I guess this is a pretty subjective discussion. If you are talking about a specific field of authenticating your ranking falls apart. In the modern celebrity category JSA and Global would be tied for worst.
According to his profile, Ed collects:
Sports, History/Politics, Classic Hollywood and Stage, Music.
Global is a complete wasteland as far as authentication. JSA and PSA seem to have been in significant decline for some time, while the glowing early reviews of Beckett seem to have been pretty quickly countered by significant concerns cited on this forum. I don't like any of them.
Google "JSA PSA Hauls of Shame" for a number of their "best" mistakes. My favorites are the Andre the Giant facsimile signature on a magazine that was authenticated or the Clem Labine signed baseball authenticated as "Ernie Davis" or perhaps James Earl Ray signed index authenticated as James Earl Jones. There are so many of them yet they still seem to be held in such high esteem. I'd rather take the word of you guys on this forum!
The sad thing is, eBay believes these guys.
An affiliate of mine listed some products which eBay then deleted because they never came with COA's from their approved authenticators. Only thing is, all their approve authenticators are sports authenticators and don't know much about music.
One item came with a COA from JSA which they also removed, so one minute they trust their approved and then next minute they delete an item authenticated by them.
They really need someone who knows music to authenticate for them.
It's so sickening how skeptical people are about everything. And now ramp skepticism is trickling its way into the autograph authenticity business. Here's my rule that everyone should follow for a more seamless & peaceful way of collecting. If you have an item that is certified by JSA, PSA, TriStar, Steiner, Upper Deck, Beckett, Fanatics, Mounted Memories or Panini you should just be happy with it & take it as legitimate. However, if you have an item that is certified from any other authenticator whether it be Global Authentics or PAAS, assume it's fake & look to replace it with one of those listed above. Obviously if you received the item in person then you should look to one of the 9 authenticators listed above to to get an authentication from. Although some of them above are only companies that authenticate to sell. Not all of them above our 3rd-party authenticators. So pretty much if you have an item you want to get authenticated just go to JSA, PSA or Beckett. I see so many people questioning Beckett, JSA & PSA & all these people have is added stress to their life. Just assume that they're real & move on with your life & you'll be a lot happier bc chances are if they're from one of those companies it is real.
Dumbest post I've seen in a long time.
"...Here's my rule that everyone should follow for a more seamless & peaceful way of collecting. If you have an item that is certified by JSA, PSA, TriStar, Steiner, Upper Deck, Beckett, Fanatics, Mounted Memories or Panini you should just be happy with it & take it as legitimate...." - Adam
Half the exemplars PSA have up of Jackie Gleason are very poor forgeries from eBay or Spear 70's secretarials from eBay both of which I have proven down to source and even the name of the signer. What you said sounds like a frontal lobe lobotomy to me. Never sent anything to these places and never will.
The Liz Shaw Datebook is going to be particularly difficult for me. How do I accept it as being legitimate? Is there something that I have to drink or smoke?
Ha ha. Good one.