PSA Insider - May 11, 2004 | Vol. 5 Number 10 


MastroNet's $11.6 Million Sale Crushes Numerous Auction Records
The largest sports and Americana collectibles auction in history was fueled by amazing items new to the hobby. Joe DiMaggio's 1941 hitting streak bat, an unopened 1952 Topps wax pack box, and the most expensive PSA 1 card ever sold (a T206 Wagner) headlined MastroNet's April 21-23 sale. Click here to read on.


Signing Habits and Signature Analysis of Shaquille O'Neal
Shaquille O'Neal needs no introduction. From his early days at LSU, through his four years with the Orlando Magic, to his current superstardom with the LA Lakers, "Shaq" has become a household name. In this article, the PSA/DNA authentication team examines both the playing history and the signing habits of the big man. Click here to read more.

Heritage launches monthly 'Amazing Sports Auctions'!
Every month, Heritage will bring great vintage sportscard, autograph, and memorabilia bargains to collectors worldwide. Nearly 10,000 active bidder-members are already members of our fast-growing web community, and participate in our monthly 'Amazing Sports Auctions'. Don't miss out on the action and log-on today to find out how to be a part of it!


No One Will Match Ruth's Flair, Impact... It's History
It's a commonly-heard question: what current player's autograph will be the "must-have" of the future, like Babe Ruth's is today? According to this Sports Market Report article by noted collector Chuck Kaufman, nobody will ever touch The Babe, but there are certainly some current players who are definite must-haves. Now is also the time to remember the aging Negro Leaguers. Click here to read on.


Jim's E93 - The Number One Current Finest 1910 Standard Caramel (E93) Set
This collection has held the "Best of the Registry" spot for two years running. Jim's set is 100% complete with a 6.00 GPA. An amazing 14 cards in his set are "Pop-Tops" (the finest graded). Click here to enjoy!


PSA Set RegistrySM Luncheon at the National!
Mark your calendars for Friday, July 23rd, 1-3 p.m. for the PSA Set RegistrySM luncheon to be held in Cleveland at the National Card Show. All Set Registrants will be emailed invitations to this special event in coming weeks. We look forward to seeing you there.

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New Set Registry Special! 1960-PRESENT COMMONS, $8 per card - 15 Day Service! 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: How does provenance influence the authentication of autographs?

Answer: It doesn't. This is often one of the most misunderstood aspects of authentication. Provenance can have an impact, sometimes a major one, on the value of an autograph but it does not influence the authentication process. When an expert analyzes an autograph, the autograph must pass on its own merit. Too often, people rely upon "stories," especially ones that cannot be substantiated by a credible, disinterested source. There are legitimate stories but ANYONE can invent a story. Keep this in mind; if an autograph cannot pass authentication on its own merit, then there usually is a problem ahead.




Who is the most popular boxer in the sport today?
  1. Roy Jones Jr.
  2. Oscar De La Hoya
  3. Mike Tyson
  4. Vitali Klitschko
  5. Bernard Hopkins

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

Results from last survey: 59% said that Lebron James is the biggest draw in basketball today. Click here for a complete breakdown.


See PSA at These Upcoming Shows!

West Coast Collectors Convention

Hollywood Park Casino & Convention Center
3883 W. Century Blvd
Inglewood, CA 90303

June 4-6, 2004

Show Info:
For more information on the West Coast Collectors Convention, visit


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


  • Submit any card valued at $2500 or less at $10 per card for 10 day turnaround! This offer is only good at the West Coast Collectors Convention, so bring your cards and visit us at the show.
  • Orders submitted at the PSA Saturday Show on May 1st will be available for pick-up at the West Coast Collectors Convention only!
  • PSA/DNA autograph experts will be available to authenticate your previously signed autographs on-site.

Chicago SportsFest

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

June 25 - 27, 2004


Show Info:
For more information on SportsFest, 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 will be available on site to authenticate your previously signed items.

Public hours:
6/25 - Friday - 10am-8pm
6/26 - Saturday - 10am-6pm
6/27 - Sunday - 10am-4pm


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

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