PSA Insider - Dec. 7, 2004 | Vol. 5 Number 25 
 
 
 
 

PSA MARKET NEWS

Memory Lane's November Card Auction Hits the Mark... and a Whole Lot More!
Memory Lane's Buried Treasures Card Auction, held November 17th, was a huge success. The sale presented a select group of high grade, quality "tough cards" that attracted strong bidding from collectors. For complete auction details and highlights, click here.

PSA PLAYER SPOTLIGHT

Autograph Analysis and Signing Habits of Hall of Fame Shortstop and Manager Hugh Ambrose "Ee-Yah" Jennings
Hugh Jennings played "dirty style" baseball -- his games routinely contained intentional spiking, intimidating arguments and vicious bench heckling. He crowded the plate, and ended up with a 75-year hit-by-pitch record for it. But he was a natural leader, a perennial .300 hitter, and a shrewd manager later in his career. Autograph expert James Spence Jr. examines the life and the signing habits of this 19th-century pioneer. Click here to read on.


Memory Lane's First Auction In 3 Years Is A Huge Success!
Memory Lane's recent Buried Treasures Card Auction on November 17, 2004, which featured scarce and rare cards not seen regularly on the market, was a resounding success! A complete 1941 Play Ball 72-card set sold intact for $67,000, and a PSA Mint 9 1933 Goudey Babe Ruth card #144 sold for $67,000. The auction was full of tough-to-find cards and an unprecedented number of collectors responded with active bidding. Overall, the auction produced a staggering $592,000 on just 151 lots! Collectors were able to pick up high grade, hard-to-find cards at excellent prices. Consignors to the auction realized prices worthy of their collecting efforts and the rarity of the material offered. Complete auction results may be viewed on Memory Lane Inc's web site at www.memorylaneinc.com in the Archive Auction section.

PSA Expert's Corner

Lofty Expectations
As someone who became a serious collector back in the hobby boom during the 1980s, PSA President Joe Orlando remembers a different atmosphere. Now, performance expectations are higher than ever. Mistakes by big-name athletes are televised as much as their winning plays. And it's not helping the hobby. Click here to read more.


SET REGISTRY SPOTLIGHT

Wetzel's 1974 Traded Set - The Number One All Time Finest 1974 Topps Traded Baseball Set
We just have to give credit to Wetzel. Although he recently retired his set, he stayed in the top spot for three years running. Wetzel's great set lists the "Best of the Registry" award icons for 2002, 2003 and 2004. This All Time Finest set is sitting with a GPA of 8.79. An amazing 32 cards in this 44-card set are "Top Pops!" The Piniella, Alou, Rettenmund and Mason are the finest cards graded. Click here to enjoy.

Important Notice Regarding Missing Spec Numbers
If you attempt to add a card and you receive a message that states that the card does not have a spec number in the set, this does not necessarily mean that the card is not in the PSA database. In most cases, the card is in the database, but the identification number (spec number) is not in the Registry. The spec number is the way in which the program identifies that the card is correct for the set and allows for automatic validations. When this message occurs, simply email [email protected] with the name of the set and the certification number and the Registry staff will add the spec number to the set. You will be notified when you can add the card to your set. There will be a high occurrence of missing spec numbers in player sets, HOF sets, modern sets. In most cases, this is because there are many cards in these sets which have never been registered.

   

Set Registry Special!
$12/5-day for any card with a declared value under $1,000 - 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. The following are new set composites added to the Registry:

To see what sets have been requested, visit the Set Request List. If your set is not listed, send us your request using the Set Request Form.

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: How common is it for an athlete to change his or her signature?

Answer: It is actually very, very common. If you look back through history, you can see changes in the signatures of virtually all major athletes from Ruth to Mantle to McGwire. It is also very important that collectors familiarize themselves with the different variations. For example, if you looked at the very first Mickey Mantle contract, you would not believe that the same person signed the last contract -- both Mantle. As players sign more and more, they perfect their style and signature over time. Just look at your own signature. You will be surprised if you compare your handwriting from days past to the signature you currently use -- especially if you sign often (checks for example). The bottom line is that players change their signatures all the time. The key is to be up to date on those changes.


COLLECTORS SURVEY

What is your favorite decade of Topps baseball cards?

  1. 1950s
  2. 1960s
  3. 1970s
  4. 1980s
  5. 1990s

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

Results from last survey: 37% picked the 1952 Topps issue as the most desirable Jackie Robinson card, value aside. Click here for a complete breakdown.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

See PSA at These Upcoming Shows!

Philadelphia Sports Fair

Location:
Stadium Holiday Inn
900 Packer Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19148

January 29 - 30, 2005

Show Info:
For more information on the Philadelphia Sports Fair, visit www.naxcomtradeshows.com.

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

Philadelphia Sports Fair

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

    Public hours:
    01/29 - Saturday 10am-6pm
    01/30 - Sunday 10am-4pm



West Coast Collectors Convention

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

February 11-13, 2005

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.

West Coast Collectors Convention

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.


9th Annual Winter Tri-Star Show

Location:
Cow Palace
2600 Geneva Avenue
Daly City, CA 94014

February 18-20, 2005

Show Info:
For more information on the Tri-Star Shows visit www.tristarproductions.com.

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

9th Annual Winter Tri-Star Show

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.


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