PSA Insider - Feb. 1, 2005 | Vol. 6 Number 3 
 
 
 
 

PSA NEWS

NFL Again Uses PSA/DNA to Prevent Super Bowl Footballs Fraud
For the sixth consecutive year, the National Football League will use PSA/DNA Authentication Services (PSA/DNA) to combat potential counterfeiting of Super Bowl footballs. Click here for all the details.

PSA MARKET NEWS

Labor of Love for Sale: Ultimate Autographed Card Collection to Be Offered
In April 2005, Robert Edward Auctions will offer a "labor of love" -- a collection of over twenty thousand signed cards that was assembled over a thirty-five year period, which includes complete 1948 through 1983 Topps and Bowman sets, plus many other issues, all completely autographed and authenticated by PSA/DNA. Click here to read more.


Memory Lane
Still time left to place Consignments in our Spring Auction
Be part of Memory Lane's Buried Treasures II Vintage Card and Memorabilia Auction for Spring 2005. This Auction will feature high grade, scare cards, in strong demand by Vintage Collectors and Set Builders. It's the place for quality vintage material. Free value evaluations - call us today or contact us online. To place material, click here: www.memorylaneinc.com; call toll free 877-606-5263 (8:30 - 5 M-F PST); email [email protected].
P.S. for quality high grade Vintage Cards see our Online Web Store - over 300 Vintage cards at attractive prices - www.memorylaneinc.com.

PSA EXPERT'S CORNER

It's Still a Lot of Fun
President Joe Orlando has been working at PSA for six years. In that time, he's seen thousands upon thousands of cards, witnessed the discovery of amazing rarities and met all sorts of interesting people. So is it still fun? In this article, he shares his thoughts. Click here to read on.


SET REGISTRY SPOTLIGHT

DaWongz - The Number One Current Finest 1996-97 Topps Chrome Basketball Set
It's always fun to watch a set change leadership hands and in the case of the 1996-97 Topps Chrome set, this has happened three years in a row. In 2003, the Cyphilis set was awarded the "Best of the Registry" certificate. The following year, the Bryant collection captured the award. But now, in 2005, there is a collector who not only has a set that sits in the #1 spot and is the first to achieve 100% completion, but who has two other sets registered in the same category. He's got cards! Congratulations to DaWongz. Click here to view the set.

New Autographed Baseball Registry!
A year ago, PSA and PSA/DNA combined services to offer you autographed baseball grading. Now, with populations of the graded balls increasing, we were able to create our first autograph Registry, the Autographed Baseball Registry. This new Registry is now online with four set compositions available. To visit the Autographed Baseball Registry, click here. If you have autographed baseballs that are not graded and you would like to participate in the Registry, contact PSA/DNA for further information.

   

Set Registry Special!
1960's commons - all sports and non-sports cards. $8/15-day turnaround - no minimum required. To take advantage of this special, your package must be postmarked by 2/28/05. 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 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.

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, and modern sets. In most cases, this is because there are many cards in these sets which have never been registered.

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 re-coloring something that people do to restore the edges of the card?

Answer: Yes but re-coloring has been used for other purposes as well. Many people assume that re-coloring is used only to re-touch edges of dark bordered cards but this is not so. At PSA, we have seen re-coloring on white bordered cards and re-coloring that is done to the center/picture of the cards -- especially where the colors are important. As time goes on, restoration techniques improve so it is imperative that PSA stays sharp and that collectors are aware of the practice.


COLLECTORS SURVEY

What is the likely outcome of the Super Bowl?

  1. Eagles dominant over the Patriots
  2. Eagles slightly over the Patriots
  3. Patriots dominant over the Eagles
  4. Patriots slightly over the Eagles

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

Results from last survey: 62%, a clear majority, picked New England as the winners of the Super Bowl. 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 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

Show Special for Collectors Club Members: $12 for 5-day

  • 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

Show Special for Collectors Club Members: $12 for 5-day

  • 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.


90th Philadelphia Sports Card and Memorabilia Show

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

March 4-6, 2005

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.

90th Philadelphia Sports Card and Memorabilia Show

Show Special for Collectors Club Members: $12 for 5-day

  • 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:
3/4/05 - Friday 5pm-9pm
3/5/05 - Saturday 9am-5pm
3/6/05 - Sunday 9am-4pm



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