Professional Sports Authenticator (PSA) has announced its promotional plans for the 2014 National Sports Card Convention. PSA will be giving away 1930s Diamond Stars-style cards for players that were never featured originally. The success of the Babe Ruth Cracker Jack card from 2013 gave motivation to give players like: Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Bob Feller and Joe DiMaggio an opportunity to be showcased on these classic designs.
The cards, sponsored by Historic Autograph Company and certified by PSA, will only be available to Gold and Platinum-level PSA Collectors Club members at the 2014 NSCC. If you’re unable to receive the four-card pack, the cards will also be on display at the PSA booth.
“After the tremendous popularity of the fantasy Babe Ruth Cracker Jack baseball card we helped design for last year’s National, we’ve again commissioned renowned artist Arthur K. Miller to create original artwork of cards that might have been, but never were. This time, he’s produced beautiful images of how Ruth, DiMaggio, Feller and Gehrig might have looked in the historic Diamond Stars set. Those colorful images are now part of a limited-edition set that will be available only at The National,” said PSA President Joe Orlando.
“The full five-card set includes two Ruth images, one as a New York Yankee and the other as Boston Brave. The original Diamond Stars set has always been popular with collectors due to its attractive Art Deco design andnice selection of star players, but it didn’t include a few of the most legendary players of theera, such as Ruth and Gehrig,” explained Orlando.
The PSA card holders will be number 1 to 500, so it’s really a first-come, first-served. Silver level members will receive one random card, while the Gold members will receive all five cards. Collectors can sign up or renew their memberships to be part of this promotion.
What do you think of the ‘Cards that never were’ set? Check out the image gallery below: