PSA Insider - August 17, 2004 | Vol. 5 Number 17 
 
 
 

PSA MARKET REPORT

New Product... Old Problem
Think that cut signatures on modern card issues are authentic? If the cards are from major manufacturers, why wouldn't they be? Unfortunately, if no third-party authenticator is consulted, fake or clubhouse signatures may make their way onto the cards. PSA President Joe Orlando explains why consumers need to demand authentication for modern issues. Click here to read on.

PSA PLAYER SPOTLIGHT

Ed Kranepool Hits the Road for Collectors
Ed Kranepool is most famous for being part of the "Miracle Mets," the underdogs who surprised the world by winning the 1969 World Series. Now, Kranepool is poised for a new kind of fame, as the host of a new business venture that will auction unique memorabilia direct from the collections of players or their estates. In this Sports Market Report interview, Kranepool recalls his miraculous past and discusses the future of his auction business. Click here to read more.

PSA COLLECTOR'S CORNER

"Those Gems Are Still Out There and Waiting for You"
Ungraded vintage baseball cards in near-mint to mint condition aren't as plentiful as they once were, but you can still find them if you're patient and keep your eyes and ears open. In this article, collector Rich Dyer explains how he has managed to unearth many raw gems and turn them into PSA 9's. Click here to continue.


SET REGISTRY SPOTLIGHT

Wheels1313 Collection - The Number One Current Finest 1993-94 Finest Refractor Set
Wheels has held on to the number one spot for almost a year with little competition. The closest competitor's set is only .45% complete. (Wheels also owns the KWH sets as well, so he appears to have a monopoly on these refractors!) Looks like he's set to win for 2004! Congratulations to Wheels! 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:
 

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 will be added after the launch of our new software, 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: I was watching eBay the other day and noticed a panel (2 cards) of 1951 Topps Ringside cards for sale and graded by PSA. Was this a mistake or do you guys grade them as full panels?

Answer: PSA actually will grade entire panels of a few different issues as long as those panels will fit into one of the custom holders. For example, 1951 Topps Ringsides, 1951 Topps Blue and Red Backs and some Bazooka panels are just some examples of this. If you can find a high-grade/full panel, you may be in luck because collectors have been paying premiums for these examples.


COLLECTORS SURVEY

Value aside, which of these vintage football cards would you want to own the most?

  1. 1965 Topps Joe Namath
  2. 1958 Topps Jim Brown
  3. 1957 Topps Johnny Unitas
  4. 1935 National Chicle Bronko Nagurski
  5. 1966 Philadelphia Dick Butkus

Results from last survey: No contest! 84% said that Lou Gehrig is the greatest first baseman of all-time. 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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