PSA eCollector VOL. 2, Number 22 
October 30, 2001

The Market Report

PSA Mint 9 Joe Namath Reaches $20,000!
Joe Namath, Willie Mays and Michael Jordan. Three major legends from three major sports. Each one plays a role in this week's edition of Market Report. Joe Namath, whose rookie card is considered one of the true classics in the hobby, starts things off. Recently, his classic rookie card sold for a record price, making it one of the highest prices ever recorded for a football card. Willie Mays continues to get more and more respect from collectors and his game-used bats are on fire right now. In fact, one of his rare 1950's gamers hit the auction block last week and, after some fierce bidding, the bat brought a tremendous price. Finally, we take a quick look at how Michael Jordan's return might affect the hobby. Can Jordan do anything to enhance his legacy?
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Set Registry Spotlight                       

SW - 1956 Topps Football - Current Finest
34% of this set are 10's. This collector is pushing hard to surpass David Hall's All Time Finest Set. With just a few upgrades, he'll easily slide into that number one ATF slot. Click here to view and enjoy!

The PSA Set Registry is in full swing with new sets being added every day. Click here to browse.

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New to the set registry this week are the 1973 Topps Baseball set and the 1962 Parkhurst Hockey set. If your set is not currently listed, please send your request to [email protected]

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Collector's Corner

A Texas-Sized Find
If you had to pick the toughest basketball set ever issued, what would it be? Most collectors would select the tough 1957-58 Topps basketball set. Filled with key cards like the Bob Cousy and Bill Russell rookie cards, this set is subject to a host of centering and print problems. High-grade copies are few and far between. Recently, a hobby dealer came across a small hoard of untouched 1957-58 Topps basketball cards in their original vending boxes. Even though hundreds of vending-fresh cards were unearthed, very few qualified as true high- grade copies. What does this fact teach us? This set might be even tougher than we think.
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Collector's Survey

If you had to pick one active MLB pitcher to start in a big game, who would it be:
  1. Curt Schilling
  2. Randy Johnson
  3. Roger Clemens
  4. Pedro Martinez
  5. Greg Maddux

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

Results from last survey: 80% answered that Barry Bonds's record of 73 Home Runs in 2001 is his most impressive achievement. Click here for a complete breakdown.

The Expert's Corner

Notations and Yankee Team Balls: Are They Worth it?
Notations, notations, notations. The normal autograph, in some cases, has lost some of its luster. Today, autograph collectors are looking for that extra edge for their collectibles. "What will make my autograph more desirable than the others 5 or 10 years from now?" One answer might be the addition of notations. Whether notations is a popular nickname or an assortment of statistics, notations are now something for which some collectors are willing to pay extra in order to separate their autographs from the pack.
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Our Readers Ask

Question: I have heard conflicting stories about the Babe Ruth B&W Hall of Fame plaque cards. Some people tell me that no known authentic examples exist while others tell me that they have seen real ones. Who's right?

Answer: This is another highly contested topic. According to some experts, the Albertype Company printed them in 1947 and Babe Ruth signed very few items through the mail in 1947-48 due to his rapidly failing health. There does seem to be a window of opportunity for Ruth to sign them, but the chances are very, very slim. This is much like the debate as to whether Roger Maris could have signed any Bobby Brown AL baseballs. There was a window, but it was very small. At this point, there is still no true consensus, but we continue to research this subject.
--Joe Orlando, Editor Sports Market Report

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PSA will be accepting cards at their booth at the:

GBSCC Sports Card & Memorabilia Show
November 2 -4, 2001
Shriner's Auditorium
Wilmington, MA

Cards submitted at the GBSCC Sports Card & Memorabilia Show will be graded by PSA and returned via mail. James Spence On-Site Sports Autograph Authentication also available at this show.


PSA ON-SITE GRADING SHOWS: Guaranteed Two-Hour Show Service -- $50 per card; Standard Show Service (same or next day at show) -- $35 per card

Chicago Sun Times
November 16 - 18, 2001
Donald E. Stephens Convention Center
Rosemont, IL

77th Philadelphia Sportscard & Memorabilia Show
November 30 - December 2, 2001
Ft. Washington Expo Center
Ft. Washington, PA

James Spence On-Site Sports Autograph Authentication is also available at the Ft. Washington Show, GBSCC Sports Card & Memorabilia Show and Tri-Star Collectors Shows.

PSA SUBMISSION ONLY SHOWS: Cards submitted at the "PSA Submissions Only" shows will be graded by PSA and returned via mail.

GBSCC Sports Card & Memorabilia Show
November 2 -4, 2001
Shriner's Auditorium
Wilmington, MA

Tri-Star Collectors Show
November 23 - 25, 2001
Americas Center
St. Louis, MO

PSA/DNA In-The-Presence Autograph Authentication is also available at the Tri-Star Show.

FREE Expert Pre-Grading Consultation Service
PSA is all about service to the sportscard collecting hobby. So if you have friends who are active collectors or who have collections from long ago, but don't know whether they should have their cards graded, encourage them to bring their cards to the PSA On-Site Grading Shows and get an unbiased expert pre-grading opinion about the condition of their cards absolutely FREE!

Cards may be submitted to all PSA grading levels at the shows. Cards submitted at the "PSA Submissions Only" shows will be graded by PSA and returned via mail.

For more information about PSA grading at any of these shows, call PSA Customer Service at 800-325-1121.

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