President, Professional Sports Authenticator (PSA) and PSA/DNA Authentication Services
Expertise: Trading Cards and Sports Memorabilia
Joe Orlando has been an advanced collector of sportscards and memorabilia for over 25 years. Orlando attended Westmont College in
Santa Barbara, California where he studied communications and was the starting catcher for the baseball team. After a brief stint in the minor leagues, Orlando obtained a Juris
Doctor from Whittier Law School in Southern California in the spring of 1999. During the last sixteen years, Orlando has authored several collecting guides and dozens of articles
for Collectors Universe, Inc. Orlando has also authored two books for Collectors Universe. Orlando's first book, The Top 200 Sportscards in the Hobby, was released in the
summer of 2002. His second book, Collecting Sports Legends, was released in the summer of 2008. Orlando has appeared on numerous radio and television programs as a hobby
expert including ESPN's award-winning program Outside the Lines, HBO's Real Sports and the Fox Business Network, as the featured guest.
Currently, Orlando is the President of PSA and PSA/DNA, the largest trading card and sports memorabilia authentication services in the hobby. He is also Editor of the company's nationally
distributed Sports Market Report, which under Orlando's direction has developed into a leading resource in the market. Orlando also contributed the foreword and last chapter to
The T206 Collection: The Players and Their Stories, a 2010 release, and to The Cracker Jack Collection: Baseball's Prized Players, a 2013 release. Recently, Orlando helped
put together a new hobby book entitled The 100 Greatest Baseball Autographs, which is due out in the summer of 2016.
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Principal Authenticator, PSA/DNA Authentication Services
Chicago native Steve Grad originally started his career in radio. His major in Broadcast Journalism at Columbia College launched him into the radio world for seven years. Grad worked as an anchor/reporter and show host with One on One Radio Network, now known as Sporting News Radio, the largest syndicated sports radio network.
With his roots deep in a city immersed in sports history, it was natural for Grad to begin collecting autographs, which ultimately led him to his future profession. Grad's collecting days started after he acquired his first in-person autograph from Rich Dotson of the Chicago White Sox at Comiskey Park. He was hooked. Thereafter, Grad expanded his collection of in-person autographs from purely baseball to football, basketball, and hockey. Meeting these modern athletes and witnessing their signatures time after time proved to be invaluable!
Grad's interest in autographs unsurprisingly spilled over into entertainment, music and politics. Through his travels in Europe, Canada, and the U.S. in the last twenty years, he has collected over 100,000 in-person autographs. Over the years, Grad has authenticated some of the hobby's most prestigious autographed items. Now a renowned expert in his field, Grad has even been asked to be an expert authenticator for the History Channel's Pawn Stars program.
Senior Grader, Professional Sports Authenticator (PSA)
Expertise: Trading Card Grading
Jon Bahner started with Professional Coin Grading Service in 1986. He has had many responsibilities in his tenure at the company. For sportscards, Jon started collecting when he was 12 years old. In the early 1990s he was one of the principals of Total Sportscards, a firm that specialized in all areas of the sportscard market. Jon joined the PSA team in 1995 and is now considered one of the top grading experts in the market.
In 1957, Rich Consola saw Elvis perform in Buffalo, New York. Elvis was wearing his famous Gold Lame jacket that day and, since then, Rich has been a lifelong fan and collector. Rich has thoroughly studied Elvis' handwriting and signature for over 20 years. Today, Rich is considered one of the foremost authorities on Elvis autographs and is known worldwide for his exceptional knowledge.
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Authenticator, Professional Sports Authenticator (PSA)
Expertise: Event Tickets
Al Glaser has been a collector all of his life. Starting with coins in the 1960s, he expanded to collecting rare US and foreign military currency during the 1970s. Then, while attending his first Super Bowl in the 1980s, Al finally found his true collecting passion in sporting event tickets.
Considered for years as one of the foremost authorities of sporting event tickets, Al continually assists with publishing numerous ticket collecting articles and books. Focusing on full tickets, Al has amassed one of the largest and finest collections of major sporting event tickets known. His research into various sports ticket designs led him to collect and publish the most comprehensive list of Super Bowl ticket color varieties available. This collection is viewable at www.SuperBowlTicketCollector.com.
In addition to his authentication responsibilities with PSA, Al is President of ADGInsurance agency, specializing in alternative retirement strategies.
