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Autograph authenticators with a conflict of interest.

I sent this email today to JSA about an authenticator of theirs who is also a dealer.

Dear James Spence Authentications Team,

I am writing to bring to your attention a serious matter regarding one of your authenticators, [redacted]. It has come to my attention that Mr. [redacted] is actively involved in the sale of merchandise that has been authenticated by your organization, under the company name [redacted]s. In fact, Mr. [redacted] has over 1300 items listed for sale on eBay that were authenticated by JSA.

As you know, the integrity and impartiality of your authentication process is crucial to maintaining the trust of your clients and the wider industry. Therefore, the fact that Mr. [redacted] is both an authenticator and a dealer of JSA-authenticated merchandise represents a significant conflict of interest.

I would also like to point out that your top competitors PSA and Beckett both have strict policies disallowing such behavior. By allowing this conflict of interest to continue, JSA is falling behind industry standards and jeopardizing its reputation.

There is a clear risk that Mr. [redacted] could be incentivized to authenticate items in a manner that benefits his own business interests, rather than providing an objective assessment. This could potentially undermine the credibility of JSA's authentication process and tarnish the reputation of the organization.

I urge you to conduct a thorough investigation into this matter and take appropriate action to address this conflict of interest. This may include removing Mr. [redacted] from the authentication process, as well as reviewing your policies and procedures to prevent similar conflicts of interest from arising in the future.

Thank you for your attention to this important matter.

Sincerely,

Bobby J Dobbs
Lead Investigator
Hidden Truth Investigations, LLC

Comments

  • JBKJBK Posts: 14,722 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Good luck with your efforts, but I imagine they'll fall on deaf ears.

    That particular authentication company already has no credibility in my mind due to the reckless placement of their stickers.

  • JMS1223JMS1223 Posts: 1,095 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @JBK said:
    Good luck with your efforts, but I imagine they'll fall on deaf ears.

    That particular authentication company already has no credibility in my mind due to the reckless placement of their stickers.

    I should also add they “authenticated” a Barack Obama preprint Senate letter.

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