The offices of Certified Sports Guaranty (CSG) were set to reopen Monday, Oct. 3 after the company shut down for four days because of Hurricane Ian.
CCG closed its headquarters on the outskirts of Sarasota at noon on Tuesday to give employees time to prepare for the storm. Customer Service phone lines were shut down and the company indicated that email responses would be delayed until the storm passed.
“There have been no adverse effects to any of CSG’s buildings or the collectibles safely stored inside our high-security vaults,” the company stated Friday morning.
TCCG executives had been monitoring the storm and began to secure its facilities while giving time for employees to hunker down ahead of the storm’s arrival Wednesday night and into Thursday.
“Preparing for the arrival of a hurricane does require an extensive and coordinated effort from many people on our team to ensure that all collectibles, employees and buildings are completely secure,” Max Spiegel, President of Certified Collectibles Group, told SC Daily via email on Tuesday afternoon. “Hundreds of employees helped us to secure our collectibles and facilities before we closed earlier today to ensure the safety of our employees.”
CCG says its offices, located about nine miles inland from the gulf, are built to withstand hurricanes, are not located in a flood zone and “have large, secure vaults to protect collectibles that are monitored 24/7.”
Ian brought several feet of storm surge to the coastline between Tampa and Ft. Myers.
This time of year, the possibility of dealing with the impacts of a major storm is always a possibility.
“Hurricane Irma in September 2017 was the most recent hurricane to impact our area,” Spiegel recalled. “Like today, with the help of many employees, we secured all collectibles in our vaults and waited out the storm. Our headquarters never lost power (it has a backup generator just in case), so we were able to reopen earlier than most other places in the area. The condition of the roads — is it safe for our employees to drive to work — is what dictates when we are able to reopen.”
CCG has been operating in Florida for more than 20 years, grading comics, coins and other collectibles before opening its card grading divisions in early 2021.