PSA/DNA's Steve Grad Uses Technology to Help Expose a Baseball Autograph Forgery

Steve Grad, autograph expert for PSA/DNA, uses different types of high-tech tools to help expose a Jesse Burkett autograph forgery. Burkett single-signed baseballs are one of the more valuable autographed items in the hobby, giving unscrupulous individuals the incentive to forge his desirable signature. In this case, Grad shows the viewers one technique used to alter baseballs, in hopes of tricking an unsuspecting buyer - re-painting. In this video, Grad exposes the lengths some people will go to for a buck and illustrates why credible 3rd-party authentication is so important.

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Comment by Steve Zarelli on January 13, 2012 at 5:39pm

Good video, although I have a few questions :

- is the ball truly painted, or have the signatures been "washed " using some process? Seems hard to believe it wouldn't be easy to detect something "painted "over the ball
- I hope they typically use white gloves when handling items. :-)

Comment by Steve Cyrkin, Community Manager on January 13, 2012 at 6:21pm

There are a number of removal processes, and "painting" the ball is one of them, but the ink from the signatures is usually removed as best they can first. Here's an article we did on a company that does it, Signed Baseball Magic:

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Comment by Ashish Thomas on March 13, 2012 at 5:31pm

Good Video

Never thought people would paint over a baseball cant believe the lengths forgers go

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