PSA Insider - Mar. 3, 2004 | Vol. 5 Number 5 


Do You Have the Balls?
The single-signed baseballs, that is. If you've got 'em, PSA will soon grade them. In this article, PSA President Joe Orlando explains why PSA is launching this service and what makes it so exciting. Click here to read more.


Mr. Tiger Towed the Line
Measuring Al Kaline's greatness isn't easy. Injuries dogged his career and kept a few of his seasons from being as stellar as they might have been. Nevertheless, there's no disputing that "The Line" was one of the best. In this article, David Laurell explores the career and the cards of this Detroit Tiger institution. Click here to read on.


A Philly for Your Thoughts: The 1964 Philadelphia Football Set
Looking for a mid-sized, affordable vintage football set to collect? The 1964 Philadelphia set features great stars, top rookies and sharp player photos, making it an excellent choice. Take a look! Click here to read all about it.


TR's - The Number One Current Finest 1971-72 Topps Basketball Set
TR had been working on this set for some time, but suddenly, he's completed it and jumped into the number one spot with a GPA of 8.02. This tops the Museum of Sports History's set which had received the "Best of the Registry" award for two years running. This popular set has 26 other collectors actively competing for glory, but so far, TR is the first to reach 100% completion. Congratulations! Click here to view.


New Set Registry Special! 5-day turnaround/$10 a card! 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:

Fun, informative, and sometimes controversial, the PSA Set RegistryTM 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: How important are numbers on knobs when looking at game-used bats?

Answer: Great question: It depends on the player and the era. There are many cases where a number on a knob adds value to a bat, especially when the number is unique in some way. For example, Ted Williams game-used bats will sometimes exhibit a black painted "9" on the knob -- it had a very unique look. This type of characteristic can place the bat into the hands of the player and add some real value. Other times, numbers are not as important. For example, Mickey Mantle was very inconsistent with applying his number to the knobs of his bats -- even Willie Mays was inconsistent with this. Early on, Mays bats are rarely seen with a number but his bats from later in his career tend to have "24" on the knob. There's a lot of research that needs to be done but the research is worth it -- become familiar with player characteristics.




Who is the best catcher of all-time?

  1. Johnny Bench
  2. Roy Campanella
  3. Yogi Berra
  4. Carlton Fisk
  5. Ivan Rodriguez

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

Results from last survey: No contest! 86% said that in 10 years, Babe Ruth will still be looked upon as the greatest acquisition in Yankee history. Click here for a complete breakdown.


See PSA at These Upcoming Shows!

86th Philadelphia Sports Card and Memorabilia Show

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

March 5 - 7, 2004

Show Info:
For more information on the 86th Philly Show, visit


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

PSA representatives will be available to answer all 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.


  • $10 per card 10 day turnaround time.

PSA Saturday

Date: March 6, 2004
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 valued at $2500.00 or less at PSA Saturday on March 6 for pick-up at the next PSA Saturday, April 3rd.

    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.


28th Annual Chicago Sun Times Sports Collectors Convention

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

March 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 Friday through Sunday. Last day for same day service is Sunday 12:00pm

PSA/DNA will be available on site to authenticate your previously signed items.

Public hours:
3/19 - Friday - 5pm - 9:30pm
3/20 - Saturday - 9:30am - 5pm
3/21 - Sunday - 9:30am - 4pm

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