PSA Insider - Jan. 04, 2008 | Vol. 9 Number 1 

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PSA HOBBY NEWS

Mastro Auctions Ends Exciting Year with $8.3 Million Premier Catalog and Connosseiur Events
In the future, 2007 will be remembered as a milestone year for Mastro Auctions. Not only did the leading Sports and Americana auction house continue to push the industry standards higher across the board, the company undertook many new ventures. The most notable one being its successful entry into the Live Auction arena. Click here to read on.

TheClosingPrice.com Has Given Away Thousands of Dollars in Cash and Continues Every Week!!
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PSA SET REVIEW

Collecting 1989 Score Football
During the 1980's, there were several key football card issues. Some were condition sensitive like the 1985 and 1986 Topps sets while others were backed by key rookie cards like the 1984 Topps set, led by Dan Marino and John Elway. The 1989 Score set is still considered one of the more important football issues of the decade with a truly spectacular array of rookie cards and a following that remains strong. Click here for more.

Powered by Power: A Look at the 1990 Leaf Baseball Set
In the modern era, there are not too many baseball productions that top the 1990 Leaf baseball card set in terms of importance and impact on the hobby. Beautiful, yet simple, in design, the 1990 Leaf set is filled with key rookies. This helped make it, by far, the top baseball card set in 1990. Led by keys in Frank Thomas and Sammy Sosa, this great set is still popular today. Click here to read on.

PSA SET REGISTRYSM SPOTLIGHT

Rivard Collection - Football 1974 Wonder Bread- The Number One All Time Finest 1974 Wonder Bread Football Set
This collector, who won "Best of the Registry" certificate for 2007, has compiled a complete set with an impressive 8.60 set rating (the Finest Possible is 8.80). This rating keeps this set just slightly above last years "BOR" winner and with both sets still active, it will be interesting to watch what happens throughout the year. View this collectors' set and you will see that out of the 30 cards needed for completion, only 5 can be upgraded. Also within this set are two PSA 10's; Jim Johnson & Mike Reid, which are the single finest graded examples. Congratulations! Click here to enjoy.

New Set Registry Special!
$10 per ticket/No minimum - Tickets valued under $500. 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:

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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: How do you think the steroid controversy will affect the market for baseball cards?

Answer: Great question. While it is unfortunate that this controversy has placed a cloud over the modern game, it has brought increased attention to the players of the past. In turn, a greater appreciation for their accomplishments has resulted. Even with the modern game, fans and collectors are usually willing to forgive and forget. No era of sport comes without some type of controversy and we expect the sport, and the hobby, to endure once again.


COLLECTORS SURVEY

Setting aside the 1951 Bowman and 1952 Topps issues, which of the following Mickey Mantle cards is the most important?

  1. 1953 Topps
  2. 1954 Dan Dee
  3. 1956 Topps
  4. 1969 Topps White Letter

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

Results from last survey: 48% answered It will hurt the values of modern baseball cards a little. Click here for a complete breakdown.



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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Tri Star Show

Location:
George R. Brown Convention Center
1001 Avenida de las Americas
Houston, TX 71010

Jan. 18-20, 2008

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 Tri Star website at www.tristarproductions.com for more information.



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