Some third party authentication companies will glance at your autographed memorbillia and instantly tell you it's not genuine, but not before charging you a huge fee to do so. 

Make Sure You Do Not Fall Victim to Third Party Authentication Companies.  

Autograph Authentication - Third Party- A Farse?

The PADAH group (Preferred Autograph Dealers and Auction Houses) has stated from its inception that all members, 70+, do not have to issue a refund based on the guess/opinion from the 3rd party companies who claim to authenticate autographs. The two, who claim to be the best, for several years, have been invited (at no cost to them) to be part of an authenticating seminar and discuss with attending collectors why they are qualified to authenticate autographs. This would be a fabulous opportunity for JSA (James Spence Authentication) and Beckett Authentiation (Steve Grad) to discuss autograph authenticating.  Both companies have not even the courtesy of responding and to take advantage of free publicity.

PADAH's leadership in the industry has taken off as others are following this clubs lead.  The following is a newly published "Guarantee Section" of an active monthly autograph auction house.

Buyer's Premium
  • 10%
Terms & Conditions
''GUARANTEES OF AUTHENTICITY - Each signed item is unconditionally guaranteed genuine without time limit and comes with a signed Certificate of Authenticity. If a lot is declared to not be authentic, we will ask the purchaser to supply the written opinion of the competent authority acceptable to us. (Any of the over 300 registered UACC dealer members will suffice) WE DO NOT REFUND BASED ON OPINIONS OF THE OPINION COMPANIES such as PSA JSA GAI Or BSA in the other case described above.....''
OF COURSE THE INACCURATE STATEMENT THAT OVER 300 REGISTERED UACC DEALER MEMBERS IS VERY RIDICULOUS AND OUTDATED.  The UACC never had over 300 registered dealer members and that group has been  defunct. They have been out of business for a few years, very controversial as the longtime treasurer who has been under fire for years has decared himelf the President of the UACC and privately sold the club (non-profit) for an undisclosed amount.                      
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