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Super Bowl 52 - Eagles or Patriots Win Better for Autograph Business?

By Matt Powers
on January 27, 2018
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Super Bowl 52 - Eagles or Patriots Win Better for Autograph Business?

Every time the Super Bowl teams are announced I think to myself, which team winning is best for business?  Let's take a look.

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My Case for Barry Bonds to be in the Baseball Hall of Fame

By Matt Powers
on January 25, 2018

My Case for Barry Bonds to be in the Baseball Hall of Fame

Barry Bonds is one of those topics in baseball that fans can get heated about.  Some think he should be in the Hall of Fame, some absolutely never.  I think we can all agree he took something illegal to help his performance.  Before you pass judgement either way let’s take a look at a few things.

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Official Super Bowl 52 Helmets and Football Released

By Matt Powers
on January 23, 2018

Official Super Bowl 52 Helmets and Football Released

Every year the NFL comes out with a special helmet and logo football for the Super Bowl.  Super Bowl 52's look fantastic

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Getting Your Autograph Authenticated - Who Should You Use?

By Matt Powers
on January 18, 2018
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Getting Your Autograph Authenticated - Who Should You Use?

Here are the 3 determining factors on who you should use?

1.) Location of company

2.) Type of autograph getting authenticated

3.) How quickly you want it done

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Every Autograph Collector Should Have a Vin Scully Signed Baseball

By Matt Powers
on January 12, 2018
I am generally not a huge fan of collecting non-player baseball autographs.  Managers and commissioners signatures just don't get me excited.  However, there is one non-player autograph every baseball collector needs to have in their collection, Vin Scully.

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Upcoming Karl Malone Autograph Signing - One of the toughest autographs in the game

By Matt Powers
on September 07, 2017

On October 10th, 2017 Karl Malone will be signing autographs at a paid private autograph signing in almost 15 years.

Known as "The Mailman," Malone is a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame, 2 x NBA MVP, 14 x All-Star, and one of the NBA's 50 Greatest Players.  Quite a resume!  One thing he doesn't have on his resume, a recent autograph signing.

Many collectors need Malone to finish out their 1992 Dream Team signed piece or just to add his autograph to their collection.  I can't stress how rare of a signing this is.  May not him do another one.  He is even a tough in person autograph.  His teammate, John Stockton is the same way.  Very tough autograph to get paid or in person.

At the signing I will have officially licensed Adidas swingman jerseys, photos, and basketballs.  You are able to send in your own item as well.  Beckett will be on site authenticating each autograph.

Karl Malone Jerseys Available at Signing

Need all orders by September 27 or before.

To order: please call 650-888-7915 or email matt@powerssportsmemorabilia.com

MY ITEM: (pricing includes item, autograph, Beckett authentication, and FREE SHIP)

8x10 photo $219 (ask for options)
11x14 photo $225 (ask for options)
16x20 photo $235 (ask for options)
NBA Indoor/Outdoor Basketball $299
NBA Authentic Basketball $399
Jazz Purple Officially Licensed Adidas Swingman Jersey $399 (only 5 available)
Inscriptions $75 (Very limited Inscriptions Available)

YOUR ITEM: (pricing includes autograph, Beckett authentication, and FREE SHIP, you provide the item)

YOUR Flat up to 11x14, Magazine, - $224
YOUR - 16x20 - $234
YOUR - Jersey or Rookie Card - $274
YOUR - Premium Item - Balls, - $284
YOUR - NBA 50, Dream Team, Items with 2+ other signatures, Canvas (Must be rolled), Oversized item (Must be approved) - $334
Inscription or personalization's - $75 (Very Limited Inscriptions Available)

 

PATIENCE - An Important Characteristic of Collecting Autographs

By Matt Powers
on June 16, 2017
I know this may seem odd coming from someone within the autograph industry, but I always speak the truth.  Patience is arguably the most important characteristic when it comes to saving money when buying sports memorabilia autographs.

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Top 5 Current MLB Players Autographs Going up in Value in 2017

By Matt Powers
on June 10, 2017
2016 was a great year for sports memorabilia baseball autographs.  We saw the rise of Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo, plus the massive sales of the Cubs World Series win and David Ortiz due to his retirement.  2017 sets up to be a great year with the Chicago Cubs coming off that World Series title (can’t believe I am still saying that).

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Sports Agent Doing Your 1st Autograph Signing? - Here's What You Need to Know

By Matt Powers
on June 01, 2017

Sports Agent Doing Your 1st Autograph Signing?  - Here's What You Need to Know

So you are a brand new sports memorabilia agent and thinking about doing an autograph signing with your newest client.  What do you need to do?  What are some things you should be thinking about?

