Notebook: SEC Autograph Hounds, PSA/DNA to BBCE, Baseball Card Wall

SECSEC Media Days are underway in Birmingham, AL which is sort of the unofficial kickoff to the new college football season, although in the South there really is no ‘off-season’.

Coaches and a few select star players gather at a hotel and on their way in and out of media sessions, a  line of autograph seeking fans, collectors and, yes, dealers, tries to snare some autographs.

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psadnaIf you’re in the Midwest, you can stop by The Baseball Card Exchange next month and drop off autographed items to be authenticated by PSA/DNA.

Located in Schererville, IN, BBCE is hosting PSA/DNA for a day of on-site autograph authentication on Tuesday, August 5.  Lead authenticator Steve Grad will be in store and available to talk with collectors from 5pm-6pm on Tuesday, August 5.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., however customers are encouraged to drop off their items ahead of time.  Most items will be $15 for authentication but prices will vary.  Visit for more information on actual pricing.   Bulk discounts are available.  Contact Peter Kiefor at 219-515-6907 for details.


Panini logo knightPanini partnered with Kodak to put its new Panini Rewards Program together.  Specifically, the Kodak Brand Protection Solutions team worked with Panini America to:

— Implement a high-resolution image-capture station giving collectors the ability to view memorabilia and autograph cards

— Implement a website designed to enhance collectors’ customer rewards experience

— Develop a mobile app

“Panini America has been one of our valued customers for years, so we were eager to help them create and launch this program that’s such a big win for their customers,” said Pablo Biggs, director of brand protection solutions at Kodak.

Kodak has provided ultracovert brand protection solutions for the high-value collectable trading card line for the past six years.

Future Rewards Platform enhancements will give collectors the ability to self-authenticate their trading cards and eliminate issues related to potential counterfeit trading cards on the secondary market.

Kodak offers brand protection solutions that can be integrated directly into the production and manufacture of the collectible items themselves. They range from visible overt identification or codes to ultracovert Kodak Traceless markers and readers.


There might be more fun places to work than MLB Network, but it’s a short list.  If you don’t love baseball it’s probably not the place for you and so it might not come as a huge shock to know that the company’s offices in Seacaucus, NJ are lined with baseball cards.  There are nearly 5,000 packed together—dating back to the 1950s.

MLB Studios Baseball Card Wall

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