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Old 11-02-2011, 07:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Beckett Grading and James Spence now encapsulating, authenticating autographed baseballs

November 2, 2011 at 6:49 PM



By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary

A recent discussion with an MLB employee in Dallas for the World Series led to a quick chat about something new with Beckett Grading Services — and it’s a product launch that started with a pretty impressive first specimen.

BGS and James Spence Authentication are now encapsulating, grading and authenticating autographed baseballs as part of BGS’ services with every ball permanently encased in a sonically sealed tamper-proof BallDome that features the information along its base.

The first baseball to get the treatment? The Babe Ruth ball seen above, graded a BGS 9 for the ball’s condition and a BGS 9 for the ink quality while passing full JSA inspection.

According to Mark Anderson, the Director of Beckett Grading Services, there isn’t a submission form available just yet but the fees are: JSA’s authentication fee, which varies by player (click here), plus $40 for encapsulation and grading.

Anderson said that the BGS fee is flat no matter what the service requested. Collectors can choose to encapsulate only, grade the autograph only or grade both the autograph and the ball.

For more information on BGS, click here.

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Old 11-02-2011, 10:56 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Wow, I love this idea. I only collect auto cards but now I would consider doing some baseballs. From what I have read the domes are UV resistant and the balls seem to stay in place without moving around. Looks sharp, IMO.
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Old 11-02-2011, 10:58 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Good idea by Beckett. Will bring them more customers and make the hobby more secure when it comes to memorabilia
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Old 11-02-2011, 11:00 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Wow, I love this idea. I only collect auto cards but now I would consider doing some baseballs. From what I have read the domes are UV resistant and the balls seem to stay in place without moving around. Looks sharp, IMO.
Looks 10x better than the PSA/DNA baseball case.
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Is beckett going to start a price guide for balls so we can find out what our balls are worth?!
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Is beckett going to start a price guide for balls so we can find out what our balls are worth?!
LMAO, my wife already has a set price on my balls.
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Old 11-02-2011, 11:59 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I hope they don't charge $175 to have my kid's Mickey Mantle ball authenticated and graded like PSA charges.

That's too frickin expensive when I already am 100% sure of its authenticity.
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I really like the idea but wish the cases were flat on top so that you could stack them.
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I really like the idea but wish the cases were flat on top so that you could stack them.
Valid point.

Beckett is in cahoots with the shelving industry!
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Thats great..

Just paid 80 dollars at national to get my Joe D ball authenticated by spence...

Wish i had it in that case.... very cool
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I hope they don't charge $175 to have my kid's Mickey Mantle ball authenticated and graded like PSA charges.

That's too frickin expensive when I already am 100% sure of its authenticity.
They absolutely will. I had a Joe D ball and a Mantle Ball Authenticated by JSA years ago and it was like $100 without encapsulating. lol
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Want my Harper encapsulated and graded for future value. Any idea of the cost?
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It's about damn time. I'll be sending in my 1998 SF Giants team signed ball in a few months.

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They absolutely will. I had a Joe D ball and a Mantle Ball Authenticated by JSA years ago and it was like $100 without encapsulating. lol
Bleh, forget it then. hahaha.

My kid's friends "Duh, that HAS to be fake!" and he is like "No, it's totally real."

Except for, the guy I got it from showed me a couples pictures standing next to Mickey Mantle holding the ball and of him signing it. He had a ton of auto'd bat and balls from all the great HOF that were alive when he went to this convention in Southern Cal. the early 1990's. I saw all of his stuff, and it was all 100% legit.

So, why do I need to drop $175 bucks to have something authenticated? I'll kick my son in the pants if he sold it somewhere. I hope that is on his shelf til his last dying breath and he passes it along to a grandson (named after me of course, hahaha).
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Bleh, forget it then. hahaha.

My kid's friends "Duh, that HAS to be fake!" and he is like "No, it's totally real."
Except for, the guy I got it from showed me a couples pictures standing next to Mickey Mantle holding the ball and of him signing it. He had a ton of auto'd bat and balls from all the great HOF that were alive when he went to this convention in Southern Cal. the early 1990's. I saw all of his stuff, and it was all 100% legit.

So, why do I need to drop $175 bucks to have something authenticated? I'll kick my son in the pants if he sold it somewhere. I hope that is on his shelf til his last dying breath and he passes it along to a grandson (named after me of course, hahaha).
Dont worry, thats probably the process during authentication too. lol
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Dont worry, thats probably the process during authentication too. lol
Hahaha, lol.
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