COA and trusted companies?

I am relatively new to this autograph game but, I know that PSA/DNA, JSA are the top COA's (I haven't read about scandals). I have a bunch of personally watched, met, and signed autos from athletes that I got COA's for from Beckett. I assume that Beckett is on that list of top COA's. Here are some others that I COA's that I picked up from... What are the following's trust level and are there others that are quality?

  1. BCCG
  2. MAB (Celebrity Services)
  3. Schwartz Sports
  4. Radtke Sports
  5. Upper Deck
  6. Topps

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  • 291fifth291fifth Posts: 17,310 ✭✭✭✭✭

    This is a good question. I don't know the answer but would like to hear what others think. I have only a small number of autographs, none of them sports stars, most of which were signed in person, so I have no doubt about their authenticity. I also have a Tyrone Power 8 x 10 autographed photo that was personalized to my mother in the 1940's. I don't know how that one was obtained so i don't know if the signature is genuine or a secretary signature. I hope someone answers your question.

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  • JBKJBK Posts: 4,966 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Dgoldfe13 said:
    I am relatively new to this autograph game but, I know that PSA/DNA, JSA are the top COA's (I haven't read about scandals). I have a bunch of personally watched, met, and signed autos from athletes that I got COA's for from Beckett. I assume that Beckett is on that list of top COA's. Here are some others that I COA's that I picked up from... What are the following's trust level and are there others that are quality?

    1. BCCG
    2. MAB (Celebrity Services)
    3. Schwartz Sports
    4. Radtke Sports
    5. Upper Deck
    6. Topps

    I know UD originated a lot of sports autos so I would trust them, and probably the same for Topps.

    I don't know anything about the others. A COA is only as good as the issuer.

    Remember, companies that knowingly sell forgeries also issue COAs on the fakes, so a COA does not make a fake item real.

    A COA is just an opinion or represents provenance.

  • I semi understand that. Now, I try to hit some autograph shows when ever they come to town or I visit a city and there is one there. Besides the actual witnessing of an autograph. If I buy something online, say from a "legitimate" retailer (sportsmemorabilia, pristine auction, fantatics). The item I buy has a COA come with it. I understand the "risk" of purchasing a fake with a fake COA. I guess what I am asking is, how are these things regulated with online purchases? What are the chances of receiving a fake?

    I know you personally may not have these answers and the risk is all on the buyer. But I guess, how high can the risk be through these supposedly "legit" retailers? How can I trust these sites if everything could be a fake?

    Thanks for your help JBK. You are always helpful.

  • LarkinCollectorLarkinCollector Posts: 6,273 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Dgoldfe13 said:
    I guess what I am asking is, how are these things regulated with online purchases? What are the chances of receiving a fake?

    Not at all and fairly high. Here is a list of known bad COAs: https://www.ebay.com/help/policies/prohibited-restricted-items/autographed-items-policy?id=4283 (click the '+'s to expand).

    But I guess, how high can the risk be through these supposedly "legit" retailers? How can I trust these sites if everything could be a fake?

    Using legit retailers/authenticators, your risk is greatly lowered, but not zero. Items still slip through the cracks. Here's who eBay recommends: https://www.ebay.com/help/buying/paying-items/using-authentication-grading-services?id=4659

  • Thanks

  • matt_dacmatt_dac Posts: 283 ✭✭✭✭

    I only buy PSA/DNA unless I watch it get signed. I'm sure there are other fine authentication companies.

  • genlougenlou Posts: 18 ✭✭

    If you have an old autograph there is a cite call the cead which has great vintage examples of real and some secretary

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