Collectors, we’re neck deep in show season, and the biggest shows of the year are right around the corner, back to back weeks, on both the coin and the card side. For their part, the sister companies of Professional Coin Grading Service and Professional Sports Authenticator are each bringing a slew of fun promotions to the World’s Fair of Money and National Sports Collectors Convention, respectively.

The cover for the latest RCMR.
The cover for the latest RCMR.

On the Coin Side

PCGS made headlines recently with the announcement of the return of their coin pricing magazine, Rare Coin Market Report. To accompany the release, and give World’s Fair of Money attendees some great reading material, PCGS is handing out free copies of the magazine’s first issue during the August 1-5 show. Visitors would be remiss not to visit booth 114 at the World’s Fair of Money and get a first look at the magazine.

Collector-Set (1)To add to the buzz, select PCGS contributors each signed 250 limited edition labels that will be given away as part of a five-coin set.

Additionally, two top-ranked world coin sets from the PCGS Set Registry will be on display.

PCGS’ offerings are outlined in their World’s Fair of Money press release.

On the Card Side

Signed Derek Jeter bat, part of PSA's Sweepstakes
Signed Derek Jeter bat, part of PSA’s Sweepstakes

PSA is going all out for the National, July 26-30, offering free custom trading cards to those who visit the PSA booth (booth 1436) and hosting a sweepstakes with three signed, game-used bats as the prizes. The Frank Thomas, Derek Jeter and Kris Bryant bats total over $10,000 in value. Each day, from Thursday to Saturday,  one lucky winner will be announced.

PSA is also unveiling their latest book, Legendary Lumber: The Top 100 Player Bats in Baseball History, written by PSA President Joe Orlando with Tom and Ellen Zappala. Books will be given to those who purchase a Gold or Platinum PSA Collectors Club membership during the show.

In addition to the sweepstakes, custom trading cards and book, the company is also offering free PSA-graded cards and miniature bats at the booth. All items are said to be very limited in quantity, so you might want to make your way to the PSA booth early on.

Legendary Lumber

All of the details can be found in PSA’s National press release.

So that’s two leading companies bringing lots to the table at the two biggest shows of the year for coins and cards. Which show are you attending?