Tips for Building a Heisman Trophy Autograph Collection

“About four years ago, I started my quest to assemble every Heisman winner’s autograph in index card form and to have them authenticated by PSA/DNA.” – Jeff Taladay One of the greatest truths in our hobby is that collections can…

PSA/DNA Ensures Authenticity of Super Bowl LIII Game-Used Items

  The teams are set for Super Bowl LIII (53) and the game is ready to kickoff at 6:30 p.m. (EST) on Sunday, Feb. 3, at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. The defending AFC Champion New England Patriots will line up…

Auction Prices Realized: The Power of PSA Grading

  Last week, a much-anticipated online auction of the 1933 Goudey Baseball set, graded “Current Finest” on the PSA Set Registry, came to a close. Each one of the 240 cards up for bid comprised its own lot with many…

Diamonds in the Junk – 1990 Fleer Football

  For collectors of a certain age there is something oddly comforting about junk wax cards. Far too many were printed, they’re littered with quasi-errors and print issues, and “rare” chase cards are numbered in the thousands. However, they are…

Submissions 101: PSA Card Qualifiers (Part 2)

  Submitting your trading cards for authenticating and grading purposes can sometimes seem overwhelming, especially when the term “card qualifiers” comes into play. In an effort to educate card collectors and help them with the submittal process, we’d like to…

The Collectability of Pokémon Cards

  Pokémon has been around for many years and, with its roots stemming from Japan, it’s enjoyed a successful transition to the West. Since the very beginning, Pokémon has pushed its fans toward collecting with the catchphrase “Gotta Catch ‘Em…

Autographed Cards and the PSA Set Registry

Autographed cards have been steadily growing in popularity in recent years. Once just a child’s novelty, signed trading cards, particularly vintage and key examples, have become a legitimate hobby category that is enjoyed by many high-end collectors. For more than…

PSA Now Uses Red Labels for All Encapsulated Items

  Since the start of the New Year, PSA is now employing a new labeling process for any authenticated, encapsulated submissions. Here’s the official scoop. After 20 years of using blue labels for any items encapsulated through PSA/DNA, PSA’s autograph…

Diamonds in the Junk – 1990 Pro Set Series II Football

  For collectors of a certain age there is something oddly comforting about junk wax cards. Far too many were printed, they’re littered with quasi-errors and print issues, and “rare” chase cards are numbered in the thousands. However, they are…

Screwdown Holders: The Perils of Card Preservation

  A funny thing happened to me on my way to getting some of my coveted cards authenticated and/or graded by PSA. I quickly discovered the perils of using non-recessed screwdown holders. After serving a one-year hitch as PSA’s PR…