PSA and the Hobby Explosion, From 2015 to Present 

  It’s been a rapid ascent at times, and a slow and steady climb at others. But there’s no denying the outcome; we are currently experiencing a hobby explosion, and PSA is seeing a record number of submissions as a result.   But…

20 Ways to Collect While Stuck at Home

In this new, limited blog series, “20 Ways to Collect While Stuck at Home,” we offer ideas for enjoying your collection at times when a standard hobby experience is not possible. Illness, financial constraints, or any number of factors might temporarily keep collectors from…

The Rise and Shine of Pokémon

  Special thanks goes to the late Daniel Chuong who provided key contributions to this entry. Just when you thought you caught them all, a new challenge to complete your Pokédex arises. Shiny Pokémon were first introduced in the Generation…

Just What Does the HOF Mean for Rookie Cards?

  How many times have you been considering a card purchase when the dealer said something to the effect of, “It’ll go up once he gets into the hall of fame.” It happened to me pretty frequently when I was…

At Long Last, Johnny Robinson is a Hall of Famer

  The hobby’s greatest annual spectacle was held last week when dealers and collectors alike descended upon Chicago for the National Sports Collectors Convention. I attended the 2017 and 2018 Nationals as a member of the PSA staff and had…

The Collectability of Pokémon Cards

  Note: This entry was updated on January 7, 2020. 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…

New Year’s Resolutions and Hobby Goals for 2019

  It is the time of year that many of us review the past 12 months and recognize the changes that we want to make moving forward. Our collecting lives are no different and so I have made a series…

TJ Kaye: PSA’s Rings, Trophies and Awards Authenticator

  His name is TJ Kaye. His job is identifying, authenticating and certifying championship rings, trophies and awards for PSA and PSA/DNA. He’s been working for the industry’s top authentication and grading company for nearly 14 years although he’s been…

Diamonds in the Junk – 1990 Fleer Basketball

  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…