PSA Insider - July 19, 2005 | Vol. 6 Number 15 
 
 
 
 

PSA HOBBY NEWS

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.

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.

PSA EDITORIAL

Brand Matters
In our industry, just like any other, the issue of brand is a serious one. Recognized brands have meaning; they carry weight for both buyers and sellers. For those reasons and more, it is imperative that you be brand conscious when buying an authenticated or graded product. Click here to read on.

Coming Aug. 11th!
Bidding Opens July 25th
Buried Treasure III Card and Ball Auction
Hard to Find - Tough high grade cards

Click to register Now
Auction Closes Aug. 11 @ 11pm EST • For free Catalog call 877-606-5263 or email [email protected]

PSA SET REVIEW

An Infusion of Color: A Look at the 1958 Topps Baseball Set
The year 1958 introduced Major League Baseball to the West Coast when the Dodgers and Giants left New York for their new homes in California. The expanded baseball market brought an expanded card market, and the '58 Topps set became the gem that set the tone for future Topps releases. Jim Churilla takes us through it. Click here to read more.


SET REGISTRY SPOTLIGHT

Larry Brauchie Collection - The Number One Current Finest Larry Bird Basic Set
There has been some competition for the top spot in the Larry Bird player set and right now the Larry Brauchie Collection is sitting on top. Larry's set has all perfect 10's except for two cards. His GPA is 9.62. To make an even sweeter collection, Larry also has a nearly complete master set! Click here to view the basic set and here to view the master set.

New Game-Used Bat Registry Online!
Game-Used bats have become one of the most popular areas of sports memorabilia collecting. 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 currently have the following set composites online:

   

New 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:

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.

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: How condition sensitive are cards from the 1959 Fleer Ted Williams set?

Answer: These cards, while not terribly difficult to locate in PSA NM-MT 8 condition, are surprisingly tough in Mint 9 and especially Gem Mint 10 grades. The cards have some basic condition obstacles like centering problems but the biggest issue is, perhaps, the problems associated with the edges and corners. The cards are often found with "blunting" of the corners and some of the cards have reverse paper wrinkle issues. The "blunting" hinders the grade, often sending otherwise Gem Mint or Mint cards down a grade. It creates the appearance of a worn corner because of its shape.


COLLECTORS SURVEY

Which one of these duos is the most important in sports history?

  1. Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris
  2. Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig
  3. Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
  4. Joe Montana and Jerry Rice
  5. Jack Tripper and Larry Dallas

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

Results from last survey: 28% picked Philadelphia as their preferred location for the next National Sports Collectors Convention. Click here for a complete breakdown.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

See PSA at These Upcoming Shows!

The National 26th Annual Sports Collectors Convention

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

July 27-31, 2005

Show Info:
For more information on The National, visit www.thenationalconvention.com.

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

The National 26th Annual Sports Collectors Convention

  • PSA will be offering on-site grading Thursday through Sunday. Last day for same day service is Sunday 12:00pm.

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

Public Hours:
Wednesday, 7/27/05: 5 - 9pm (Sneak Peek for VIP members)
Thursday, 7/28/05: 10am - 6pm
Friday, 7/29/05: 10am - 6pm
Saturday, 7/30/05: 10am - 6pm
Sunday, 7/31/05: 10am - 5pm



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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