PSA Insider - September 19, 2006 | Vol. 7 Number 18 
 
 
 
 

PSA HOBBY NEWS

Mastro Auctions' October Auction Packs a Diverse Punch
Mastro Auctions, the world's leading Sports and Americana auction house is preparing to conclude its 2006 Classic Collector auction trilogy with an impressive assembly of high-end Sports and Americana items. Click here for more details.

Memory Lane Auction Tops $2.1 Millions
Living up to its advertising as "the fastest growing auction in the hobby," Memory Lane Inc., long known by collectors as a place to get high end tough vintage cards, produced a stellar auction event on Thursday, August 10th, with total auction prices realized in excess of $2,100,000. Click here to read more.

PSA PLAYERS SPOTLIGHT

Shaun Alexander and Ben Roethlisberger: The Past, Present, and Future of the NFL's Super Duo
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and Seahawks running back Shaun Alexander have been, and hopefully will continue to be, two of the most exciting players to take to the professional gridiron in recent years. So now, with the 2006 season on the brink, the question looms: can the NFL's 2005 MVP and the AFC's Super Bowl winning quarterback each lead his team back into postseason and championship play? Click here to read on.

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PSA COLLECTORS CORNER

The Objective Subjectivity of Game-Used Bat Grading
When it comes to grading game-used bats, the most frequent concern PSA/DNA hears from collectors is that the grading process is too subjective. In response to that concern we thought it would be helpful to offer a review of our grading criteria. It is our hope that this review will give collectors a better understanding of the tremendous effort we employ to be as objective as possible in determining the final grade on a game-used bat. Click here to read more.


PSA SET REGISTRY SM SPOTLIGHT

Mark927's - The Number One Current Finest 1933-34 Canadian Gum (V252) Set
OK, so the GPA for this complete set is only 3.12, but don't let that fool you. This set is tough! Just think about it this way: 7 of the cards in Mark's set are the single finest graded. Mark has managed to secure the "Best of the Registry" award for both 2005 and 2006. To further enhance the set, Mark has included scans of each card in the set. In addition, to establish himself as the V252 king, the 2nd and 3rd ranked sets also belong to him! Congratulations. Click here to view.

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
1960-present Tall Boys $6 per card. Cards must be under $75 in value. 10-card 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 some very important cards not listed in SMR?

Answer: Great question. While we have added many prices over the years, there are some cards that are so rare that they are difficult to price. For example, the 1914 Baltimore New Babe Ruth card is one of the toughest cards in the hobby. While it is very important and one of the most valuable cards on the planet, it is so rare that pricing the card is virtually impossible. As more sales are recorded for rarities like this, we do plan on adding more issues.


COLLECTORS SURVEY

If you had $10,000 to invest in a current player's collectibles, which one of the following would you choose?

  1. Reggie Bush
  2. Ryan Howard
  3. LeBron James
  4. Barry Bonds

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

Results from last survey: 31% said Jim Rice most deserved to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. 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

October 13, 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



GBSCC Sports Card Show

Location:
Shriner's Auditorium
Exit 39 off Route 93
Wilmington, MA

November 3-5, 2006

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

GBSCC Sports Card 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:
Friday, 11/3/06: 12pm - 7pm
Saturday, 11/4/06: 9am - 5pm
Sunday, 11/5/06: 10am - 4pm



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:
To be determined...



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