Going to be in Chicago for PSA DNA authentication this weekend so I have a question and want opinions

I have a couple of items that I want authenticated and one of them is a dual signed Dimaggio and Williams 8x10. I t was professionally framed and matted years ago but they will only authenticate it unframed. In your opinions I have had this looked at by some of you and most opinions were that it was legit so should I tear it out of the frame to get it authenticated or leave as is and sell as is ?

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Comment by Steve Zarelli on March 21, 2013 at 7:29pm
Where are you planning to sell? On eBay you'll likely are a hit without certification.

You could consign to an auction house like RR and they will authenticate it for you for free. You'll pay a sellers commission, but it will be less than the cost of authentication and you will get a strong price.

By way of disclosure, I am the space consultant for RR.
Comment by John Strickland on March 22, 2013 at 3:43am

That is good to know when is the next auction ? Will I still have to remove the picture from the frame for their verification purposes ?

Comment by terrier8HOF on March 22, 2013 at 3:57am

I agree with Zipper.  Dimaggio and Williams are such targets for forgeries that if you do not have it authenticated by a recognized TPA, you will not get anything close to market value.

I believe the reason why they want it out of the frame is to be able to tell if it is a reprint or actually signed.  I just had a episode like this, and you can tell with a high degree of certainty if the item is hand signed without removing it from the frame.  Its just more difficult and time consuming.  I am not sure what R and R's policy is on this.

Comment by Steve Zarelli on March 22, 2013 at 4:03am
I recommend contacting Elizebeth Otto to ask. elizebeth@rrauction.com. Tell her Steve Zarelli referred you.

I know they sell framed items all the time, so they will certainly sell it that way.
Comment by Steve Zarelli on March 22, 2013 at 4:05am
Oh, they have monthly auctions, so you can consign at any time.
Comment by John Strickland on March 22, 2013 at 4:12am

Thank you all very much for your opinions I will look into that.

Comment by John Strickland on March 24, 2013 at 6:31pm

I talked to Elizabeth from R&R she is a very nice lady but I think I will hold on to my item for now apparently it is a buyers market because they said my piece would fetch between $250 and 300 but I know in a better market it would do better especially considering there are a lot of forgeries out there of these two sigs it seems like this would fetch a premium.

R&R approved it as being legit so that was good. Thank you again though for the recommendation and I will consider them in the future.

Comment by S. Maxwell on March 28, 2013 at 6:10pm

Well lets see: first damaging it by tearing out of the frame, then handing it over to them to put their stickers on it and ruining it further...hmmm....think I'd leave it alone.

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