PSA’s ‘Race to 100,000′ Set Registry Sweepstakes have wrapped up, with a baseball card collector from St. Paul winning a PSA 8 1915 Cracker Jack card of Christy Mathewson valued at $12,000.
The number of sets on the PSA Set Registry is approaching some impressive milestones. As the number nears 100,000 (now at 85,000), PSA will be offering a series of giveaways, with the top prize being a 1915 Cracker Jack Christy Mathewson PSA 8, valued at $12,000.
For those who have watched ‘Pawn stars’ on the History channel, you know they have various experts come on the show to help identify, authenticate and provide value to items. The latest expert to join the ranks is PSA/DNA’s Steve Grad.
PSA/DNA sees hundreds of signed items on a daily basis, so they know what counterfeiters and the unaware are trying to pass into the marketplace. The company has released the Top 5 sports and celebrity signatures who are most likely to end up in the “not good” category.
It’s like those commercials when the customer at the grocery store is the 1 Millionth Customer. Well, PSA just hit 20 million certified submissions, and the lucky collector who submitted that piece was awarded with a Bryce Harper autographed ball.
Adding to an already amazing website that features free information on sports collectibles (facts, images, values and more), PSA has announced a new feature – AutographFacts – that is now live.
The “Black Swamp Find” of 1910 E98 baseball cards is major news, and the cards will be on display at the upcoming National Convention. In addition, Heritage Auction will be giving away reprinted cards based on the set during the show’s four-day run.
Once again, PSA/DNA is going to use a special “tagging” system to mark the footballs used in the Super Bowl, along with the end zone pylon and even the coin used for he coin toss. No word on the coach’s red flags used for reviews…
When it comes to sports, autographs and values, everyone wants to know what they have and how rare it is. That just got a lot easier (and cheaper) with PSA’s announcement that its Population Report and Online Price Guide are now free.
PSA/DNA is now using an embedded hologram in its letters of authenticity (LOA). A second watermark is also being added to the LOA.