PSA Insider - July 20, 2004 | Vol. 5 Number 15 


MastroNet Readies to Create More Memorabilia Magic
MastroNet's August auction of high-end collectibles includes Maris's #61 jersey, a 1951 Bowman uncut sheet containing a Mantle rookie card, the Richard Egan collection of turn-of-the-century baseball cards, signed baseballs from Ruth and Gehrig, and a huge variety of other Sports and Americana items. Click here to read all about it.


Josh Gibson - The Black Babe Ruth
There's a player who hit 84 home runs in a season, who compiled a .391 lifetime batting average, and who reportedly blasted balls 500 feet out of the park. So why do so few people know about him? Associate Sports Market Report editor David Laurell looks at the amazing career of Negro League sensation Josh Gibson. Click here to read more.


Collecting Football "Key Card" Sets
Football theme set (AKA "key card" sets) -- including groups like the All-time NFL Rushers, Super Bowl MVPs, and 1980s Team of the Decade -- can be extremely rewarding to collect. In this article, longtime football card collector Joe Tocco offers up a number of reasons showing that key card set collecting is easy, fun, and can be done. Click here to read on.


skittles - The Number One Current Finest 1954 Bowman Football Set
Last year's "Best of the Registry" award winner, "skittles" is bound to receive the 2004 award. Sitting with a GPA of 8.83, this high grade set has no card graded less than PSA 8 and also has Bobby Layne and Steve Meilinger in PSA 10. Just think about it, these cards are 50 years old! This is an exceptional set and the owner has treated us with images for every card. Click here to enjoy!


PSA Set RegistrySM Luncheon at the National!
We are hosting over 100 Set Registry members and invited guests at the PSA Set RegistrySM luncheon this Friday, July 23rd. We look forward to seeing everyone in Cleveland at the National!



New Set Registry Special! $12 per card/5 business days - cards valued up tp $500. No Minimum. (Excludes Super Sized cards.) 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 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: What is the definition of a Rookie Card?

Answer: While there is no universal definition of a rookie card, the general understanding is that a rookie card is the first mainstream card offered of a particular player. There are debates about cards like the Update and Traded issues of the 1980s-present. For example, is the rookie card of Barry Bonds his 1987 Fleer, 1986 Topps Traded, 1986 Fleer Update or 1986 Donruss Rookies card? Currently, all of these cards are treated as such with the 1987 Fleer card enjoying the most widespread demand. The best thing to do is to ask questions to see what the hobby accepts -- in the end, that's all that matters because the collectors dictate demand.




Which team will perform better next year?

  1. Shaq and the Heat by a landslide
  2. Shaq and the Heat by a narrow margin
  3. Kobe and the Lakers by a landslide
  4. Kobe and the Lakers by a narrow margin
  5. The Heat and the Lakers will perform about even

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

Results from last survey: 28% said that Vladimir Guerrero deserves recognition as the best MLB player in the first half of the season. Click here for a complete breakdown.


See PSA at These Upcoming Shows!

The National 25th Annual Sports Collectors Convention

International Exposition Center
6200 Riverside Dr.
Cleveland, OH 44135

July 22 - July 25, 2004


Show Info:
For more information on The National, visit

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

PSA will be offering on-site grading Thursday through Sunday. Last day for same day service is Sunday 12:00pm.

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

Public hours:
7/22 - Thursday 10am - 6pm
7/23 - Friday 10am - 6pm
7/24 - Saturday 10am - 6pm
7/25 - Sunday 8am - 4pm


88th Philadelphia Sports Card and Memorabilia Show

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

September 3 - 5, 2004


Show Info:
For more information on the 88th 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 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:
9/3 - Friday 5pm - 9pm
9/4 - Saturday 9am - 5pm
9/5 - Sunday 9am - 4pm

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