PSA Insider - Apr. 28, 2004 | Vol. 5 Number 9 
 
 
 

PSA EDITORIAL

A Collector's Dream
Ted Williams was serving in the Korean War at the time, so he never made it into the 1952 Topps set. But wouldn't it have been a great card if he had? Unfortunately, many great cards exist nowhere but in collectors' active imaginations. PSA President Joe Orlando shares a few of his favorite dream cards. Click here to read on.

PSA EXPERT'S CORNER

Autograph Analysis and Signing Habits of Hall of Fame Outfielder Jesse Cail "The Crab" Burkett
Nineteenth century baseball players usually aren't as well known as their more recent counterparts, but their pioneering efforts made the game what it is today. The fire-tongued Jesse Burkett is such a player, a power hitter who played rough and tough baseball over 100 years ago. Autograph expert James Spence, Jr., examines the career and signing habits of "The Crab." Click here to read more.

Heritage is ready to "Play Ball" in the sports collectibles market!
Heritage Galleries & Auctioneers, the World's Largest Collectible Auctioneer, is proud to enter the sports collecting arena in a major way. Sign-up now, fill out a WantList, get registered to win, and come back often as we ramp up our powerful auctions and inventory programs over the next few months.

PSA VINTAGE SET REVIEW

The Challenge of a Lifetime: A Look at the T206 Tobacco Card Set
Few card collecting challenges could be as great as assembling a complete T206 baseball set in high-grade. But it's worth the effort. Not only is the future of this set bright in terms of value, it's also a wonderful set to collect because of its fantastic artwork and striking depictions of baseball's early stars. In this article, hobby veteran Greg Bussineau explores the legendary tobacco set. Click here to read on.


SET REGISTRY SPOTLIGHT

 
Outcalt Collection - The Number One Current Finest 1953 Bowman Football Set
A 2003 "Best of the Registry" winner, the owner of the Outcalt Collection has assembled a fantastic high-grade vintage football set which is 100% complete with a GPA of 8.25. All of the key cards in the set, i.e. LeBaron, Van Brocklin, Layne, Hirsch, Graham, Gifford, Tunnell, Tittle, Grosa, and Cross, are all PSA 8 or 9. Great work! Click here to view.

PSA Set RegistrySM Luncheon at the National!
Mark your calendars for Friday, July 23rd, 1-3 p.m. for the PSA Set RegistrySM luncheon to be held in Cleveland at the National Card Show. All Set Registrants will be emailed invitations to this special event in coming weeks. We look forward to seeing you there.

Hurry! Set Registry Special Deadline is Friday. 5-day turnaround/$10 a card! Your packages must be postmarked by April 30, 2004. 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 RegistrySM 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 RegistrySM is a work in progress and we invite your comments and ideas. Send your suggestions to [email protected].


PSA Q & A

Question: What is the difference between the 1915 Sporting News Ruth rookie and his 1914 Baltimore rookie card?

Answer: The 1914 Baltimore Ruth is an extreme rarity and, when the card has sold in the past, records have been set. Technically, this card does not feature Ruth as a part of a major league team. That is why the 1915 Sporting News Ruth, where he is featured pitching for the Boston Red Sox, has become so popular and, in fact, the last PSA NM-MT 8 sold for over $100,000 in a MastroNet auction. For the moment, the 1915 Sporting News Ruth is king.


COLLECTORS SURVEY

Who is the biggest draw in basketball today?

  1. Shaquille O'Neal
  2. Kobe Bryant
  3. Carmelo Anthony
  4. Lebron James
  5. Kevin Garnett

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

Results from last survey: 52% said that Willie Mays is the greatest outfielder in baseball history. Click here for a complete breakdown.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

See PSA at These Upcoming Shows!

87th Philadelphia Sports Card and Memorabilia Show

Location:
Fort Washington Expo Ctr.
1100 Virginia Drive
Fort Washington, PA 19034

April 30 - May 2, 2004

Show Info:
For more information on the 86th Philly Show, visit www.phillyshow.org.

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

PSA will be offering on-site grading Friday through Sunday. Last day for same day service is Sunday 12:00pm.

PSA/DNA autograph experts will be available to authenticate your previously signed autographs on-site.

Public hours:
4/30 - Friday - 5pm-9:00pm
5/1 - Saturday - 9:00am-5pm
5/2 - Sunday - 9:00am-4pm



PSA Saturday

Date: May 1, 2004
Time: 10am - 2pm

Location:
Collectors Universe
1921 E. Alton Ave.
Santa Ana, CA 92705

Show Info:
For more information on the PSA Saturday Show or PSA services, call PSA Customer Service at (800) 325-1121 or visit www.psacard.com.

PSA SATURDAY SPECIAL SERVICE - NO SHIPPING COSTS!!

  • $10 per card - Submit your cards valued at $2500.00 or less at PSA Saturday on May 1 for pick-up at the next PSA Saturday, held at The West Coast Collectors Convention located at the Hollywood Park Casino and Convention Center in Inglewood, CA on June 5th.

    You may also have your cards mailed to you. Return shipping fees will apply. Please refer to the shipping chart located on the reverse side of all PSA invoices.

Admission is free! PSA representatives are available to answer questions and accept submissions for all levels of service.



West Coast Collectors Convention

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

June 4-6, 2004

Show Info:
For more information on the West Coast Collectors Convention, visit www.halloffamesports.com.

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

SUBMIT YOUR CARDS TO PSA DIRECTLY!!!

  • Submit any card valued at $2500 or less at $10 per card for 10 day turnaround! This offer is only good at the West Coast Collectors Convention, so bring your cards and visit us at the show.
  • Orders submitted at the PSA Saturday Show on May 1st will be available for pick-up at the West Coast Collectors Convention only!
  • PSA/DNA autograph experts will be available to authenticate your previously signed autographs on-site.


Chicago SportsFest

Location:
Donald E. Stephens Conv. Ctr.
5555 N River Rd.
Rosemont, IL 60018

June 25 - 27, 2004

Show Info:
For more information on SportsFest, visit www.krause.com.

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

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

PSA/DNA will be available on site to authenticate your previously signed items.

Public hours:
6/25 - Friday - 10am-8:00pm
6/26 - Saturday - 10:00am-6pm
6/27 - Sunday - 10:00am-4pm



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