Professional Sports (PSA/DNA) MLB Autographed Baseballs
PSA/DNA autographed and signed baseballs are balls that come from some of the top players in the sport. This help you complete your collection and looks great on display. You'll find balls authenticated and signed by baseball players from the last couple of decades.What is a PSA certified autograph?
The Professional Sports Authentication company specializes in certifying signed memorabilia. Better known as PSA, you can send in your sports collectibles and get each one authenticated. The PSA looks at a number of factors to determine the authentication of a signed or autographed piece. Some of these include:
- Autograph quality: The PSA will always check the quality of the signature. Collectors often want signed balls with a clear name across the top. They do not want those that have an autograph scrawled across the stitching or a faded autograph.
- Ball quality: The quality of the ball is just as important as the quality of the autograph. Older balls may have some discoloration across the surface or look dirty.
- Autograph comparison: PSA authentication experts will compare the writing on the ball against certified examples of a player's autograph. This is important because the signature of many players will change over the years. This tells them when the player signed that ball.
A COA is a certificate of authenticity that can come with the ball and can be key in determining whether or not an autograph is authentic. This certificate is important because it shows someone authenticated the signature. The COA may have a simple appearance or have detailing around the edges. Sports organizations like the PSA will include the signature of the person who authenticated the signed ball at the bottom. Some COAs may include an image of the ball, too. This lets you compare that ball against the one that the company authenticated.What does grade mean?
Grade is a term that describes the way the ball looks. The grade scale usually runs from 1 to 10. As you may expect, the higher the number, the better the ball is. A grade of 1 may have some surface imperfections or have a faded autograph. A grade of 10 is a nearly perfect example of a signed baseball. The autograph on that ball will look clean and dark, as well. These autographed balls will not show any signs that someone traced on or over the autograph either.