Signature Review

Faq’s

Q. What is Beckett Authentication Services (BAS)?

A. Beckett Authentication Services (BAS) is a third-party autograph authentication company established by Beckett in 2016. Led by world-renowned autograph expert, Steve Grad, the team of authenticators at Beckett Authentication have a combined 25 years of experience authenticating autographs. From sports signatures to celebrities and historical figures the authenticators at Beckett Authentication can evaluate all types of autographs from all genres and eras.

Q. What is autograph authentication?

A. Autograph authentication is the process in which autographs are evaluated to determine if they are authentic, genuine examples of a signature or not. Beckett Authentication Services autograph experts analyze the ink, structure of the autograph and, when necessary, reference our database of exemplars to make a side-by-side comparison of the signature in order to give their opinion on the authenticity of the signature.

Q. How much does autograph authentication cost?

A. The authentication fees vary based on the signer of the item or, if multi-signed, the premier signer and the total number of signatures. Fees can be looked up by typing in the signer name on the Beckett Authentication pricing page. For multi-signed items, once you determine the fee of the premier signer, use the chart to determine the fee for the total number of signatures on your multi-signed item.

If a fee does not populate for your particular signer, please email authentication@beckett.com so our representatives can determine if we can authenticate that signature and the appropriate authentication fee.

If you are submitting at least 50 items for authentication, please email bassales@beckett.com to inquire about bulk pricing.

Q. How long does the authentication process take?

A. Beckett Authentication Services does not offer guaranteed turnaround times; however, we strive to complete each order submitted for authentication within 20 business days. Note, orders submitted for Card & Autograph grading have a 30 business day turnaround time. Please keep in mind, during national trade conventions and holidays turnaround time may exceed 20 business days because of office closures.

Q. Where do I send my autograph authentication orders?

A. Orders for autograph authentication can be mailed to Beckett Headquarters: Beckett Authentication Services (BAS) 4635 McEwen Rd., Dallas, TX 75244. Be sure to check out our packing guide to learn how to keep your items safe during shipment. To save on shipping fees, we recommend bringing your items for authentication at an event near you where we are offering onsite autograph authentication.

Q. Can I choose where the tamper-evident certification sticker is placed?

A. You have the choice whether you would like the tamper-evident certification sticker placed on the item or the Letter of Authenticity (LOA). Items with fees lower than $50 without a Letter Upgrade will have the label placed on the item, unless you upgrade to a full LOA for an additional fee of $10. You can indicate where you would like the certification sticker placed by utilizing the “label placement” checkbox on the submission form. Note, the label will be placed on the LOA of items with unchecked boxes, we reserve the right to place the label on the LOA at our discretion.

Q. Does Beckett Authentication replace lost Certificates/Letters of Authenticity?

A. Yes, Beckett Authentication will replace your lost or misplaced certificate/letter of authenticity. Please email customer service (authentication@beckett.com) with an image of the signature, certification sticker on the item, and your full contact information. There is a $5 fee for COA replacements and $10 for LOA replacements. Once you email the required information a representative will contact you to arrange for payment.

Q. I am having issues verifying the certification number on your website, can you help?

A. Certification numbers can be verified by utilizing the Cert Verification page on our website or within the Beckett App. Our certificate numbers are 6-digit alphanumeric numbers for items certified with documentation or 10-digit numerical numbers for encapsulated items. If you are receiving the message “no record found” in error please send an email to our customer service department (authentication@beckett.com) with the certification number in question, description of the item, and a photograph of the item so that we can review the issue for you.

Q. What types and sizes of items can be encapsulated?

A. The tamper-evident encapsulation case can accommodate a wide variety of items from 8x10 photographs to trading cards and everything in between. Using a custom inner sleeve made specifically to the dimensions of your item, checks, cuts, index cards, postcards, photographs, magazines, and documents can all fit securely inside of our holder. We also have the ability to encapsulate baseballs in a patented holder made specifically for baseballs.

Q. If I remove an encapsulated item from the tamper-evident Beckett case, is it still considered authentic?

A. No. By choosing Beckett Authentication Autograph Encapsulation, you forgo the certificate/letter of authenticity and tamper-evident certification sticker. Therefore, once an item is removed from the case, or it shows signs of tampering, there is no way to validate that the item was authenticated by Beckett Authentication.

Q. Do all autographed cards need to be submitted through Beckett Authentication? What about certified autographed cards issued directly by the manufacturer?

A. All after-market autographs must be submitted through Beckett Authentication Services to be authenticated. Once deemed authentic, the submitter can add on autograph and card grading. Autographs issued and certified by the manufacturer can be submitted directly to Beckett Grading for card and autograph grading.

Q. Can I combine standard Beckett Grading Orders, Beckett Authentication Orders and CBCS Comic Orders in one package?

A. Yes, you can ship your BGS, BAS and CBCS orders in together, but you will need to fill out separate submission forms for each of the services and clearly separate the orders. Orders will be processed separately and shipped back as they are completed so you will be responsible for return shipping fees on each of the orders. We are not able to hold orders to ship together.

Q. I have autographed comics, can you authenticate the signature and grade the comic book?

A. Yes. Beckett Authentication Services and CBCS comics have partnered to become the only third-party authentication and grading company to offer autograph authentication and comic book grading in one service! Through the Verified Signature Program Beckett Authentication first evaluates the signature to determine if it is authentic. CBCS then grades the comic based on condition, or gives it the authentic verification without numerical grade, the choice is yours.

Q. Does Beckett Authentication have an App?

A. Yes, the Beckett App can be downloaded for iPhones and Androids. View the Beckett Authentication event schedule, certification verification, authentication fees, and submit items for signature review while on the go.