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Sportscard Guaranty and James Spence Join Forces

Leading Sports Memorabilia Firms Offer Combined Authentication and Grading Services for Autographed Trading Cards

Two leading names in sports memorabilia have joined forces to offer combined grading and authentication services for autographed trading cards. The alliance was announced jointly by Dave Forman, president of Sportscard Guaranty, LLC (SGC), and James Spence of James Spence Authentication, LLC (JSA).

SGC is a premier sports card authenticator and grader known for its accuracy and consistency. Founded in 1998 and headquartered in Parsippany, N.J., the company provides independent, third-party appraisal of trading card condition -- the single most important factor in determining a card's value.

JSA is recognized worldwide as the industry authority for autograph authentication. World-renowned auction houses employ the services of James Spence to insure the legitimacy and affirm the value of their autographed offerings.

"Countless collectors have turned to Jimmy Spence to authenticate their investments, and we are pleased to align our name with his," Forman noted. "Autograph authentication is a natural extension of our services and one that we are pleased to offer to our valued client base."

Spence concurred. "SGC has an outstanding reputation among card hobbyists as a trustworthy source for grading," he said. "The partnership is a great match, and we look forward to a long and prosperous relationship with Dave Forman and his team."

Each trading card submitted to SGC is examined by three expert graders before being encapsulated in a sealed, tamper-resistant plastic holder. Acid-free, museum-quality black paper is custom-cut to frame the card, and an insert lists the card's year, quality and SGC certification number. Autographed cards will now feature the JSA trademark and autograph certification number as well.

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Source: Sportscard Guaranty, LLC
Date: June 29, 2005

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