Beckett Expands Into Comics Market,
 Acquires Comic Book Certification Service

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Beckett Media, the most trusted brand in collectibles, is expanding into the comics marketplace. Beckett today announced the acquisition of Comic Book Certification Service, LLC, an industry leader in grading and certification.

“We are thrilled to welcome Steve Borock and the CBCS team to the Beckett collectibles family,” said Sandeep Dua, chief executive of Beckett and its portfolio company, Entrust Global Group. “Our global team is fully invested in serving the comics community with the trust, integrity and fairness that Beckett has delivered to collectors for nearly 40 years.”

Jeromy Murray, Beckett’s vice president for grading and authentication, said CBCS will join Beckett’s flagship brands as the No. 1 choice for collectors. Beckett Grading Services (BGS) is the unquestioned leader in sports card grading, and Beckett Authentication Services (BAS), just 11 months after its 2016 launch, is a dominant player in the autograph authentication market.

“The entire CBCS/Beckett team is committed to growing the hobby, both in North America and internationally,” Murray said. “We can’t wait to begin connecting with comics collectors and retailers at shows, conferences and hobby shops world-wide.”

Borock, CBCS’ co-founder and president, said Beckett’s infrastructure and global reach provides the grading company with unprecedented opportunity for growth. Borock, CEO Michael Bornstein and other key staff members will continue to serve collectors from CBCS’ offices in St. Petersburg, FL.

“Today is an exciting step forward for CBCS and the comics community,” Borock said. “Infusing Beckett’s trusted brand and its talent in technology, marketing and global expansion into the market creates an even greater opportunity for CBCS to serve our great hobby.”

About Comic Book Certification Service

Comic Book Certification Service, based on St. Petersburg, FL, provides the comic collectors with expert, impartial grading and certification of their valuable comics. Founder/President Steve Borock, one of the hobby’s most respected professionals, established the industry’s standards for third-party certification nearly 20 years ago. For more information, visit

About Beckett Media

Beckett Media has been the voice of the collectibles industry from the time Dr. James Beckett published his first Sport Americana Baseball Card Price Guide book in 1979. Nearly 40 years later, Beckett Media continues to facilitate trade and lead the collectibles industry with dynamic products and services. For more information, visit

About Entrust Global Group

Entrust Global Group is an elite organization that specializes in the operation, execution and leadership of a diverse group of cutting-edge companies. Entrust’s portfolio includes globally-focused companies in the following sectors: business and technical appraisals; auctions; publishing; education; conferences & webinars; numismatics & lapidary and human resource services. For more information, visit

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Ryan Cracknell

A collector for much of his life, Ryan focuses primarily on building sets, Montreal Expos and interesting cards. He's also got one of the most comprehensive collections of John Jaha cards in existence (not that there are a lot of them). Got a question, story idea or want to get in touch? You can reach him by email and through Twitter @tradercracks.

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  1. Ocasio Consulting 23 October, 2017 at 18:12

    Excellent acquisition by management. Please work on turnaround times as it’s one of the main challenges facing the industry.

  2. Jim Stromquist 24 October, 2017 at 03:18

    Beckett needs to have a All Collectible Road Shows across the USA & Canada…..Sponser with stores or show promoters and Beckett Live Show – Authentications – Autographs…. 50 states work on 20 -25 key states to cover the USA. All Sports & Collectibles.Stream it Live (Twitch)….. Jim’s Baseball Card Store 1979, Co-Founder Frank & sons 1990, Naxcom / Malls 2000, Step Above 2001, Jimmy’s USA 2003 to present….Just a Idea…..jimmy GETS IT!…..HOME OF THE SUPER FREE SHOWS!!!!

  3. Stanley Agbulos 29 November, 2017 at 20:15

    I’m glad Beckett has acquired CBCS. My question is, will BSA now perform the autograph authentication instead of CSA. And if so, will this vastly improve the turnaround time? CBCS provides a very good service and it’s product is well accepted in the industry. I’m hoping Beckett can incorporate a picture of the autograph on the grading case and online so consumers can view the autographs that are signed inside the comic books.

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