PSA Insider - December 7, 2005 | Vol. 6 Number 25 
 
 
 
 

PSA HOBBY NEWS

Bruce Smith's 1941 Heisman Trophy, Four Hall of Fame Bats, and Wayne Gretzky's First Oilers Contract Are Among 1,700 Lots in Lelands.com Winter 2005 Auction
A genuine Heisman Trophy is joined in the Lelands.com 2005 Winter Auction by other items that also hold paramount significance, including a 1921 Babe Ruth game bat and Wayne Gretzky's first Oilers contract. Great card sets, wax, singles and more round out the 1,700-lot offering. Click here to read more about the auction.

First Ever Josh Gibson Card From His Playing Days Discovered By Robert Edward Auctions!!!
Robert Edward Auctions is pleased to announce a very significant new baseball card discovery: a card of legendary Hall of Fames Josh Gibson dating from spring training of his rookie season in the Negro Leagues in 1931. Incredibly, this card is autographed by Gibson -- twice. Click here for more details.

Record Breaking! Memory Lane Inc.'s November Auction Exceeds Over $1,000,000 in Realized Values
High-end graded cards from all sports, sets, and authenticated and graded autographs ruled the day at Memory Lane's November Auction event. Highlighting the sale was a 78-year-old Babe Ruth signed baseball which realized over $35,000. Vintage baseball and hockey cards were strong sellers too. Click here for more details.

PSA PLAYER SPOTLIGHT

Yogi - The Legendary "Say What" Kid
"I never said most of the things I said," Yogi Berra once said. But despite that, there's no question that the wonderful malapropisms and confused pearls of wisdom that Yogi did say have earned him everlasting fame -- even if they do sometimes overshadow his outstanding athletic career. This article examines both the baseball and verbal accomplishments of the "Say What" Kid. Click here to read more.


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PSA EDITORIAL

Crucial Grading Tips
In this edition of "Taking My Hacks," PSA President Joe Orlando offers hobbyists some grading tips. Joe explains some of the key defects to watch out for, including bent corners and paper wrinkles. Click here to read more.


PSA SET REGISTRY SM SPOTLIGHT

Chris Raney (Threeputts) - The Number One Current Finest 1954-55 Topps Hockey Set
Surging ahead of Teemu's set which had won the "Best of the Registry" certificate in 2003 and the Best Vintage Hockey set in 2004 is Chris Raney's spectacular hockey set. Chris was not only awarded the Best Vintage Hockey set for 2005, but was also inducted into the PSA Set Registry Hall of Fame. With a GPA of 8.42, this set is filled with "Top Pops" and nine cards that are the finest graded. Chris describes his set as a labor of love and you can certainly tell as he has treated us to images of each one of his cards. Click here to enjoy.

   
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.

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:

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To update your email address:
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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: When it comes to collecting autographed baseballs, does the type of ball matter?

Answer: In many cases, it does. The autograph purist tends to value official MLB balls higher than all others. In fact, those same purists also tend to value the league as well. For example, if a player was known as a National League star, most autograph purists would value a National League ball higher than an American League ball -- even if the autograph and ball quality were identical.


COLLECTORS SURVEY

Value aside, which of the following Ted Williams cards would you like to own the most?

  1. 1939 Play Ball
  2. 1941 Play Ball
  3. 1954 Bowman
  4. 1954 Wilson Franks
  5. 1954 Topps #250

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

Results from last survey: 86% said that they would like to see a dramatic reduction in the number of cards from card manufacturers in the future. Click here for a complete breakdown.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

See PSA at These Upcoming Shows!

PSA Public Friday

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

December 9, 2005

Show Info:
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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:
10am - 4pm



PSA Public Friday

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

January 20, 2006

Show Info:
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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:
10am - 4pm



West Coast Collectors Convention

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

February 10-12, 2006

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.

Public Hours:
To be determined...



PSA Public Friday

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

February 17, 2006

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:
10am - 4pm



11th Annual Winter Tri-Star Show

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

February 24-26, 2006

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.

11th 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.

Public Hours:
To be determined...



94th Philadelphia Sports Card and Memorabilia Show

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

March 3-5, 2006

Show Info:
For more information on the 94th 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.

94th 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.

Public Hours:
To be determined...



32nd Annual Chicago Sun-Times Sports Collectors Convention

Location:
Donald E. Stephens Conv. Ctr.
5555 N River Rd.
Rosemont, IL 60018

March 24-26, 2006

Show Info:
For more information on the Chicago Sun-Times Show, click here.

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

32nd Annual Chicago Sun-Times Sports Collectors Convention

  • PSA will be offering on-site grading; prices to be announced.
  • 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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