PSA Insider - Oct. 26, 2004 | Vol. 5 Number 22 


Spectacular 1963 Mickey Mantle Jersey Highlights Inaugural Heritage Sports Collectibles Signature Auction
HSC's Signature Sports auction was held September 10th and 11th in Long Beach, California, realizing $1,950,000 with over 660 lots sold. Highlights included a 1933 Goudey uncut sheet, game used items from Home Run Baker and Ted Williams, Sandy Koufax's 1957 road jersey, Joe Frazier's fight gloves used during "The Thrilla in Manila," and more. Click here for more details.


Autograph Analysis and Signing Habits of Hall of Fame Second Baseman John Joseph ''The Crab'' Evers
Johnny Evers was given the nickname "The Crab" because of his crouched play posture, but the name stuck because of his crusty disposition and fiery temper. Though difficult to get along with, Evers has been immortalized in the Hall of Fame and through his involvement in the famous double play combination with Joe Tinker and Frank Chance. Autograph expert James Spence, Jr. reviews the career and signature habits of the middle member of the famous trio. Click here to read more.


Auction in Progress -- Bid Now!


The 500 Home Run Club: Collecting Single Signed Baseballs from Baseball's Most Popular Club
Collectors wishing to assemble a desirable set of single-signed baseballs need look no further than the 500 Home Run Club. Here's a set that represents some of the greatest and most important players in baseball, one that revolves around the game's most dramatic moment, and is feasible to complete. This article examines the 500 Home Run Club in detail, revealing what it will take to complete the set. Click here to read on.


Cryer64 - The Number One Current Finest 1964 Topps Baseball Set
There's a lot of activity in the 1964 Topps baseball set with 57 sets registered, but the owner of the Cryer64 set has managed to climb to the top and now claims that number one spot. With a set rating of 8.59, it seems unlikely that any of the other 56 sets can catch Cryer64 before the 2004 Set Registry Awards deadline. Are we too early to say congratulations? We don't think so! Click here to view this great set.

New PSA Set RegistrySM Software Update!
Since the launch of the new software earlier this month, we have introduced a few more features.
9Q = -2
8Q = -2
7Q = -2
6Q = -2
5Q = -2
4Q = -2
3Q = -1
2Q = -1
1Q = no deduction
Qualifiers are also taken into account in the populations associated with each card.
  • You can now add cards to multiple sets such as your basic and master. Note that both sets must be established in order for you to do this. After adding a certification number to the first set and selecting the second set you would like the cert added to, be certain to validate both sets. This function just went live this week, so please contact us should you experience any problems.
  • The new deductions for qualifiers are as follows:
  • Cards which have been authenticated, but have no grade are now accepted into the Registry with zero points. These cards do count towards your completion factor.
  • To view a list of all the certification numbers you currently have registered, go to the link called "Cert Search" on the Registry/Edit Set page.

Important Notice Regarding Missing Spec Numbers
If you attempt to add a card and you receive a message that states that the card does not have a spec number in the set, this does not necessarily mean that the card is not in the PSA database. In most cases, the card is in the database, but the identification number (spec number) is not in the Registry. The spec number is the way in which the program identifies that the card is correct for the set and allows for automatic validations. When this message occurs, simply email [email protected] with the name of the set and the certification number and the Registry staff will add the spec number to the set. You will be notified when you can add the card to your set. There will be a high occurrence of missing spec numbers in player sets, HOF sets, modern sets. In most cases, this is because there are many cards in these sets which have never been registered.

2004 Set Registry Awards Deadline is Sunday, October 31!
  • Any new sets or edits to existing sets must be validated before 10:00 pm EST (7:00 pm PST) on October 31st.
  • In order to qualify you must own and have possession of the cards you are listing in your sets.
  • Occasionally, you may find a card is still being listed in another member's set, may not be in the PSA database, or may be missing a spec number in the Registry. Therefore, it is imperative that you plan ahead. If you are unable to add a card and you receive an error message, please email [email protected] PRIOR to the deadline. WE MUST RECEIVE YOUR EMAIL BY 10 PM EST (7 PM PST) IN ORDER FOR THE CARD TO QUALIFY. DO NOT send your email to [email protected] or to an individual.
  • To review the list of award categories, click here.
  • Judging by PSA experts will take place the first week in November and the winners will be announced in mid-November.

Set Registry Special Ending October 31st!
$10 for any Super Bowl ticket (normally $15-$50) with no minimum. Click here for details.

We have once again begun loading new set requests and will notify you when your set composition is online. Please note that any request we received after August 31st for card additions to player sets which are already online will not be added to the player sets until after the awards deadline on October 31st. Should you have any questions, please email [email protected]. Visit the Set Registry News page and learn which set composites have been recently added to the Registry and other Set Registry news. The following are new set composites added to the Registry:

To see what sets have been requested, visit the Set Request List. If your set is not listed, send us your request using the Set Request Form.

Fun, informative, and sometimes controversial, the PSA Set RegistrySM 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 RegistrySM is a work in progress and we invite your comments and ideas. Send your suggestions to [email protected].


Question: I have noticed that certain regional or test issues do not sell for the normal premiums associated with super high-grade cards. What gives?

Answer: Good question. Let's take the 1969 Topps Super issue. While this great test issue is certainly scarce compared to any regular Topps issue, the design of the card (due to the rounded corners) ensures that more high-grade examples exist. So, are they tough to find? Yes... but, when you find them, they tend to be in PSA NM-MT 8 or better shape in many cases. That is why the premiums do not exist for cards of this nature. They are harder to locate overall but easier to locate in higher grades once you do find them.




What football issue is the most eye-appealing?

  1. 1935 National Chicle
  2. 1952 Bowman Large
  3. 1955 Topps All-American
  4. 1957 Topps
  5. 1965 Topps Tall Boys

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

Results from last survey: 56% thought the Yankees would win the ALCS in five games or more. Click here for a complete breakdown.


See PSA at These Upcoming Shows!

29th Annual Chicago Sun-Times Sports Collectors Convention

Donald E. Stephens Conv. Ctr.
5555 N River Rd.
Rosemont, IL 60018

November 19 - 21, 2004

Show Info:
For more information on the Chicago Sun-Times Show, visit

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

PSA will be offering on-site grading at the following prices: $25 per card for the same or next day service $35 per card for two-hour service. This service will be offered starting Friday. The last day for same day service is Sunday 12:00pm.

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

PSA/DNA autograph experts will be available to authenticate your previously signed autographs on-site.

Public hours:
11/19 - Friday 5pm-9:30pm
11/20 - Saturday 9:30am-5pm
11/21 - Sunday 9:30am-4pm


89th Philadelphia Sports Card and Memorabilia show

Fort Washington Expo Ctr.
1100 Virginia Drive
Fort Washington, PA 19034

December 3 - 5, 2004

Show Info:
For more information on the 89th Philly Show, visit

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

89th Philly Show Special $10/10 Day:

  • Collectors Club Members can take advantage of this weekend Special - $10 per card - 10 business day turnaround (plus return shipping)

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

PSA/DNA autograph experts will be available to authenticate your previously signed autographs on-site.

Public hours:
12/03 - Friday - 5pm-9pm
12/04 - Saturday - 9am-5pm
12/05 - Sunday - 9am-4pm

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