PSA Insider - May 25, 2005 | Vol. 6 Number 11 
 
 
 
 

PSA HOBBY NEWS

Topps, PSA & EBay Team to Offer Unique Star Wars Collectibles
PSA has graded a one of a kind complete set of special edition Topps Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith cards. There are 90 different 1 of 1 cards and each one is foil stamped "PROMO: 1 of 1." Click here for more details.

MastroNet's June Classic Collector Auction Set to Sizzle
Vast array of Sports and Americana items predicted to generate hot bidding. Click here to read more about it.

PSA SPORTS TRIVIA

Did You Know?
After years of reading, researching, lecturing and writing about baseball, longtime collector and Sports Market Report writer Marshall Fogel has accumulated a plethora of scrap paper, filled with hard-to-remember quips from baseball pundits. In this article, he imparts some interesting baseball tidbits you might not have known before. Click here to read them.

Incredible Values from Memory Lane Inc. Auctions
Consignors looking to maximize value -- look to Memory Lane Inc.
Lot 11
1933 Goudey
#176 Ogden
PSA MINT 9
SMR (May Book) $1250
Sold: $12,222
+ 879% Above Book!
Lot 12
1934 Goudey
#41 Earnshaw
PSA MINT 9
SMR (May Book) $1250
Sold: $17,891
+ 1331% Above Book!
Lot 14
1934 Goudey
# 67 Bob Weiland
PSA MINT 9
SMR (May Book) $1300
Sold: $19,665
+ 1412% Above Book!

PSA COLLECTORS SPOTLIGHT

Marvelous Modern Inserts to be Gaveled: A Look at the Allan Smith Collection
Once his collecting passion was renewed, Alan Marc Smith became a man on a mission: to amass as many qualiy, limited edition cards as he could. Now, key pieces from his amazing collection of 1-of-1's, rare inserts and game-used memorabilia cards will be available to high bidders at the June Sotheby's/SportsCards Plus auction. Click here to read on.


SET REGISTRY SPOTLIGHT

T. Allan Bergquist - The Number One Current Finest 1975 Topps Mini Set
The 1975 mini set was issued by Topps as a test issue to see if collectors would embrace the smaller version. Although Topps did issue a few more mini sets in later years, the 1975 was the most significant in that it cultivated some very enthusiastic collectors! Last year Allan Bergquist won the 2004 "Best of the Registry" award for his great "little" set. This year he continues to maintain a strong lead as the only member with a complete set and a very high GPA of 8.84. Click here to enjoy.

July Set Registry Luncheon Invitations Emailed
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. Invitations were emailed out to you on May 25th. Please send your RSVP by July 15th. We look forward to seeing old friends and new members this July.

Player Set Card Additions
Before attempting to add a card to a player set, please take a moment to check the set composition to make certain that the card is listed. You will find the link to the set composition under the Current Set listing. Attempting to add cards that are not in the set generates an email to Set Registry customer service regardless if the card is in the set or not. These emails must be researched, thus causing a slow-down in the update of specs for members attempting to add cards that are listed in the sets. If you have cards that need to be added to the set composite, then please use our online form for New Player Cards which is located on the Set Request page. Thank you for your courtesy and cooperation.

24 Hours Wait After Grades are Posted
There is a lag time between the posting of grades online and the time the PSA database is updated with your certification numbers. If you attempt to add cards before your certification numbers have been updated in the database, you will get an error message. Therefore, please allow 24 hours after your grades are posted before attempting to add new cards to your sets.

Set Registry Special!
1972-1992 $5 per card. No minimum. No guaranteed turnaround. (Excludes Super Sized and Autographed cards.) Click here for details.

Change in Free Grading Policy
We will no longer be issuing free grading codes by email. Should you qualify for free grading, email your name, address and phone number to [email protected] and you will be mailed a submission form to be used exclusively for your free gradings. For more information, click on the BENEFITS link which is at the top of every web page in the Set Registry.

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: Besides the print on the reverse of the card, what physical differences are there between O-Pee-Chee and Topps Gretzky rookie cards on the front?

Answer: The most noticeable difference on the front of the card is the fact that O-Pee-Chee cards have a natural, pronounced rough-cut while the Topps issue has a relatively smooth cut along the edges. There are other differences like the shade of blue framing the card, etc. but the rough-cut versus smooth cut issue is the key.


COLLECTORS SURVEY

What modern baseball rookie card is the most undervalued?

  1. Eddie Murray
  2. Rickey Henderson
  3. Mike Schmidt
  4. Greg Maddux
  5. Dave Winfield

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

Results from last survey: 28% picked Frank Robinson as the pro athelete who was the most underrated. 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

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, 2005

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



The National 26th Annual Sports Collectors Convention

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

July 25-31, 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:
To Be Determined



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:
8/12/05: Friday 3pm - 8pm
8/13/05: Saturday 10am - 6pm
8/14/05: Sunday 10am - 4pm



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.

Public Hours:
To Be Determined



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