AUTHENTICATED & GUARANTEED!
The caption above is easy to say
but hard to verify and substantiate unless you really mean business. We hear and
see it all the time. Individuals off the street and shop owners that have been
in business for 25 years are always asking you to trust them. This alone should
be a tip that something is not right. Every autograph has a history or a point
of origination that should be documented as it transfers from point to point.
Credible dealers and your serious collector will be prepared.
The baseball that Sammy Sosa
signed for a collector on the street or after batting practice can be
substantiated. Document the event by writing down the circumstances as to who
got the autograph, the date, location, a list of people who were there, a ticket
stub from the game, information and details about the game and for the icing on
the cake, a photograph of the fan with Sammy. Pretty basic stuff even for a
novice collector. The more information you have, the easier it is to buy, trade
and sell your collectable memorabilia.
At the Gallery of Sports Art,
Inc. we want you to trust us not just on our word but based on what we describe
as a four-step process that we have implemented to verify and authenticate the
autographs that we represent in our certificate of authenticity. The four steps
include background information, witness verification, photographic proof and
date, venue, city, state and if significant, even the time of day
maybe noted within our certificates. This information provides
important details that are crucial in substantiating that a signing
session took place with a specific individual. They are important
because we canít control these factors when they are scrutinized for
from the Gallery of Sports Art, Inc. or authorized agents must be present at every signing
session that we contract for with an athlete or celebrity or it simply
does not take place. Our reputation is on the line when we certify and
acknowledge the signing and every certificate bears our signature,
name, address and phone number.
It is also our
philosophy to include a complete list of individuals who have
participated in arranging or have actually witnessed the signing
session. We believe that this is the most important feature of our
certificates. We refer to this feature as the third party factor.
Listing an employee, agent, secretary, hotel staff or even a business
competitor provides a third party witness that we canít control when
a signing session is scrutinized. The more people involved the less
chance you have of being taken.
final step in our authentication process is to actually record the
signing session with a photograph of the athlete or celebrity with the
specific item being signed. When possible we try to take a
picture of the actual item. However, for multiple items signed at
the same time that fall in the same category such as helmets, jerseys,
football, baseballs and general flats we may utilize the same picture
for all of the items signed that day for the authentication process. Individually, a photograph is merely a
record of one item being signed at one point in time. However, the
photograph when combined with the background information, and the
witness verification step insures you that the number of designated
items specified in the certificate were properly verified and signed.
stand behind our work and guarantee every autograph that we secure and
present to our customers 100%. We are confident when we make this
statement because of the process that we have instituted in the