PSA Insider - Sept. 3, 2002 | Vol. 3 Number 20 
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The Baseball Strike is Averted
Baseball fans, hobbyists and dealers are breathing sighs of relief now that the baseball strike has been averted. The fear of a modern card market crash is now reduced. The vintage card market continued to show strength despite strike fears, as the results of a recent MastroNet mega-auction show.


The Equipment Manager: Game Used Baseball Caps
The public has certainly embraced the baseball cap. This simple headgear that originated on the baseball diamond is now worn by people everywhere, whether they be fans of the game or not. Despite the public popularity of the caps, they are somewhat undervalued by collectors, partially because game used examples are difficult to authenticate and to pin down to a specific player. In this article, Mike Heffner recaps come cap history, and hands out some advice for recognizing authentic game used headgear.


The Triple Crown -- A Brief Look at One of Baseball's Most Coveted and Elusive Feats
Only 14 players have won the magic Triple Crown. Can you name the two players who've won it twice? At least two of the Crowns are controversial, as statistics are ambiguous or incomplete. There hasn't been a winner since 1967. Mantle, Williams. Foxx, Hornsby -- they're all here!


The ThreeofSix Collection - The Number One All Time Finest 1997 Skybox Star Trek TOS 1 Set
What fun! Not only does this collector have a complete set of 1997 Star Trek cards, but he also has 1998 and 1999 completed as well. Every card has an image and as you go through the set, you are reminded of the many reasons Star Trek, the series, remains popular today. Beam me up, Scotty! Click here to view the set and read the collector's in-depth comments about collecting cards in these sets.

One more month to go! Take advantage of the Set Registry Grading Special for '60s, '70s, and '80s which expires September 30, 2002. Just $6 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:
• 1933 Goudey HOF Baseball
• 1968 Sports Memorabilia All-Time Baseball
• 2001 Upper Deck Sweet Spot Baseball
• Mickey Mantle Master Set
• HOF Player Set - Post-War Rookies Baseball
• 1997-98 Topps Chrome Refractor Basketball
• 1998-99 SPx Finite Basketball
• 1998-99 SPx Finite Spectrum Basketball
• 1998-99 Topps Chrome Refractor Basketball
• 1999-00 SPx Basketball
• 1999-00 Topps Chrome Refractor Basketball
• 2000-01 SPx Basketball
• 2000-01 Topps Chrome Basketball
• 2000-01 Topps Chrome Refractor Basketball
• 2001-02 SPx Basketball
• 2001-02 Topps Chrome Basketball
• 2001-02 Topps Chrome Refractor Basketball
• 1964 Topps CFL Football
• 1976 Crane Discs Football
• All-Time NFL Receivers
• 1933-34 World Wide Gum Ice Kings Hockey
• 1959-60 Topps Hockey
• 1973-74 Mac's Milk Hockey
• 1910 Mecca (T220) Boxing
• 1967 Leaf Star Trek
• 1999 Pokémon Game Basic Holofoil
• 1999 Pokémon Game Basic 1st Ed. Holofoil
• 1999 Pokémon Basic Game
• 1999 Pokémon Basic Game 1st Edition

Which Miscellaneous Sports and Non-Sports 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 wanted to buy a common for my set but the dealer wanted multiple times SMR. The card was priced at more than some of the star cards. What gives?

Answer: Common pricing can be very volatile because of the competition between collectors for high-grade sets. It is entirely normal and expected that a very scarce common will be priced at much higher than some of the stars but keep in mind that the market for scarce commons can change quickly because the market is more thinly traded than the star card sector of the hobby. As PSA graded set collecting becomes increasingly popular, this pricing situation will only continue. In fact, for a more detailed explanation on pricing in general, please see our Note About Sportscard Pricing in the online pricing section.


College football is finally here! It's time for the unparalleled excitement of those magic autumn afternoons. What we want to know, of course, is who is going to win it all?

  1. Miami. The Hurricanes will repeat because they've got the quarterback, the coach and a tradition of winning.
  2. Texas. Hook 'em, Horns! This is Simms's year and Texas will roll.
  3. Oklahoma. Bob Stoops is a football genius and he'll find a way to lead the Sooners all the way.
  4. Tennessee. The Vols can play women's hoops and some other sports pretty darn good. This is one of them!
  5. Somebody else. Oops, we forgot your team! Is it Florida State, Florida, Nebraska, Ohio State, Oregon, UCLA....?

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

Results from last survey: Willie Mays scored a landslide victory, with 60% naming him the Rookie of the Year who turned out to be the greatest player. Click here for a complete breakdown.


PSA's "No Strike" Celebration Special!

  • All 1980 to present Modern Baseball Cards are only $5 per card for 30 business day turnaround. GUARANTEED.
  • No minimum number of cards needed!
  • To download a submission form, click here.
  • Hurry, this offer expires September 15, 2002. Your order must be postmarked by this date.

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    West Coast Sports Collectors Convention
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    September 6 - 8, 2002

    Long Beach Coin & Collectibles Show
    September 25 - 29, 2002
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    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. Autograph Experts, James Spence and Steve Grad will be on-site to offer authentication for previously signed memorabilia. Bonus! PSA/DNA will be offering free on-site authentication with every autograph purchase in the Autograph Pavilion!

    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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