PSA eCollector VOL. 2, Number 18 
September 4, 2001

The Market Report

Mickey Mantle Bat Hits A Home Run With $39,708 Bid
In this edition of Market Report, we take a close look at a couple of completed auctions as the bidding continues to drive market prices upward. A Michael Jordan jersey leads the way for one auction as Mickey Mantle's bat sets the pace at another big sale. How about those PSA cards? Well, as the numbers keep rolling in, it becomes clear that PSA graded sportscards continue to be the underlying strength of the sports collectibles industry. Even the mid-grade material has developed quite a following in the PSA graded card market; the numbers speak for themselves. If you like high-end material, be sure to check out the online Superior Sports Auctions catalogue. The selection is phenomenal. By the way, Barry is still banging them out. Can he reach 70 or beyond? With a month to go in the baseball season, the tension is starting to build.
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Set Registry Spotlight                       

707 Sportcards - 1951 Bowman Football
Current Finest

Just a few points below the Number One All-Time Finest set which belonged to David Hall, this set deserves it's place as Number One in Current Finest. Complete with all 144 cards, no card grades lower than a PSA 7. 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.

Last week we added the 1974 Topps baseball set. 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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Collector's Corner

Gridiron Greats
When it comes to autograph collecting, baseball signatures are far more expensive than their football counterparts. What does that mean for the football collector? Bargains across the board. There are no $50,000 signed footballs to rival a baseball penned by the Sultan of Swat. In this edition of the eCollector, we take a close look at the differences between baseball and football autograph collectors as the football season approaches.
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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

At this point in the season, who deserves the National League MVP?

  1. Barry Bonds
  2. Shawn Green
  3. Sammy Sosa
  4. Luis Gonzalez
  5. Jeff Bagwell

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Results from last survey: 46% felt that Cy Young's 511 wins is the most impressive all-time statistic. Click here for a complete breakdown.

The Expert's Corner

Signature Analysis of Charles Herbert "Chuck" Klein
Chuck Klein was a lethal hitter in his day. This extremely aggressive player could hit for average and power during a time when few true power brokers roamed the Major League circuit. Often overshadowed by the likes of Babe Ruth and Jimmie Foxx, Klein put together some very impressive numbers while seemingly going unnoticed. Klein, as a hitter, won the Triple Crown Award, hit .320 during his career, smacked 300 homers and even had a 4-homer game. For all his offensive exploits, Klein remains a desirable signature, but it's not easy to find an authentic example.
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Our Readers Ask

Question: I have an autographed baseball by Roger Maris and I am not sure if it's real. It was supposedly signed by Maris on an official American League baseball in the 1980s. The commissioner on the ball is Bobby Brown and it is signed perfectly on the sweet spot. What should I do? How do I know it's real?

Answer: Unfortunately, an immediate warning sign has been found. Roger Maris was only alive for a very short while after Bobby Brown appeared as the commissioner on American League baseballs. Now of course this does not mean that your autograph is fake, it simply reduces the likelihood of it being real. Maris was very sick during his last few months and he remained out of the public eye during this time. Most likely, a signature on a Bobby Brown ball would be a bit shaky due to his illness. Also, because of his seclusion, the chances of someone obtaining an autograph from Maris during this time are very low. I would recommend sending the ball to the autograph experts at PSA/DNA so they can determine if it is genuine. Chances are, unfortunately, that it's not.
--Joe Orlando, Editor Sports Market Report

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Bid Now in Superior Sports "Kings of the Diamonds" Auction

Superior Sports offers a once in a lifetime opportunity to purchase many of the most important and highest graded sportscards in existence in the "Kings of the Diamond" auction. Never before have so many condition census key PSA graded sportscards been available in one place at one time. Bidding is available online now or you can participate in the live telephone auction scheduled for September 27, 2001. To order a catalog or if you would like more information, call 231-922-9862. To browse the auction online, click here.


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


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


    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.

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

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    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. See you there!

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

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