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   January 9, 2002 Volume 3, Number 1

Is Adam Dunn the Ichiro of 2002? Is Anthony Thomas the Next Walter Payton?
Who would you pick as the top rookie in Baseball....next year? How about in the NFL.... today? That gets a little tougher, doesn't it? Andre Carter? Brian Urlacher? How about the NBA?

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Every day of the week another group of PSA graded cards sells on ebay. This article looks at four of the hottest players in sports -- and their cards on ebay -- and what they're selling for in PSA graded condition.

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Another Card Product...Another Grading Opportunity?
A new box of cards hits the trading card industry every week. At least one! PSA takes a look at one of the best looking Football Card products that just hit the market, and why they're so much potential for grading in this product.

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  The Auction Circuit in Full Force as the Year Ends
As the year came to a close, a flurry of auctions hit the marketplace. PSA rarities and Barry Bonds game-used items were making noise and the Sultan of Swat was up to his old tricks. The Babe is still hitting home runs, this time the homer (a PSA Mint 9) was worth $115,000. Jackie Robinson was also in the news as one of his jerseys sold for a record $132,000. Jackie still has a huge following and his legend continues to grow.

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Skylaneflyer - 1967 Topps Baseball Set - The Number One Finest Set of All Time
We watched every week as Skylaneflyer updated his set, getting closer and closer to completion, always remaining in the number one spot. And then, finally, he succeeded. As the first to complete the incredible 609-card 1967 Topps set, Skylaneflyer deserves a big hand. But more than that, his set is filled with high quality cards, which makes his set tough to beat. Kudos to Skylaneflyer for a great achievement! Click here to read more.

The PSA Set Registry now has 469 sets registered. New composites added this week include the 1962 Topps and the 1909 E-95 Baseball sets. Click here to read more.

To see what new sets are soon to be added, visit the Set Request List.

Get involved with other collectors who are currently participating in the Set Registry program or are just beginning. Click here to chat on PSA Set Registry Message Board.

Question: As I made my first purchase of an autographed item off the Internet, I realized that I did not do my homework. I purchased a 2001 All-Star jersey that was supposedly signed by Cal Ripken. It came with a COA, but the COA was produced on a small piece of paper that looked liked it was mass produced from a cheap computer with a dealer's signature on it. I don't feel good about it. What should I do?

Answer: The first thing you should do, in regards to this particular item, is have it looked at by an industry expert. That is a respected, reputable industry expert. Hopefully, the item is authentic and it can be certified. Secondly, and most importantly, remember that a letter of authenticity is only as good as the name behind it. If you have a letter from a respected authenticator or source, that's one thing, but a COA from someone not recognized by industry leaders will prove to have little, if any, value. Next time, make sure you buy sports collectibles with that in mind.
--Joe Orlando, Editor Sports Market Report

Ozzie Smith was voted into Baseball's Hall of Fame today. Of the players who did not make it, which one deserves to be voted in the most?

Andre Dawson
Gary Carter
Jim Rice
Rich Gossage
Bruce Sutter

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Results from last survey: 51% answered 1986 Fleer Michael Jordan rookie is the most important basketball card ever produced. Click here for a complete breakdown.


2002 NHL All Star Fantasy Show
January 30 - February 2, 2002
Los Angeles Convention Center
1201 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015

Super Bowl XXXVI Show
January 31 - February 3, 2002
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
900 Convention Center Blvd.
New Orleans, LA 70130
PSA will be accepting card submissions at this show.

PSA/DNA is the official authenticator of the Super Bowl XXXVI Game-Used Footballs. James Spence On-Site Sports Autograph Authentication will be available at the PSA booth.

Cards may be submitted to all PSA grading levels at shows where submissions are being accepted. 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.

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