Spence Turned Hobby into Business

What’s real and what isn’t? Collectors hope James Spence Authentication can tell them. He’s not the first–or last–member of the family to have a passion for signatures.

Autograph authentication can be a tricky business.

Those paid for their opinions use a combination of factors to render a judgment that can make a seller big money–or disappoint someone who thought they had the real deal. Part experience, part technology, part comparison and part opinion, it’s a relatively new field that’s grown in the wake of Operation Bullpen.

JSA has blossomed into one of the hobby’s biggest. Used by autograph collectors, dealers and card manufacturers, the business was born from a family hobby.

The Parsippany, New Jersey-based group was profiled by the nearby Morris County Record.