Consultant, Professional Sports Authenticator (PSA)
Expertise: Unopened Material
Since the age of 9, Steve Hart has been involved with sportscards in one way or another. His early passion as a collector led him to local card shows and, in 1985, he set up at a convention for the first time. Five years later, at the age of 20, he opened his retail sportscards store, Baseball Card Exchange. Steve's integrity and focus on service helped earn him the status as one of Chicago's premier sportscard dealers. Over the next 15 years, his expanding business moved to newer locations, each one bigger than the last. In July of this year, the Baseball Card Exchange moved to its current location, containing more than 8,000 square feet of office and warehouse. Steve's fascination with unopened material started early and he later became one of the foremost authorities on the subject after years of study. Over the last 20 years, Steve has examined thousands upon thousands of unopened items. This experience has given him the reputation as one of its top unopened specialists in the hobby.
Expertise: Championship Rings, Trophies and Awards
TJ Kaye, who was born in New York, is president/CEO of TJ's Memorabilia Inc. Located in Boca Raton, Florida, TJ’s Memorabilia has been a part of the hobby for over 20 years, having been established in 1991. What started out as a passion for collecting autographs (especially Mickey Mantle), championship rings, trophies and awards, has turned into a well-established firm in the sports memorabilia industry. TJ’s knowledge, integrity and reputation have helped his company become one of the most respected championship ring dealers in the country.
Kevin Keating has been a lifetime baseball autograph collector since the age of ten. He graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1982 where he finished first in his class in Chinese language. After leaving the Army, Keating started selling some of the autographs he had received as a child, and eventually founded his company, www.QualityAutographs.com, in 1992. In 1999, he coauthored The Negro Leagues Autograph Guide (Landmark Books), and he has also published numerous articles on autographs and related topics. He has appeared on a variety of television and radio shows as a guest expert on baseball autographs and forgeries and is frequently interviewed and quoted in print media. These publications include The San Francisco Examiner; The San Francisco Chronicle; The Washington Post; The New York Post, The New York Daily News, U.S.A. Today, Baseball Weekly, The Miami Herald, among others. He has also provided authentication and/or appraising services for organizations that include nationally known auction companies, The National Sports Gallery, and many private collections. He has advised the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on matters related to the identification of suspected forgers, and the FBI called on him to testify as a government expert witness during the well-known Operation Bullpen investigation. Keating also received his Master's Degree in International Public Policy from Johns Hopkins University in 2002. He currently resides with his wife in Alexandria, Virginia.
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Vince Malta has been an avid collector of professional game used bats for over 15 years. His passion for collecting turned into an absolute obsession in his pursuit for knowledge in accurately authenticating the time period a bat was manufactured for a player. He is known by collectors as a person very willing to share his bat collecting knowledge and has been a great ambassador to the bat-collecting hobby. He co-authored the very first book exclusively devoted to collecting game used bats. This book has been relied on as a primary reference guide to countless collectors, auction houses, and baseball museums, including the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. Malta has been a bat authenticator for three years with Grey Flannel Auction House, and has an impeccable reputation for consistently providing accurate, unbiased expert opinions.
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Specializing in historic items, John Reznikoff is the founder of University Archives, a leading document and manuscript firm specializing in the appraisal and authentication of historic texts. The company has bought and sold rare documents from its inception. John is affiliated with, and has served as an officer in, multiple professional organizations dedicated to the autograph industry. In fact, John served as Vice President and subsequently, President of the International Autograph Dealers Association. Moreover, John conceived and founded the Professional Autograph Dealers Association. He has authored many published articles for Manuscripts, Pen and Quill, Linn's, and American Philatelist. John's experience and expertise in identifying historical items has lead to appearances and features in Good Morning America, The New York Times, Smithsonian, and Newsweek.
Originally from Chicago, Zach Rullo started collecting in-person autographs at the young age of 13. The collecting bug started with the MLB All-Star game at the nearby Wrigley Field. Since then, visits to various ballparks, especially Chicago Stadium, expanded his collection. Soon enough, his interest in other sports grew as well; his collection now includes football, basketball, hockey, boxing, soccer, tennis, and golf. Meeting these modern athletes and witnessing their signatures mature from their college or rookie seasons through the years have proven to be invaluable! Rullo's interest in autographs quickly turned over into entertainment and music. Through his travels in Europe, Canada, Mexico and all across the U.S., he has collected well over 80,000 in-person autographs. Rullo's pursuit for autographs has provided PSA/DNA with an extensive library of exemplars and impeccable expertise in modern day autographs. Zach is a world class expert in contemporary sports and entertainment autographs, especially contemporary music autographs. At PSA/DNA, Zach examines millions of dollars worth of contemporary autographs a year.
