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    Trouble on the Sports Collectible Front: PSA/DNA and More


    THE HAUSER REPORT: Misrepresentations and forgeries are common in the sports collectibles market. Within that environment, many buyers rely on PSA and PSA/DNA for authentication.

    PSA focuses on authenticating and grading sports cards and other trading cards. PSA/DNA focuses on authenticating autographs and the overall memorabilia market. According to the PSA website, the two companies “have processed over 20 million cards and collectibles with a cumulative declared value of over a billion dollars.”

    The PSA/DNA website states that PSA/DNA was founded by PSA in 1998 “in response to widespread counterfeiting, forgery, and piracy of autographed collectibles.” The website further states, “PSA/DNA*is the world’s leading third-party authentication service for autographs and memorabilia,” and adds, “PSA/DNA experts conduct ink analysis, structure analysis, object evaluation, and side-by-side comparisons. Experts may also use a video spectral comparator to further evaluate the autograph.”

    Impressive. Right?


    A photograph currently listed for sale on Ebay is described as follows:

    “Michael Dokes Authentic Autographed Signed 16x20 Photo . . . This is a 16x20 Photo that has been hand signed by Michael Dokes. It has been authenticated by PSA/DNA and comes with their sticker and matching certificate of authenticity.”

    The eBay*page screen capture appears below:


    Confirming the authenticity of Michael Dokes’s signature, the PSA/DNA website reads as follows:
    PSA/DNA Certification Verification*#T14814
    It is the opinion of PSA/DNA Authentication Services that the signature(s) listed below is/are genuine. According to the Certification Database, this item is defined as follows:
    Item:*** Photograph

    Primary subject: Michael Dokes

    Result/Grade: Authentic

    The PSA/DNA website link is:


    Now we come to the problem.

    The “authentic autographed photo that has been hand signed by Michael Dokes” and “authenticated by PSA/DNA and comes with their sticker and matching certificate of authenticity” isn’t a photo of Michael Dokes signed by Michael Dokes. It’s a photograph of Michael Grant signed by Michael Grant.

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    Thomas Hauser can be reached by email at thauser@rcn.com. His most recent book - A Hard World: An Inside Look at Another Year in Boxing - was published recently by the University of Arkansas Press. In 2004, the Boxing Writers Association of America honored Hauser with the Nat Fleischer Award for career excellence in boxing journalism.
    Last edited by AcidArne; 05-19-2017 at 03:55 PM.

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