PSA Gradings Raffle - Donations to the Carlos Aponte Medical Fund

Hi Everyone,

Your outpouring of concern and affection for Carlos has not gone unnnoticed and PSA would like to help. We are sponsoring a raffle for 10 Regular Service grades, a $150 value. Raffle tickets are $5 with all proceeds going directly to Carlos Aponte. Please post here your intent to purchase a ticket(s) and then send your check made out to PSA. Please include your name, address, email address, and phone number with your check.

The check should be sent to the following address:

c/o Gayle Kean
P.O. Box 6180
Newport Beach, CA 92658

Gayle will email you with your raffle ticket number(s) upon receipt of your check. The drawing will occur on Wednesday, August 20th.

Thank you!

P.S. Beginnning Monday, 8/11 I will be on vacation until Tuesday, 8/19, so if you haven't already heard back from me, please correspond directly with Gayle to ensure your participation. (
BJ Searls
Set Registry & Special Projects Director
PCGS (coins)
PSA (cards & tickets)


  • HartlandManHartlandMan Posts: 1,600
    I'm in.
  • aconteaconte Posts: 1,924 ✭✭✭
    I'm in.

    Also, can someone post his mailing address again? I've been away and would like to send
    a donation.

  • carew4mecarew4me Posts: 3,521 ✭✭✭
    i'm in.


    Loves me some shiny!
    I'm in.......

    (Thanks PSA...)

    I LOVE FANCY CURRENCY, pretty girls, Disney Dollars, pretty girls, MPC's, ..did I mention pretty girls???

  • i'm in. thanks for doing this BJ
  • mrc32mrc32 Posts: 649
    I'm in....PM on the way
    I like my #1 Current Finest 1911 T-205 Gold Borders Set! image
  • unishipuniship Posts: 558
    I'm in- thanks BJ.
  • CreeperKatCreeperKat Posts: 405
    I'm in
    Looking for Los Angeles/California/Anaheim Angels in PSA 8 or better
    My Halos Project
  • WetzelWetzel Posts: 48
    I'm in.
    I am working on PSA baseball sets in 8 or better from 1973 thru 1976. Also Mike Schmidt & Pete Rose sets.
  • MantlefanMantlefan Posts: 1,104
    Great idea.....I'm in like Flynn!

    Always looking for 1957 Topps BB in PSA 9!
  • RobERobE Posts: 2,100
    Where do I sign up?

  • GriffinsGriffins Posts: 5,928 ✭✭
    Count me in!
  • alohaetalohaet Posts: 716

    Nice gesture BJ. I'm in.image

    email address:
  • sixdartsixdart Posts: 863
    Sorry, I hit the enter key.

    I'm in!
  • VirtualizardVirtualizard Posts: 2,011
    That is a great idea. I'm in.

    It's nice to know that PSA, as a company, cares enough to take the time to make this generous offer.

    I have several cards that I have thought of submitting, but they are not in sets that I'm collecting. If I win this drawing, I will submit some of these and put them on ebay to benefit Carlos as well.

    Thanks again for the generous offer.

  • dalewdalew Posts: 508
    Count me in too.


    1st Finest Set - 1981 Baseball Fleer Basic - Retired
    1st Finest Set - 1981 Baseball Fleer Master - Retired
    1st Finest Set - 1955 Baseball Golden Stamps - Cleveland Indians - Retired
    1st Finest Set - Mel Harder Baseball Master - Active
    Mel Harder Showcase Set - Active
    #15 on Current Set Registry - 1972 Topps Baseball - Retired
    #23 on All Time Set Registry - 1972 Topps Baseball - Retired
  • BigKidAtHeartBigKidAtHeart Posts: 2,469
    I picked up a couple!
  • SlabbedSlabbed Posts: 323
    Im in for a couple.
  • VaYankVaYank Posts: 70
    I'll buy five. If I win, I'll donate them to a truly, worthy PSA collector.
    Matthew Natale
    Alexandria, Va

    Building a SGC 1977 Topps Set.
    Pay Pal Verified.
  • I'm in as well image
  • RobERobE Posts: 2,100

    Hope I don't get in trouble for this message on ebay but I'm just trying to help the Aponte family out.
    I've gotten emails from people asking what is going on in my auctions and I've just been forwarding them here.If anyone can post a link on this message to validate I'd appreciate it.

  • grilloj39grilloj39 Posts: 425
    I'm in as well...I will donate my tickets to anyone needing to have some cards graded but doesn't have the funds to do so.

    John Grillo
    Gold Coins
    Silver Coins

    e-bay ID: grilloj39
  • mikeschmidtmikeschmidt Posts: 6,086
    I'm in
    I am actively buying MIKE SCHMIDT gem mint baseball cards. Also looking for any 19th century cabinets of Philadephia Nationals. Please PM with additional details.
  • BigKidAtHeartBigKidAtHeart Posts: 2,469

    << <i>

    Hope I don't get in trouble for this message on ebay but I'm just trying to help the Aponte family out.
    I've gotten emails from people asking what is going on in my auctions and I've just been forwarding them here.If anyone can post a link on this message to validate I'd appreciate it.

