For the last 16 years, PSA/DNA has offered its Quick Opinion Service for autographed items on eBay, but now the process will be easier—and more visible.
Collectors who are hesitant about purchasing an autographed item because of forgery concerns can get a PSA/DNA authenticator’s opinion before clicking the “Add to cart,” “Place bid,” “Make Offer” or “Buy It Now” buttons. For a small fee, an authenticator will evaluate the autograph in question and offer a non-binding opinion on whether it’s real.
All eBay autograph listings now include a link labeled “Get an Autograph Expert’s Opinion”.
Collectors interested in getting an opinion from PSA/DNA can click the link and enter the eBay item number. Once a $10 payment is made, the item listing page is sent to PSA/DNA for an examination, with the opinion delivered within 24-48 hours, stating that the item is “likely genuine” or “likely not genuine.”
“This is an important step in our continuing fight against forgeries,” said PSA/DNA Vice President Steve Sloan. “Before a collector makes a purchase, it’s now incredibly easy to get a professional opinion from PSA/DNA.”
PSA/DNA won’t promise that items scheduled to end in less than 24 hours can be examined in time. If PSA/DNA is unable to render an opinion, the collector will be given a refund.
If you are the winning bidder and ultimately purchase the autographed item, you have the option of submitting the piece for a formal and complete examination. If PSA/DNA receives the item within 90 days of the close of the auction, you will be entitled to a $10 credit off the company’s regular authentication fee by attaching a copy of your paid QuickOpinion invoice to the PSA/DNA submission form.