Author: Steve Cyrkin, Editor

Kevin Keating & Bill Corcoran Join PSA/DNA as Steve Grad & Brian Sobrero Depart

PSA/DNA, one of the leading third-party autograph authentication services, announced the hiring of two new full-time authenticators on September 30. Veteran sports autograph dealers Kevin Keating and Bill Corcoran replace PSA/DNA authenticators Steve Grad and Brian Sobrero. Grad and Sobrero gave notice at the end of June and left September 30, reportedly to start a new company in the autograph field. Grad, who was PSA/DNA’s principal autograph authenticator, joined PSA/DNA in 2002 and since 2013 has also been the autograph authenticator for the History Channel’s hit show, Pawn Stars. Sobrero was a PSA/DNA full-time authenticator for about six years. Kevin Keating...

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Sgt Peppers Album Autographed by The Beatles Auctioning June 29 at Bonhams

A Sgt Peppers album signed by all four Beatles is being auctioned by Bonhams in Knightsbridge, London on June 29, 2016.  Band-signed Sgt Peppers albums are very rare and highly desirable. Only 7 to 9 examples are known to exist that are accepted as genuine by leading Beatles autograph experts. The last one sold for more than $179,000 at RR Auction in January 2014. Not only do the autographs look clearly genuine, the signing history of this album is completely verifiable. In fact, I did just that. Last week I talked to the consignor of the Sgt. Pepper’s album, Paul Minett, who got the album signed;...

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At Auction: Beatles Signed Agreement to Sell Apple Corps Headquarters

BOSTON, MA –A rare contract concerning the terms of sale of The Beatles Apple Corp headquarters will be auctioned by Boston – Based, RR Auction. “It’s likely one of the final Beatles documents fully signed by all four members,” said Robert Livingston, Executive VP at RR Auction. The eleven page signed document, dated November 8, 1980. Contract concerning the terms of sale, “the property known as 3 Savile Row W.1.” The document consists of four identical copies of the same agreement, each signed at the conclusion by a member of the Beatles. Bound with a clip at the left edge, with...

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Upper Deck Founder & CEO Richard McWilliam Dies Suddenly

  RANCHO SANTA FE, Calif., Jan 07, 2013 — Richard P. McWilliam, co-founder and CEO of The Upper Deck Company, the world’s leading trading card company and a leading sports and entertainment business, died unexpectedly at his home in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. on Saturday, January 5, 2013. He was 59 years old. Mr. McWilliam is credited with transforming the sports trading card business by creating Upper Deck, a company that grew to become the leading sports trading card business and expanded to become a major sports and entertainment company. Mr. McWilliam drove that growth through continuing innovation to...

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