Beckett Authentication Services is introducing a new tamper-evident certification sticker for items that utilize them as part of the company’s autograph authentication process.
The new sticker has a custom-branded hologram and a QR code for verification.
“Because so many of the transactions between buyers and sellers of autographed memorabilia take place online, we wanted to add another layer of protection to our certification stickers, further protecting our customers,” stated Beckett President Jeromy Murray. “The hologram feature is using some of the most advanced technology available and should easily stand out if something has been tampered with. As the market grows and new collectors begin to enter, we wanted to make it easier for everyone to be assured they are receiving a genuine certified autograph. We are always looking to improve our products and services, and this new certification sticker is something we are really excited to offer.”
The new stickers offer a combination of patterns and layers. The hologram background will shift between the Beckett Authentication logo and the words “Beckett Authentication” written out depending on the angle in which it’s viewed.
Beyond the hologram, the new QR code will provide immediate access to the Beckett Authentication database. Scanning the QR code with any smartphone camera will allow customers to easily view pertinent details of the item.
The new stickers will replace the old style blue and red color logo against a white background. Beckett says the previously issued stickers are still valid and “will continue to offer counterfeit protection by leaving behind fragments of the sticker when removed to prevent application to another item.”
The launch of the stickers means Beckett will begin to eliminate the printed certification cards, a process that will happen first with its Witness Certification service. Autographs that are authenticated as part of the witness service will no longer have a printed certification card to accompany the certification sticker on the item.
The tamper-evident certification sticker has always been used to identify autographs certified by Beckett Authentication Services. The certificate card simply informed people where to look up the alphanumeric number on the sticker. With the QR code function, the cards “no longer seem necessary,” according to the company. Some customers do like to display the COA card with their item, however, and Beckett is promising to provide a printable option from its website.