PSA Insider - Oct. 15, 2002 | Vol. 3 Number 23 


My Terms of Affection with the October Classic
With the World Series starting this week, we felt it appropriate to bring you this Sports Market Report feature about one man's love affair with the October Classic. Fans everywhere will be able relate to David Laurell's up-and-down, emotional relationship with America's pastime, fond memories of growing up with the game, and dreamy-eyed recollections of four special World Series years.


Those Towering Tall Boys
What's the most eye-appealing football set? Not an easy choice, and you'll get different answers depending on which collector you ask, but one set that's definitely in the running is 1965 Topps Football. These huge 2.5" x 5" beauties really stand out -- and not only because of their size. Bold colors, nice designs and collecting considerations like short prints and star cards have given these Tall Boys a towering popularity.


The Art of Ron Lewis
Knee injuries have cut short the careers of many a promising athlete. It's usually a tragic thing, but in the case of 500 Home Run Club painter Ron Lewis, a knee injury may have been the best thing that could have happened to him. This mishap forced the promising high school athlete to pursue a different course -- art -- and the sports collectibles world received perhaps its most talented and recognizable artist as a result.


The Dominick Terranova Collection - The Number One 1960-61 Parkhurst Hockey Set
This 100% complete 1960-61 Parkhurst Set has no card graded less than a PSA 8. Twenty-four of the cards, including many stars, are graded PSA 9. Frank Mahovich #2, Gordie Howe #20, and Jacques Plante #53 are PSA 9. Congratulations to Dominick Terranova for building a great little set. Click here to view.

THE RACE IS ON. The deadline for the Annual PSA Set Registry Awards is October 31st. New sets and updates are on the rise as registrants compete for that number one spot. To view sets added or updated in the last five days, click here. Which Vintage and Modern Hockey sets are the current leaders for the first annual PSA Set Registry Awards? Click here to find out.

Congratulations to the owner of Michael Disfarmer's 1994 Clemente Fan Fest set who registered the 3,000th set in the Set Registry and is the recipient of 5 free gradings. Thanks to everyone who is participating in the Set Registry program to make it the success it is.

GRADING SPECIAL! Take advantage of the Set Registry Grading Special for Non-Sportscards which expires November 30, 2002. Just $5 a card, with a 25 card minimum! 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 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: I want to buy a Barry Bonds rookie card but I am not sure which one to buy. Do you have any advice?

Answer: Barry Bonds has several good early cards, namely the 86 Donruss Rookies, Fleer Update, Topps Traded, Topps Traded Tiffany, 87 Fleer and 87 Fleer Glossy versions. Most collectors feel that the 87 Fleer (regular issue) is his best early card, at least the most popular. While the Glossy version is more limited, they are easier to find in high-grade than the regular version. The 86 Bonds cards are all tough in Gem Mint 10 but not quite as mainstream as the 87 Fleer. It's always best to stick with the most popular choice.


Simple question, simple answer: who is going to win the World Series this year, the Anaheim Angels or the San Francisco Giants?

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

Results from last survey: Peering far into the future, 47% rejected our choices (San Diego, New England, Green Bay, and Oakland) to say that someone else will win the Super Bowl this year. Click here for a complete breakdown.


See PSA at These Fall Shows!

Tri-Star Collectors Show
Overland Park International Trade Center
Overland Park, KS
October 18 - 20, 2002

Greater Boston Sports Collectors Club
Shriners Auditorium
Wilmington, MA
November 1 - 3, 2002

Chicago Sun Times
Rosemont Convention Center
Rosemont, IL
November 22 - 24, 2002

Tri-Star and Greater Boston Shows: PSA will be accepting cards for all PSA grading levels at the show. Cards submitted will be graded at PSA and returned via mail.

Bonus at the Greater Boston and Chicago Sun Times Shows only! Autograph Experts, James Spence and Steve Grad will be on-site to offer authentication for previously signed memorabilia.

For more information about the Tri-Star show, go to and click on "Upcoming Shows," or click here.

For more information about the Greater Boston show, call (781) 944-1185.

Chicago Sun Times Show: PSA will be grading on-site at the show:
   • Guaranteed Same-Day Service: $50 per card.
   • Standard Show Service (same or next day at show) -- $35 per card.
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