Global Authentication has moved to a larger facility in southern California. Now, the company is also rolling out some new services.
Outgrowing its original facility in Irvine, California, GAI has moved to a new location San Clemente.
"We’ve sort of shed our start-up skin," said co-founder and Vice President Mike Baker at last weekend’s Chicago Sun-Times show. "It’s a bigger facility that’s a lot more efficient and gives us more control over our resources and manpower. We’ve gone from a smaller company and are now trying to take things to the next level."
"Home" for GAI is a relative term. The company’s authenticators and graders spend a tremendous amount of time on the road, offering services at shows and at other hobby outlets needing work with autographs, wax packs and cards. The company had representatives at the recent EPSCC show in Reading, PA, then had a presence both in Chicago and at the GT Sports Marketing event in San Jose, California. They’ll also visit White Plains, New York, Pittsburgh and Long Island before April is over.
GAI recently unveiled Global Passport, a service which offers collectors the opprotunity to have an item authenticated and immediately listed in an auction or sold outright. "We use the resources within our company to help clients choose the best way to get their stuff where it needs to go and where it will get the best price," Baker said of the new service. "It also assures the buyer that there’s no chance of a ripped off scan or fake auction. When you open the box, it means that was was advertised is what you’ll get."
According to Baker, GAI will launch a redesigned website sometime in the next 60 days and include an on-line autograph opinion service. For a $10 fee, one of GAI’s authenticators will offer a ‘quick opinion’ on whether their signed item is legitimate. "What it does is help filter some items out that would not pass without someone having to send them off. We’re confident we’re going to be able to provide a quality service that’s economically valued. It’s also much quicker turnaround than actually sending something in."