PSA eCollector VOL. 2, Number 25 
December 11, 2001

The Market Report

2001: A Year of Change in the PSA Graded Card Market
The year 2001 is winding down and looking back we can see that a number of changes have taken place in the sportscard industry over the past year. This article takes a closer look at some of those changes... "Big Ticket" items vs. low to mid-grade vintage, how set collecting continues to grow, and how the Modern card market has weathered the storm. A look back, before looking ahead!
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Set Registry Spotlight                       

BJ's 57 Set - 1957 Topps Current Finest
Tied for the Number One Finest Set of All Time

New to the Set Registry is BJ's 57 Set. This collector's set suddenly appeared in the number one current finest slot while tying David Hall for the All Time Finest Set! With a set rating of 8.09, this set is going to be hard to beat. All the keys in the set are NM-NT 8 and the set is also sprinkled with MINT 9 and GEM-MT 10 graded cards. Click here to view and enjoy!

The PSA Set Registry has had 25 new sets listed since the last eCollector. New composites added last week include the 1965 Topps baseball, 1960-61 Topps hockey, and the 1966 Topps baseball. Click here to browse.

To see what new sets are soon to be added, visit the Set Request List.

Get involved with other collectors who are currently participating in the Set Registry program or are just beginning. Click here to chat on the New PSA Set Registry Message Board.

Subscribe to the online PSA Population ReportSM and the PSA Price Guide for as little as $4.95 a month! Updated weekly, get the latest census data on all cards graded by PSA. And get the current prices for your favorite sportscards.

Collector's Corner

No Bull, The Wiz Kid is Back!
At 38, Michael Jordan is back in basketball. Can he make magic for the Wizards? Well, he's in great shape, and many experts think he can. Though there may be debate on how magical his return will be, no one is questioning the spell of excitement that his return will cast!
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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

What is the most important basketball card ever produced?
  1. 1986 Fleer Michael Jordan rookie
  2. 1961 Topps Wilt Chamberlain rookie
  3. 1957 Topps Bill Russell rookie
  4. 1948 Bowman George Mikan rookie
  5. 1981 Topps Larry Bird/Magic Johnson rookie

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

Results from last survey: 37% said that Michael Jordan's performance is average so far this year. Click here for a complete breakdown.

The Expert's Corner

Modern Masterpiece - A Look at the 1986-87 Fleer Basketball Set
Great collections are works of art, and like art, some are true masterpieces. The 1986-87 Fleer basketball set is definitely a modern work of art. This article takes a closer look at the real artistry in this set... "tough, colorful and packed with stars," you might just want to start collecting it yourself!
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Our Readers Ask
Question: My son has a 1968 or 1969 Detroit Tigers baseball. Some of the signatures are Al Kaline, Willie Horton, and Mickey Mantle. It looks like the whole team signed the ball and we know that his grandfather was at the World Series in 1968. How can we determine a time frame or value for this piece? Also, we have the ball in a plastic case, is this the best way to preserve it?

Answer: The Yanks did not play the Tigers in 1968 or 1969 so I am trying to figure out why Mantle would be there (maybe part of the pre- game ceremonies, etc.). If it is a 1968 Tigers team ball, it might be worth a significant amount of money (maybe $750-$1,500 depending on condition of the ball and signatures, etc.). The best way to find out is to do more research within your family and to look up the team roster for those years. Maybe, you can match the signatures (assuming they are legible) to the roster. The more research, the better. As far as preservation goes, a plastic case is a good start, but make sure it is UV coated and you must keep the ball away from direct light in a cool place. Direct sunlight will fade the signatures even if the ball is placed in plastic. The UV coating will help prevent fading but keeping it stored is the key. You can display it, just make sure the lighting isn't too strong.
--Joe Orlando, Editor Sports Market Report

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Odyssey's Winter 2001 Autographs & Memorabilia Auction is now in progress and features a wide array of exciting entertainment, presidential, historical, in person autographs and memorabilia as well as offerings from sports legends such as Hank Aaron, Muhammad Ali, Lou Gehrig, and Joe DiMaggio. Click here to bid.


PSA will be accepting cards at their booth at these shows:
2002 NHL All Star Fantasy Show
January 30 - February 2, 2002
Los Angeles Convention Center
1201 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015

Super Bowl XXXVI Show
January 31 - February 3, 2002
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
900 Convention Center Blvd.
New Orleans, LA 70130

PSA/DNA is the official authenticator of the Super Bowl XXXVI Game-Used Footballs. James Spence On-Site Sports Autograph Authentication will be available at the PSA booth.

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

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


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