Grad got his start collecting autographs over 25 years ago, acquiring more than 100,000 in-person autographs. He took his passion and knowledge of autographs and turned it into a successful business. Formerly working for a leading authentication company, Grad built their autograph authentication business during a 15-year tenure before moving to Beckett in 2016 to spearhead the launch of Beckett Authentication Services
A renowned expert in his field, Grad has authenticated many of the finest pieces in the sports collectible hobby including the Laws of Baseball, the highest-graded Babe Ruth single-signed baseball, the only known Joe Jackson signed photograph and numerous other high-end pieces of American sports history.
I've known Steve for nearly 20 years and trust his knowledge more than anyone in the industry. Whether it's for my business or personally, I don't buy or sell an important autograph without knowing he has approved it. There's nobody in this industry who is more passionate about what he does and the authenticity of autographs than Steve.
Steve Bloedow - Owner/President Collect Auctions
Steve Grad's experience with authentication and collecting has helped thousands of people in the Star Wars Autograph Universe group on Facebook. He not only can help with authentication, but also helps fellow collectors grow their collections. He's the best in the business and I am very honored that Steve has donated so much time to the group and hobby.
Andy Luk - Founder, Star Wars Autograph Universe
Steve Grad is undoubtedly the best thing that ever happened to autographs. As a pioneer of third-party authentication, Steve helped make the hobby a safer place for collectors and created a sustainable market for investors. His passion, knowledge, and commitment to the authenticity of autographs is second-to-none, which is why Beckett Authentication is the autograph authentication company that we use for our auctions.
Jeff Woolf - Owner Iconic Auctions
There are people who specialize in particular autograph fields like music, space, Beatles, Disney etc. and they become recognized experts. In the world of overall professional autograph authentication, there is only one person that I would want verifying material I buy or sell. Steve Grad has proven time and again, that he can cover all fields of autograph knowledge. He is truly a jack of all trades.
Over nearly three decades, I have witnessed Steve Grad go from an in-person autograph collector to an extremely knowledgeable expert that cares deeply about accuracy, fairness and integrity. Steve has studied the craft, has hands-on experience, and has put in the time and effort to refine his skills. Authentication is not an exact science, but his opinions are well-supported and reliable. They may not always be what someone wants to hear, but he doesn’t take his responsibilities to the industry and the everyday collector lightly. I value Steve Grad’s opinion more than anyone else’s in the business.
Mike Gomez - Collector
Steve Grad’s authentication expertise is one of the foundational cornerstones on which RR Auction built its successful autograph auction. Grad’s incredible knowledge of celebrity signing styles and his vast autograph exemplar files have benefitted both our consignors and buyers. Steve is the best and RR Auction relies on his authentication opinions every month, as we have since 2004.
Bobby Livingston - RR Auction