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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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Tom Brady Autographed Memorabilia - What Do You Get?

By Matt Powers
on January 21, 2018

Tom Brady Autographed Memorabilia - What Do You Get?

Assuming you don't absolutely hate the Patriots, a Tom Brady autograph is a MUST for your collection.  But what do you get?  Let's take a look.

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

By Matt Powers
on January 21, 2018
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 memorabilia 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!

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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Kareem Hunt Autographed Chiefs Collectibles - Going Going Fast

By Matt Powers
on October 08, 2017
One of the biggest surprises of the NFL season has to be Kareem Hunt, the Kansas City Chiefs star running back. Coming out of nowhere to replace the injured Spencer Ware, Hunt was named AFC Offensive Player of the month for September 2017 (his 1st month in the league).

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One of the Best Autograph Signing Experiences I Have Had

By Matt Powers
on October 04, 2017

Athletes sometimes get a bad rap.  We all see it online, at games, and in talking with our friends.  Especially when it comes to sports memorabilia autograph signings.  It can be pretty clear when going to a big autograph event which athlete is excited to be there and which ones are there for the paycheck.  Nothing wrong with the latter, but fans prefer athletes to be cool, funny, and engaging so they can walk away with a great story.  So it can be really refreshing to meet an athlete and get such a positive experience.

Grant Wistrom and Matt Powers - Powers Sports Memorabilia

I had the opportunity to work with former Nebraska Cornhuskers 3 x National Champion and College Football Hall of Famer Grant Wistrom over the weekend. Wasn't a huge signing by any means, rather small, just a few items. Grant took his time with each item, asking exactly how I wanted it signed and where. I even made a mistake on a pen choice with a few footballs. No big deal at all, Grant was willing to sign them again.  

Grant Wistrom Signed Nebraska Helmet - Powers Sports Memorabilia

Conversation was great and easy.  You can tell Grant is an easy going smart guy who generally loves people.  No ego whatsoever and very kind to all.  He has lost all of that old football weight too, not an easy accomplishment.  Easy to forget he is one of the greatest College Football players of all-time.  

Cheers to you Grant,

Matt Powers
Powers Sports Memorabilia

 

Kansas City Chiefs Kareem Hunt Autograph Signing

By Matt Powers
on September 21, 2017

Kansas City Chiefs newest superstar Kareem Hunt will be conducting a sports memorabilia autograph signing October 2017.  Below is information on the signing.  Good time to jump in on his autograph before prices go up should his season continue on this good path.

To order, please email me at matt@powerssportsmemorabilia.com

Kareem Hunt Autograph Signing - Powers Sports Memorabilia
MY ITEM: (includes item, autograph, JSA COA, and FREE ship)
Chiefs 8x10 Photo $89 (famous TD from 1st game)
Chiefs 11x14 Photo $99 (famous TD from 1st game)
Chiefs 16x20 Photo $109 (famous TD from 1st game)
Chiefs/Toledo Mini Helmet $99
Chiefs Blaze Mini Helmet $119
Chiefs Full Size Replica Helmet $199
Chiefs Full Size Authentic Helmet $299
Chiefs Nike Red Game Jersey (screen print #s) $219
Replica NFL Football $99
Authentic NFL Football $199
Please inquire if you need a quote to have your item signed by Hunt.

 

*This event for Kansas City Chiefs newest superstar Kareem Hunt is over. Check out Powers Sports Memorabilia events at "Upcoming Signings." 

Jared Allen Autograph Signing - Who's Excited?

By Matt Powers
on September 18, 2017
On February 18, 2016, Allen announced his retirement by posting a video to his Twitter account of him riding his horse "into the sunset." Just one example of why fans loved him so much.

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

By Matt Powers
on September 15, 2017
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 similar, 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.

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