PSA Insider - August 19, 2003 | Vol. 4 Number 17 
 
 
 
 

PSA MARKET REPORT

Honus Wagner Artifacts and PSA Registered Sets Hit Record Prices in SportsCards Plus Auction, Naxcom Announces Lowest "Vintage Sunday" Prices and $10 Sign-Up Bonus
Thanks to some amazing Honus Wagner items, significant PSA Set Registry full sets and other rarities, the recently-completed SportsCards Plus August auction reached an impressive total of over $1.2 million. Naxcom announces the lowest prices in its "Vintage Sunday" program and offers a $10 sign-up bonus. Click here to read more.

PSA PLAYER SPOTLIGHT

Charlie Controversy: A Look at the Ever-Popular Pete Rose
There is certainly nothing new about a professional athlete being caught up in controversy. Shoeless Joe Jackson, Mike Tyson and O.J. Simpson serve as examples of controversial athletes who continue to spark debate among sports fans. But perhaps no athlete's name sparks a greater debate than that of Pete Rose. This article examines Rose's amazing career and the controversy that keeps him out of the Hall of Fame. Click here to read more.


PSA SPORTS TRIVIA

World Series MVP: Who Was the Best For All the Marbles? (Part One)
The World Series Most Valuable Player award has been given out since 1955. The second man to win the prize was also the first (and only) man to pitch a World Series perfect game. Sandy Koufax won the award twice, as did Reggie Jackson and what other player? The mighty Yankees, the Miracle Mets, the Big Red Machine and great moments in the sun. Click here to read more.

SET REGISTRY SPOTLIGHT

Wheels1313 Collection - The Number One Current Finest 1961 Golden Press Set
Wheels1313 leads the pack in this 33-card baseball set. Although there are two other collectors with 100% completion in the current category, Wheels1313 ranks far above with a 8.74 set rating. Three of the four key cards in the set, i.e. #8 Dizzy Dean, #16 Lou Gehrig, and #22 Jimmy Foxx are all PSA 9! Click here to view this great #1 set.

Buy your Raffle Tickets and Contribute to a Great Cause!
Everyone at PSA and all of the forum members who know Carlos Aponte have rallied together in support of Carlos and his family in their time of need. Purchase a raffle ticket for a chance to win 10 PSA gradings at the Regular Service level. Tickets are just $5 each. 100% of the money received will go to Carlos Aponte and his family to help pay medical bills. The raffle will be held on August 20th. To purchase your ticket(s), click here or e-mail [email protected].

Set Registry Grading Special! If you are collecting Vintage cards (pre-1975), you can submit your commons for $8 a card with a 15-day turnaround! There is NO MINIMUM required. 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].


PSA Q & A

Question: I was looking to buy a Lou Gehrig autographed check but I noticed that they were so expensive according to SMR. Why are they so pricey compared to Babe Ruth checks?

Answer: Very good question. While Ruth is certainly the "King" of autographs, Gehrig checks are much more scrace than Ruth examples. Some experts feel that there are only about 12-15 known Gehrig checks in the marketplace today while there are dozens of Ruth examples. Also, keep in mind that, generally, Gehrig was a very private man while Ruth was very social -- leading to many more legitimate Ruth autographs in the hobby.


COLLECTORS SURVEY

It's that time of year again as the NFL is revving up for action. What we want to know, of course, is who's going to win it all? There isn't enough room to list all 32 teams, so the choices are limited to the top five according to the "experts" and the Las Vegas odds.

  1. Tampa Bay! The Buccaneers are HEAVY favorites to repeat.
  2. Philadelphia! It's going to be difficult to go against this powerhouse. They're considered the #2 favorite.
  3. Miami! Why is this team rated so high? Maybe somebody knows something!
  4. St. Louis! The Rams are loaded with talent but they were a mystery last year. Will they win the 2004 Super Bowl?
  5. Oakland! The Raiders are ranked with the Rams as the fourth/fifth choice. Maybe they're the best team of all!

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

Results from last survey: 36% selected Pedro Martinez as the best pitcher in baseball. Click here for a complete breakdown.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

See PSA at These Upcoming Shows!

16th Annual Labor Day Weekend Collectors Show

Location:
Concourse Exhibition Center
635 Eighth St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
Phone: (415) 487-3293

August 29 - September 1, 2003

Show Info:
For more information on the 16th Annual Labor Day Weekend Collectors Show call Tri-Star at (713) 666-9595 or visit www.tristarshows.com

For more information about PSA services, call PSA Customer Service at (800) 325-1121 or visit www.psacard.com.

PSA Special $10/10 Day Show Service offer:

  • $10 per card - 10 business day turnaround

PSA representatives will be available to answer all questions and accept submissions for all levels of service through Sunday.

PSA/DNA autograph experts, James Spence and Steve Grad, will be available to authenticate your previously signed autographs on-site.



The West Coast Sports Collectors Convention

Location:
Hollywood Park Casino and Convention Center
3883 W. Century Blvd.
Inglewood, CA 90303

September 4 - 7, 2003

Show Info:
For more information on The West Coast Sports Collectors Convention call Naxcom at (310) 568-8825 or visit www.halloffamesports.com.

For more information about PSA services, call PSA Customer Service at (800) 325-1121 or visit www.psacard.com.

PSA Saturday will be held at
The West Coast Sports Collectors Convention

Southern California residents can drop off their cards at The West Coast Sports Collectors Convention for $10 per card. PSA Saturday card orders will be available for pick-up (no return shipping charge!) at the next PSA Saturday, October 4th held at Collectors Universe Headquarters.

The West Coast Sports Collectors Convention Special $10/10 Day Show Service offer:

  • $10 per card - 10 business day turnaround (plus return shipping)

PSA representatives will be available to answer all questions and accept submissions for all levels of service through Sunday.

PSA/DNA autograph experts, James Spence and Steve Grad, will be available to authenticate your previously signed autographs on-site.



84th Philadelphia Sports Card Show

Location:
Fort Washington Expo Center
1100 Virginia Drive
Fort Washington, PA 19034

Show Info:
For more information on the 84th Philadelphia Sports Card Show the Eastern Pennsylvania Sports Collectors Club, Inc. at (215) 643-0910 or visit www.phillyshow.org.

For more information about PSA services, call PSA Customer Service at (800) 325-1121 or visit www.psacard.com.

On-site grading available!

PSA will be offering on-site grading at the following prices:

  • $35 per card for the same or next day service
  • $50 per card for two hour service guaranteed

Cut-off time for same day/next day service is 12 noon on Sunday 9/21.

PSA representatives will be available to answer all questions and accept submissions for all levels of service through Sunday.

PSA/DNA autograph experts, James Spence and Steve Grad, will be available to authenticate your previously signed autographs on-site.



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