10 business days GUARANTEED.

The "Running Back Rush" offer expires November 15, 2002. Your order must be postmarked by this date.

California Dreamin' Grading Special

Any card featuring a current or former Angels player* is only $6 per card for 10 business day turnaround. No minimum number of cards needed!

Fill out a submission form and write "California Dreamin' Grading Special" on the top of the form. Mark "Other" as the type of service. To download a submission form, click here.

Send your cards with a check or credit card number to PSA using the shipping instructions on the submission form. Your cards will be processed in 10 business days GUARANTEED.

The "California Dreamin'" special expires November 15, 2002. Your order must be postmarked by this date.

*Note: Player must be in an Angels uniform.

Two Exciting PSA Set Registry Grading Specials:
Non-Sportscards and Sportscards 1972-Present

Do you have a collection of non-sportscards, or a 1972-present sportscard collection? If so, register your set in the PSA Set RegistryTM. Submit 25 or more of your non-sportscards -- or 25 or more of your sportscards from 1972-present -- for just $5 a card! Your cards will be returned to you within 30 business days.

Here's what you need to do:

  1. Register your non-sportscard or 1972-present sportscard set in the PSA Set Registry. Sets can be validated with as few as one or two PSA-graded cards. The PSA Set Registry is a free service, but you will need to log in. Click here if you need a username and password.
  2. Fill out a submission form and write "Set Registry Special" on the top of the form. Mark "Other" as the type of service. Click here to print out a form.
  3. Send your cards with a check or credit card number to PSA using the shipping instructions on the submission form. Your cards will be returned to you in 30 business days.
  4. When you receive your cards back from PSA, enter them into the registry and submit your set for validation.

The Non-Sportscards special offer expires November 30, 2002. THe grading special for 1972-present sportscards expires January 15, 2003. Act now!

Dealer submissions welcomed. Contact Joe Orlando at 800-325-1121 for more information.

Please note: Not all non-sportscard or 1972-present sportscard sets are listed in the registry. If you collect cards for which a composite is not currently available, please fill out a set request form and submit it. Your set composite will be made available as soon as possible. Click here for the Set Request Form.



See PSA at These Upcoming Shows!

Chicago Sun Times
Rosemont Convention Center
Rosemont, IL
November 22 - 24, 2002

81st Philadelphia Sports Card Show
Ft. Washington Expo Center
Ft. Washington, PA
December 6 - 8, 2002

Chicago Sun Times Show: PSA will be grading on-site at the show:
  • Guaranteed Same-Day Service: $50 per card.
  • Standard Show Service (same or next day at show) -- only $25 per card.
For more information about the Chicago Sun Times show, go to www.sportsnewsproductions.net.

Ft. Washington Show: PSA will be accepting cards for all PSA grading levels at the show. Cards submitted will be graded at PSA and returned via mail.

Bonus! Autograph Experts James Spence and Steve Grad will be on-site to offer authentication for previously signed memorabilia.

For more information about PSA services, call PSA Customer Service at (800) 325-1121.

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