The market for autographed sports memorabilia massive. In 2007, the sports memorabilia industry took in an estimated $ 2 billion – and that figure increased even Gaudier the past three years.
The collectors pay hundreds or thousands of dollars in sports memorabilia, the items authenticity of priority. The industry's leading autograph authentication, PSA / DNA, recently claimed that only 33 percent of more than 10,000 Tiger Woods and Michael Jordan autographs being examined were real – just one example of the light, which is not reliable sellers can slip fraudulent items on the market.
the value assigned to a sports memorabilia certificate of authenticity, some in the industry can not help but think of the scene in Tommy Boy, when Chris Farley's character trying to undermine a competitor's written product warranty
Tommy: Why did someone put a fuse in the box? Hmmm, very interesting. Here, as I see it, Ted. Guy puts a fancy guarantee a box, because he wants to make you feel all warm inside toasty.
Customer: Yes, there will be a person feel good.
Tommy. "Of course not, why not do Ya figure out that little box on the pillow at night, the Guarantee Fairy might find, and leave a fourth, I'm right, Ted
Customer: What's the point
Tommy: the important thing is how you know the fairy is not a crazy glue sniffer "building model airplanes" says the little fairy; well, we're not buying it. He sneaks into your house once, that's all it takes. the next thing you know, there's money missing off the wardrobe and her daughter knocked up. I have seen that hundreds of times.
Glue sniffing aside, there is no guarantee that a letter of sports memorabilia He accompanied the credibility legit and should not be assumed that memorabilia missing from the certificate fraudulently True, a certificate of authenticity is a sports collectible. – be it football signed an autographed baseball jersey or pair of game-worn cleats. – an important place in the sports memorabilia market ecosystem
Casual and professional sport factoring in the role memorabilia collectors with a certificate of authenticity play account must be taken of the following:
Consider the source
early summer, the former minor league teams ( Harrisburg Senators) Washington Nationals phenom Stephen Strasburg held the auction, which includes a pair of Strasburg game-worn, autographed cleats. The cleats are accompanied by a letter of authenticity to the Harrisburg Senators Baseball Club – League credible organization which holds a letter in relation to sensible weight of less known or proven authenticators.
Another example of eTopps – Topps service – which is accompanied by a limited edition autographed cards of the Certificate of Authenticity (COA). The COA is a sticker associated with that card dedicated. Both examples of the COA and Loas arrive reputable organizations that the customer is at least some way to communicate with employees and workers. In other words, the source is important. COA and Loas firms less brand credibility, or those that should serve as a red flag for collectors limited means of communication (no PO Box address, phone number).
Just because eBay's legit, not all the sellers
eBay takes fraud very seriously and poured significant resources and funds do everything they can to protect the integrity buyers and sellers. But on eBay – as with any e-commerce site – they are motivated to act in a criminal manner will do so. Sports collectors who buy items on eBay that include proof of authenticity can not automatically assume an element – either a certificate – is legitimate. As mentioned above, we should carefully examine the seller provides the certificate because it is possible that the sellers made these certificates. At the same time, understand that the seller's positive feedback is most likely to diligence mailing an item and "customer service" and do not serve as a guarantee to ship items authenticity.
Understand the benefits and limitations proof of Sports Memorabilia Authenticity
certificates of authenticity may be accompanied by an item purchased on eBay or other online sites, or for fans and collectors submit an autograph, photos, etc., an authentication service such as PSA | DNA. These services employ signature and authentication experts examine items provided for a fee, and Letters of Authenticity, if deemed authentic autographs. Services such as PSA | DNS guarantee big auction houses (Christie's, Mastro Fine Sport, Grey Flannel, Hunt Auctions, etc) adopt accompanied by copies of their letters of authenticity, or give a refund.