PSA Insider - May 28, 2002 | Vol. 3 Number 13 
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The Registry, a New Book and a Fresh Arm
The PSA Set Registry may be the most talked about topic in the graded sportscard market. Increased Set Registry participation is pushing the value of vintage commons and may help collectors discover what the true rarities are. A new book identifies the top 200 sportscards in the hobby and what makes them that way. Pitcher Mark Prior steps up to the big leagues with his powerful arm.


What to Look for in Baseball Hall of Fame BW Plaque Postcards
For over 60 years, the Baseball Hall of Fame has honored baseball's greatest players by immortalizing them on bronze plaques. Collectible postcards, printed with photos of these plaques, are issued by the HOF and have long been a favorite venue for collecting autographs. Noted sports autograph expert James Spence, Jr. penned this survey of the scarce and collectible black and white postcard series.


Hall of Fame Baseball Stars: Greats You May Not Know
Stan Coveleski, Elmer Flick, Chick Hafey, Jesse Haines, Jim O'Rourke, Bobby Wallace, and Ross Youngs. Not necessarily the first names you think of when you think of the Baseball Hall of Fame, are they? But they're all in there, and with good reason. Each player produced some amazing accomplishments on the field and deserves some recognition. Take a quick look at why these players are counted among baseball's greatest names.


A.J. Cards - The Number One All Time Finest 1958-59 Parkhurst Hockey Set
There's no close competition to A.J. Card's hockey set. 100% complete with no card graded less than Near Mint 8 including Hall of Famers' #2 Henri Richard, #22 Jacques Plante, #33 Frank Mahovlich, and #38 Maurice Richard. Congratulations! Click here to view.

The total number of registered sets now stands at 1,622. Visit the ever expanding PSA Set Registry and join the fun!

LAST WEEK FOR THE 1960s SET REGISTRY GRADING SPECIAL! Got 60s cards? Send them in for a special grading fee of only $6 a card! But hurry, this special ends May 31st. Your package to PSA must be postmarked no later than 5/31/02. Click here for details.

New composites recently added include: 1895 Mayo Cut Plug Baseball, 1982 Topps Baseball, 1983 Donruss Baseball, 1984 Topps Baseball, 1985 Topps Baseball, 1963 Topps Dodgers, 1965 Topps Dodgers, 1940 Play Ball HOF Player Set, HOF Managers Baseball, 1996-97 SP Basketball, 1977 Topps Football, 1989 Score Football, 1999 SP Authentic Football, 2000 SP Authentic Football, 1998-99 SP Authentic Hockey, 1998-99 SP Authentic Power Play Hockey, 1930 W.D. & H.O. Wills Famous Golfers, 1944 American Beauties, 1951 Ringside Boxing, 1956 Elvis Presley, 1989 Maxx Crisco Racing, 2001-02 SP Authentic Golf Tour Swatch, 2001-02 Upper Deck Golf.

Which Vintage Hockey sets are the current leaders for the first annual PSA Set Registry Awards? Click here to find out.

Interested in seeing what new sets have been registered and which sets have been updated? Click here to view updates in the last 5 days.

Find out what's happening by visiting the PSA Set Registry News which is updated frequently. 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.

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: I was wondering if it is a smart idea to collect regional cards or should I stick with mainstream sets like Topps or Bowman?

Answer: Good question. Some regional sets actually offer a nice value if you put the cards in perspective. First of all, because the regional cards were not as widely distributed as the mainstream issues, they are inherently more difficult to find. Second, even if you do find them, some of them are major condition rarities like the 1954 Wilson Franks and the 1954 Dan Dee Potato Chip cards. In addition, the sets are often more feasible to complete because of their sheer size or lack thereof. Finally, regional cards will sometimes offer an affordable alternative to the regular issue cards. Take the 1954 Red Heart Mickey Mantle. It is a very attractive card and less expensive than his 1954 Bowman issue (Mantle did not have a Topps card produced that year). The only negative would be the fact that, since they were not widely distributed, their popularity is often not as strong as the regular issues. All in all, the regional sets do make for a nice alternative though.


Time travel. While it's not possible (at least at the present time) almost everyone likes to speculate about the "what if..." appeal of it. The time travel theme is used in this survey at times, and those are the questions that receive the most responses. Here's another one: If you could travel to see one game in major league history, which one of these five classics would you choose?

  1. Addie Joss versus Big Ed Walsh (1908). With the pennant on the line, Joss hurls a perfect game.
  2. Don Larsen versus the Dodgers (1956). The first perfect game in 34 years and it happened in the World Series!
  3. Harvey Haddix's masterpiece. The only 12-inning perfect game in history -- and he lost it in the 13th!
  4. Walter Johnson versus Smokey Joe Wood (1912). The classic that is often regarded as the most exciting 1-0 game in baseball history.
  5. In his last at bat in a superb career, Ted Williams hits one high and deep, back, back, back -- gone!

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

Results from last survey: 43% want to get rid of the designated hitter in baseball. Click here for a complete breakdown.


Superior Sports' June Auction is Online!

Superior Sports' June 2002 Sale is online NOW! The auction features over 500 high quality lots that consist mainly of PSA graded individual cards and sets, including eye-popping 1930s Goudey rarities, beautiful 19th-century issues, and top quality examples of modern stars. This sale also contains some fabulous autographed memorabilia items, featuring signatures from greats like Barry Bonds, Joltin' Joe DiMaggio and Muhammed Ali! Click here to browse and to bid!

PSA Saturday
Next event: Saturday, June 1 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.!

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$10 PSA Saturday Special. Cards submitted to this service will be ready for pick up at the next PSA Saturday.
$35 PSA Saturday Special. Cards submitted to this service will be ready for pick up the following Tuesday after 2 p.m.

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See PSA in Chicago!

Chicago SportsFest 2002
June 13 - 16, 2002
Donald E. Stephens Convention Center
5555 N. River Rd., Rosemont, IL

PSA will be accepting cards at their booth for On-Site Grading.

PSA ON-SITE GRADING SERVICE: Guaranteed Two-Hour Show Service -- $50 per card; Standard Show Service (same or next day at show) -- $35 per card.

PSA/DNA Vintage Autograph Authentication: Autograph Expert Steve Grad will be on site to offer authentication for previously signed memorabilia.

For more information about the Sportsfest show, go to: and click on "Sports Memorabilia" and then under "Shows" click on "Sportsfest." Or, click here.

See PSA in California!

West Coast Sports Collectors Convention
May 31 - June 2, 2002
Hollywood Park Casino and Convention Center
3883 W. Century Blvd.
Inglewood, CA 90303

Long Beach Coin & Collectibles Show
June 5 - 9, 2002
Long Beach Convention Center
100 S. Pine Avenue
Long Beach, CA

West Coast Sports Collectors Convention: PSA will be accepting cards for all PSA grading levels at the show. Cards submitted will be graded by PSA and returned via mail. PSA/DNA will be offering free on-site authentication with every autograph purchase in the Autograph Pavilion! Autograph Expert, James Spence will be on-site to offer authentication for previously signed memorabilia.

For more information about the West Coast Collectors show, go to: and click on "West Coast Sports Collectors Convention," or click here. For directions to the show, click here.

Long Beach Show: PSA will be accepting cards for "Next Day Show Service" at $35 per card. Cards must be submitted by 12 noon on Wednesday and/or Thursday for next day delivery. PSA is also accepting cards at all PSA grading levels at the Long Beach show. Cards submitted at other services will be graded by PSA and returned via mail. For more information about the Long Beach Coin & Collectibles show, go to: For directions to the show, click here.

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