(Costa Mesa, California) May 17, 2004 /PR Newswire/ -- QuikDrop International and Collectors Universe, Inc. (NASDAQ: CLCT) today announced a joint consumer protection plan to prevent fakes and forgeries from being offered for sale on eBay. QuikDrop customers now can automatically have their sports cards and sports memorabilia, autographs, and rare coins and stamps authenticated by Collectors Universe experts prior to posting them for sale on eBay. QuikDrop International (www.quikdrop.com), based in Costa Mesa, California, is the first and largest eBay drop-off store franchise with eight facilities now located in five states. Franchise contracts are in place to open over 250 stores in the United States and 75 stores internationally.
Collectors Universe (www.collectors.com), based in Santa Ana, California, is the world's largest third-party authentication and grading service for collectibles. "Several years ago, the FBI estimated as much as 90 percent of all sports autographs on the market are forgeries. Our exclusive agreement with QuikDrop can help drastically reduce potential problems and restore confidence to buyers of sports memorabilia; trading cards; autographs of famous sports, Hollywood and historical persons; rare coins and stamps," said Michael Haynes, Chief Executive Officer of Collectors Universe. "Sellers find they get more money for their collectibles if they are authenticated. QuikDrop eBay drop-off stores provide an easy way for anyone to list their items on eBay simply and conveniently, and now we can submit their collectibles to Collectors Universe for expert opinions on their authenticity and state of preservation," explained Murray Mead, Chief Executive Officer of QuikDrop International.
The PSA/DNA division of Collectors Universe has certified the authenticity of all footballs used in the past four Super Bowl games, as well as Mark McGwire's 70th home run baseball, Barry Bonds's 600th career homerun ball, and Hank Aaron's historic 715th homerun bat and ball. Experts in the company's Professional Coin Grading Service division recently authenticated a $2 million rare coin kept by its unsuspecting owners in a closet for 41 years. "With all the money being spent by collectors, it is imperative that they are informed about the dangers of forgeries in the marketplace and they insist on third-party credibility and authentication. Our arrangement with QuikDrop conveniently lets sellers take proper precautions and permits collectors to participate in a safe hobby environment and avoid the pitfalls," said Haynes.
Collectibles with a value of $50 or more can be dropped off at any QuikDrop location where they are photographed, submitted to Collectors Universe for authentication, when certified are placed on eBay. Once sold, QuikDrop handles the payment and shipping details with the winning bidder. The customer receives a check in the mail for the full amount of the sale, less the authentication fee and a commission to QuikDrop.
About Collectors Universe
Collectors Universe, Inc. is the leading provider of products and essential services to the high-end collectibles market. The Collectors Universe brands are among the strongest and best known in their respective markets. The Company grades and authenticates collectible coins, sportscards, stamps, and autographs. The Company engages in collectibles commerce, selling coins, sportscards and sports memorabilia, and entertainment memorabilia through direct sales, auctions, catalogs, and the Internet. The Company also compiles and publishes authoritative information about collectible sports cards and sports memorabilia, United States and world coins, and entertainment memorabilia. This information is accessible to collectors and dealers at the Company's web site, www.collectors.com, and is also published in print.
For further information, contact Jack Reynolds of QuikDrop International, (949) 548-2171, or fax, (949) 548-0569, or by email [email protected].