PSA Insider - Oct. 1, 2002 | Vol. 3 Number 22 


Auction Action
Major auctions at Superior Sports, Madec, and Hunt have recently closed and we have the results. "Sure things" continue to bring big money and so do key cards for PSA Set Registry sets. Many dream cards and true rarities are performing even better than expected, but a few items aren't as hot as you might think. Grey Flannel and American Memorabilia are gearing up for November and December auctions.


Johnny Unitas: A Football Great Remembered
A football icon passed away this September: the legendary quarterback with the "Golden Arm," Johnny Unitas. Unitas's skill and courage on the gridiron captivated America, making pro football the country's most popular sport and Unitas its most recognizable player. Cards featuring Johnny "U" have always been intensely popular with collectors, but collecting Unitas cards can be frustrating because they are marked by condition rarity. This article remembers the career and the cards of this legendary player.


Playoff Time! Will the 2002 Version Possibly Match the Bizarre Events of 1969?
The first inter-league baseball playoffs were in 1969. The "Miracle Mets" needed a miracle to defeat the mighty Orioles. Controversy swirled around game three, game four and game five. Seaver, Koosman and Nolan Ryan starred for the Mets' pitching staff. "It's magic, you know."


Bskbkid's Fournier Set - The Number One All Time Finest 1988 Fournier Basketball Set
The competitors are all trying for PSA 10s, but Bskbkid was the first to get 100% complete! This 33-card set, produced in Spain by Fournier, includes many of the NBA stars. The set was licensed by the NBA for distribution in Spain and the card backs are written in Spanish. Not originally listed in the catalogues, but included in the Set Registry, is the Michael Jordan Rules card. Click here to view.

NEW GRADING SPECIAL! Take advantage of the Set Registry Grading Special for Non-Sportscards which expires November 30, 2002. Just $5 a card, with a 25 card minimum! Click here for details.

Visit the Set Registry News page and learn which set composites have been recently added to the Registry and other Set Registry news.

To see what new sets are soon to be added, visit the Set Request List. If your set is not listed, send us your request using the Set Request Form.

New composites recently added include:

JUST 30 DAYS TO GO! The Annual PSA Set Registry Awards deadline is just around the corner. If you are planning to compete, but still need some cards graded, be certain send your cards in early! The deadline for the awards is October 31st! Which Vintage and Modern Basketball sets are the current leaders for the first annual PSA Set Registry Awards? Click here to find out.

Fun, informative, and sometimes controversial, the PSA Set Registry Messageboard is the place to get involved with other collectors who are currently participating in the Set Registry program or are just beginning. Click here to chat on the Set Registry Messageboard.

The PSA Set RegistryTM is a work in progress and we invite your comments and ideas. Send your suggestions to [email protected].


Question: I heard that PSA has a "10" grade. Does that mean the card has to be perfect?

Answer: Good question. The answer is no. A PSA Gem Mint 10 does not need to be perfect but it does need to meet the qualifications for a "10" (please refer to our grading standards page for more information). Keep in mind that all cards have some flaw, whether it is to the naked eye or under high-powered magnification. The key to the grading process is to know what is acceptable in the marketplace for that particular grade. That is what makes a grader competent. Spotting a flaw is only part of the skill, making the call is the other part.


Pro football season is in full swing, and fans in certain cities are already talking Super Bowl! Well, who's going to win it all? No one knows more than the readers of the PSA Insider, so the world awaits your answer.

  1. Oakland. The Raiders were the best team last year (maybe) and they're definitely the best for this season. Oakland all the way!
  2. San Diego. That 4-0 start is not a fluke! The Chargers are the team to beat this year!
  3. New England. Can the world champions get a little respect? This is far and away the best team and they'll roll to the title.
  4. Green Bay. The Pack is back and all that jazz! Green Bay all the way with the best quarterback and great strength on both sides of the ball.
  5. Someone else! Miami looks strong, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh have a shot, St. Louis may rebound yet, and never count out the Bears!

Click here to answer. Results will be posted in the next Insider.

Results from last survey: It was a close one, but 28% chose Nolan Ryan's seventh no-hitter as the most memorable moment in baseball. Click here for a complete breakdown.


See PSA at These Fall Shows!

Tri-Star Collectors Show
Overland Park International Trade Center
Overland Park, KS
October 18 - 20, 2002

Greater Boston Sports Collectors Club
Shriners Auditorium
Wilmington, MA
November 1 - 3, 2002

Chicago Sun Times
Rosemont Convention Center
Rosemont, IL
November 22 - 24, 2002

Tri-Star and Greater Boston Shows: PSA will be accepting cards for all PSA grading levels at the show. Cards submitted will be graded at PSA and returned via mail.

Bonus at the Greater Boston and Chicago Sun Times Shows only! Autograph Experts, James Spence and Steve Grad will be on-site to offer authentication for previously signed memorabilia.

For more information about the Tri-Star show, go to and click on "Upcoming Shows," or click here.

For more information about the Greater Boston show, call (781) 944-1185.

Chicago Sun Times Show: PSA will be grading on-site at the show:
   • Guaranteed Same-Day Service: $50 per card.
   • Standard Show Service (same or next day at show) -- $35 per card.
For more information about the Chicago Sun Times show, go to

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