First Day Cover: Baseball’s Remarkable Delivery

  A very special baseball-related item was up for auction last week. It’s a piece that boasts the signatures of 11 members of Major League Baseball’s inaugural Hall of Fame class, in addition to the autograph of MLB’s very first…

Set Registry Starter Kit: Brett Favre

  In this new column entitled Set Registry Starter Kit, we focus on sets from across sports and non-sports that are easy to build and won’t necessarily break the bank to acquire. Here we will feature sets that can appeal…

12 Days of Collecting Giveaway

  You may have already heard the big news: PSA just revamped its Set Registry and launched a new Achievement Program, an update that sees collectors earn rewards and unlock medals the more they interact with the Set Registry, much…

1963 Fleer Football – A Classic AFL Card Set!

For the past 20 years, I have been studying the American Football League with more than your average intensity. The story of the league’s inception, its struggle for legitimacy, the 1965 All-Star Boycott and the myriad of fascinating individuals that…

Inscriptions Can Turn Autographed Cards into Historical Markers

  There was a time in our hobby when inscriptions on autographs were much different than they are now. First of all, they were not represented by an additional charge at autograph signings. Second, they typically came in the form…

PSA’s Kevin Keating Appears on Episode of ‘American Pickers’

  Kevin Keating is PSA’s principal autograph authenticator. He evaluates and inspects thousands of autographs every year on behalf of PSA and routinely offers his services on the road. Recently, Keating was invited to appear on an episode of “American…

Autograph Collecting 101

  When it comes to acquiring athletes’ signatures, there are plenty of ways to go about the pursuit. After several decades of collecting autographs, I’ve discovered that honesty and politeness can go a long way. By honesty, I mean ask…

Gridiron Glory: The Lost Art of Signing

  Throughout 30 years of covering, researching and writing about this great hobby, I’ve discovered one indisputable truth. The level of penmanship practiced by professional athletes has waned considerably. Is the habit of signing one’s name a lost art? Maybe…

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…