When did you first see a PSA slabbed sport card?

electrodeelectrode Posts: 121 ✭✭
edited September 6, 2018 7:29PM in PSA Set Registry Forum

I remember a seller at the Toronto's Hockey Card And Memorabilia Expo in the early nineties a dealer from the area named Harvey Goldfarb showed us some PSA graded cards they were so few that they were in a shoe box and it was a jaw dropping moment!

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  • Huskies11Huskies11 Posts: 199 ✭✭✭

    In 1996/1997. I was a kid and I stumbled into a NYC card shop and saw several graded 1993/1994 finest basketball refractors in the display case. I had no real understanding of what they were at that point,

    Currently Collecting:

    • Topps Gold Label Red Labels 1998-1999 FB, BB, HK
    • Baseball: Griffey Jr, Big Mac, Red Sox
    • Basketball: MJ, Barkley, Pippen, Bird
    • Football: Brady, Edgerrin James, Randy Moss
    • Hockey: Gretzky, Karlsson, Jagr, Eichel, Sabres
  • Stone193Stone193 Posts: 23,279 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I picked up my first PSA graded card in 1992. I think it was Oscar Robertson?

    I went to the National in Atlanta that year and met Mike Baker who gave me this "sample" PSA holder. On display that year was the PSA 8 graded Wagner card.

    I also met Alan Hager - ASA grading company - who patented the Arrowhead holder that PSA adopted along with his 10 point grading system. He - also - gave me a sample holder.

    Mike



  • gaspipe26gaspipe26 Posts: 1,538 ✭✭✭

    Not sure of the year, early 90's, East Coast National, 1971 Roberto Clemente in PSA 9, I asked how much and he said 4, i said $400? he said $4000, I laughed for an hour as I walked away

  • tigerdeantigerdean Posts: 834 ✭✭✭

    These PSA sample cards have to be pretty darn rare. I have a 1988 Gary Thurman in a sample holder. These sample cards are truly a piece of PSA history. I would be interested to know how many are floating out there besides mine and yours Stone.

  • LarkinCollectorLarkinCollector Posts: 6,187 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I've got 3 Samples in my collection ...


  • bishopbishop Posts: 2,852 ✭✭✭

    Not sure but it may be when I tripped over a stack of them in Bob's basement.

    Topps Baseball-1948, 1951 to 2017
    Bowman Baseball -1948-1955
    Fleer Baseball-1923, 1959-2007

    Al
  • divecchiadivecchia Posts: 5,371 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I believe it was in 1994 at the Shriner's Auditorium show in Wilmington, Massachusetts. It was a 1971 Nolan Ryan O-Pee-Chee card that was graded a PSA 7OC.

    Donato

    Hobbyist & Collector (not an investor).
    Nolan Ryan Master Set ---- Nolan Ryan Topps Master Set
  • hyperchipper09hyperchipper09 Posts: 1,065 ✭✭✭

    Late 1996. There was a fellow Mattingly fan near Charleston I used to trade with / buy from. He had the basic rookies, Topps, Fleer, Donruss all in psa 9. PSA 9's were a big deal at that time also because so few cards had been sent for grading at that time. That's certainly changed :)

  • 2012 when I started back into the hobby.

  • craig44craig44 Posts: 3,207 ✭✭✭✭

    Would have been in the mid 90's. I scoffed at the time thinking "i don't need someone to tell me the grades of my cards" little did I know 20 years later how many psa cards i would own

  • I first saw a PSA card in SCD around 1995/96 I believe. In early 1997 I discovered eBay and bought my first PSA card, which was a T207 PSA 7 common. I was hooked after that.

  • kingnascarkingnascar Posts: 578 ✭✭✭

    @Stone193 said:
    I picked up my first PSA graded card in 1992. I think it was Oscar Robertson?

    I went to the National in Atlanta that year and met Mike Baker who gave me this "sample" PSA holder. On display that year was the PSA 8 graded Wagner card.

    I also met Alan Hager - ASA grading company - who patented the Arrowhead holder that PSA adopted along with his 10 point grading system. He - also - gave me a sample holder.

    Those samples are so cool B)

  • tigerdeantigerdean Posts: 834 ✭✭✭

    I believe the samples with the old font like the Dale Murphy card pictured are much more rare and were definitely some of the first examples from PSA. If anybody else has any of these with the old font I would sure enjoy seeing a pic of it.

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