PSA Insider - Sept. 30, 2003 | Vol. 4 Number 20 


MastroNet Exceeds $9 Million in August Auction; PSA Grades First Gem Mint 10 Clemente Rookie
High-end Sports and Americana items fueled vigorous bidding from collectors of all genres at MastroNet's August auction. Also, after 12 years and nearly 7,000,000 cards, PSA has graded its first Gem Mint 10 Roberto Clemente rookie! Click here to read all about it.


Nomar Garciaparra, A "Hit" Off the Field
In Boston, "Nomar" is as famous a name as "Yaz" or even "The Babe." But Nomar Garciaparra's fame doesn't come solely from his exploits on the field. His charitable organization, the Nomar 5 Fund, and his continued support of charities such as Adopt-A-Classroom, have earned him a special place in Boston and surrounding communities. Click here to read about Nomar's inspiring work.


The Major League Leaders for 2003: The Offensive Champs in Nine Categories
There was no Triple Crown winner, but Albert Pujols came close. Carlos Delgado knocked in 145 runs for Toronto to lead both leagues. Cristian Guzman was the leaders in triples while Juan Pierre stole 66 bases to set the pace in that department. The slugging percentage winner? You won't believe the number! Click here to read more.


Luke's 77 Cloth - The Number One Current Finest 1977 Topps Cloth Stickers Set
One of the coolest things about collecting cards is the wide variety of sets available. Specialty sets, like the 1977 Topps Cloth Stickers, is perfect for someone who likes to veer from the norm. Luke, who is also an avid collector of Pete Rose cards, has assembled a complete set of 77T Cloth Stickers and has a second set in the works. Click here to enjoy his set and some wonderful images he has provided.

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. Click here for details.

The 2003 PSA Set Registry Awards deadline is only 30 days away. Be certain to get your sets updated before October 31st. 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: Does an autograph add authenticity to a game-used bat?

Answer: Great question. Many people believe it does but, in reality, it will not for the most part. Many game-used bats need to be authenticated on their own merit (labeling, shipping records, model numbers, usage, etc.) and an autograph will only add to the authenticity if the autograph pertains to the authenticity. For example, if Harmon Killebrew signs, "This is my gamer" or "Game-used 1965" it will enhance the value and the authenticity but, even in those cases, the bat must be examined by experts. One example that comes to mind is when Mickey Mantle signed a bat "Gamer" when it was merely a store model bat. Mickey simply made a mistake. Maybe Mick was partying the night before? Most vintage bats are signed years later so, again, an autograph is nice and visually appealing but usually will not enhance authenticity at all.




The baseball postseason starts today! What we want to know (what else?) is: Who's going to win it all? Aside from missing Tampa Bay as the Super Bowl winner the readers of the PSA Insider have been absolutely uncanny at picking winners. We've reduced the eight possibilities to five choices.

  1. The Yankees! How can you pick anyone else? The 26-time champs will roll again.
  2. Atlanta! How many times in a row have the Braves made it to postseason? A dozen? This time they've got hitting to go with the pitching.
  3. San Francisco! We've got two words for you: Barry Bonds.
  4. Either the Cubbies or the Marlins! It has only been 95 years since the Cubs won it all, so they may be due (heh heh).
  5. Either the Red Sox, the Athletics or the Twins! Will the "Curse of the Bambino" prevail for the 85th year in a row?

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

Results from last survey: 39% picked the 1998-2000 Yankees as the best baseball team of the past 10 years. Click here for a complete breakdown.


See PSA at These Upcoming Shows!

PSA Saturday

Date: October 4, 2003
Time: 10am - 2pm

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

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


  • $10 per card - Submit your cards at PSA Saturday on October 4th for pick-up at the next PSA Saturday Show, November 1st.

    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.


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:
For more information on the 18th Annual GBSCC Show, visit

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.

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