PSA eCollector VOL. 2, Number 14 
July 10, 2001

The Market Report

Cleveland Rocks at the National Sports Convention
The annual National Sports Convention is a great place to see how the market is doing and it's also a great place to dispel any unsubstantiated rumors that reflect negatively on the hobby. This year's event took place in Cleveland, home of the Bob Feller fastball and the Jim Brown dash. With the top dealers in the country at my disposal, the timing couldn't be better to discuss the state of the hobby and the trends of which all collectors should be aware. The bottom line is that the market is still going strong.
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Collector's Profile

Nothing but Air
Ervin Boone is a fan of Michael Jordan. You might say, "So what? Everyone is a fan of Michael Jordan." Boone is no ordinary fan, he is the ultimate fan. From hundreds of PSA cards to Jordan memorabilia all over his Jordan room, Boone stands out from the rest. His drive to collect and his devotion to Michael have helped produce a collection of which anyone would be proud. Boone talks to us about his collecting focus in "Nothing but Air."
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Collector's Survey

Who do you think the MVP of the first half of the season was in the National League?
1. Barry Bonds
2. Luis Gonzalez
3. Albert Pujols
4. Sammy Sosa
5. Larry Walker

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Results from last survey: 37% surveyed thought Nolan Ryan was the best pitcher of all time. Click here for a complete breakdown.

Our Readers Ask

Question: I just received a 1981 Joe Montana rookie card from an Internet auction. The card was advertised as a PSA 9. When the card arrived, it turned out to be a PSA 9 PD. What should I do?

Answer: The seller should have made it clear that the card had a qualifier (the PD or print defect) because it does lower the value. In a case where a card is available in an unqualified 9 like the Montana rookie, collectors tend to shun the qualified examples. The card is probably worth the same price, if not slightly lower, than a PSA 8 price. I am sorry for the bad news but, if the seller didn't make that clear to you, you should ask for your money back. It does state in Sports Market Report (under PSA Grading Standards, under prices) that the guide should be used for unqualified cards only, that is why the seller should have told you it had a print defect. If you ask me, this is the most blatant form of false advertising since the movie "The Never Ending Story." Ode to "The Simpsons."
--Joe Orlando, Editor Sports Market Report

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The Expert's Corner

Legendary Lumber - Part 3
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). This is part 3 of a four part series in which we analyze five of the top 15 vintage game-used bats.
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SportsFest 2001

August 2-5, 2001
Donald E. Stephens Convention Center
5555 N. River Road
Rosemont, IL
Booth 335

Same-Day or Next Day Show Service -- $35 per card
Guaranteed Two-Hour Show Service -- $50 per card

Vingtage or modern... cards of any value... take advantage of these two PSA show specials. Cards may be submitted to all PSA grading levels at the show. See us at booth 335!

East Coast National

August 17-19, 2001
Westchester County Center
198 Central Avenue
White Plains, NY

Tri-Star Collectors Show
August 24 - 26, 2001
Arlington Convention Center
1200 Ballpark Way
Arlington, TX
Booth B101

Cards may be submitted to all PSA grading levels at these shows. For a complete PSA Show Schedule, click here. See you at the show!

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