PSA eCollector VOL. 2, Number 11 
May 29, 2001

The Market Report

Legendary Babe Ruth Bat Brings Record $86,250 at $2.5 Million Gray Flannel Sale
A few very large auctions closed recently with more on the way and price records continue to fall despite an uncertain economy. Many rare and unique items were put on the auction block including a record-setting Babe Ruth home run notch bat that brought $86,250 and the only known Charles Comiskey signed baseball that grabbed $21,300! While those prices were stunning, there were millions of dollars in other bids and all the highlights are featured in our auction recaps. In addition, Mark McGwire came back with a blast yesterday clubbing a long home run after a long time on the DL. What will Big Mac's return do for the hobby? We take a closer look at his return and the state of baseball from a collector's perspective.
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Collector's Corner

1955 Topps Baseball Cards
The 1955 Topps baseball set is perhaps the most beautiful set from the 1950's. The colorful designs, attainable size, and key rookie cards like that of Sandy Koufax and Roberto Clemente make this set a collector favorite. What many collectors fail to realize is that some of the lesser known cards are often some of the toughest in the set to find in top condition. In this article, one of the hobby's most advanced collectors, Marshall Fogel, breaks down the 1955 Topps set and explains the in obtaining some of these deceiving cards.
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Collector's Survey

Which one of these baseball sets is the best of all-time?
1. 1909-1911 T206
2. 1933 Goudey
3. 1941 Play Ball
4. 1952 Topps
5. 1954 Topps

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Our Readers Ask

Question: I recently acquired a 1974 Topps Dave Winfield card in perfect condition, maybe an 8 or 9. The only problem is the 60/40 centering. The unique thing about it is that the back of the card shows statistics for #493 Joseph Walter Hoerner. I have done a lot of looking around and cannot find any information on this error card. Do I have a truly unique card of this new Hall of Famer?

Answer: There's good news and bad news with this one. The good news is that you do have a rare error card. The bad news is that it is so rare that there is no realistic way to price it. I suggest that you either run an ad somewhere or place the card on the Internet with a reserve to protect your investment. If the card doesn't meet the reserve, you can at least see how much interest there is in the card. Considering the rarity of the error, you would think that the card would be worth a ton. The reality is that you might, if you are lucky and find the right buyer, get a small premium for it. The problem is that most price guides do not recognize or list blank backs, wrong backs, and blank fronts even though they exist. I used to have a Carl Yastrzemski back with Lou Whitaker front, but the funny thing was nobody seemed to care and they are two star players. Try the Internet, it's your best bet.
--Joe Orlando, Editor Sports Market Report

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The Expert's Corner

Signature Analysis of Lefty Grove
Lefty Grove was truly one of the most dominant pitchers of all-time. As the ace of the Philadelphia Athletics, Grove led a perennial winner from the mound. The team was loaded with offensive stars like Jimmie Foxx and Al Simmons but Grove was the arm that kept them in contention. Grove's autograph has always been prized. He was able to win 300 games in a very brief time making him a part of one of baseball's most exclusive clubs. Jimmy Spence, one of the country's leading autograph experts, take an in-depth look at an autograph that is in high demand.
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The NEW PSA Set RegistryTM is Coming!

On June 14th log on to the PSA website and click on Set Registry. You'll find the new interactive set registry. You'll be able to add your set using PSA certification numbers. Add a complete set, or start building your set. It's fun, it's competitive, it's interactive!

See PSA at the Following Shows!

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

Sportscard & Collectible Expo Spring 2001
Hollywood Park Casino & Convention
3883 W. Century Blvd. Inglewood, CA
June 1 - 3, 2001

Tuff Stuff Summer Classic
Virginia State Fairgrounds
Richmond, VA
June 8 - 10, 2001

Tri-Star Collectors Show
Overland Park International Trade Center
Kansas City, Missouri
June 15 - 17, 2001

PSA On-Site Grading Show Services

  • Guaranteed Two-Hour Show Service -- $50 per card
  • Standard Show Service (same or next day at show) -- $35 per card
    (James Spence On-Site Sports Autograph Authentication is also available at the Tuff Stuff Summer Classic)

    Long Beach Coin & Collectibles Expo
    Long Beach Convention Center
    Long Beach, CA
    May 31 - June 3, 2001

  • Cards may be submitted to all PSA grading levels at the shows. Cards submitted at the Long Beach show 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.

    For more information about the Sportscard & Collectible Expo Spring 2001 show, go to:

    For more information about the Tuff Stuff Summer Classic, call Jean Stockwell, Show Coordinator at 800-726-9966 ext. 386. Or go to:

    For more information about the Tri-Star Collectors Show, go to:

    For more information about the Long Beach Coin & Collectibles Expo, call 805-962-9939. Or go to:

    at the Long Beach Coin & Collectibles Expo

    Find out more about Collectors Universe, the parent company of PSA! Two investment information meetings will be held at the show at the Long Beach Convention Center.

    The dates and times of the meetings are as follows:

    Thursday, May 31, at 7 p.m. Room 102A
    Saturday, June 2, at 10 a.m. Room 102C

    For more information about the meetings, call 949-567-1353.

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