PSA eCollector VOL. 2, Number 24 
November 27, 2001

The Market Report

Willie Mays Rookie Breaks Record at MastroNet Sale while Laker Memorabilia Steals Show at SportsCards Plus Sale
Willie Mays is still considered the greatest all-around player in baseball history. His rookie card has always been considered one of the most important sportscards in hobby history. After a major auction closed recently, both feelings clearly remain evident in the hearts of collectors after one of two PSA Mint 9 Mays rookies sold for nearly $110,000! Mays wasn't the only big name in recent auction news as several big prices were reported.
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Set Registry Spotlight                       

B&E - 1962 Parkhurst Hockey
The Number One Finest Set of All Time
With a GPA of 8.51 and 100% completion, this hockey set is one which B&E should be very proud. Both the checklist and game card are PSA 8's. Also included are Hall of Famers Tim Horton, Gordie Howe, Henri Richard, Jean Beliveau, and Boom Boom Geoffrion in PSA 9's. Click here to view and enjoy!

The PSA Set Registry now has over 325 sets listed with new sets being added every day.Click here to browse.

Click here to learn about the special card grading offer for set registry participants. Hurry! Offer ends November 30th!

If your set is not currently listed as one of the composites, please send your request to [email protected]

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Collector's Corner

His Word Is His Bond: A Look at the New Home Run King
Barry Bonds, in 2001, was crowned the new single season home run king and it was the 4th time Barry would walk away with the N.L. MVP (a record in MLB). In this article, the authors take a brief look at Bonds' career, the perception amongst fans and his collectibles. There's no question, love him or hate him, Bonds has climbed the hobby charts with his unprecedented performance. Cooperstown awaits this super talent and collectors know he is a lock.
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The Gold and Platinum PSA Collectors Club packages offer sportscard grading and subscriptions to the Sports Market Report and the online Price Guide and Population ReportSM. Click here and enjoy huge discounts!

Collector's Survey

How would you rate Michael Jordan's performance so far this year?
  1. Outstanding, better than expected
  2. Good, slightly better than expected
  3. Average, about what I expected
  4. Below average, slightly worse than expected
  5. Poor, much worse than expected

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

Results from last survey: 95% said they will remember Mark McGwire's 70 Homers in 1998 the most. Click here for a complete breakdown.

The Expert's Corner

Autograph Analysis and Signing Habits of Brooklyn Dodger Batboy Charlie "The Brow" DiGiovanna
The Brooklyn Dodgers have always been a fan favorite when it comes to team-oriented collecting. With the exception of the New York Yankees, no team can claim to have such a strong fan base in the vintage sector of the hobby. Team signed baseballs from this great team have always been in high demand. What if your team ball turned out to be a counterfeit? Autograph expert Jimmy Spence has some very interesting news about a batboy with a magical pen.
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Our Readers Ask

Question: I am just getting involved with card trading and one question has continued to escape my understanding. I know that cards that are graded higher (a PSA 10) are worth more than let's say a PSA 8. What I don't understand is why a card is more valuable than another card if they were both made in the same year and feature the same player. The only difference is the card manufacturer. Why is there a difference?

Answer: Card valuation is a product of many different factors, not just player, year, and grade. Here's a brief list of factors to consider: popularity of the issue, rarity of the issue, condition sensitivity of the issue, and visual appeal of the issue. All of the factors you mentioned are important, but there's much more to it. For example, a Ted Williams rookie card (1939 Play Ball) is great, but his 1941 Play Ball card is actually worth more in NM-MT because it looks nice (colorful) and it's considered a tougher card overall.
--Joe Orlando, Editor Sports Market Report

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Superior Sports' grand finale auction of the year will be held on Thursday, December 6. The 1,334 lot auction features the finest individual sportscards, partial sets, and complete sets available in today's market. Give Superior Sports a call at (231) 922-9862 or email mailto:[email protected] if you'd like to receive a free full color catalog. Or, click here to go to the auction on the Superior website to view images, read descriptions of all the lots available, and bid online.


PSA will be accepting cards at their booth for On-Site Grading at the 77th Philadelphia Sportscard & Memorabilia Show

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.

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

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!

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

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