BEWARE OF GAI AUTHENTICATION OF AUTOGRAPHS.

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I am writing this guide with the hope of educating someone thinking about buying sports memorabilia that is Autographed. Please beware of GAI authenticated stuff. GAI (Global Authentication Inc) went out of business in 2009. Prior to that it was said to be one of the big 5 in sports Authentication (along with PSA/DNA, JSA, Beckett, and  TRISTAR). GAI was actually founded by a founder of PSA that left that company. In the beginning of GAI's existence it was a very highly reputable company. It was actually harder to get a signature authenticated by GAI than PSA/DNA.  Unfortunately along the way GAI made some bad financial decisions. It is then when an unscrupulous authenticator from GAI began authenticating garbage. Beware of GAI certs.  Now the market is flooded with GAI certified stuff that is fraudulent and that MAY NOT cross authenticate to PSA/DNA or JSA.   I was at a card show last month and inquired about a mantle/mays autographed 8x10.  It was authenticated by GAI. I told the dealer that I was going to buy it and run over to the PSA/DNA booth to cross authenticate. He told me it was an as is sale and there would be no refund. To my surprise i see the same photograph here on ebay for $49. Like I said at one point GAI was reputable, and their stuff from the early days is legit, but the vast majority of their later authentication is garbage. PSA/DNA and JSA are recognized as the leaders in Sport Signature authentication.

One other thing. Like I said earlier, GAI is no longer in existence. When  Global Authentication (GAI) ran into financial trouble in early 2009, it attempted to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. But a judge threw out the filing, forcing it to find another option to continue operating. Part of the solution was to sell off the card grading arm, which was reborn under new management as a new business called Global Authority.   

There is an authentication company named GA (Global Authentics). To make it clear, GA (Global Authentics) is a separate entity and is not affiliated with the old GAI.  


Please use due diligence when buying an autograph. Unless you witnessed the player signing, you will have to rely on a third party to say it is legit or not.  If you have any questions or comments do not hesitate to contact me. I hope this guide helps a bit.
 
Authenticate sports autographs and memorabilia with:
Global Authentics LLC
James Spence Authentication
PSA/DNA
Pre-certified autograph companies:
Fanatics Authentic
Mounted Memories
Steiner Sports
Tristar Productions
Upper Deck
LIST OF EBAY TRUSTED AUTHENTICATION COMPANIES
Global Authentics LLC
James Spence Authentication
PSA/DNA
Pre-certified autograph companies:
Fanatics Authentic
Mounted Memories
Steiner Sports
Tristar Productions
Upper Deck

LIST OF BANNED COA's ON EBAY
Ace Authentic 
Coach's Corner Sports Auctions LLC
Christopher L. Morales
CSC Collectibles
Donald Frangipani
Forensic Document Services
Hollywood Dreams
J. DiMaggio Co. / J. DiMaggio Company
Legends Sports Memorabilia
Nathan's Autographs / N.E. Autographs
Nicholas Burczyk
Pro Sports / Pro Sports Memorabilia
Rare and Signed .com
Robert Prouty
R.R.'s Sports Cards & Collectibles
SCAA / Front Page Art / Angelo Marino
Slamdunk Sportscards & Memorabilia
Sports Alley Memorabilia
Sports Management Group
Stan's Sports / Stans Sports Memorabilia
TTA Authentic (formerly STAT Authentic)
Universal Memorabilia
XMI Authentications
USA Authentics
Blank COAs and LOAs
COAs and LOAs as stand-alone items
COAs and LOAs from anyone listed on the FBI's Operation Bullpin website.




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