The Meteoric Rise of Shohei Ohtani

Beware of the Hype, Card Collectors Highly touted rookie prospects come and go every season. In the world of Major League Baseball, this is called hype and living up to it. For many, their moment in the hobby spotlight burns…

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,…

PSA Presents the ‘PSA VG3 Show’ – Episode 1

  With today marking Major League Baseball’s 2018 Opening Day, the hard-working team at PSA is happy to present the company’s inaugural edition of the “PSA VG3 Show,” three “very good” minutes of authentic hobby talk. Watch as Show Host…

Signature Preservation: Before, During and After

Here are some keys to obtaining autographs and keeping them in good condition Having been around this hobby for the past three decades, I’ve noticed a few things when it comes to signature preservation. The preparation and hunt in getting…

PSA Reaches Historic Milestone: 30 Million

  Thirty million. Just the sound of that number makes you sit up and take notice. As of this week, the figure now has new meaning as Professional Sports Authenticator (PSA) has certified more than 30 million different trading cards,…

The Evolution of Mickey Mantle’s Signature

  To this day, the name Mickey Mantle conjures up images of baseball’s Golden Age. A switch-hitter that could crush the ball from both sides of the plate, “The Mick” was, and is, a symbol of America’s favorite pastime. And…

The ‘Lucky 7 Find’ Legacy Turns into an Elite 8

  Akin to finding a needle in a haystack, the same family from the rural south who in 2016 discovered a cache of seven rare T206 Ty Cobb baseball cards has found an eighth. That’s right, PSA is pleased to…

Learning Curve: Landing My First Autograph

  It may sound trivial, but good manners really do go a long way. Over more than 25 years of collecting players’ autographs, I’ve found that the honest approach remains the best. And by that, I mean, ask for an…

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…