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Now that Beckett Does 3rd Party Autograph Authentication – Who is the Best?

By Matt Powers
on May 25, 2017

Now that Beckett Does 3rd Party Autograph Authentication – Who is the Best?

Recently, Beckett Media, launched a new branch of their business, autograph authentication, by hiring one of PSA/DNA’s former star authenticators Steve Grad.  Now that Beckett Media is the 3rd major player in the autograph authentication business along with PSA/DNA and JSA, who is the best one?  To be up front and transparent, I have used JSA extensively, PSA occasionally, and have not used Beckett.  However, I have received a good amount of feedback regarding Beckett from contacts within the industry who have used their services.  For the sake of this post, we will just talk about sports autographs, not celebrity.

 
1st, lets define what I mean by “best.”  That can mean really anything.  But let’s define best as: increasing the value of your autograph once authenticated, highly respected among autograph collectors, cheapest pricing, quickest turnaround, and great customer service.  Let’s take a look at each of those 5 categories for each authenticator.

INCREASING VALUE OF YOUR AUTOGRAPH:
When adding any of these 3 authenticators to your sports autographs, you are already increasing the value of your item by anywhere from 100-1,000% depending on who the athlete is.  PSA and JSA are quite similiar, although you do see PSA autographs sell for just a bit higher when comparing apples to apples.  PSA has been around the longest out of the 3 and is held in high regard among collectors.  Beckett is just starting out, so hard to say exactly how their value will hold.  But Beckett Media has been around for a long time and having Grad behind the brand will increase their value in the eyes of collectors.  I would rank these as PSA, JSA, and then Beckett for right now.

RESPECTED AMONG COLLECTORS:
Most auction houses currently use either PSA or JSA to authenticate their items for sale.  They use either one of those companies because their COA’s (certificate of authenticity) are well respected by autograph collectors.  PSA also specializes in authenticating game used bats.  Due to their extensive knowledge in these areas, they are generally held in high regard than JSA.  What is interesting about Beckett is that Steve Grad was one of their principal autograph authenticators.  Will be a big advantage for them in the near future as his experience is at the top of the autograph authentication business.  I would rank these PSA, JSA, and then Beckett.
 
CHEAPEST PRICING:
Autograph authentication pricing comes down to what player is being authenticated and how many pieces you are having authenticated at one time.  In my experience, I have found that JSA has the most competitive pricing, generally slightly less than PSA.  Of course, each company can see what others are charging on their website’s, so that does keep the pricing very close across the board.  I would rank these JSA, Beckett, and then PSA.

QUICKEST TURNAROUND:
If mailing in your collectibles to get them authenticated, then you are always worried about turnaround time.   How quickly can I get them back?  You can always wait for each company to do a show in your area and get them done the same day.  If that isn’t an option, shipping them out is the only way.  My experience in this area has been phenomenal with JSA.  They usually get them done in a few days to one week and ship them out right away.  PSA recently has been very fast as well.  Not sure what Beckett’s turnaround time is since I have not used them.  But I am guessing it may be a bit slow to start simply because they only have 2 authenticators right now and are traveling the country promoting their brand.  I would rank these JSA, PSA, and then Beckett.

CUSTOMER SERVICE:
Very important to have a point of contact at the company you choose to send your collectibles to.  Imaging sending in a Babe Ruth signed baseball and not knowing anyone on the other end?  JSA has been very personable with me, having one point of contact to send in to.  Plus, when I call JSA I immediately get a person on the phone.  Always a big plus.  PSA does a lot more volume than JSA.  My experience with PSA in that regard has customer service has been somewhat slow at times, but not terrible by any means.  Just slow due to having a ton of work to do.  Beckett I think will do extremely well in this category with Grad as a point of contact.  People know him very well and his partner Brian Sobrero.  I would rank these as JSA, Beckett, and then PSA.
Given all this information, my personal preference for sports autographs is JSA.  I do see Beckett making huge strides in this area in the coming years as more dealers start bringing them in to authenticate their signings and their customer’s items at their stores, thus growing the Beckett brand.  Right now, PSA is the gold standard due to their experience and variety of sports authenticating services.
 
Powers Sports Memorabilia was started by me, Matt Powers as a way for sports autograph and celebrity memorabilia enthusiasts and collectors to have a high-quality product available at affordable pricing.  You deal directly with me when ordering anything from my company, so I ensure you get the best quality service and personal care you deserve.  Let me be YOUR sports memorabilia guy!