PSA Insider - March 28, 2006 | Vol. 7 Number 7 
 
 
 
 

PSA HOBBY NEWS

Mastro Auctions Readies for Massive April Sale
Mastro's April auction features a huge assembly of premier sports and Americana items. Among the items up for bidding are a 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers World Championship ring, a 1953 New York Yankees World Championship ring, a 1958 Roberto Clemente game used jersey, and a Ted Williams game used rookie era bat. Click here to read more.

American Memorabilia "Legends of the Game" Auction Closes April 6, 2006
AMI's April auction is just around the corner. Register now so you don't miss out! Among the items up for bidding are 1960s Topps Baseball complete set, and Peyton Manning and Michael Jordan game worn jerseys. Click here to read more.

Memory Lane, Inc. Wins $10,000 in the Naxcom Vintage Invitational Contest
Memory Lane won the Naxcom Vintage Invitational Contest for the second year in a row. Like last year, it came down to the same two vintage two dealers: Memory Lane Inc. and McAvoy Sportcards. With the win, Memory Lane Inc. captured the title Vintage Memorabilia Dealer of the Year and a $10,000 cash prize. Click here to read more.

PSA SPOTLIGHT

Gone But Not Forgotten: The Story of USFL Trading Cards
It's hard to believe that it's been 20 years since the USFL folded, but its legacy lives on in its former players, the rule changes it inspired, the markets it introduced, and the card sets it spawned. So popular is the 1984 Topps USFL set, in fact, that some hobbyists have called it the most coveted gridiron issue of the '80s. Click here to read more about this set.



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PSA SET HISTORY

Black Bordered Beauties: The Story of the 1971 Topps Baseball Set
The 752-card 1971 Topps baseball set was released in seven series. Cards from Series One to Five are the most readily available, but those from Series Six and Seven are much tougher. Nostalgia among collectors, coupled with the fact that the set boasts several HOFers, has led to renewed interest in Topps' "men in black." Click here to read more about this set.


PSA SET REGISTRY SM SPOTLIGHT

Larry Brauchie Collection - The Number One Current Finest Larry Bird Basic Set
The "Bird's the Word!" Last year, Larry Brauchie received the "Best of the Registry" award for both his Basic and Master Larry Bird sets. The basic 14-card set has a GPA of 9.62 with 13 "Top Pops!" The master set, a 75-card set, has a GPA of 9.27. 80% of the cards in set are "Top Pops" and 10 of the cards have a population of just 1. Larry's sets will be hard to beat. Click here to enjoy.

Player Card Addition Deadline
If you have cards you wish added to a player set prior to the May 31st 2006 PSA Set Registry Awards deadline, please submit your request no later than this Friday, March 31st. We cannot guarantee that requests received after March 31st will be added in time for the awards deadline. Requests will only be accepted using the online request form. Thank you.

   
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: What effect does the presence of vault marking or side writing on a game-used bat have?

Answer: Vault marking or side writing provides evidence that a player returned that bat to the factory. These bats were marked this way by a representative at the factory, noting the return. In the case of side writing, the player's name, team, date and specs of the bat are often included in the grease pencil notations along the barrel. In some cases, the bat was retuned by another player, not the player whose name appears burned into the barrel. This could be a result of player trying out a teammate's bat and wanting to order a bat to the exact same specifications. In addition, the existence of side writing or vault marking does not, by itself, necessarily prove that a player used the bat -- although, most of the time, the two coincide. Often times, the existence of these special markings provides support as long as the bat also exhibits player use characteristics. It does provide proof that the player returned the bat for more to be manufactured.


COLLECTORS SURVEY

Which one of the following baseball cards do you consider Ty Cobb's most important issue?

  1. 1911 T3 Turkey Red
  2. 1909-11 T206 Green Back Portrait
  3. 1911 T205 Gold Border
  4. 1915 Cracker Jack
  5. 1933 Goudey Sport Kings

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

Results from last survey: 35% of the readers said they respect Mike Schmidt the most in light of the steroid controversy in baseball. Click here for a complete breakdown.

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April 21, 2006

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June 2-4, 2006

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Chicago SportsFest

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June 9-11, 2006

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