    Thanks! >>

    Did it!

    Everyone else should do it too!
  • JeffVNJeffVN Posts: 349
    I'm in
    I need that 69 Bench ASimage

  • coachhcoachh Posts: 620
    Great idea BJ and CU. Count me in.
  • KremsKrems Posts: 347
    Great idea...count me in as well
  • FBFB Posts: 1,696
    I'm in as well - PM sent
    Frank Bakka
    Sets - 1970, 1971 and 1972
    Always looking for 1972 O-PEE-CHEE Baseball in PSA 9 or 10!
    outerbankyank on eBay!
  • rbeatonrbeaton Posts: 653
    I'm in. Just sent a PM.

    Looking for:
    Any high grade OPC Jim Palmer
    High grade Redskins (pre 1980)
  • qualitycardsqualitycards Posts: 2,906
    Thanks PSA! - I am in as well....And if I win, I will foward the grading certifs to Carlos (gotta upgrade the '72 set) image ...jay
  • LJB17LJB17 Posts: 254
    Nice idea. I will get some tickets as well.
    Looking for 77 cloth 9s and 10s.
    54 Red Hearts
    and now 64 Stand ups
  • AaronmanAaronman Posts: 173
    I'm in
    Looking for well centered 1958 topps baseball psa 8 and up. Also dying for a 70 Aaron All Star in PSA 9.
  • Yes, please
    Baseball HOF Autographs
    Topps Baseball 1967
    Mike Payne's 300 Great Cards
    MVPs in their MVP years
    and T206???
  • WabittwaxWabittwax Posts: 2,017
    I'm in.
  • markmacmarkmac Posts: 341 ✭✭
    Please send me two.
  • joker73joker73 Posts: 520
    Count me in.

  • BJ,

    I'm in for 4 (four) tickets!


    Ron Sanders Jr.
  • BuckwheatBuckwheat Posts: 680
    I'm in too. Thanks BJ.
    Ole Doctor Buck of the Popes of Hell

  • The53KidThe53Kid Posts: 192
    I'd like to help out as well. Count me in for 4.

    I was just checking out Carlos' set, man is that nice!
    Looking for:
    1953 Topps in PSA 8
    1941 Playball in PSA 8.
    1952-1955 Red Man cards in 7 and 8
    1950 Bowman in PSA 8
  • GoSoxBoSoxGoSoxBoSox Posts: 1,117
    It's a no-brainer. In.
    There is a fine line between "hobby" and "mental illness"
  • I'm in. Always willing to help a fellow 1972 Football collector like Carlos.

    POTD = 09/03/2003
  • jersterjerster Posts: 769 ✭✭
    I'm in - PM sent.
  • carkimcarkim Posts: 1,173
    Hi All,

    I just wanted to take this chance to thank everyone.

    We have received emails and letters from near and far, and have made it our mission to respond to each and every one of them. We have been humbled by your donations, and moved by your stories and well wishes.

    After the article came out, I have had numerous people come up to me and tell me what a wonderful community this (message board) is. We could not agree more! However, an interesting by-product emerged from the article that I did not expect. I have instantly become the sport cards authority here in Ashtabula. Strangers have come up to me and asked, “I have a box of cards from 19XX how much do you think they are worth?” I explain that my set has a high value because the cards are graded. After they give me the “what is graded” look. I give them the ten-minute PSA pitch. J

    I went to the doctors last week and thing are looking pretty good. Cancer levels are good but my triglycerides are high and my thyroid screen was low. Diet, exercise, and medication should hopefully control this.

    In closing, I would again like to thank everyone.

  • VirtualizardVirtualizard Posts: 2,011
    Thanks for the update, Carlos.

    As the local sports card authority, expect to see many '87 and '88 Topps cards coming to your doorstep. I had this happen to me last week by a friend of my family. Interestingly, this person had a near complete set of '75 Topps among the mix of worthless cards from '86 - '89. I haven't seen the cards, but I've asked a friend of mine to look at the '75s.

    As usual, best wishes and continued success in your collecting efforts.

  • tbubtbub Posts: 113
    Check is in the mail today
    "All my life I've been searching for something"
  • CreeperKatCreeperKat Posts: 405
    What time is the raffle today?
    Looking for Los Angeles/California/Anaheim Angels in PSA 8 or better
    My Halos Project
  • RobERobE Posts: 2,100
    I don't care about the $ but just received notice that Gayle did not receive my $5 bill I sent.
    That's not cool at all.I had a feeling it wasn't a good idea to send cash.I will be sending another $5 but in a check.

    Oh well,I'm happy to say this much,Virtual and myself(alone too) raised $100 ++++ with our efforts.

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