PSA Insider - Mar. 16, 2005 | Vol. 6 Number 6 
 
 
 
 

PSA HOBBY NEWS

Sotheby's and SportsCards Plus to Sell Important Sports Memorabilia and Cards on June 10, 2005
A trove of Red Sox memorabilia will include the most important document in sports history, the contract selling Babe Ruth from the Red Sox to the Yankees, and the first baseball thrown at the 1912 grand opening of Fenway Park. The sale will also offer important basketball, football, boxing, tennis and track & field items. Click here for more details.

PSA SET REVIEW

Grainy Gems: A Look at the 1962 Topps Baseball Set
In 1962, a bottle of Coke cost 10 cents and a 24 pack of Topps baseball cards cost $1.20. Today those cards might set you back you a little more, but they're worth it because the '62 Topps set is a unique gem filled with great players, striking designs and interesting variations. Click here to read more.


Memory Lane
Memory Lane Inc. Announces April 28th for its
Buried Treasures II Card and Memorabilia Auction
Looking for Hard-to-Find tough cards in high end quality, then plan to register for Memory Lane Inc's April 28th Auction.
Registration and Lot Preview begins TUESDAY, MARCH 29th at www.memorylaneinc.com. This Auction will be a Collector's Dream Come True. It is absolutely chock full of high grade, low pop, tough-to-find cards! Bids will be accepted starting Thrs. April 7th. The Auction will close at 11 pm EST on April 28, 2005. If you take your collecting seriously -- don't miss this one! See our newly designed Web site with more features too!

PSA PLAYER SPOTLIGHTS

Marino and Young Head to The Hall
While the members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Board of Selectors were faced with some tough decisions this year, Dan Marino and Steve Young were easy choices. Marino's a legend who completed 4,967 of 8,358 passes for 61,361 yards and 420 touchdowns. Young set numerous NFL passing records and holds the all-time highest NFL quarterback rating. It's no shock that they both made it their first year of eligibility. Click here to read on.


SET REGISTRY SPOTLIGHT

KP - The Number One Current Finest 1935 Gallaher Ltd. Shots from Famous Films Set
There are several members collecting these mid-1930s Gallaher Ltd. tobacco cards of film and film stars. These colorful and interesting cards from England apparently have caught the eye of KP, who now has several number one sets. Click here to enjoy.

PSA Set Registry Luncheon at the National
Mark your calendars for Friday, July 29th for the annual PSA Set Registry luncheon. This year's National will be held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL. More details about the luncheon will be emailed to all members in coming weeks.

Important Notice Regarding Missing Spec Numbers
If you attempt to add a card to your set that does not have a spec number associated with it, you will get an error message. You should email [email protected] with the certification number of the card. Note that it is NOT necessary to send a scan of the card. The spec numbers are PSA's internal numbering system. A spec number error message does not mean that the card is not in the database. It merely means that we need to add the spec number to the Set Registry. There will be a high incident of missing spec numbers in modern sets, player sets, and HOF sets.

   

New Set Registry Special!
$12 per card/5 business days - cards valued up to $500. No minimum. To take advantage of this special, your package must be postmarked by 4/30/05. 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.

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 does toning affect the overall grade of a baseball?

Answer: Toning relates to the overall eye-appeal issue. In other words, a ball that is toned but uniform in color is more pleasing to the eye than a ball that is virtually white in many spots but the ball exhibits spots of brown or yellow toning throughout -- the spotting is more of an eyesore than the overall, uniform tone.


COLLECTORS SURVEY

Which of these fantasy cards, cards that do not actually exist, would be worth the most in your opinion?

  1. 1933 Delong Josh Gibson
  2. 1952 Topps Ted Williams
  3. 1953 Bowman Willie Mays
  4. 1934 Goudey Babe Ruth
  5. 1955 Topps Mickey Mantle

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

Results from last survey: 53% selected Babe Ruth as the overall home run hitter in MLB history. Click here for a complete breakdown.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

See PSA at These Upcoming Shows!

91st Philadelphia Sports Card and Memorabilia Show

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

April 29 - May 1, 2005

Show Info:
For more information on the 91st 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.

91st 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.



West Coast Collectors Convention

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

June 3-5, 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:
Friday, 6/3/05: 2pm - 8pm
Saturday, 6/4/05: 10am - 6pm
Sunday, 6/5/05: 10am - 4pm



Chicago SportsFest

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

June 24-26, 2004

Show Info:
For more information on SportsFest visit www.krause.com.

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

Chicago SportsFest

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

  • PSA/DNA will be available on site to authenticate your previously signed items.

Public Hours:
6/24/05: Friday 10am-8:00pm
6/25/05: Saturday 10:00am-6pm
6/26/05: Sunday 10:00am-4pm



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