Authentication
Diamonds in the Rough offers only Authentic Autographed Memorabilia as well as a 100% money back lifetime Certificate of Authenticity with every single autograph we sell. We offer autographed memorabilia only from the top, reputable, leading suppliers of authentic sports memorabilia. The companies that authenticate these items include Professional Sports Authenticator (PSA/DNA), James Spence Authentication (JSA), Steiner Sports, Upper Deck, Mounted Memories, Tri-Star Productions, and Fiterman Sports. All autographed items come with a Certificate Of Authenticity (COA) from these suppliers that include a hologram or sticker on the item. All are very reputable in the memorabilia business and guarantee items 100%

Below are companies that fully authenticate our items:

Professional Sports Authenticator

PSA/DNA is the world's leading third-party authentication service for autographs and memorabilia. PSA/DNA Authentication Services was founded by PSA in 1998 in response to widespread counterfeiting, forgery and piracy of autographed collectibles. Just as PSA grading changed the way cards and other collectibles are valued, bought and sold, PSA/DNA's four-level authentication process has revolutionized the hobby of autograph and memorabilia collecting – making it safer and more enjoyable for all. PSA/DNA Authentication Services has authenticated hundreds of thousands of autographs and collectibles from the worlds of sports, music, entertainment, politics and history, including many of the most valuable of their kind.

James Spence Authentication

Benefits included with a James Spence authenticated item:

- Quick and simple online confirmation of your certification number.
- Increased value, for faster sale of memorabilia.
- Secure, virtually impossible to replicate proprietary watermark James Spence Authentication Letter of Authenticity with corresponding high-resolution image and a unique certificate sticker.
- Guaranteed acceptance of our Letter of Authenticity by collectors, dealers, and ALL auction houses worldwide, or your submission fee will be reimbursed.
- Peace of mind that your memorabilia is deemed authentic and ready to be sold, passed along to a family member, or cherished forever.

All numbered Letters of Authenticity are fully transferable without resubmission. 

Mounted Memories

Mounted Memories, Inc., has been serving the autograph community since 1989. They are hailed as the industry leader in sports memorabilia collectibles and acrylic cases and have been recognized as a top organizer of athlete appearances. They are licensed as official distributors of autographed products by the National Football League and Major League Baseball. They guarantee that everything they offer is authentic, because there are only two ways that we get the items that they sell. 1. Some come by way of company-sponsored signings, and 2., are signed in the presence of their authorized agents. Every single piece of memorabilia comes with a certificate of authenticity, backed by our ironclad guarantee. Mounted Memories has earned the respect of the sports memorabilia community, including customers, vendors, athletes and agents. They have a large number of top athletes under contract for signings and appearances.

Tri-Star Productions

Tri-Star Productions, Inc. was formed in 1987 in Houston, Texas, with the purpose of specializing in the production of quality sports collectible shows. Tri-Star operates under the philosophy of diligently attending to the needs of both dealers and collectors, while providing a first-class attraction to be enjoyed by everyone from the casual sports enthusiast to the active collector. A numbered TRI-STAR AUTHENTIC hologram is affixed to all items. When you purchase a Tri-Star autographed item, you go online and verify the authenticity of the signature. Just enter the TRI-STAR AUTHENTIC hologram number on the item into the computer by going towww.tristarauthentic.com and you will instantly see the date and location of when and where the autograph was obtained and more.

Steiner Sports

Steiner Sports Memorabilia entered the sports business world in 1987 and has established itself as the leader in autographed sports memorabilia and sports collectibles. Our full line authentic autographed collectibles are the best source for all your gift needs. Our authentication process includes 4 major steps. Witness- Each and every hand-signed collectible that carries a tamper-proof hologram is witnessed by a Steiner Sports representative. Once the collectibles have been autographed, they are cataloged and inventoried. Affidavit - A notarized affidavit is prepared and signed by the athlete and a Steiner Sports representative. The notarized affidavit records the date and location of the signing and also details the items that were signed by the specified athlete. This document is then secured within the Steiner Sports main offices. Hologram - Each hand-signed collectible is examined for quality and signature condition. If the collectible meets the Steiner Sports standard of excellence a tamper-proof Steiner Sports hologram is affixed to the product. Certificate - Once the hand-signed collectible has passed the steps listed above, a Steiner Sports Certificate of Authenticity is created for the collectible. The collectible is then sealed and stored within our main office and is not handled until it is delivered to a sports collectible enthusiast.

Upper Deck

Authenticity has been a central theme to Upper Deck products since the company’s inception in 1988. The company revolutionized trading cards using sophisticated printing technology to improve the overall quality of products and adding a trademark hologram that prevented them from being counterfeited. In 1992, Richard McWilliam expanded the company’s focus on authenticity to include fine autographed sports memorabilia backed by a patented five-step authentication process which guarantees fans are receiving genuine autographs. The process is: 1. Every autograph is witnessed by an Upper Deck Authenticated representative. After all, observation is the ONLY WAY to truly guarantee authenticity; 2. A record of the autograph session is signed by both the athlete and the UDA official and is stored in a secure permanent file; 3. An Upper Deck Authenticated serial numbered hologram is affixed to each signed piece of memorabilia; 4. A certificate of authenticity is assigned to every piece of memorabilia and includes a matching hologram to the one affixed to the item; and 5. Every piece of signed memorabilia is packaged with a registration card. The owner has the opportunity to register the item with Upper Deck Authenticated. If for some reason the item is sold and/or transferred to a new owner, a full detailed record of the item's history is readily available.
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Owner - Jay Willett
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