PSA eCollector VOL. 2, Number 5 
March 6, 2001

The Market Report

Tiger Woods Rookie Reaches New Level, an Auction Recap, and a Few Thoughts on Hawaii
Did someone say recession? You wouldn't know it with record-breaking sales numbers in the sportscard business.
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Collector Profile

Bill Serrao
I guess the pinnacle of my collection would be my PSA 8 1914 Cracker Jack Ty Cobb. Everything about that card brings about great feelings.
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Our Readers Ask

Question: I recently purchased a 1933 Goudey Babe Ruth #181 graded 9OC (off center). I know what the card is worth without the OC qualifier, but what would my card be approximately worth?

Answer: There is no hard and fast rule, but the OC designation can severely diminish the value of a card in some cases. As a general rule, if a card is readily available, in an unqualified state, then a card with an OC designation might not be valued anywhere near the listed price. If a card is extraordinarily difficult, in terms of centering, then a card with an OC designation might retain most of the listed value. Good examples might be a 1954 Wilson Franks card or a 1988 Ken Griffey Jr. minor league card (Vermont AA). Both are notoriously OC so it leaves the collectors little choice. If a collector has a choice, they will avoid OC cards. In some cases, a card with an OC designation might not be worth as much as an unqualified card with an inferior grade (a PSA 8 might be worth more than a PSA 9OC). It really depends on the issue in question.
--Joe Orlando, Editor Sports Market Report

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The Expert's Corner

The History of the Cup End Bat
Was Lou Brock, Saduhara Oh, Hanna Batrite, or a combination of the three responsible for the development of the cup end bat?
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PSA On-Site Grading in Chicago!

Bring your sportscards to the following show and have them graded by PSA:

Chicago Sun Times Sports Collectibles Convention
Donald E. Stephens Convention Center
555 North River Road
Rosemont, IL
March 23 - 25, 2001
Booth C7

Take advantage of these two PSA Show Services!

  • Guaranteed Two-Hour Show Service -- $50 per card
  • Standard Show Service (same or next day at show) -- $35 per card
Cards may be submitted at the show to all PSA grading levels.

So bring your vintage or modern cards of any value and have them graded at the show by the industry's leading card grading company, PSA.

For more information about Chicago Sun Times Sports Collectibles Convention, call Sportsnews Productions at 630-585-3636.

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