PSA Insider - Sept. 26, 2007 | Vol. 8 Number 20 

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PSA HOBBY NEWS

Barry Bonds Record-Breaking #756 Home Run Ball Sold for $752,467.20
The record-breaking Barry Bonds #756 home run ball, which eclipsed Hank Aaron's all-time record, was sold in an online auction at scpauctions.com for $752,467.20. The buyer of the historic ball has been identified as Marc Ecko, a prominent fashion designer from New York. Click here for more details about the sale.

Buy George: 1961 Harrison Beatles Letter Brings $48,619 at R&R's September Auction
The letter, in which Harrison proudly touts the Fab Four's first appearance on vinyl, achieved the top result among the more than 1,500 items in the auction, which ended on September 19. Babe Ruth topped sports with a 1937 signed photo, which went for $6,032. Click here for more details.

Sotheby's and SCP Auctions September Internet Auction Tops $2.6 Million
A Willie Mays rookie card hit $78,832 and a Lou Gehrig single-signed baseball brought $50,230. Click here for more highlights from the auction.

Mastro Auctions Racks Up Record Summer Sales of Nearly $15 Million
Three back-to-back events provided unprecedented diversity and extraordinary excitement for a wide range of collectors. Click here for the highlights.

PSA SET REVIEW

The Story of the 1950 Bowman Baseball Set
In 1950, Bowman decided to use a full color format to capture the ballplayers from the era and they never looked back. Over the next few years, Bowman would produce some of the most popular sets of all-time. In the following piece, we break down what makes this set so cherished by collectors. Click here to read more.

PSA EXPERT'S CORNER

The Batting Cage: Bat Player Charts
When experts evaluate game-used bats, bat player charts that were kept by the manufacturer are reviewed. They can help the experts determine things such as what models and sizes each player used during a particular year or era. In the following piece, one of our resident experts discusses how the charts, though sometimes incomplete, can assist in the process. Click here to read on.

PSA SET REGISTRYSM SPOTLIGHT

J & S Cards - The Number One Current Finest 1954-55 Parkhurst Basic Set
Every year since 2003, J & S Cards has won the "Best of the Registry" certificate. This means that he has been the number one set for five years. The weighted GPA of this 100-card set is 7.89 and a look at the set shows that it contains a large number of "Top Pops." It is no wonder that the J&S set has dominated in the category. Congratulations! Click here to enjoy.

Basic Player Sets
The results of the poll to determine the cards that will be listed in the basic football player sets are as follows: BOWMAN, BOWMAN CHROME, DONRUSS, FINEST, FLAIR, FLEER, FLEER TRADITION, PINNACLE, PHILADELPHIA, PRO SET, SCORE, SELECT, SP, SP AUTHENTIC, SPX, STADIUM CLUB, TOPPS, TOPPS CHROME, ULTRA, and UPPER DECK. In the next few weeks, depending on the content of the current sets online, we will either be updating the basic sets to concur with the cards listed above or renaming the sets to the Basic & Collector Issues set. At that point, if a set is reclassified as a Basic & Collector Issues set and you would like to see a basic set with just the cards listed above, please send in your set request. New basic sets will have priority and we will get them online quickly. Click here for the online set request form. In the next couple of weeks, we will be polling for the basketball and hockey basic player sets. For more information, visit the Set Request page.

Set Registry Special!
1960 - Present football cards. $5 per card/10 card minimum - Cards valued under $75. 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: Over the last few years, I have noticed that certain issues like Turkey Red Cabinets (T3's) exploded in value after being somewhat soft in the market. How can a pre-war issue like that get so hot decades after its release?

Answer: That's a great question. There are a lot of reasons for why certain cards get hot or go cold in the market but, in this case, there is a clear explanation. With a lot of tough issues, like the T3's, collectors get excited about them when more information and product come available. With the T3's, many collectors didn't realize how tough or beautiful they were until more and more of the cards were sent in for grading and offered for sale. In fact, PSA didn't start grading them until just a few years ago. If PSA started earlier, I think you would have seen this issue take off much sooner. In many cases, it actually takes an increase in available product to increase the demand. As more of these cards circulated, more collectors began to appreciate them, which resulted in higher demand.


COLLECTORS SURVEY

In your opinion, which of the following cards would sell for the most if they existed?

  1. 1933 Goudey Babe Ruth #149 in PSA Mint 9
  2. 1951 Bowman Willie Mays in PSA Gem Mint 10
  3. 1957 Topps Bill Russell in PSA Gem Mint 10
  4. 1965 Topps Joe Namath in PSA Gem Mint 10

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

Results from last survey: 50% selected the 1934 Goudey #37 as Lou Gehrig's most important card, value aside. Click here for a complete breakdown.



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ANNOUNCEMENTS

See PSA at These Upcoming Shows!

Sportsworld & PSA/DNA

Location:
Sportsworld
1268 Broadway (Rout 1)
Saugus, MA 01906

Sept. 28, 2007

Show Details:

  • PSA/DNA autograph experts will be available to authenticate your previously signed autographs 12 - 5 pm.
  • Note: Items submitted for grading must be mailed directly to PSA/DNA. Please visit www.psadna.com for details on how to submit.


GTSM

Location:
San Jose Convention
Center - South Hall
435 South Market Street
San Jose, CA 95119

Oct. 5-7, 2007

Show Details:

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

More Information:
For more information on the GTSM show, visit www.gtsm.net.



Philadelphia Sports Card and Memorabilia Show

Location:
Greater Reading Expo Center
Reading, PA

Oct. 12-14, 2007

Show Details:

  • PSA representatives will be available to answer questions and accept submissions for all levels of service.

  • PSA/DNA autograph experts will be available to authenticate your previously signed autographs on-site at the PSA Booth.

More Information:
Visit the Philadelphia Sports Card & Memorabilia website at www.phillyshow.org for more information.



The Baseball Card Store & PSA/DNA

Location:
The Baseball Card Store
7431 Quivira Rd
Shawnee Mission, KS 66216

Oct. 13, 2007

Show Details:

  • PSA/DNA autograph experts will be available to authenticate your previously signed autographs 11:00 am - 4:30 pm.
  • Note: Items submitted for grading must be mailed directly to PSA/DNA. Please visit www.psadna.com for details on how to submit.


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