PSA Insider   Vol. 3 Number 3 | January 29, 2002      
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The Hall, the Wiz and the Knuckleheads
January has been an eventful month in the sports and sportscard world. To start things off, the results of this year's Baseball Hall of Fame vote are in. Ozzie Smith made it, but what about Carter, Dawson, and Murphy? Who's kidding who? Also in our market report: PSA finally grades the first Mint 9 state 1954 Bowman Ted Williams!


Four Names to Watch
There's no shortage of hot young players in every sport... or hot rookie cards of those players and many more. Here's a sampling of four of the top names in the four major sports.

Have your sports autographs authenticated by Jimmy Spence, this country's foremost sports autograph expert. Submission forms are available online at the PSADNA web site. Just click here.

The next PSA Saturday is February 2nd.

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Question: I was wondering about crossovers. When collectors send in cards graded by other companies, does PSA find that most cards maintain the same grade or is it off most of the time? I was thinking that maybe I could save money by buying non-PSA cards and then sending them to PSA for regrading since I like PSA the best!

Answer: The vast majority of cards sent in for crossover review do not receive the same grade. Not only do many cards fail to reach the same grade, a fairly large percentage of them are totally rejected based on trimming, coloring, and other card doctoring. If I were you, I would not assume the risk of buying cards graded by other companies hoping the cards might crossover. It doesn't happen nearly as often as you would like. There's a reason why most collectors prefer PSA. If you do as well, I would stick with buying PSA cards. PSA cards sell for more because they employ the best graders and have the most credibility.
-- Joe Orlando, Sports Market Report

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and the PSA Population ReportSM. Click here for details.


Many of you know that Mark McGwire's record-breaking #70 baseball sold for $3,000,000 in the fall of 1998 at auction. When the Barry Bonds home run #73 ball finally sells, what do you think the final price will be?

  1. $3,000,000 or higher
  2. $2,000,000-$3,000,000
  3. $1,500.000-$2,000,000
  4. $1,000,000-$1,500,000
  5. $1,000,000 or lower
Click here to answer. Results will be posted in the next Insider.

Results from last survey: 30% answered Gary Carter is the most deserving nominee who did not make it into the Baseball Hall of Fame this year. Click here for a complete breakdown.


See PSA This Week in New Orleans!

PSA will be accepting cards at their booth at the

Topps Super Bowl Card Show at the NFL Experience
January 31 - February 3, 2002
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
900 Convention Center Blvd.
New Orleans, LA 70130
Booth #21 - 22, 29 - 30

For PSA and PSADNA specials at the NFL Experience, click here.

PSA is the "Official Trading Card Grading Service of the Topps Super Bowl XXXVI Card Show."

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

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

James Spence On-Site Sports Autograph Authentication will also be available at the PSA booth.

PSA/DNA will be authenticating autographs at the Autograph Pavilion.
PSA/DNA is the "Official Autograph Authentication Service of the Topps Super Bowl XXXVI Card Show."
PSA/DNA is the "Official Authenticator of the Super Bowl XXXVI Game-Used Footballs."

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