I have a book autographed (in my presence) by the three Apollo 11 astronauts in 1989, on the 20th anniversary of the moon landing. Michael Collins’ death today has gotten me thinking about having it authenticated for possible sale at some point.
Apparently there are several companies that specialize in this, and coincidentally, one of them, JSA, will be doing walk-up authentications near me this weekend. A little Googling has shown that two of the other top companies are PSA and Beckett.
The immediate question is whether there is any downside to getting the book authenticated this weekend, which would be convenient, rather than waiting and shipping it to JSA or one of the other companies later, which would take longer, and entail the expense and risk of shipping. The only reason I can think of not to do it now is if one of the other services has a better reputation. Some online sources suggest PSA may be better, but it’s hard to tell.
What do you think?