Some major changes are underway at Sportscard Guaranty. The New Jersey-based sports card authentication and grading company hasn't made any official announcements, but three company officials have either left the company or will exit full-time duties soon.
Vice-President of Operations Sean Skeffington departed earlier this month according to a message board post on the company's website. Customer Service Manager Michael Goldberg will be leaving later this week and Brian Dwyer will remain in a "consulting" capacity. Late last summer, the company announced Dwyer was leaving his post as director of business development.
The moves coincide with news that autograph authenticator James Spence Authentication (JSA) has made an equity investment in SGC. The partnership will take effect in the coming weeks with a more thorough explanation and announcement forthcoming, according to SGC, which is known primarily for its grading of vintage sports cards. The move opens the door for SGC to enter the autograph slabbing market.
"The partnership between JSA and SGC will allow the two companies to offer an expanded range of services including, but not limited to, the encapsulation of autographs and the eventual grading of autographs," Dwyer wrote on SGC's message board.
"Operational employees will be able to accept submissions for either company providing a one stop shop for the authentication and encapsulation of your trading cards and autographed items. The combined resources of the two companies will also help expand the reach of the services as representatives will be at more shows and locations around the country providing additional opportunities for customers to do business in person."
Long time hobbyist Joe Delgrippo has been hired to fill an operations/customer service role. Another new employee is expected to be added soon.
According to Dwyer, the company's card grading staff will remain unchanged.