PSA Insider - September 26, 2006 | Vol. 7 Number 19 
 
 
 
 

PSA HOBBY NEWS

Wayne Gretzky Rookie Card Sells for Record-Setting Price of $80,000
MINT State, a collectibles dealer specializing in high-grade sports cards based in Elburn, Illinois, has sold a 1979 O-Pee-Chee #18 Wayne Gretzky rookie card for $80,000, making it the most valuable hockey trading card in existence. Click here for more details.

PSA SET REVIEW

More than Mike: The Story of the 1973 Topps Baseball Set
Already boasting the rookie card of one Hall of Famer (Mike Schmidt), the 1973 Topps Baseball set is bound to become more popular when Goose Gossage receives his call from Cooperstown. However, with its notorious centering issues and prevalent condition problems, this underappreciated set is primed to send collectors on a wild "Goose" chase. Click here to read on.



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PSA COLLECTORS CORNER

Provenance: How Much Reliance Should be Placed on the Written Word?
When it comes to proving that a baseball bat was actually game-used, how much weight should be given to written provenance such as letters of authenticity? It's an important question for the bat experts at PSA/DNA. In this article, John Taube and Vince Malta explain the importance of written provenance to bat grading. Click here to read more.


PSA SET REGISTRY SM SPOTLIGHT

Robert's T68 Collection - The Number One Current Finest 1911 Heroes of History/Men of History (T-68) Set
Every year since 2003, Robert has won the "Best of the Registry" award for his awesome T-68 tobacco card set. Many cards in this set are "Top Pops" and several are the single finest graded. Produced by four different brands, these wonderful little cards display portraits of men and women of history with a biography of each on the back. Robert has treated us with images for each card, including the back biography. 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.

   
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: Do baseball players receive gloves with their names etched into them like baseball bats?

Answer: Great question. With baseball bats, both vintage and modern, the player would receive their preferred model with their name or signature foil stamped or burned into the barrel from the outset. With gloves, many modern athletes do have their name stitched in; however, this was not always the case. Decades ago, most players did not receive gloves with their own name etched or stitched in. In most cases, those players had to earn that distinction through star status and, ultimately, endorsement of the particular glove brand. So, even for many Hall of Famers, the gloves they used early in their careers were often models that carried another player's name. That is, until they "earned" their own model. Even at that point in their career, that doesn't mean they always used their own model glove but the probability was much higher. With bats, they can be custom ordered and ready for action very quickly with minor preparation (like handle tape, scoring, etc.) but gloves (especially in the pre-1980 era) had to be prepped with patience and care. This could result in players using gloves that did not bear their own name more often if they were already ready for game-use.


COLLECTORS SURVEY

Value aside, which of the following packs do you dream of finding and opening?

  1. 1933 Goudey Baseball
  2. 1952 Bowman Large Football
  3. 1952 Topps Baseball
  4. 1961 Fleer Basketball

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

Results from last survey: 54% said they would invest in LeBron James's collectibles if they had $10,000 to invest. 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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