Steve Grad Leaves PSA/DNA



By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

After spending about 15 years with the company, Steve Grad has left PSA/DNA. The company’s principal authenticator, Grad also made a name for himself appearing regularly on Pawn Stars to help Rick Harrison and the staff at Gold & Silver Pawn Shop in Las Vegas.

Grad departed PSA/DNA at the start of the month. While he doesn’t have anything firm in place, he said he decided to move on to look at other opportunities.

“I’ve been incredibly blessed to have worked with some of the most talented and incredibly gifted people in the authentication industry while thoroughly enjoying my time at PSA/DNA,” Grad said in a statement.

“It’s also been an honor and privilege to authenticate some of the finest pieces in the hobby including the Law of Baseball, the highest-graded Babe Ruth single-signed baseball, the only known Joe Jackson signed photograph and numerous other high-end pieces of American sports history.”

Grad started with PSA/DNA as a senior authenticator before becoming the company’s principal authenticator.

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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. Richard 4 October, 2016 at 10:31

    Hmm. If there is only 1 known autograph signed, what do they really have to compare it to?

    • Ryan Cracknell 4 October, 2016 at 16:01

      If you’re referring to the Jackson in his quote, he’s talking about a photo. There is more than one Shoeless Joe Jackson autograph out there.

  2. Trey 4 October, 2016 at 20:42

    How soon until he starts his own authentication service? Going out on their own is usually what happens when someone gets too big for a company.

    • Ryan Cracknell 5 October, 2016 at 11:49

      Just because someone is illiterate doesn’t mean they can’t sign things. Writing a signature can become a trained motor skill.

  3. edward 6 April, 2017 at 13:47

    I have a jimmie foxx autograph baseball
    trying to find out if it is real can i get some help

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