Building a Collection on a Budget

  One reason that card collecting is a fantastic hobby is that we alone define the scope of our collections. Another benefit is that a thick billfold is not a prerequisite for building a meaningful and enjoyable collection. Many hobbyists…

Perfect Penmanship: Recognizing Six Quality Autographs

  There have been countless lists compiled surrounding baseball autographs. Many of them have to do with the highest prices realized at auctions, while others focus on the popularity of the players themselves. But what I’d like to do with…

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…

Submissions 101: Terms & Conditions

  To assist collectors with their card grading submissions, PSA continues to produce informative “Submission 101” themed videos. In this episode, PSA PR Specialist Terry Melia and newly appointed PSA President Steve Sloan pinpoint some of the more important points…

PSA Set Registry Starter Kit: Wade Boggs

  In this series, we focus on sets from across sports and non-sports that are easy to build and won’t necessarily break the bank to acquire. Set Registry Starter Kit features sets that can appeal to seasoned hobbyists looking to expand…

Submissions 101: Online vs. Paper

  To encourage more collectors to submit their cards for grading, PSA created its popular “Submissions 101” video series. Several step-by-step tutorials have been produced to assist collectors with their card-grading pursuits. This entry, entitled “Online vs. Paper,” explains the…

The Scrawl That Starts It All

  Baseballs Provide a Perfect Presentation for Autographs One of the best surfaces upon which to obtain an autograph is a baseball. Just buy an official MLB game ball – complete with its machine-stamped, facsimile signature of MLB Commissioner Robert…

Submissions 101: Packaging Guidelines

  To assist collectors with their card grading submissions, PSA has produced a series of “Submissions 101” videos. In this episode, entitled “Packaging Guidelines,” PSA V.P. Steve Sloan and Customer Service rep Carlos De La Torre share some handy packaging…