PSA Insider - Dec. 22, 2004 | Vol. 5 Number 26 
 
 
 
 

PSA MARKET NEWS

Market Update
Hot headlines from the auction world: PSA-authenticated Babe Ruth bat used to hit the first home run in Yankee Stadium sells for $1.2 million in SportsCards Plus and Sotheby's auction; Babe Ruth's pre-rookie card to be sold by Robert Edward Auctions; Thurman Munson catcher's mitt draws $51K in Memorabilia Road Show auction; Jim Thorpe jersey fetches $284,350 in Lelands.com auction; MastroNet tops off record year with $11.1 million sale. For more details, click here.

PSA Update
Some changes are in the works at PSA for 2005, including updates to the submission form, some new services, and "Pedigree" labeling. Please read this notice for up-to-date details. Click here to continue.

1952 Topps Baseball - New Labeling Approach
Beginning January 1st, 2005 through March 2005, PSA will be offering a $3 re-holder special for collectors and dealers who would like to have their 1952 Topps baseball cards labeled with the Black Back variation designated by PSA. Click here for more details.

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 Collector's Perspective

It's All About the Cards, Or Is It?
Collectors may forget it sometimes, but PSA doesn't just grade cards. Tickets, cut signatures, pins -- all are eligible for PSA grading or authentication and could make wonderful subjects for collectors willing to diversify. Click here to read more.


SET REGISTRY SPOTLIGHT

Dave Johnson - The Number One Current Finest 1931 Churchman Small Golf Set
Have you seen the great cards in Dave's set? If not, take a look for a real treat! Dave has loaded images for all these wonderful golf vintage cards. These cards, produced by the Imperial Tobacco Company of Great Britain in 1931, feature caricatures of the great players of the time. Dave has been awarded the "Best of the Registry" certificate for three years in a row. Congratulations! 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 Deadline Friday!
$12/5-day for any card with a declared value under $1,000 - no minimum required. To take advantage of this special, your package must be postmarked by 12/31/04. 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: Is it true that vintage oversized cards are generally tougher to locate in high-grade than regular sized cards?

Answer: Well, since oversized cards are inherently more cumbersome, many collectors feel they are tougher to find in nice shape. Over the years, especially prior to the days of protective sleeves, cards had to go through moves in various types of storage. In essence, it is much easier to damage something that is physically larger over time. Imagine trying to move a large piece of furniture up a flight of stairs versus a smaller piece. You are more likely to bump the walls with the large piece of furniture simply due to its size -- damage is harder to avoid -- just as it was with vintage oversized cards. While some people may overplay this factor, the idea does have merit when it comes to vintage material.


COLLECTORS SURVEY

What football record is most impressive?

  1. Passing touchdowns for a season
  2. Total Yards Passing All-Time
  3. Total Yards Rushing All-Time
  4. Total Yards Receiving All-Time

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

Results from last survey: 52% selected the 1950s as their favorite decade of Topps baseball cards. Zero percent selected the 1990s. 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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