By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor
A recent discussion with an MLB employee in Dallas for the World Series led to a quick chat about something new with Beckett Grading Services — and it’s a product launch that started with a pretty impressive first specimen.
BGS and James Spence Authentication are now encapsulating, grading and authenticating autographed baseballs as part of BGS’ services with every ball permanently encased in a sonically sealed tamper-proof BallDome that features the information along its base.
The first baseball to get the treatment? The Babe Ruth ball seen above, graded a BGS 9 for the ball’s condition and a BGS 9 for the ink quality while passing full JSA inspection.
According to Mark Anderson, the Director of Beckett Grading Services, there isn’t a submission form available just yet but the fees are: JSA’s authentication fee, which varies by player (click here), plus $40 for encapsulation and grading.
Anderson said that the BGS fee is flat no matter what the service requested. Collectors can choose to encapsulate only, grade the autograph only or grade both the autograph and the ball.
For more information on BGS, click here.
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