PSA Insider - August 3, 2006 | Vol. 7 Number 16 
 
 
 
 

PSA HOBBY NEWS

PSA "New Holder" Announcement
Recently, PSA announced that a brand new service is being created for the grading of unopened packs. We hope to have a variety of sizes completed within the next 3-6 weeks so we can start accepting packs from the public soon. Click here for more details.


Mastro Auctions' August Premier Sale Dazzles With a Wide Variety of Collectible Treasures
Mastro Auctions' August 2006 Premier event will be one of the most diverse auctions that Mastro has ever conducted. Bidding in the massive 2,500 lot phone/Internet auction event began on Monday, July 31 and will conclude on Friday, August 18. Click here for more details.

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PSA SPOTLIGHT

Bats Not Appearing in Factory Records and Game-Used Promos - Do They Make the Grade?
Most bat collectors have come across a bat that appears to have been used in a professional game, but turns out to be a promotional bat, or one that was made for a player's use outside the game. But sometimes the opposite can happen: there are examples of promo bats that made their way onto the field, and hence deserve recognition as gamers. In this article, PSA/DNA bat experts John Taube and Vince Malta guide you through the ins and outs of these "phantom" game used bats. Click here to read more.


PSA SET REGISTRY SM SPOTLIGHT

Andy & Matt's - The Number One Current Finest 1968-69 Jack in the Box San Diego Rockets Set
This fun little set was issued by Jack in the Box and available in their restaurants in the greater San Diego area. The cards are head and shoulder shots and are only 2" x 3". Andy & Matt's set has won the "Best of the Registry" award for both 2005 and 2006 and has a very high GPA of 9.13. Over half the cards in this 14-card set are PSA 10s. The Henry Finkel card, a short print, is the highest graded by PSA and the only one graded PSA 8! Click here to view.

PSA Set Registry Luncheon
It was great seeing everyone who attended the PSA Set Registry Luncheon last week in Anaheim. Hall of Fame inductee, Jim Crandell, gave a talk on how he started collecting and where he is today with his collection. PSA president, Joe Orlando, discussed what's new at PSA and took questions from the audience. Awards were handed out to all the 2006 Set Registry award winners who were in attendance. It was a great time, and we look forward to seeing everyone next year in Cleveland!

New PSA/DNA Autograph Registry!
The Autograph Registry is a place where collectors can compete in a variety of categories, from sports to historical to entertainment autographs. We have launched the registry with several categories to give collectors some guidance, and hopefully, it will help collectors create their own autograph set category themes. Everything from Presidents to Moonwalkers to Rock and Roll Legends can be collected, in addition to all of the traditional and non-traditional sports autograph themes that collectors are familiar with. This will give autograph collectors the same opportunity as trading cards collectors have to be recognized and compete with the best in the world. Click here to view the Autograph Registry.

New Mega-Sets Category
You may have noticed a new category in the Registry for Mega-Sets. In the coming weeks, we will be adding set composites for collections such as Play Ball, Goudey and Bowman baseball runs, Bowman and Philadelphia football runs, Tall Boy basketball sets, and Parkhurst hockey runs. These challenging sets are designed for those who are building collections by theme.

   
Set Registry Special
$13 per card/5 business days (approx.) - cards valued under $500. No Minimum. 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:

Bookmark these important links!
To request a new set:
http://www.psacard.com/set_registry/set_request.chtml

To request a card addition to an established player set:
http://www.psacard.com/set_registry/player_additions.chtml

To delete a card from all sets at once: http://user.collectors.com/psa/set_registry/delete_items.chtml

To update your email address:
http://www.psacard.com/join/update.chtml

Fun, informative, and sometimes controversial, the PSA Set Registry 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 Registry is a work in progress and we invite your comments and ideas. Send your suggestions to [email protected].


PSA Q & A

Question: Why are vintage baseball uniforms, in 100% unaltered condition, so desirable and scarce?

Answer: Well, many vintage jerseys were re-used for minor league players and altered to change the name, numbers, etc. Altered jerseys can certainly be 100% authentic and are desirable as well if certified but the jerseys without these types of alterations are in the highest demand since that is the state they were in while the player was wearing them.


COLLECTORS SURVEY

What do you think would improve the National Convention the most?

  1. Better Autograph Guests
  2. More Exhibitors
  3. More Promo Cards
  4. Better Atmosphere/Presentation

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

Results from last survey: 59% said that David Wright has the best chance of having a Hall of Fame career. Click here for a complete breakdown.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

See PSA at These Upcoming Shows!

PSA Public Friday

Location:
Collectors Universe
1921 E. Alton Ave
Santa Ana, CA 92705

August 25, 2006

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:
10am - 4pm



Tri-Star Labor Day Weekend Show

Location:
Concourse Center
San Francisco, CA

September 1-4, 2006

Show Info:
For more information on The Tri-Star Labor Day Weekend Show, click here.

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

August 25-27, 2006

Show Info:
For more information on the West Coast Collectors Convention, click here.

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...



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