PSA Insider - Feb. 18, 2003 | Vol. 4 Number 4 
 
 
 

PSA MARKET REPORT

It's a Wonderful Sporting Life: The 1911 M116 Set and The Philly Find
The M116 set may not compare to the incredible T206 set, but it certainly has its share of appeal. It features attractive cards of some legendary players, some intriguing variations, and altogether is a more feasible set to collect than the T206. The big news for M116 enthusiasts is the recent "Philly Find," a cache of high-grade M116 treasures that proves there are still a few hidden gems out there. Click here to read more.


PSA SPORTS HISTORY

Turning Pro (Part V): The Game of Pro Football from 1984 to Today
The mighty Bears pound the Patriots. Buffalo loses one, two, three, four Super Bowls in a row. Emmitt Smith scores 25 touchdowns in a season. The Denver Broncos go back to back. Walter Payton dies. The Rams and the Patriots play a classic. Tampa Bay is the champion of the world! Click here to read all about it.

PSA EXPERT'S CORNER

Autograph Analysis and Signing Habits of Hall of Fame Outfielder Leon "Goose" Goslin
"Goose" Goslin loved the game of baseball, and fans of the game loved his strong throwing arm and powerful swing. He was a cordial signer, though not terribly literate, so his signature primarily appears on autographed index cards rather than personal correspondence. In this article, autograph expert James Spence, Jr. examines the career and signing habits of this Hall of Famer. Click here to read it.

SET REGISTRY SPOTLIGHT

Jeff Barker - The Number One Current Finest All-Time Steelers Team Set
Jeff has completed a high graded Steelers team set and continues to upgrade the set. He's sitting in the number one spot with a set rating of 8.06. Four of the cards in this 14-card set are PSA Mint 9. He has also treated us with some great images of the cards. Thanks, Jeff! Click here to view this great set.

Grading Special! If you are collecting pre-1972 cards, you can send your commons in for just $7 a card with no minimum! (Commons are those cards that are not priced in the Sports Market Report.) This special expires February 28th. Click here for details.

REMINDER. We are continuing to have problems with registrants not releasing sold cards from their sets in a timely manner. In order to keep customer service costs down and your Set Registry running smoothly, it is important that all users update their sets frequently. When you have sold a card from your set, you should immediately delete that card and send your set in for validation. Your cooperation will allow Customer Service to concentrate on the continuing expansion and improvement of the Registry. Thank you.

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 love basketball cards! Can you tell me which specific cards and sets I'll find the most challenging as my collection progresses?

Answer: We turned this question over to our friend Dave Kohler at SportsCards Plus because this is his special area of expertise. Here's what he had to say: "The '48 Bowman Mikan is the Holy Grail of basketball cards. In fact, the whole set is tough because not many were made and even fewer were saved. The '61-'62 Fleer set is extremely challenging due to poor centering and bad corners, and the '57-'58 Topps set is also poorly centered. The '68 Topps Test Set is rare in all grades, but it's a great 22-card set if you can complete it. Another important toughie is the '69-70 Topps Lew Alcindor rookie. If you find all of those cards in nice condition you'll have a great collection."


COLLECTORS SURVEY

Which one of the following do you consider to be the best spectator sport?

  1. Baseball! Sit back with your six-dollar hot dog and watch America's pastime unfold before your eyes. The best!
  2. College basketball! If there's anything more exciting than March Madness I'd like to know what it is!
  3. Pro basketball! Kobe takes it to the hoop! Shaq throws one down! Yao Ming does his thing!
  4. College football! The national championship is on the line every week and the games are filled with emotion!
  5. Pro football! Amazing skills and unlimited thrills!

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

Results from last survey: 40% would choose to see Wilt Chamberlain scoring 100 points in one NBA game if time-travel were possible. Click here for a complete breakdown.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND:
On-site Grading in the Philadelphia area

82nd Philadelphia Sports Card Show
Ft. Washington Expo Center
1100 Virginia Drive
Ft. Washington, PA 19034
February 28 - March 2, 2003

82nd Philadelphia Sports Card 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 (usually $35 per card. This show only!).
  • Special $10/10 Day Show Service: $10 per card for 10 business day turnaround.

PSA will also 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 show, call: 215-643-0910.

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


See PSA in California!

Long Beach Coin & Collectibles Show
February 26 - March 2, 2003
Long Beach Convention Center
100 S. Pine Avenue
Long Beach, CA

The Wellness Center "presents" A Salute to Baseball
March 8 - 9 at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley
PSA Drop-off Location
East Valley Sheriff's Station
2101 East Olson Street
Simi Valley, CA 93065

Long Beach Show: PSA will be accepting cards for "Next Day Show Service" at $35 per card. Cards must be submitted by 12 noon on Wednesday and/or Thursday for next day delivery. PSA is also accepting cards at all PSA grading levels at the Long Beach show. Cards submitted at other services will be graded by PSA and returned via mail. For more information about the Long Beach Coin & Collectibles show, go to: www.longbeachshow.com. For directions to the show, click here.

Simi Valley Show: PSA will also be accepting card submissions for all PSA grading levels at the show. Cards submitted will be graded at PSA and returned via mail.
  • Special $10/10 Day Show Service: $10 per card for 10 business day turnaround.
    Half of the proceeds will go to the Wellness Community.
For more information about the Salute to Baseball Show, go to www.wellnesscommunityhope.org

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


See PSA at These Upcoming Shows!

Chicago Sun Times
Rosemont Convention Center
Rosemont, IL
March 14 - 16, 2003

83rd Philadelphia Sports Card Show
Ft. Washington Expo Center
1100 Virginia Drive
Ft. Washington, PA 19034
May 2 - 4, 2003

Chicago Sun Times and 83rd Philadelphia Sports Card Shows: 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.


Superior Sports Presents
THE SPRING 2003 CARD AND MEMORABILIA AUCTION

Here is a partial listing of material in this auction:
AUCTION CLOSING DATE: Thursday, March 27, 2003

If you are interested in consigning to a future auction or in receiving a free copy of the catalog, then please contact Chris Porter at 231-922-9862.

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