GAI on the rebound?
We were glad to have the chance to hear from Global Authentication. The company is up and running and despite a lot of uneasiness on the part of collectors we sense they’re making a sincere effort to remain a player in the industry. We were promised a press release with more information on the company’s future and we’ll be looking for it in the next few days. The first step might be to find a good PR person.
You’ve likely read some of our pieces on card alterations. Kevin Saucier’s work identifying cards that have had corners rebuilt, ink erased, bleaching and other ‘doctoring’ is interesting stuff. He now has a website.
When a card is graded without any such qualifier, then Kevin sees it and believes it’s been altered, what happens? It’ll be an interesting debate, though not one a lot of graded card sellers are probably looking forward to. Even if the number of altered cards that wind up in holders is small, the work is often found on high dollar vintage cards and is often good enough to get past the graders.