PSA eCollector VOL. 2, Number 12 
June 12, 2001

The Market Report

Record Bidding Pushes Mastro Fine Sports Auction to $5.3 Million
The auctions are really beginning to heat up as the biggest sale of the year recently closed. Barry Bonds might be chasing records with his bat, but bidders continue to break records with a little help from their wallets. With the slew of quality auctions still on the horizon, the numbers will continue to pile up. From Aaron to Ruth, all the legends were a part of the frenzy. In fact, perhaps the biggest hobby icon of all, Mickey Mantle, was a part of two auction records himself as we start to head to the All-Star break. A full listing of highlights are included.
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Collector's Corner

My Day with Mr. Cub
Collectors often dream about finally meeting their heroes at baseball card shows throughout the country. Sometimes, the experience is a great one and it meets all expectations. Other times, the collector leaves disappointed by the encounter. Here is a story of a collector who finally had the chance to meet one of his favorite players, Ernie Banks. Was this the meeting of a lifetime or a nightmare in the making? With the personable "Mr. Cub," I think you know how this one turned out.

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Collector's Survey

Which player's cards do you feel are the most underrated in the hobby?
1. Hank Aaron
2. Barry Bonds
3. Willie Mays
4. Stan Musial
5. Frank Robinson

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Last survey results: 36% thought 1952 Topps is the best baseball set of all-time. For the complete breakdown, Click here

Our Readers Ask

Question: I have a couple a baseballs that were passed down through my family and both are signed by Jimmie Foxx. One of them is autographed "Mr. Foxx" and the other one is signed "Jimmie." They have also been dated by Foxx. How would I go about valuing these two baseballs?

Answer: That's a great question. There are so many factors to consider when valuing an autographed ball. Assuming the autographs are authentic, here are some key factors to consider. First, is the autograph on the sweet spot or side panel? Second, is it on an official ball or unofficial ball? Third, how strong is the autograph? Fourth, are there any other signatures on the ball? It can go on and on. Now, let's take a look at your specific questions about the factors. The fact that Jimmie Foxx signed one ball "Mr. Foxx" and one "Jimmie" are definitely factors. I have never seen a "Mr. Foxx" version of his signature so I will assume that it is probably rare, however, the fact that he left out his first name is considered a negative. The other ball is valued more, but most autograph collectors prefer full signatures to first name signatures. All things being equal, these examples would only be valued at a fraction of a full signature by this Hall of Fame slugger. The dating, on the other hand, is a positive factor. Collectors like dating on baseballs because it places the item in Foxx's hand at a specific moment in time. Still, all things being equal, these baseballs would most likely bring only a percentage of a full Foxx signature.
--Joe Orlando, Editor Sports Market Report

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The Expert's Corner

Legendary Lumber
Game-used bat collecting has really caught on in the last few years. In fact, with increasing information about bat authentication, collectors are starting to feel more and more comfortable about starting a collection. While collectors have different themes to their collections, most collectors pursue the legends of the game. In "Legendary Lumber," we take a look at the top 20 game-used bats of all-time (5 modern and 15 vintage). In part one of a four part series, we'll look at the five most desirable modern weapons.
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Superior Sports Auctions Presents the "Mid-Summer Classic"

This auction has 684 stellar lots of baseball, football, basketball, hockey, golf, and boxing cards! The cards are from all different eras and are available in many different grades. Auction ends June 21st. Bidding is available by fax, email, mail, telephone, or you can view lots and bid online now. Just click here! For more information call 888-337-4492.

The NEW PSA Set RegistryTM is Coming in TWO Days!

On Thursday, 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:

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

22nd National Sports Collectors Convention
I-X Convention Center
Cleveland, Ohio
June 24 - July 1, 2001

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