PSA Insider - Feb. 4, 2004 | Vol. 5 Number 3 
 
 
 

PSA COLLECTING TIPS

Strategies for Building PSA Graded Sets on a Budget
Most collectors don't have unlimited funds for putting together their prized sets of PSA-graded cards. Set building can be expensive, but with planning, you won't have to risk bankruptcy just to assemble your favorite group of cards. In this article, Alan Cowart provides several tips for collectors building sets on a budget. Click here to read more.

PSA PLAYER SPOTLIGHT

Autograph Analysis and Signing Habits of Hall of Fame Pitcher Charles Augustus "Kid" Nichols
There was no better pitcher in the 1890s than the Kid. Charles Nichols built up a .634 winning percentage, averaged 24 victories per year and pitched 50 shutouts. However, his Hall of Fame induction was a long time coming, meaning that most requests for the Kid's autograph came late in his life. Autograph expert James Spence examines the career and signing habits of this 19th-century fireballer. Click here to read on.

PSA SPORTS TRIVIA

I Want That Guy's Agent! A Look at the Salary Arbitration Results During Baseball's Off-Season
Roy Halladay's golden arm earned him a $42 million contract for the next four years. Alfonso Soriano received a raise of nearly $5 million. Kerry Wood went up by nearly $4 million. Eric Gagne was offered a raise of over $4 million a year and turned it down! Wait until you see what Albert Pujols wants! Click here to find out.

SET REGISTRY SPOTLIGHT

Vineyard's - The Number One Current Finest 1979 Saints Coke Set
We love it when an award winning set owner provides images of his set. This is what Vineyard has done for his 2003 "Best of the Registry" set. This 45-card set produced by Topps is displays black and white with red bordered cards and the Coca-Cola logo in the upper right hand corner. Vineyard's set is complete with a 7.29 rating. Click here to enjoy the images!

Set Registry Special! Submit your 1972-present cards for $5 per card/25 minimum. 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. Note: Due to an increase in requests, current load time is approximately 30 days. Thanks in advance for your patience.

New composites recently added include:

Fun, informative, and sometimes controversial, the PSA Set RegistryTM 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 RegistryTM is a work in progress and we invite your comments and ideas. Send your suggestions to [email protected].


PSA Q & A

Question: If a player is voted into the Hall of Fame by the Veteran's Committee versus the normal fashion, does it negatively impact the value of that player's collectibles?

Answer: Not really, however, if a player had to be admitted through that route, it probably means that the player was a borderline choice to begin with. This may or may not be a factor in valuation because there are many players who are not in the Hall that are considerably more popular than players who are. Roger Maris, for example, is more popular than Don Sutton even though Sutton is a Hall of Famer with over 300 wins. Popularity always takes priority there.


COLLECTORS SURVEY

"You've got to accentuate the positive," or so the song says, but sometimes it's fun to talk about the negative. What was the WORST thing about the just-completed Super Bowl?

  1. The half-time show! Enough said!
  2. The overreaction to the half-time show! Talk about much ado about nothing!
  3. The commercials! Bad taste is becoming an art form in itself!
  4. The first 20 minutes of the game! It looked for a time as though the game would be a 0-0 tie!
  5. The final kickoff! After a brilliant comeback, Carolina gave the game away at the end!

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

Results from last survey: 39% said that Pete Rose's confession was the biggest surprise (so far) of 2004. Click here for a complete breakdown.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

See PSA at These Upcoming Shows!

West Coast Collectors Convention

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

February 6-8, 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.

At the West Coast Collectors Convention:

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


8th Annual Winter Tri-Star Show

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

February 20-22, 2004

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.

At the 8th Annual Winter Tri-Star Show:

  • Submit any card valued at $2500 or less at $10 per card for 10 day turnaround! This offer is only good at the 8th Annual Winter Tri-Star Show, so bring your cards and visit us at the show.
  • PSA/DNA autograph experts will be available to authenticate your previously signed autographs on-site.


86th Philadelphia Sports Card and Memorabilia Show

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

March 5 - 7, 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 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.

SHOW SPECIAL SERVICE

  • $10 per card 10 day turnaround time.


PSA Saturday

Date: March 6, 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 March 6 for pick-up at the next PSA Saturday, April 3rd.

    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.



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