PSA Insider - Oct. 29, 2002 | Vol. 3 Number 24 
 
 
 

PSA MARKET REPORT

Market Report: Population Perspective
The PSA Population ReportSM tallies every single card PSA has ever graded and encapsulated. Viewed in the proper context, the Pop Report can be a phenomenal tool for understanding rarity and determining the value of cards. However, like any kind of sports statistic, the background behind the numbers must be understood before they can have value. In this article, PSA President Joe Orlando puts the Pop Report in the proper perspective. Click here to read it.

PSA VINTAGE SET REVIEW

1954 Wilson Franks: The Hellacious Hot Dog Set
Hot dog, when it comes to condition rarity and collectibility, these cards are the cat's meow! Pound for pound, you may not be able to find a tougher set than this group of 20 cards that were packed in with Wilson brand hot dogs. Staining, centering problems and print defects plague the set, but nice, eye-appealing designs and star players make them well worth seeking out. Good luck finding mint examples -- you'll need it! Click here to learn more about the set.

PSA EXPERT'S CORNER

Records, Records, Records! The 2002 World Series Set Dozens of New Standards
The Giants and Angels put on quite an offensive show. The name is Bonds... Barry Bonds. Would you like to take a walk? Youth prevails, as K-Rod is a winner. Records can be obscure, but they're still fun. Click here to read more.

SET REGISTRY SPOTLIGHT

Springer's - The Number One 1981 Donruss Golf Set
Of the three 100% complete 1981 Donruss golf sets, Springer's sits on top with a set rating of 9.43, almost as good as you can get it. This is a popular golf set because it contains 60 rookie cards including #2 Lee Trevino, #3 Ben Crenshaw, and #13 Jack Nicklaus. Springer's Trevino and Nicklaus are PSA 10s! Click here to view this great set.

ONLY TWO DAYS TO GO! The deadline for the Annual PSA Set Registry Awards is October 31st. Please be certain to submit your new or updated sets for validation prior to 7 p.m. PST on Thursday. Our expert judges have already told us that selecting one winner per category is going to be a difficult decision as there are so many very fine sets listed. Congratulations to everyone who has worked very hard the last year building the best sets possible. Award winners will be announced the week of November 11th. Which Miscellaneous Sports and Non-Sports sets are the current leaders for the first annual PSA Set Registry Awards? Click here to find out.

A word about set editing. One of the clear advantages to having a set registered in the PSA Set Registry is having access to the collector community which is built around the Registry. Buying, selling, and trading are commonplace amongst members. As a courtesy to other registrants, you should immediately delete from your set any card that you have sold or traded. Once done, be sure to click the READY FOR REVIEW button. Your deletion will not take effect and the new owner will not be able to add the card to his set until the set is validated. Please keep in mind that validations can take up to three business days, so your patience is appreciated. If you have any further questions about this process, please email [email protected].

GRADING SPECIAL! 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. Get your 1972 to present sportscards ready -- a new Set Registry Grading Special begins November 1st! Click on the PSA Set Registry home page on Friday for more information.

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 just bought a 1979-80 O-Pee-Chee Wayne Gretzky rookie card but I noticed that it has jagged edges. Is that a bad thing?

Answer: No, not at all. O-Pee-Chee card are notorious for having rough-cuts along the edges, it's very natural and not a detractor at all generally. In fact, I would be more concerned if the edges were overly smooth on a Gretzky rookie. Wayne was born rough!


COLLECTORS SURVEY

What was the greatest World Series of all time? Yes, it's impossible to say, and there are 15 or more really good choices, but this question is going to fly in the face of those conventional arguments and give you five really good choices to select from. Which one of these five is the best of the best?
  1. 1955. The Dodgers finally break through and defeat the mighty Yankees in seven nail-biting, drama-filled games. The Super Series!
  2. 1956. The Yankees get revenge and Don Larsen hurls a perfect game. What October classic can match this one?
  3. 1991. Not only was it a seven-game classic, but the final game went into extra innings tied at 0-0. An amazing Series won by the Twins and Jack Morris!
  4. 2001. Not once, but twice (!) the Yankees homered with two outs in the ninth to tie and eventually win games, but the Diamondbacks had a ninth-inning rally of their own on the fire in game seven.
  5. 1926. Grover Cleveland Alexander comes out of the bullpen with the sacks full of Yankees and strikes out Tony Lazzeri in game seven. The Cardinals beat one of the greatest teams of all time!

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

Results from last survey: The Series ended in an upset! 69% of respondents thought that the San Francisco Giants would win it all. Only 31% thought the Angels would pull through.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

PSA Presents Three 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.

PSA Set Registry Non-Sportscards Grading Special

Do you have a non-sportscard collection? If so, register your set in the PSA Set RegistryTM. Submit 25 or more of your non-sportscards 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 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.
  5. This special offer expires November 30, 2002, so act now!

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

Please note: Not all non-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 Fall Shows!

Greater Boston Sports Collectors Club
Shriners Auditorium
Wilmington, MA
November 1 - 3, 2002

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

Greater Boston 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.

For more information about the Greater Boston show, call (781) 944-1185.

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) -- $35 per card.
  • For more information about the Chicago Sun Times show, go to www.sportsnewsproductions.net.

    Bonus at the shows! 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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