PSA Insider - Oct. 15, 2003 | Vol. 4 Number 21 


Stars of the Diamond: A Collector's View of His Prized Diamond Stars
Lacking Gehrig and Ruth, and cut short when its publisher went out of business, the National Chicle Diamond Stars set of the 1930s is sometimes overlooked by collectors. However, there's at least one set builder who has found a lot to love about these cards. Paul Gould, who currently holds the 3rd all-time finest Diamond Stars set in the PSA Set Registry, talks about this pre-war issue. Click here to read more.


Autograph Analysis and Signing Habits of Hall of Fame Shortstop David James Bancroft
David Bancroft, or "Banny" as he was called, was a natural shortstop, respectable hitter and capable team captain and manager. He helped lead the New York Giants to three straight National League Championship victories, and was an obliging signer both in person and through the mail. Autograph expert James Spence Jr. examines the playing history and signing characteristics of this Hall of Famer. Click here to read on.


Leading the Pack: The Top Pitchers for 2003
Which pitcher won more games than any other in 2003? If you don't know the ERA leader then you haven't been paying attention! The pacesetter in strikeouts wasn't Randy or Curt, but a Cubbie. Three pitchers tied for the most complete games and three different pitchers tied for the most shutouts. Click here to read more.


Jean-Luc Picard's Collection of Non-Sports Cards
In this issue of the PSA Insider, we are not spotlighting one set, but giving a nod to Jean Luc Picard's collection of non-sports cards. Just scroll through the Miscellaneous Sets section of the Set Registry and you'll see what we mean. From his 1950 Bowman Wild Man set to his 1969 Topps Man on the Moon set, this collector has assembled a wonderful collection of vintage cards. And, he's not done yet. He is continuing to add sets to the Registry. Congratulations on this fine achievement.

Set Registry Grading Special! If you are collecting 1950s baseball cards, you can submit your commons for $6 a card with a 25-card minimum. Hurry! This offer expires in two weeks. Click here for details.

The 2003 PSA Set Registry Awards deadline is October 31st. Be certain to get your sets updated prior to the deadline. 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. Note: The request list at the present time is quite long. If you intend to list a set for consideration in this year's awards and your set composite is not in the Registry, please submit your request by October 15th to insure that the composite is added with plenty of time for you to enter your set. We cannot guarantee that requests submitted after October 15th will be added prior to the awards deadline.

New composites recently added include:

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: On Non-Sports cards, how do you tell the difference between a "star" and a "common" for PSA submission purposes?

Answer: Good question. For the most part, vintage non-sports cards can be submitted in bulk (100 cards or more) at the $7 level, but some non-sports cards are valued higher than the average cards in the set due to rarity, placement or content. For example, a #1 card in a tough set would have to be submitted under the "star" service (economy - $10 or higher) depending on declared value. The good news is that most non-sports cards are eligible for the common rate.




It has been a great baseball season and there's still some major excitement left, with the decisive games of the playoffs and the World Series still on the agenda. As wonderful as it was (and is), there were still a few sour notes in the 2003 season. What, in your opinion, was the WORST part of this up and down year?

  1. The Sammy Sosa/corked bat controversy! Enough said.
  2. The Red Sox/Yankees melee in Game Three of the playoffs!
  3. Yankees owner George Steinbrenner's acting in the VISA commercials! Don't quit your day job, George.
  4. The announcers for FOX Sports during the playoffs! Even the usually reliable Tim McCarver was off the mark this year.
  5. The Detroit Tigers!

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

Results from last survey: 47% predicted that either the Red Sox, the Athletics or the Twins would win the World Series this year. At the time of this writing, one of those teams still has a chance! Click here for a complete breakdown.


See PSA at These Upcoming Shows!

The 18th Annual GBSCC Sports Card & Memorabilia Show

Shriner's Auditorium
Exit 39 off Rt. 93
Wilmington, MA

October 31 - November 2, 2003

Show Info:
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For more information about PSA services, call PSA Customer Service at (800) 325-1121 or visit

PSA Special $10/10 Day Show Service offer:

  • $10 per card - 10 business day turnaround

PSA representatives will be available to answer all questions and accept submissions for all levels of service through Sunday.

PSA/DNA autograph experts, James Spence and Steve Grad, will be available to authenticate your previously signed autographs on-site.


PSA Saturday

Date: November 1, 2003
Time: 10am - 2pm

Collectors Universe
1921 E. Alton Ave.
Santa Ana, CA 92705

Show Info:
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  • $10 per card - Submit your cards at PSA Saturday on November 1st for pick-up at the next PSA Saturday Show, December 6th.

    You may also have your cards mailed to you. Return shipping fees will apply. Please refer to the shipping chart located on the reverse side of all PSA invoices.

Admission is free! PSA representatives are available to answer questions and accept submissions for all levels of service.

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