Collecting Autographs Through the Mail

  There are many ways for hobbyists to add to their autograph collections. Participating in private signings, attending personal appearances, visiting hotels where celebrities are staying and purchasing PSA-authenticated signatures from hobby dealers are all legitimate ways to build a…

Building Themed Collections

  There are infinite ways to build an autograph collection, but in my experience the hobbyists who have themes and goals seem to derive greater enjoyment out of their hobby than those who collect without guidelines. That is not to…

PSA Set Registry Starter Kit: Wade Boggs

  Collecting 35-year-old baseball cards might seem like a daunting task, but it’s not. And you know it. There are plenty of ways to find the cards, whether you’re looking on eBay, visiting hobby shops or perusing dealer tables at…

When Is the Right Time to Sell?

Dumping One’s Collection Can Be Emotionally Draining I’ve asked myself this question a hundred times over the past 10 years: When is the right time to sell? As a sports memorabilia collector for the past 30 years, I’ve acquired my…

Making the (PSA) Grade – Part 2

Defining PSA card grading differences between VG-EX 4 to PR 1 Last month, we defined PSA card grading from EX 5 (Excellent) all the way up to GEM-MT 10 (Gem Mint). The higher the grade, the better condition the card,…

Making the (PSA) Grade – Part 1

How do you tell the difference between Gem Mint, Near Mint-Mint and Excellent-Mint? When it comes to defining the do’s and don’ts of managing your collection, one of the first rules of thumb is to preserve your cards. Because if…