What is the Best Authentication (COA) for a Sports Autograph?

Often I get asked, “What is the best authentication (COA) for an autograph to come with?”  That depends on the athlete and sport.  For example, a Derek Jeter autograph you would want Steiner Sports COA, a Michael Jordan autographed an Upper Deck COA, etc.  I have always been a big fan of having online databases where you can verify an autograph, such as MLB’s or TRISTAR’s.  Keep in mind, some companies do few signings in a particular sport, for example UDA does very few baseball signings, so that affects the list as well.  PSA/DNA ITP I personally think is preferred by more collectors that a JSA witness, so they will rank ahead of them.  However, both are equally great.  Each PSA/DNA ITP and JSA witness COA means the autograph was witnessed by a representative from PSA or JSA.  So here are Top 5 preferred COAs by sport.  Just going to rank the Top 3 most popular, baseball, basketball, and football.

Baseball:

1.)    MLB Authentication

2.)    Steiner Sports

3.)    PSA/DNA ITP

4.)    JSA Witness

5.)    TRISTAR

MLB authentication is most preferred for any baseball autograph, especially game used items.  These autographs are witnessed by a representative from MLB and each unique hologram # is verified on their website, stating the item and date it was signed.  Steiner does so many baseball signings they are a great one also.

Basketball:

1.)    UDA

2.)    Steiner Sports

3.)    PANINI

4.)    PSA/DNA ITP

5.)    JSA Witness

UDA represents LeBron and Jordan, so those COAs are very popular.  Steiner does a good amount of signings with basketball stars like Carmelo Anthony.  PANINI represents Durant and Kobe.

Football:

  1. Steiner Sports
  2. Mounted Memories
  3. PSA/DNA ITP
  4. JSA Witness
  5. TRISTAR

Steiner represents Eli and Peyton Manning and does a ton of signings with NY Giants and other football legends.  Mounted Memories also does a ton of football related signings. PSA and JSA are high on this list simply because they are present to witness a great deal of football signings at the public shows, so their COA comes on a ton of football items.  TRISTAR is on this list because of the signings they do but also because they represent Tom Brady.

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