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Editor’s Blog: PSA/DNA Business Up, Fire Update, Steinbrenner Letters

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Revenues were up at Collectors Universe in the third financial quarter.  The parent company of PSA, PSA/DNA and Collectors Corner credited much of their strong report to a robust coin grading division but it was also a good stretch for autograph authentication.

Collectors Universe“PSA/DNA experienced the second consecutive quarterly growth and driven largely by initiatives Joe Orlando and his team put in place a year ago,” said CEO Michael McConnell.  “While the card market remained subdued, our DNA business has flourished. Quarterly revenue topped $870,000, a 36% year-over-year increase over the average proceeding four quarters.”

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Last month, we carried coverage of the fire at a sports card shop in Medina, Oh.

A fast-moving blaze destroyed the shop and most of its contents.  Firemen were quick to the scene but all they could do was make sure residents of an upstairs apartment were out safely, then make sure it didn’t spread.

A dog died in the fire.

The shop owner has re-opened in temporary quarters, according to the local paper, which also tells us what caused the fire.

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A collection of letters from a teenaged George Steinbrenner to a woman he was very fond of are still looking for a home.

The family of Mary Jane Schriner was hoping to sell them at auction, but wasn’t successful.  They tried to donate them to the Baseball Hall of Fame last fall but the Cooperstown shrine apparently backed off when family members claimed their public release would cause “embarrassment”.

The letters aren’t scandalous–just typical banter of post-War teens, but it’s been quite an ordeal.

Now, 79-year-old Mary and her son Michael are hoping to sell them to a collector.

“Since she cannot donate the letters to the Hall of Fame for all to see, she would like to make them available to a collector that will be able to share them with other fans,” he said.  Anyone interested in her letter collection can contact her directly at [email protected].  She does not want to publicly auction them.”

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PerezHilton.com is reporting that Charlie Sheen is going to sell some sports memorabilia.  No word on when or what.   Sheen owns–and has owned–a variety of pricey vintage items over the years including a game-worn Ted Williams jersey.

About Rich Mueller

Rich is the editor and founder of Sports Collectors Daily. A broadcaster and writer for more than 30 years and a collector for even longer than that, he's usually typing something somewhere. Type him back at [email protected].

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