Mastro Auctions will now authenticate items in-house for the company’s auctions after ending its partnership with MEARS.
“Behind these LOAs will be the most-targeted and comprehensive authentication process in the business,” said Doug Allen, president and COO of Mastro Auctions. “For each auction, we will assemble a team of experts that will work together to examine all of our game-used jerseys. No individual names will be associated with this work, based on the fact that we will only offer items where the team unanimously deems the item to be authentic.
“We have engaged John Taube of PSA/DNA to oversee this process to ensure the necessary steps are being taken to ensure this authentication is being conducted in the most professional and comprehensive manner possible.
“With the proliferation of fraud and alterations in our industry, it is critical to have access to exemplar files to aid in the authentication process.”
To fill its exemplar database, Mastro has created a new exemplar archive with images of tagging, styles, lettering, patches, etc., based on the company’s 10-year selling history. Mastro has also started an extensive retrieval process to collect detailed images from its customers. “Although this process will be time consuming and expensive, what will result will be the best authentication tool to ever be made available to the industry,” Allen said.