PSA eCollector VOL. 2, Number 8 
April 17, 2001

The Market Report

All Aboard the Tiger Train
Tiger Woods has taken the hobby by storm with his unreal level of play on the golf course. Woods has been a savior of sorts by taking hold of the headlines with the ultimate superstar appeal while other sports, like football, have seen a decline in superstar power. Woods has picked up the slack. In this week's Market Report, we take a look at Tiger's tremendous influence on society. Woods has changed the way people view golf. On a sad note, we lost a legendary slugger and a great man in Willie Stargell, but his mark on the game is everlasting. Last but not least, the Market Report leaves collectors with a question about the NFL triggered by the retirement of superstar quarterback Troy Aikman.
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Collector's Corner

A Decade at the Top; A Look Back at the First 10 Years at PSA
It's hard to believe but PSA is about to celebrate its 10 year anniversary. A lot has happened in the hobby during the last 10 years and PSA has played a vital role in the evolution of the industry. After recalling an early experience with PSA, our author interviews PSA President Steve Rocchi. Rocchi talks about beginnings, expansion, and the future in this candid interview. What does the future hold for PSA?
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Our Readers Ask
Question: I recently acquired a complete set of 1987 Topps cards in uncut sheet form. There are 6 sheets in all. They are in perfect condition as they have never been touched before. I have been trying to get a price for these sheets, but I have yet to find anyone who can give me a price. Can you please tell me what the estimated value would be for these sheets?

Answer: I have to admit, there is almost no way to price uncut sheets in today's market. When something is rare or obscure, the market value has a wide range. In fact, the reality for something like this is that there is no true market value because there's no way to tell what the market is. If you really want to find out what the value is, you need to ask around as much as you can. There are collectors out there who would buy your sheets. You need to find them because this is a specialty item. You can run an ad targeting uncut sheet collectors, use the Internet by possibly running your own auction, or calling a trustworthy dealer who might be able to find a customer for your piece. The 1987 Topps set does not include any real "power" cards so the market might even be more limited. If the sheet was from 1982 Topps (Ripkin rookie) or 1985 Topps (McGwire rookie) then it would be a different story. Due to their large size, collectors have a hard time finding the room to display these sheets or to store them. This is one of those situations where you really have to work hard to find the right buyer.
--Joe Orlando, Editor Sports Market Report

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The Expert's Corner

Signature Study of James Thomas "Cool Papa" Bell
James Bell was born on May 15, 1903 in Starkville, MS, the son of a farmer. Considered by many contemporaries as the fastest man to have ever played professional ball, Bell was a selfless, even-tempered (hence the nickname "Cool Papa") switch-hitting outfielder. James Spence, the most respected expert in the sports autograph industry, takes time analyzing the signature of the man who could run like the wind.
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Bring your sportscards to the following shows and have them graded by PSA:

PSA ON-SITE GRADING Long Island 110 Classic Sportscard Show State University of New York 110 Stretch Drive Farmingdale, NY April 20 - 22, 2001

75th Philadelphia Sportscard & Memorabilia Show Fort Washington Expo Center 1100 Virginia Drive #100 Fort Washington, PA May 4 - 6, 2001

PSA On-Site Grading Show Services

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

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    For more information about the 75th Philadelphia Spotscard & Memorabilia Show, call Bob Schmier at 215-643-0910.

    For more information about the Pittsburgh XX Spring Classic, call Jeffery Paul Stogner at 845-855-0632.



    James Spence PSA/DNA Letter of AuthenticityThe FBI estimates that 90% of all sports autographs are fake! In this day and age, it's extremely important to have your sports autographs authenticated by a reputable third party authentication service. James Spence is considered the world's foremost sports autograph expert and a James Spence PSA/DNA Letter of Authenticity can significantly affect the resale value of your item.

    Submit your sports autographs at the show and have them authenticated by James Spence: 75th Philadelphia Sportscard & Memorabilia Show Fort Washington Expo Center 1100 Virginia Drive #100 Fort Washington, PA May 4 - 6, 2001

    Cost per item:

  • $75.........1-10 signatures
  • $100......10 or more signatures and items signed by Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Christi Mathewson.

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