PSA eCollector VOL. 2, Number 16 
August 7, 2001

The Market Report

Gem Mint 1963 Clemente Brings $21,135 at Auction
Recently, the auction circuit has toned down slightly with each house trying desperately to acquire quality material for their next big sale. Despite calmer times in the bidding wars, another major auction closed recently with very strong prices for PSA graded cards in virtually all grades. There was even a 1963 Topps PSA 10 Roberto Clemente card that broke the $20,000 barrier! In addition to the in-depth look at the prices realized from that sale, another sports memorabilia price record was broken except, this time, it was a private sale. The sale also involved a guy named Babe, a not so big surprise for collectors familiar with "The Sultan of Swat." Once again, the market proves to be resilient and strong in a time of economic uncertainty.
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Set Registry Spotlight

Joe Wilson - 1956 Topps - Current Finest
100% complete and only a few points behind David Hall's All Time Finest, this set is a great accomplishment. Joe should be proud. The set boasts twenty-one 9's including a #107 Ed Mathews white back and #130 Willie Mays. 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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Collectors Corner

Superstar Scarcities
It is the superstar to which most collectors are drawn. From Mickey Mantle to Willie Mays, Hank Aaron to Sandy Koufax, these are the players that even the casual fan can recognize. Toss in a great all-around player in Roberto Clemente and you have the five most desirable baseball players from the 1950s through the early 1970s. All five players dominated for nearly three decades and they continue to dominate the baseball card world. What most collectors also recognize is the importance of rarity when it comes to collecting these cards. In this article, our author breaks down the cards of each player using the PSA Vintage Population ReportSM. You might be surprised which cards make the "tough" list.
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Collector's Survey

Which player, of the 5 listed below, is most deserving of Hall of Fame induction:

1. Pete Rose
2. Cal Ripken
3. Tony Gwynn
4. Joe Jackson
5. Ozzie Smith

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Results from last survey: 47% would want to build a baseball team around Alex Rodriguez. Click here for a complete breakdown.

Our Readers Ask
Question: I have a PSA 8 0C 1957 Mickey Mantle card which is centered 10/90 left to right and 40/60 top to bottom and I want to send it back to PSA to have it regraded without the qualifier. What would it come back as? The centering falls into the PSA 5 grade, but someone told me that I would only lose one grade. Example: a PSA 8 0C would come back a 7 because it was already deemed and 8. Is this true?

Answer: That is not true. It will be given the lower grade if THE CARD MEETS THE STANDARDS FOR THAT GRADE. For instance, a card that is centered 70/30 might be graded a 9 OC and that card could be placed in an unqualified 8 holder because 8's allow for 70/30 centering. It if were centered 90/10, it could not simply go down one grade because 8's do not allow for 90/10 centering. In your case, the Mantle is 90/10 one direction so there it would not satisfy the requirements for the 7 grade. It will be dropped, possibly into the 3 range if you choose to remove the qualifier. I would leave the card in the qualified 8 holder; it has more value.
--Joe Orlando, Editor Sports Market Report

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The Expert's Corner

Signature Analysis of Hall of Famer Earle "The Kentucky Colonel" Combs
Any time you bring up the topic of the New York Yankees, collectors seem to immediately lend an ear. Their rich history and numerous championship clubs make it hard for players to stand out amongst the legends who wore the pinstriped uniform. One such player was Earle Combs. Even though he is a Hall of Famer, Combs was often overshadowed by the likes of Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. Combs would quietly put together terrific seasons for "Murderers Row" during the 1920s and he is part of the magical 1927 Yankee team, which is widely considered one of baseball's best all-time teams. For autograph collectors, a Combs signature is a must.
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Bring your sportscards to the following shows and have them graded by PSA:


Tri-Star Collectors Show
August 31 - September 3, 2001
Concourse Exhibition Center
635 8th Street, San Francisco, CA

West Coast Sports Collectors Convention
September 7 - 9, 2001
Hollywood Park Casino and Convention Center
3883 W. Century Blvd., Inglewood, CA

76th Philadelphia Sports Card & Memorabilia Show
September 21 - 23, 2001
Fort Washington Exposition Center
1100 Virginia Drive, Fort Washington, PA

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 Ft. Washington Show)

    14th Annual 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, Texas

    Sunday, September 16, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Buena Park Holiday Inn
    7000 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, CA
    Autograph Guest Stars: Oakland A's Hot Rookie Young Stars Frank Menechino and Johnny Damon: 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM. PSA/DNA Authentication is available on-site.)

    Long Beach Coin & Collectibles Expo
    October 4 - 7, 2001
    Long Beach Convention Center
    Long Beach, CA

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

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