PSA Insider - August 3, 2004 | Vol. 5 Number 16 
 
 
 

PSA MARKET NEWS

Guerrero's Got the Good Ol' Boys Smilin'
Vladimir Guerrero is one of the hottest players in the game of baseball right now. He's famous for his smile, and he's got good reason to show it -- in the first half of the season, he was among the league leaders in a half-dozen statistical categories, and he's still going strong. He's got the veteran Angel fans smiling too.
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PSA SPOTLIGHT

Autograph Analysis and Signing Habits of Hall of Fame Executive Byron Bancroft "Ban" Johnson
"Ban" was largely responsible for the success of baseball's American League. He brought new vitality to the game, expanding its popularity and instituting a number of important reforms. He was also a ruthless autocrat, ruling his league like a dictator and becoming involved in no end of personal disputes with other baseball executives. James Spence, Jr. examines the career and signing habits of this early baseball "czar." Click here to read on.

PSA EXPERTS' CORNER

The Lure of Legendary Lumber: A Closer Look at PSA Bat Experts Vince Malta and John Taube
In 1984, John Taube traded some baseball cards for a couple of Yankee bats, changing his life and the face of the game-used bat collecting hobby in the process. In the twenty years since that day, he and his partner Vince Malta have changed the way bats are authenticated and collected, paving the way for a recent explosion in bat values. Read this article to learn more about the experts and to discover how their obsessions have impacted the hobby. Click here to continue.


SET REGISTRY SPOTLIGHT

Ron Diamond - The Number One Current Finest 1960 Fleer Basic Set
Ron Diamond has done an excellent job of climbing to the top spot, ahead of three other collectors who are at 100% and eight other collectors who are working their way up. Ron's GPA is 8.77 with the lowest grade in the set PSA 8. Congratulations on this fine accomplishment! Click here to enjoy!

Set Requests and New PSA Set RegistrySM Software Timeline
We are in the process of testing the new PSA Set RegistrySM software. This is a very time-consuming project because we must make certain that every item in every set composite has a unique number. In order to get this accomplished in a timely fashion, the entire Set Registry staff will be working on this project. Therefore, please make note of the following set request issues:
  1. For the next 4-6 weeks any new set request received will be added to the Set Request list, however the composite will not be put online until after the launch of the new Registry software. We hope to be beta testing at the end of August and launch the new software by mid-September.
  2. Any requests received after August 31st for card additions to player sets which are already online will not be added to the player sets until after the awards deadline on October 31st.
Customer service issues such as the release of cards from other member's sets, certification number problems, and codes for free grading should not be affected during this test time. Should you have any questions, please email [email protected].
 

Set Registry Special! $12 per card/5 business days - cards valued up tp $500. No Minimum. (Excludes Super Sized cards.) 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 worth more: a full name/legal autograph or just the basic name?

Answer: Good question. You might see "Mickey Mantle" autographs in the market or "Mickey Charles Mantle" -- which one is worth more? In many cases, if the full name signature is considered scarce, that version is worth a premium. On the flip side, you may see more interest in a "Babe Ruth" autograph versus a "George Herman Ruth" because people associate "Babe" with the legendary ballplayer -- not "George." In other cases, Ruth may sign his entire name "George Herman 'Babe' Ruth" which is considered quite desirable. You know what they say, "Beauty is on the eye of the beholder." In any event, for those who appreciate scarcity, the full name signatures will often offer a tough challenge and a premium price.


COLLECTORS SURVEY

Who is the greatest first baseman of all-time?

  1. Jimmie Foxx
  2. Lou Gehrig
  3. Mark McGwire
  4. Willie McCovey
  5. Eddie Murray

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

Results from last survey: 37% said that Shaq and Heat will outperform Kobe and the Lakers next year, but only by a narrow margin. Click here for a complete breakdown.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

See PSA at These Upcoming Shows!

17th Annual Labor Day Weekend Collectors Show

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

September 3-6, 2004

Show Info:
For more information on the 17th 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.

The Labor Day Weekend Special $10/10 Day

  • Collectors Club Members can take advantage of this weekend Special - $10 per card - 10 business day turnaround (plus return shipping)

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

PSA/DNA autograph experts 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 10-12, 2004

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.

The West Coast Sports Collectors Convention Special $10/10 Day

  • Collectors Club Members can take advantage of this weekend Special - $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 will be available to authenticate your previously signed autographs on-site.



88th Philadelphia Sports Card and Memorabilia Show

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

September 3 - 5, 2004

Show Info:
For more information on the 88th 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 representatives will be available to answer all your questions and accept submissions for all levels of service through Sunday.

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

Public hours:
9/3 - Friday 5pm - 9pm
9/4 - Saturday 9am - 5pm
9/5 - Sunday 9am - 4pm



29th Annual Chicago Sun-Times Sports Collectors Convention

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

November 19 - 21, 2004

Show Info:
For more information on the Chicago Sun-Times Show, visit www.sportsnewsproductions.net.

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 at the following prices: $25 per card for the same or next day service $35 per card for two-hour service. This service will be offered starting Friday. The last day for same day service is Sunday 12:00pm.

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

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

Public hours:
11/19 - Friday 5pm-9:30pm
11/20 - Saturday 9:30am-5pm
11/21 - Sunday 9:30am-4pm



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