PSA Insider - August 3, 2005 | Vol. 6 Number 16 
 
 
 
 

PSA HOBBY NEWS

Forty-eight '48s Coming to Memory Lane's August 11th Auction
Collectors hold on to your Want lists! Memory Lane, Inc. is offering you the opportunity to buy high-end 1948 Bowmans. These cards are hard to find in high grade, and this auction presents a rare chance for collectors to own these very tough cards. Click here for more details.

MastroNet Forecasts Hot Weeks of August Collecting
It may be the dog days of summer everywhere else, but at MastroNet, Inc. it's when the auction action really heats up. That's because MastroNet, Inc., the leading Sports and Americana auction house will offer a massive assembly of high-end collectibles. Bidding is expected to soar on items from all collecting genres including sports, comic books and comic art, historical milestones, Hollywood, music, political campaigns and more. Click here for all the details.

PSA COLLECTORS SPOTLIGHT

The Odyssey of Stephen Wong: A Journey to Locate Baseball's Most Significant Collectors and Collections
Lifelong collector Stephen Wong knows all about the powerful memories and emotions that baseball memorabilia can evoke. Due out this September, Wong's Smithsonian Baseball chronicles his two-and-a-half-year odyssey, in which he left the high-powered corporate world to seek out some of baseball's most devoted collectors. Click here to read an interview with the author.


Buried Treasure III Card and Ball Auction closes August 11th 11 pm EST
IMPORTANT CARD & BALL AUCTION
This auction is full of values, tough cards, premium team signed balls.
Get registered and have fun!

Visit www.memorylaneinc.com or call 877-606-LANE (5263)
Call or E-mail us for a Catalog: [email protected]

PSA EXPERT'S CORNER

Golden Memories: The Golden Age of Hollywood and Film Star Cigarette Cards
The era of the 1930s and the '40s was Hollywood's "Golden Age," and it coincided with the Golden Age of Film Star Cigarette cards in many countries throughout the world. The historical importance and stunning beauty of many of the cigarette card sets continue to attract collectors today. Click here to learn more.


PSA SET REGISTRY SM SPOTLIGHT

Theo's 1964 Topps - The Number One Current Finest 1964-65 Topps Set
Theodore Kotsiakos's fantastic set received the award for the "Best Vintage Hockey Set of the Year" in 2003 and received a "Best of the Registry" certificate in 2004. Also in 2004, this award winning set was inducted into the PSA Set Registry Hall of Fame. With a Finest Possible Set Rating of 8.41 for this "Tall Boy" set, Theo's GPA of 8.36 comes close to perfect. Complete with images, click here to enjoy.

New! Game-Used Bat Registry Online!
Game-Used bats have become one of the most popular areas of sports memorabilia collecting. The idea of holding the same weapons that some of the mightiest hitters in the game used to make history is at the center of the appeal. Of all the pieces of equipment ordered by major league baseball players, no other is as custom designed as their bats and the unique qualities that each bat exhibits make them fun to collect. Now that PSA has established a standard to not only evaluate professional model bat authenticity, but quality as well, the PSA Set Registry can provide the venue to showcase your legendary lumber. We are currently offering 4 set compositions:

   

Set Registry Special!
$12 per card/5 business days - cards valued up to $500. No minimum. (Excludes Super Sized and Autographed cards.) Click here for details.

Change in Free Grading Policy
We will no longer be issuing free grading codes by email. Should you qualify for free grading, email your name, address and phone number to [email protected] and you will be mailed a submission form to be used exclusively for your free gradings. For more information, click on the BENEFITS link which is at the top of every web page in the Set Registry.

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 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.

Player Set Card Additions
Before attempting to add a card to a player set, please take a moment to check the set composition to make certain that the card is listed. You will find the link to the set composition under the Current Set listing. Attempting to add cards that are not in the set generates an email to Set Registry customer service regardless if the card is in the set or not. These emails must be researched, thus causing a slow-down in the update of specs for members attempting to add cards that are listed in the sets. If you have cards that need to be added to the set composite, then please use our online form for New Player Cards which is located on the Set Request List. Thank you for your courtesy and cooperation.

Fun, informative, and sometimes controversial, the PSA Set Registry 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 Registry 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 there was a find of unopened 1960 Topps baseball cards years ago and how does that affect the Pop Report?

Answer: First of all, yes... there was a small find of unopened material in the early-to-mid 1990s. Many of them were cello boxes and packs. That being said, the vast majority of the cards were found to be off-center and many were covered in black print defects. Due to the difficulty in finding clean examples, the cards are still somewhat difficult to locate in high-grade without qualifiers -- relatively speaking. For the most part, 1960s material (in general) is not as difficult to locate compared to 1950s material, but many cards are still difficult to find in strict Mint condition.


COLLECTORS SURVEY

Of the following HOFers, which one do you feel is the most underrated?

  1. Wade Boggs
  2. Ryne Sandberg
  3. Lou Brock
  4. Paul Molitor
  5. Eddie Murray

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

Results from last survey: 77% picked Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig as the most important duo in sports history. Click here for a complete breakdown.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

See PSA at These Upcoming Shows!

San Jose Sports Fair

Location:
Parkside Hall
San Jose Convention Center
San Jose, CA

August 12-14, 2005

Show Info:
For more information on the San Jose Sports Fair, visit www.naxcom.com.

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

San Jose Sports Fair

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

Public Hours:
Friday, 8/12/05: 3pm - 8pm
Saturday, 8/13/05: 10am - 6pm
Sunday, 8/14/05: 10am - 4pm



PSA Public Friday

Location:
Collectors Universe
1921 E. Alton Ave
Santa Ana, CA 92705

August 19, 2005

Show Info:
For more information on PSA Public Friday, visit www.psacard.com.

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

PSA Public Friday

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

Public Hours:
12pm - 5pm



Tri-Star Labor Day Weekend Show

Location:
Concourse Center
San Francisco, CA

September 2-5, 2005

Show Info:
For more information on The Tri-Star Labor Day Weekend Show visit www.tristarproductions.com.

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

Tri-Star Labor Day Weekend 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.

Public Hours:
To Be Determined



West Coast Collectors Convention

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

September 9-11, 2005

Show Info:
For more information on The West Coast Collectors Convention, visit www.halloffamesports.com or www.naxcom.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.

Public Hours:
To Be Determined



PSA Public Friday

Location:
Collectors Universe
1921 E. Alton Ave
Santa Ana, CA 92705

September 16, 2005

Show Info:
For more information on PSA Public Friday, visit www.psacard.com.

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

PSA Public Friday

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

Public Hours:
12pm - 5pm



92nd Philadelphia Sports Card and Memorabilia Show

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

September 23-25, 2005

Show Info:
For more information on 92nd 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.

92nd Philadelphia Sports Card and Memorabilia 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.

Public Hours:
To Be Determined



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