PSA Insider - Mar. 29, 2005 | Vol. 6 Number 7 
 
 
 
 

PSA HOBBY NEWS

MastroNet Prepares to Shower Collectors with Rarities in April Auction
MastroNet is forecasting that its colossal spring event will offer one of the most extensive assemblies of fine collectibles to date. Collectors of all genres will find themselves drenched in an unprecedented amount of high-end items representing all types of sports, comic books, Hollywood, music, and more with a fair amount of material never before offered publicly. Click here for more details.

Memory Lane Auction Approaches
Memory Lane Inc. is holding its Buried Treasures II Card and Memorabilia auction on Thursday, April 28th. This auction is full of Sport Kings, Leafs, Play Balls, Bowmans, Cracker Jacks, Topps even a jewel National Chicle #1 Dutch Clark football card and a Topps Lew Alcindor Rookie Card. The topper is a spectacular autographed Babe Ruth ball that must be seen to be believed! Click here to read more about it.

PSA COLLECTORS CORNER

The "Little Collection" of the Cypres Family Sports Museum
Some people collect for investment purposes, while others do it because they're truly interested in what they collect and enjoy showing it off. If anyone falls into the latter category, it's Gary Cypres, whose passion for sports history has led him to build a collection that could literally stock a museum. Click here to read more.


OPEN NOW: Register and View Lots at www.memorylaneinc.com

PSA EDITORIAL

Here We Go Again
At the onset of 3rd-party card grading, widespread debates raged on about the concept. Now that PSA is gearing up to begin grading autographs, the debates will likely begin again -- but perhaps with less force. PSA President Joe Orlando gives a few reasons why the marketplace may be more accepting this time around. Click here to read on.


SET REGISTRY SPOTLIGHT

David Curtis - The Number One Current Finest 1949 Leaf Set
David has received the "Best of the Registry" award for this set in both 2003 and 2004. Still ranked the #1 set, his GPA of 7.11 is well above the other three completed sets. He's got 17 "Top Pops" including #1 Tommy Thompson, #16 Charlie Trippi, #19 Paul Christman, #40 George Connor, #43 Frank Tripucka, #49 Charley Conerly, and #56 Johnny Lujack. Congratulations! Click here to enjoy.

Set Registry Luncheon Planned in July
This year's PSA Set RegistrySM luncheon will be held on Friday, July 29, 2005 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois, during the National Sports Collectible Show. Formal invitations to this event will be emailed to all Set Registry members at the end of May. We look forward to seeing old friends and new members this July.

New Deadline Announcement for 2006 Awards
As in previous years, the deadline for the 2005 PSA Set RegistrySM awards is October 31, 2005. However, beginning in 2006, the awards deadline will be moved up to May 31st. This will allow us to recognize the winners with their awards at the summer PSA Set RegistrySM luncheons. This move will give you a shorter window the first year in which to update your sets, but will fall back to the 12 month period in 2007.

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.

   

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: What card issues are most often re-colored?

Answer: Many of the dark bordered issues such as 1955 Bowman baseball, 1962 Topps baseball and football, 1971 Topps baseball and so on are all obvious targets for re-coloring since the edges and corners will reveal the slightest touch of wear. It is important to note, however, that white bordered cards are targets for re-coloring as well. Most collectors assume that the issue of re-coloring is limited to the dark bordered cards but, at PSA, we see just as many white bordered cards with added color as we do dark bordered cards.


COLLECTORS SURVEY

Which one of the following cards, in your opinion, is the most important "last" card in a trading card set?

  1. 1952 Topps Baseball Eddie Mathews #407
  2. 1954 Topps Baseball Ted Williams #250
  3. 1948 Bowman Basketball Carl Braun #72
  4. 1935 National Chicle Football Bernie Masterson #36
  5. 1952 Bowman Large Jim Lansford #144

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

Results from last survey: 37% believe that, if it actually existed, the 1934 Goudey Babe Ruth card would be worth the most of our "fantasy" card choices. 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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