Pawn Stars’ Steve Grad Launches Beckett Authentication Services

Beckett Media has launched an autograph authentication company, led by renowned autograph authentication expert Steve Grad of Pawn Stars fame. With Grad and Brian Sobrero as authenticators, Beckett Authentication Services is now accepting submissions at the Beckett Authentication Services website.

“I am beyond excited to take this incredible next step in my career,” Grad said. “Partnering with Beckett’s talented global team will allow Beckett Authentication Services to deliver unparalleled service to dealers and collectors worldwide.”


Grad most recently served as principal authenticator for PSA/DNA, building that company’s authentication business during the past 15 years. Grad has authenticated many of the finest pieces in the sports collectible hobby, including the highest graded Babe Ruth single-signed baseball and the only known Joe Jackson signed photo.

Since 2013, Grad has served as an autograph expert for Pawn Stars on The History Channel, and will continue to appear on the popular show representing Beckett Authentication Services.


Sobrero’s lifelong association with the autograph industry has helped him develop an unmatched library of exemplars. He has been an invaluable resource to auction houses, leading hobby dealers and private collectors, ensuring that their modern autographs are authentic. Sobrero and Grad will work in concert with Jeromy Murray, general manager of Beckett’s grading and authentication businesses.


“Beckett is the most trusted brand in the business, and has been for more than 30 years,” said Sandeep Dua, CEO of Beckett Media. “The addition of Steve Grad and Brian Sobrero underscores our commitment to providing industry-best products and services. BAS will be a perfect partner to our well-respected Beckett Grading Services (BGS) business.”

Grad, Sobrero and the BAS team will join BGS at collectible shows throughout the country, including the Greater Boston Sports Collectors Club show (Nov. 4-6) and the Fanatics Authentic show in Chicago (Nov. 18-20). Additional public appearances will be announced soon.

Visit to submit autographs for authentication or to learn more about Grad, Sobrero and the Beckett Authentication Services business.

About Steve Cyrkin, Editor

Steve Cyrkin is the editor & publisher of Autograph, and focuses mostly on forgery, market and consumer protection issues.


  1. Jeff Grimsley says:

    I read yesterday how Beckett Authentication has now hired Kyle Bell from Press Pass Collectibles to be one of their authenticators. This is the same Kyle Bell that you can find archived articles on this website how he was involved with selling many forgeries in the past. It appears that Mr Bell has cleaned up his act, but has he ???? Yes he only sells authenticated items now but there’s a catch. He is one of the largest PSA/DNA dealers now in the country. He used PSA/DNA when Steve Grad was their leading authenticator. A simple look at both Kyle Bells and Steve Grads personal social media accounts will show that Steve Grad was an usher at Kyle’s wedding 2 years ago. This shows that the two of them are personal friends besides Kyle being a customer. This a major conflict of interest. How could PSA/DNA authenticate Mr. Bells items without bias ? The answer is they can’t ! Now Mr. Bell with be an authenticator. We he be authenticating his own products ? Will he be selling Beckett Authenticated items ? Our opinion is if he stays in the business of selling autographs then authenticating autographs is 100% a conflict of interest. Think about how rich you can get by buying up all the fake autographs on Ebay, authenticating them yourself, and then re selling those same items on Ebay for 25 times what you paid for them……. think about it…….

  2. Steve I think it would be great if you interview Steve Grad for an article in Autograph Magazine as alot of questions could be answered at once. (Why he left PSA, what the new company will be like, etc)