A post on Sports Collectors Digest from the other day offers up lots of information about PSA CollectibleFacts, a free online resource that’s designed to help sports fans figure out what they’re looking at, and how not to get hoodwinked by unscrupulous dealers. PSA stands for Professional Sports Authenticator, a company that prides itself on its expertise in the world of sports collectibles.
The thrust of this latest post, however, is that PSA has now launched AutographFacts, a pretty huge database and information repository that provides details about potential autographs collectors can hunt down.
Here’s what PSA’s president Joe Orlando had to say about the new autograph feature:
“Like the other components of PSA CollectibleFacts, our new autograph section is an ever-evolving resource. It’s a great opportunity to see fantastic examples of various signatures and, in some cases, the dramatic evolution of some of the autographs like those of Mickey Mantle. The online photographs can also be magnified or enlarged for a closer examination of the signatures.”
This is great news for collectors considering how often news of forgers and fraudsters pops up in the industry. The AutographFacts section features a ton of profiles on famous baseball players, but there are also some big names featured in football, basketball, hockey, golf, and boxing sections, so chances are if you’ve stumbled on an autograph of a famous sports figure, your first stop should be this site.
Each entry features a profile of the athlete that discusses the ways in which the signature has changed and evolved over the years, which can help collectors truly determine the authenticity of any given item. How great is that?