PSA eCollector VOL. 2, Number 19 
September 18, 2001

The Market Report

Tragedy, Collecting and Perspective
With all that has happened in the last week, collecting has taken a back seat to the reality that has dominated the headlines and our conscience. While the topic of collecting is truly trivial in light of the devastation, the role that collecting plays in all our lives may not be. Collecting is often a way to escape the daily grind and the reality that faces all of us in our lives; it can really be a form of therapy for those who choose to participate. In a time when feelings of sadness, anger, horror and guilt fill our heads to capacity, some of us may look to this American pastime to relieve the stress associated with the events that have unfolded before our eyes.
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Set Registry Spotlight                       

Charles Merkel - 1952 Topps Baseball
The Number One Finest Set of All Time

How about 21 tens and a Mantle in 9!! If Charles has his way, his set will soon be unbeatable. With the best possible GPA at 8.89, Charles is sitting pretty with a GPA of 8.55. 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.

In the last two weeks we have added the 1934 Goudey, 1964 Topps, and 1964 Topps Giants baseball sets. The request list for new set composites continues to grow. If your set is not currently listed, please send your request to s[email protected]

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Collector's Corner

My Find
The 1959 Topps set has always been tough to locate in top condition. From the poor centering to a variety of print defects, this issue is often elusive in true mint condition. Enter a recent find. One of PSA's authorized dealers, after a great deal of persistence and patience, came across a small find of unopened 1959 Topps packs in recent months. This find produced some top notch examples from commons to star players. J.P. Cohen, the dealer who came across the find and author of this article, tells his story of how it all came about.
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The PSA Collectors Club offers free grading and a subscription to the Sports Market Report. Click here for details.

Collector's Survey

With what has occurred in the last week, creating a delay in baseball, do you think Barry Bonds will:

  1. Hit 72 or more and shatter the home run record
  2. Hit 71 and just break the home run record
  3. Hit 70 and tie the home run record
  4. Hit 67-69 and just fall short of the record
  5. Hit 66 or less and fail to make a real run at the record

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Results from last survey: 37% felt that at this point in the season, Luis Gonzalez deserves the National League MVP. Click here for a complete breakdown.

The Expert's Corner

Partyin', Hammerin' and Rakin' with The A's Wild Child
Jason Giambi is one of those players who, on the surface, seems like a contradiction. His wild tattoos, bulging biceps and facial hair give the impression of a tough guy with a bad attitude. The perception couldn't be more off. Giambi, while a tough competitor on the field, is just about as nice of a guy as you could ever meet. He loves hitting and winning but he also loves kids, especially those who are less fortunate than he was growing up. Today, Giambi is making his second consecutive run at the MVP Award after winning it last year (just narrowly edging Frank Thomas). Our authors try to find out what drives the A's star to such heights.

Our Readers Ask

Question: Over the years, I have compiled quite a collection of original art. Each rendering is signed by the player; there are over 70 originals in all. I have players like Mickey Mantle, Al Kaline, and Ozzie Smith. Has there ever been consideration given to creating a pricing structure for original art that has been signed by the player?

Answer: Original art can be very desirable and expensive, not to mention very enjoyable from a collecting point of view. The problem with pricing original art is that each item is so unique, truly one of a kind, that it would be impossible. In addition, you have to factor in personal taste, which really is an impossibility from a pricing stance. As you know, beauty is in the eye of the beholder and that principle really holds true here. Even when display pieces, that are not unique, come up for sale, the prices realized show almost no pattern or consistency. Pricing those display pieces, which are not unique like original art, would not only be impossible, but it would also be unfair to collectors. No standard can be set; it simply cannot be done with so many variables. Factors to consider would be popularity of the artist, size of the piece, popularity of the player and quality, but quality is where the personal taste comes into play. So, when it comes to original art, the piece will always be worth what someone is willing to pay for it.
--Joe Orlando, Editor Sports Market Report

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Due to the tragic events which took place last week in New York and Washington D.C. Superior has rescheduled their "Kings of the Diamond" auction to Thursday, October 11. The auction will now close online on Thursday, October 11, 2001 at 7:00 p.m. Pacific Time. Phone bids will be accepted on Thursday, October 11, 2001 from 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Pacific Time, with initial bids needing to be placed by 7:00 p.m. Pacific Time. Please note the catalog was printed prior to these unforeseen tragedies, thus the rescheduled date is not reflected in the catalog. If you have any questions relating to the auction and its new scheduled date, please do not hesitate to call Superior at 231-922-9862. To browse the auction online, click here.


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


Collectors Showcase of America

October 12 - 14, 2001
Capital Expo Center
Chantilly, VA

Tri-Star Collectors Show
October 19 - 21, 2001
Overland Park International Trade Center
Kansas City, KS

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
    (PSA/DNA Signed-in-the Presence and James Spence On-Site Sports Autograph Authentication are also available at these shows.)

    FREE Expert Pre-Grading Consultation Service
    PSA is all about service to the sportscard collecting hobby. So if you have friends who are active collectors or who have collections from long ago, but don't know whether they should have their cards graded, encourage them to bring their cards to the PSA On-Site Grading Shows and get an unbiased expert pre-grading opinion about the condition of their cards absolutely FREE!


    76th Philadelphia Sports Card & Memorabilia Show
    September 21 - 23, 2001
    Fort Washington Exposition Center
    1100 Virginia Drive, Fort Washington, PA
    Due to the tragic events, which took place in New York and Washington D.C. on Tuesday, September 11, we are unable to offer On-Site Grading at the 76th Philadelphia Sportscard & Memorabilia Show. We will be accepting submissions to all PSA grading levels at this show. Cards will be graded at our office in Newport Beach and shipped to you. Cards can also be ready for pick up at the Collectors Showcase of America, October 12 - 14, 2001 in Chantilly, VA. Thank you for your understanding on this matter. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you.

    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.

    For more information about PSA grading at any of these shows, call PSA Customer Service at 800-325-1121.

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

    For a complete PSA Show Schedule, click here.


    All Authentic Presents
    Jack Youngblood, Jackie Slater, and Ron Yary
    2001 Pro Football Hall of Fame Inductees

    Join us at the Orange County Fairgrounds on September 22, 2001 with the new inductees LIVE at Noon! PSA/DNA Authentication will be present to authenticate all autographs.

    PRE-ORDER Ticket Prices are DISCOUNTED!

    Jackie Slater $35 + $5 for inscriptions
    Jack Youngblood $35 + $5 for inscriptions
    Ron Yary $25 + $5 for inscriptions
    Or purchase a super ticket for all THREE AND SAVE!


    Orange County Fair & Exposition Center
    88 Fair Drive
    Costa Mesa, CA 92626

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