CGC grading’s Parent Company Acquires James Spence Authentication

CCG Acquires JSA

Quick Summary

  • CGC grading’s parent company, Certified Collectibles Group, has reached an agreement to acquire James Spence Authentication.

  • Starting in April, collectors can submit autographed cards for signature authentication and CGC card grading.

CCG Announce Agreement To Acquire JSA

Certified Collectibles Group, who own CGC grading, among other collectibles brands, has reached an agreement to acquire James Spence Authentication (JSA).

CCG have announced that collectors will be able to submit autographed cards for authentication from JSA and grading from CGC, starting in April.

In their announcement, Certified Collectibles Group said: “CCG and JSA will provide a seamless solution for autograph collectors to have their items authenticated, graded and encapsulated by the world’s top experts.”

“CCG and JSA are the perfect match, with a shared passion for collectibles along with an unwavering commitment to expertise and integrity,” said Steven R. Eichenbaum, CEO of CCG.

JSA was founded in 2005 by James Spence, Jr., and has become established as one of the top autograph authenticators in the world; Spence will continue to run JSA, along with James Spence III, and co-owner Mark Pepitone will serve as a Senior Advisor.

According to GemRate, CGC grading was one of the market leaders for trading card grading in 2023, with 10% of the market share, second only to PSA (78%); I think collectors can be excited by the news that JSA’s autograph authentication services will be integrated with their grading service.

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Jason Clarke

Jason is a lifelong sports fanatic and a huge fan of the NBA and NFL. He's long been a collector of sports cards - For over 20 years in fact. He collects various different sports, as well as some non-sport cards. He has a particular soft spot for 90s basketball inserts. Find Jason on X (Twitter): @jason_clarke91.
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