PSA Insider - May 11, 2005 | Vol. 6 Number 10 


PSA/DNA Begins Grading of Bats; 1920 Babe Ruth Bat Is First Certified
The PSA/DNA division of Professional Sports Authenticator, the world's largest sports memorabilia certification service, now is certifying the grade as well as authenticity of game-used baseball bats. Click here for more details.

Mile High Card Company Presents an Astounding Selection of High Grade Cards and Complete Sets in May 25th Auction
The Mile High Card Company sale features an astounding 719 lots of meticulously selected cards as well as extremely high end memorabilia that should provide something for every collector. Click here to read more about it.

Card and Memorabilia Records Shattered at Robert Edward Auctions
The final auction results redefined the values of baseball cards and memorabilia, as a Fashion Course Trophy Ball sold for a record $498,000, a 1914 Babe Ruth rookie card in PSA VG-EX 4 realized $243,600, and a 1910 Joe Jackson Old Mill Tobacco card, sold for $92,000. Click here for more.

Memory Lane, Inc.'s Spring Auction Produces Record Breaking Numbers!
Memory Lane, Inc. enjoyed a high volume of bidding action in its April 28th auction, resulting in some record prices. The auction ended up producing over $700,000 in prices realized! Click here to read on.


Small Wonders: A Look at the 1952 Bowman Small Football Set
In 1952, Bowman put out a set of small football cards -- the dominant size at the time -- and soon began losing sales to Topps's new full-sized card set. So Bowman reissued the set in full size, making the small set one of the more valuable and desirable football sets ever produced. In this article, Jim Churilla takes a long look at this small set that packs a big punch. Click here to read all about it.

Memory Lane Inc.'s Auctions are bringing out the Values!
Check out this card value achieved in Memory Lane's April 28th Auction:
A 1934 Goudey #47 John Frederick in PSA 9 MINT has SMR value of $1250.
In Memory Lane's Auction, after the buyer's premium, this card sold for a whopping $21,648!
That's 1700% above book! No wonder consignors with high grade cards are flocking to
Memory Lane Inc. They produce high values.
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The Boys from Bean Town
Their roots can be traced to a late nineteenth-century minor league team in Toledo, Ohio. They moved to Massachusetts in 1901, won the World Series in 1903, and underwent a name change in 1911. They sold Babe Ruth to the Yankees in 1920, and ended up regretting it for the next 80-plus years. They are, of course, the Boston Red Sox. In this Sports Market Report article, David Laurell examines the history and the great players of this storied team. Click here to read on.


James67 - The Number One Current Finest 1967-68 Topps Hockey Set
James has been a "Best of the Registry" winner for 2002, 2003 and 2004. Although there is a lot of activity by other members in this set, James still holds a substantial lead with his 8.61 GPA. An amazing 80% of the cards in this set are "Top Pops" and 18 cards are the finest graded. Congratulations! Click here to enjoy.

New Auto-Email for Missing Specs
Last week we added a new feature which sends an automatic email to the Set Registry customer service when you attempt to add a card that does not yet have a spec number in the Registry. As a reminder, spec numbers are PSA's internal numbering system and are how the Registry recognizes valid cards for the sets. The automatic email informs us that a spec number needs to be added to a set. Effective immediately, you no longer need to email us with your cert# and set name. After one business day, you will be able to add your cards.

24 Hour Wait After Grades are Posted
It has come to our attention that many of you attempt to add new cards to your sets immediately after your grades have been posted online. There is a lag time between the posting online and the time the PSA database is updated with your certification numbers. If you attempt to add cards before your certification numbers have been updated in the database, you will get an error message. Therefore, please allow 24 hours after your grades are posted before attempting to add new cards to your sets.

New Online Form for Player Set Card Requests
There is now a form online that will allow you to send us a list of cards you would like added to basic and/or master sets. All it requires is the cert# of the card and your email address. The form is located on the Set Requests page. If you are active in the players sets, you should bookmark this page:
This form saves you time because all you need do is type in your cert# and email address. It saves the Set Registry customer service team time because we will be able to quickly add the cards to the sets directly from the form. Please note that effectively immediately we will only accept card requests to the player sets that are submitted through this form. Email requests will no longer be accepted. Also, your email address is required on the form in case we have any questions. We are still running weeks behind on requests for new cards to player sets, but hopefully, we will soon be able to decrease the wait time. Thanks for your patience and cooperation!

New Set Registry Special!
1972-1992 $5 per card. No minimum. No guaranteed turnaround. (Excludes Super Sized and Autographed cards.) Click here for details.

Change in Free Grading Policy
We will no longer be issuing free grading codes by email. Should you qualify for free grading, email your name, address and phone number to [email protected] and you will be mailed a submission form to be used exclusively for your free gradings. For more information, click on the BENEFITS link which is at the top of every web page in the Set Registry.

Set Registry Luncheon Planned in July
This year's PSA Set RegistrySM luncheon will be held on Friday, July 29, 2005 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois, during the National Sports Collectible Show. Formal invitations to this event will be emailed to all Set Registry members at the end of May. We look forward to seeing old friends and new members this July.

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 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.

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: In the PSA Population Report, why is it that many modern cards have an overwhelming number of 8's, 9's and 10's compared to lower grades?

Answer: Generally speaking, most modern card collectors submit higher end cards for grading which, in turn, causes the Pop Report to appear lopsided. Most modern card submitters are shooting for grades at the PSA NM-MT 8 level or better since the market for modern cards is heavily weighted towards pristine material.




Which of the following pro athletes (both active or retired) is/was the most underrated?

  1. Tim Duncan - NBA
  2. Eddie Murray - MLB
  3. Frank Robinson - MLB
  4. Steve Largent - NFL
  5. Dan Fouts - NFL

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

Results from last survey: 52% picked George Washington's autograph as the autograph that they would most like to own, value aside. Click here for a complete breakdown.


See PSA at These Upcoming Shows!

West Coast Collectors Convention

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

June 3-5, 2005

Show Info:
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West Coast Collectors Convention

  • 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:
Friday, 6/3/05: 2pm - 8pm
Saturday, 6/4/05: 10am - 6pm
Sunday, 6/5/05: 10am - 4pm


Chicago SportsFest

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

June 24-26, 2004

Show Info:
For more information on SportsFest visit

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Chicago SportsFest

  • 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:
Friday, 6/24/05: 10am - 8pm
Saturday, 6/25/05: 10am - 6pm
Sunday, 6/26/05: 10am - 4pm

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