PSA eCollector VOL. 2, Number 15 
July 24, 2001

The Market Report

A Summer of the Strong, the Slow and the Strange
Players get hot and players get cold, it's all part of the modern card game as collectors scramble for the next hot superstar. As the summer moves on, the modern market continues to change for better in some cases and for worse in others. In this edition of Market Report, we take a quick look at all the major sports and try to pinpoint the positives and the negatives associated with each modern market. Barry's swinging for the fences while Nomar continues to heal. Shaq, Kobe, and Tiger all seem to be victims of high expectations while the NFL and NHL look to the future, hoping a group of young stars will capture the imagination of fans and collectors alike.
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Set Registry Spotlight

The Cohen Family First & Only Non-qualified PSA 8 Set - 1964 Topps Stand Up - The Number One Finest Set of All Time
This fantastic set is 100% complete with 75 of 77 cards grading PSA 8. Only Groat and Barber are PSA 7. The set has images for nearly every card. Click here to view and enjoy!

The PSA Set Registry is in full swing with new sets being added every day. Click here to browse.

The request list for new set composites continues to grow. If your set is not currently listed, please send your request to [email protected]

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Vintage Profile

Willie Lee McCovey
The 500 home run club is one of the most revered groups in all of sports. For collectors, this elite group remains a focal point. Some of the members made it to 500 through long-term consistency like Murray and Ott. Others made it to 500 with brute strength and awesome physical power like Mantle and McGwire. Willie McCovey is a prime example of true raw power. Despite being hampered by injury, with McCovey, it was only a matter of time. At 6'4, 200 plus pounds, Willie was a menace at the plate and collectors have finally started to take notice of his legacy.
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Collector's Survey

With the trade deadline approaching, we thought this question would be fun. If you could choose one of these players to build a baseball team around, who would it be?

1. Pedro Martinez
2. Alex Rodriguez
3. Barry Bonds
4. Ichiro Suzuki
5. Manny Ramirez

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Results from last survey: 40% surveyed thought Barry Bonds was the National League MVP for the first half of the season. Click here for a complete breakdown.

Our Readers Ask

Question: Hello, I have been a collector for about 20 years. I started getting into graded cards when I learned of them about 3 years ago from my brother. He used to own a card shop. The Sports Market Report has quite a bit of difference between PSA 8's and 9's, especially on vintage cards. I understand that but I have to think that a 9oc is much more rare than any straight 8, especially on vintage cards. If what drives pricing in high-end vintage cards is rarity then I would have to think that there are less vintage 9oc's than there are straight 8's. Maybe people see that a card is "OC" and decide not to get it graded even though it is a great card, I am not sure. I could then understand why there are more 8's than 9oc's. I really believe that, in the future, serious collectors of vintage material are going to realize that a 9oc is worth just as much as a straight 8. What are you thoughts?

Answer: When I collected high-end cards in the late-1980s, centering never bothered me. I just wanted to have mint corners and a nice picture. When PSA came along and furthered the science of grading, "OC" became the kiss of death so to speak. You are right that 9oc cards are and always will be more rare than straight 8's but, for now, the collectors have made it clear that centering is a big issue. You really notice this when a straight 8 or 9, with borderline centering for the grade, is offered against one that has nearly perfect centering. The centered copy almost always sells for more. I think it is because most collectors can judge centering fairly easily but corner wear takes a real sharp eye. I agree with you in theory, but I am not sure the collecting community will follow along. Centering is high priority. It will be interesting to see how this approach evolves over time.
--Joe Orlando, Editor Sports Market Report

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The Expert's Corner

Legendary Lumber - Part 4
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 4 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!

Click here to check out the great PSA show specials and events at Sportsfest 2001.

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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