PSA Insider - November 8, 2006 | Vol. 7 Number 22 
 
 
 
 

PSA HOBBY NEWS

Mastro Auctions' October Sale Tops $2.6 Million
It's official. Mastro Auctions' Classic Collector events just keep getting better. The latest auction, which closed on October 26, set a new company record outpacing the previous one set in October 2005 by over $300,000. Click here to read more.


PSA Grading Update: T206 Back Designations Available
After receiving a great deal of feedback from collectors and dealers, PSA has decided to make a labeling modification to all T206 baseball cards submitted from this day forward. Click here to read more on this update.

PSA SET REVIEW

Quarterback Delight: A Look at the 1957 Topps Football Set
The 1957 Topps football card set was truly an innovative and historical product in the hobby. Among other things, this set established the now standard card size of 2 1/2" by 3 1/2". Also, rookie cards of Hall of Famers Hornung and McDonald appear in this set. Because of those reasons and many others, Jim Churilla thinks this set is one of the best football card sets of all time. Click here to find out why.


PSA SET SPOTLIGHT

The Story of the 1979 Baseball Set
Completing the 1979 Topps Baseball set in high-grade is proving to be a tough challenge for collectors. It is currently the only '70s series that no one on the PSA Set Registry has finished. Click here to read more on the various challenges of collecting this set.


PSA SET REGISTRY SM SPOTLIGHT

Rookie Ecstasy - The Number One Current Finest Hall of Fame Rookies Set
Michael Rakosi, the owner of Rookie Ecstasy, is not unknown to the PSA Set Registry. A number of his sets have been inducted into the PSA Set Registry Hall of Fame: 1968-69 Topps Test basketball (2006), 1961-62 Fleer basketball (2005), 1957-58 Topps basketball (2004), and 1948 Bowman basketball (2003). Therefore, it is not surprising that in 2006, Michael was awarded the "Best of the Registry" certificate for his HOF Rookies set, surging past the indelible Museum of Sports History set, the 2003-2005 winner in the category. Congratulations! Click here to view.

Have Pins?
Beginning January 1, 2007, pins will be included in the player sets. To request that a pin be added to your player set, use our online request form: http://www.psacard.com/set_registry/player_additions.chtml.

PSA/DNA Autograph Registry!
The new PSA/DNA Autograph Registry offers the following categories:

  • Entertainment
  • Historical
  • Sports
To view set composites available in these categories, please click here. The PSA/DNA Autograph Registry is for graded autographs, a service only offered through PSA/DNA. Please note that the Registry does not accept "authenticated only" items or autographed cards graded through PSA. For more information on graded autographs, click here.

   
New! 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: Is it possible for a Type II original photo to sell for more than a Type I?

Answer: In short - yes. While Type I photos were developed closer to the time when the photo was actually taken, there are other factors in photo valuation. Clarity, content and condition are all factors in valuation. For example, you could have one Type I photo that contains a mediocre image of Babe Ruth - perhaps from a distance or not in uniform - while a Type II Babe Ruth photo contains a spectacular image. Eye-appeal has a great deal to do with value. On the other hand, all things being equal (same image, same condition, same clarity, etc.), the Type I will usually sell for more than the Type II version - sometimes much more.


COLLECTORS SURVEY

Which one of the following cards, in your opinion and value aside, is Mickey Mantle's best?

  1. 1951 Bowman
  2. 1952 Topps
  3. 1953 Topps
  4. 1956 Topps
  5. 1969 Topps White Letter

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

Results from last survey: 64% picked the 1952 Topps as the one Topps vintage baseball pack they would open. Click here for a complete breakdown.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

See PSA at These Upcoming Shows!

Chicago Sun-Times Sports Collectors Convention

Location:
Donald E. Stephens Convention Center
5555 N. River Rd.
Rosemont, IL 60018

November 17-19, 2006

Show Info:
For more information on The Chicago Sun-Times Sports Collectors Convention, click here.

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

Chicago Sun-Times Sports Collectors Convention

  • PSA will be offering on-site grading.
  • PSA representatives will be available to answer all questions and accept submissions for all levels of service.
  • PSA/DNA autograph experts will be available to authenticate your previously signed autographs on-site

Public Hours:
Friday, 11/17/06: 5pm - 9:30pm
Saturday, 11/18/06: 9:30am - 5pm
Sunday, 11/19/06: 9:30am - 4pm



Philadelphia Sports Card and Memorabilia Show

Location:
Greater Reading Expo Center
2525 N. 12th Street
Reading, PA 19605

December 1-3, 2006

Show Info:
For more information on the Philadelphia Sports Card and Memorabilia Show, click here.

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

Philadelphia Sports Card and Memorabilia Show

  • PSA representatives will be available to answer all questions and accept submissions for all levels of service.
  • PSA/DNA autograph experts will be available to authenticate your previously signed autographs on-site

Public Hours:
Friday, 12/1/06: 5pm - 9pm
Saturday, 12/2/06: 9am - 5pm
Sunday, 12/3/06: 9am - 4pm



PSA Public Friday

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

December 8, 2006

Show Info:
For more information on PSA Public Friday, click here.

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



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