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Limited Edition
Limited Edition C.O.A.
Certificate of Authenticity

The Score Board Inc.
The Score Board Inc. Certificate of Authenticity
Certificate of Authenticity

Limited to 28 Firing Days
Limited to 28 firing days C.O.A.
Certificate of Authenticity

Nabisco Limited Edition
Nabisco Certificate of Authenticity 
Certificate of Authenticity

Partial List of Trusted authenticators for Sports Cards and Memorabilia.
BGS
Beckett Grading Service

JSA
James Spence Authentication

MLB Authentication

Mounted Memories

PSA/DNA
Professional Sports Authenticator

SGC
Sportscard Guarantee Corporation

Steiner Sports

TriStar Productions, Inc

UDA
Upper Deck Authenticated
 
 KeyMan Collectibles  NEWSLETTER May 2016  
The Value of a C.O.A - Certificate of Authenticity
 Steven KeyMan
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 & Limited Edition - By Steven KeyMan
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    The credibility of the company that issues a C.O.A - Certificate of Authenticity is almost as important as the authenticity of the item itself. This assures the buyer that the item is genuine. The weight the C.O.A carries will be a major factor in value for most collectibles. Just like the "Limited Edition" C.O.A., some are just a marketing ploy.

 There are different levels of C.O.A's. Correctly identifying & understanding the difference between a quality C.O.A. and one used as a marketing gimmick, could be the difference in buying an item of quality, throwing your money away on a mass produced novelty or a fraudulent item. 

 Stock Certificate C.O.A.Standard Stock certificates sold in stationary stores, were commonly used as C.O.A's before the days, of higher tech authenticating companies hit the market, such as UDA-Upper Deck Authentic, or PSA/DNA. They were fine for the day but it still left the door open for a scam artist, to print their own C.O.A.'s. The first thing to look for with these type of certificates is the company that issued the C.O.A.

 If the company is reputable and provides proper contact information they will have a presence on-line. If you're spending good money don't hesitate to research the company. An unknown company with little or no, on-line information could spell trouble. The C.O.A could have been issued by a small local company, that went out of business years ago and the C.O.A. will carry little or no weight at all, or even worse printed by a scam artist to sell a fraudulent item. If the C.O.A does not have sufficient company information, and I have seen many, Buyer Beware.

 This "Limited Edition" Numbered Shirt certificate pictured here stating that the item is Authorized By Ken Griffey Jr. is not authorized. It was fraudulently printed Limited Edition C.O.A. by a savvy T-Shirt vendor. If the T-Shirt and the certificate were legitimate both would have trademarks, copyrights, and at the very least a company name. Especially an item from around 1990 when licensed marketing really took off. 

 A note about "Limited Edition." This is a Marketing ploy to sell memorabilia.
Limited edition is a term often used by manufactures of cards and memorabilia to indicate scarcity. A limited edition means just that - production of the item in question will be limited to a certain number. However, that number, supply, may be large or small, and is relevant to the number of collectors interested in it. Demand.

 The value of a limited edition item is only high if the number made is less than the number of collectors that are in the market for that item. If the limited number made is more than the number of collectors interested, then over time the value will lower from the original issued price. In most cases such as with most ceramic plates and figurines this is what happens. The value goes down. "Only 28 Firing Days" better put your order in now!

 Limited Numbered autographed baseballs or bats is another marketing ploy. It's nonsense. "Only 500 baseballs signed!" You will see the item & C.O.A numbered as 203/500, for example, the 203rd item of 500 baseball signed. This would have a higher value if there were only 500 baseballs in existence signed by that player, but the fact is there are plenty of others in the market, other than the 500 signed exclusively to that signing. The value will still be dictated by the supply offered in the market and the demand for that payers memorabilia. Numbered or not.

Score Board INC. C.O.A.Back to The C.O.A. -  Score Board was a very popular authenticator for autographs being sold on the QVC - Home Shopping Network around the 1990's, and is no longer in business. They did not use matching serial numbered stickers on both the COA and the item signed, connecting the two. An autograph authentication process revolutionized by UDA - Upper Deck Authentic.

There was no way of proving the Score Board COA belonged to the signed item being sold. Scam artists would copy the Score board COAs and use them to sell fake autographs. Because of this, The Score Board COAs can be used as toilet paper. They hold no weight, and Score Board authenticated items on average, sell well below market value. Signatures that have not been properly authenticated could sell at half the market value or less.

 Other than the fancy boarder, the Score Board type C.O.A. is no different than the Stationary Store Stock Certificates. A high quality C.O.A. from a reputable company will have matching serial numbers connecting the item to the certificate. Stay away from C.O.A.'s issued with little or no company information, and use the information provided to research the companies background. If the company has a shady past or is connected to a scam you will find out on-line through a simple search. If you find no information on the company it should also send up a red flag, especially for high valued collectibles.

 Reputable dealers that offer private C.O.A's with a lifetime guarantee isPrivate issue C.O.A. nice, and I'm sure most stay to their word, but what happens when they go out of business? I bought a Lifetime membership to a fitness gym and they went out of business. I'm still alive, and now over weight. It's tough to resell an item authenticated by an unknown company at market value.

The bottom line is if the item is not accompanied by a C.O.A. issued by a well known, reputable and Trusted company, it will have a lower value. Collectors pay for that trust. Otherwise it is just worth the amount of money collectors are willing to gamble, on their belief that the item is authentic. You will find a partial list of Trusted Authenticators in the left column of this page. You could also find authenticators and distributors arraigned or charged with fraud, listed on the FBI’s Operation Bullpen website from April of 2000.
 
 
 
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