PSA Insider - Nov. 24, 2004 | Vol. 5 Number 24 
 
 
 
 

PSA MARKET NEWS

Mile High Card Company Smashes Records in Fall Auction
The 394 lots in the November 11th Mile High Card Company Auction generated over $870,000 in sales with high-end single cards and high grade "low pop" commons leading the way. For more details, click here.

Hunt Auctions, Inc. Louisville Slugger Museum Auction of November 6, 2004
Hunt Auctions, Inc. conducted the Louisville Slugger Museum® Auction on behalf of Hillerich & Bradsby Co. in Louisville, Kentucky with record-breaking results. To learn more about the results of this sale, click here.

Hobby's Greatest Autographed Card Collection (1948 to 1983) to be Offered by Robert Edward Auctions
The landmark collection of over twenty thousand signed cards assembled over the past 35 years and authenticated by PSA/DNA, includes 1948 through 1983 Topps and Bowman Complete Sets, plus many other issues, all completely autographed. Click here for all the details.

Grey Flannel Auctions' Fall Classic Grosses $2.4 Million
Grey Flannel's Nov. 18 auction grossed $2.4 million, boasting robust prices for historic jerseys worn by Mickey Mantle, Wilt Chamberlain, George Mikan, Michael Jordan and Maurice Richard, among others. Mantle's 1954 road jersey led the way at $78,446! Click here to read more.


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PSA PLAYER SPOTLIGHT

Stan Musial: The Man and the Cards
There was never anything controversial about Stan Musial. He wasn't flamboyant or stylish. He wasn't showy or extravagant. But he was truly one of the greatest players in baseball history. In this article, David Laurell examines the career and the cards of Stan "The Man." Click here to read on.

PSA COLLECTORS' CORNER

PSA Set RegistrySM: Collecting Pre-War Hockey
Interested in collecting pre-war hockey sets? Collector Tom Papa is, and he's done his homework. His research, which he shares in the article, will tell you all you need to know to get started in pre-war hockey. Click here to read more.


SET REGISTRY SPOTLIGHT

Big Shooter's WHA - The Number One Current Finest 1974-75 O-Pee-Chee WHA Hockey Set
We have a new award winner for this set for 2004. Big Shooter has captured the "Best of the Registry" award for his WHA set. He completed the set 7 months ago and continues to upgrade. His GPA is 8.03, well beyond the #2 set at 6.91. Big Shooter has added images of all of his PSA 9's and his 10! 50% of the set is "Top Pops!" Click here to enjoy.

PSA Set RegistrySM Award Results!

With nearly 12,000 sets registered at the time of the awards deadline, the judges had an extremely difficult time this year selecting the best sets for 2004. There are so many fantastic sets! There are collections in the Registry which are the finest ever assembled. After several days of review, the judges agreed on the 23 winners. The awards were given to registrants based on, but not limited to the following criteria: set popularity, difficulty, grade average, completion percentage, domination, and degree of competition within the set category.
We had 1,415 members who will receive the "Best of the Registry" certificate for being at least 65% complete and in the top spot! To view the list of winners for the "Best of the Registry" certificates and descriptions of the award-winning sets, click here.
This year, Charlie Merkel received top honors and was inducted into the PSA Collector Hall of Fame. Ten great sets where also inducted. To view descriptions for the 2004 Hall of Fame inductees, click here.
For information about the 2005 PSA Set Registry Awards, click here.
Congratulations to all the 2004 Set Registry Award winners! You have truly achieved excellence.

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: I have noticed some outstanding prices for 1966 Topps baseball commons and was wondering why that is so?

Answer: The 1966 Topps baseball set is one of the more attractive sets from the 1960s and visual appeal plays a big role in demand. In addition, and perhaps more importantly, many of the 1966 Topps baseball cards are subject to tilts in the picture -- causing many examples to be off-center and/or suffer from eye-appeal issues. Tilts, if minor, do not affect the technical grade in a severe way but some collectors cringe at the sight of them if the tilts damage the eye-appeal. In regards to the 1966 set, some cards have been discovered to be very tough in NM-MT or better condition because the centering of those cards, in most cases, prevents the cards from qualifying at the high end of the grading spectrum.


COLLECTORS SURVEY

Value aside, which one of these Jackie Robinson cards is most desirable to you?

  1. 1948 Leaf
  2. 1950 Bowman
  3. 1952 Topps
  4. 1953 Topps
  5. 1955 Topps

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

Results from last survey: 35% picked the 1933 Goudey #53 as their favorite Babe Ruth card, value aside. Click here for a complete breakdown.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

See PSA at These Upcoming Shows!

89th Philadelphia Sports Card and Memorabilia show

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

December 3 - 5, 2004

Show Info:
For more information on the 89th 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.

89th Philly Show 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.

Public hours:
12/03 - Friday - 5pm-9pm
12/04 - Saturday - 9am-5pm
12/05 - Sunday - 9am-4pm



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 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.

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 Special:

  • 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.



9th Annual Winter Tri-Star Show

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

February 18-20, 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.

9th Annual Winter Tri-Star Show Special:

  • Submit any card valued at $2500 or less at $10 per card for 10 day turnaround!

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



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