SGC will open a new game-worn uniform authentication division next month.
Long-time authenticator and researcher Dave Grob has left MEARS and joined SGC to help spearhead the new effort. A long-time collector and known as a meticulous researcher, Grob is a leading authority on vintage baseball uniforms and has written hundreds of articles on game-worn uniforms and authentication.
Troy Kinunen, president and CEO of Milwaukee-based MEARS will continue to operate his company’s auction and the authentication division.
SGC began as a trading card authentication firm in the 1990s and currently authenticates cards, autographs and tickets. The addition of Grob is a major move for the company, which moved its offices from New Jersey to Boca Raton, FL in 2016.
According to SGC, “Grob has almost single-handedly revolutionized his field through the introduction of standardized processes that define and leverage objective data for characteristics such as sizing and tagging. He has pioneered the application of imagery analysis techniques and the use of technology to assess fabric weave, quality, grade of a manufacturers product, and the detection of alterations in baseball uniforms. Grob’s research and findings have enabled collectors to recover hundreds of thousands of dollars on previously purchased and wrongfully authenticated uniforms.”
“When you’re talking about baseball uniform authentication, the conversation begins and ends with Grob,” said Dave Forman, CEO of SGC. “With him at the helm of our uniform division, SGC will set a new standard for stability and integrity in the baseball uniform market.”
This July, SGC will officially begin accepting uniform submissions for authentication. The new division will be showcased in the SGC display at the National Sports Collectors Convention in Cleveland August 1-5.