Authenticator, PSA/DNA Authentication Services
Living in California for the majority of his life, Brian Sobrero has met many famous athletes and celebrities during that time. Sobrero started attending Oakland A’s and Golden State Warriors games at the age of 10, acquiring numerous autographs. At the age of 17, his interests expanded to football and entertainment autographs. By 1991, Sobrero was collecting autographs from every genre imaginable.
Sobrero has attended many top sporting events over the years, including but not limited to the World Series, Super Bowl, NBA championship, NCAA championship and more…all in the pursuit of autographs. He has also been to premier entertainment events such as the Academy Awards, Emmys, Golden Globes and SAG awards for that very same purpose. Sobrero has amassed an enormous collection of in-person autographs, which helps immensely in the analysis of so many scarce, contemporary signatures.
With over 20 years of direct experience in the field, Sobrero brings an excellent base of knowledge and a tremendous exemplar library from the modern-era to the PSA/DNA autograph team.
Consultant, Professional Sports Authenticator (PSA)
Born and raised in New York City, Lenny Steren has been in the hobby as a collector and/or dealer of baseball tickets and cards since 1980. After graduating from the University of Hartford, Lenny worked as a Public Relations Representative for the 1990 and 1991 NY Mets. He moved into the world of print advertising on Madison Avenue from 1991 to 1998. In June of 1998, Lenny started Mookie's Tickets and Sports Memorabilia, specializing in 1910 - present baseball and football tickets.
Moving to Pasadena, CA in 2000, Lenny's sports ticket inventory has grown to over 125,000. He enjoys tireless hours of research and goes to great lengths to investigate the background and history associated with baseball and football tickets. Lenny also works closely with the research department at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. Lenny is known throughout the U.S. to be an expert on regular season, playoff and World Series full tickets and stubs - both season and box office tickets. He has made appearances on Fox's collectibles show "FX," giving his expert opinion on baseball tickets and programs. Known for his honesty, this friendly New Yorker has a reputation for "telling it like it is."
Director Of Grading, Professional Sports Authenticator (PSA)
Expertise: Trading Card Grading
Reza Tabatabai has been a collector for over 15 years. Reza is a senior member of the PSA Grading team with vast knowledge in all areas of collectible sports cards. He has been grading professionally for PSA since 1998. Reza earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Finance from Fresno State University in 1990.
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John Taube's allure and appreciation of game used bats lead him to acquire the skills and knowledge needed to feed his collecting habit. After twenty years, his expertise on physical attributes of game use and bat dating have pinned him as one of the world's leading experts. His most memorable authentication is a side written Babe Ruth game used bat with 11 home run notches. As any other bat, this one in particular had some history behind it. It was used by Ruth in the late '20s, cracked, and then returned to Hillerich & Bradsby! Ultimately, Taube's part time hobby became a full time interest in March 2002. Taube, in conjunction with Vince Malta, is leading the way to standardizing bat authentication in the sports collectibles industry. Together, they have an ongoing commitment to expand the existing knowledge of game used bats.
Assistant Director of Grading, Professional Sports Authenticator (PSA)
Expertise: Trading Card Grading
Steve Van Maanen started his career with Professional Coin Grading Service in 1987 at only age 19. He has been collecting sportscards since his childhood. He joined the PSA division in 1993 and has never looked back. He brings with him years of experience and has helped solidify a top notch grading department. On his off time Steve enjoys spending time with his two beautiful daughters.
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Henry Yee's interest in photography as a form of artistic expression and historical preservation started at the age of 15 at Brooklyn Technical High School where he studied photography and photojournalism. Yee then earned his business degree from the University at Buffalo's Business School of Management. He has spent the last ten years on Wall Street consulting with Fortune 500 companies and is the owner of HY Ventures, LLC, which specializes in organizational development and IT/business systems management solutions.
As a collector and dealer of sports memorabilia and sports photography for over two decades, Yee has handled millions of news photographs from public and private archives around the country, including some of the hobby's finest examples. With his vast experience, Yee has been able to amass one of the largest exemplar archives of news photo and wire photo stamping specimens in the world. He is the co-author of A Portrait of Baseball Photography (2005). The landmark volume was the first exhaustive account of baseball photographs.
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Bob Zafian, a lifelong NJ resident, acquired his first autograph in 1969 (OJ Simpson at the NY auto show-FREE). Since that time and for the last 29 years, Bob has attended numerous sporting events, charity dinners, book signings, movie shoots, golf tournaments, private celebrity signings and TV shows, amassing tens of thousands of autographs. A dealer since 1989, Bob has been selling autographs and memorabilia from every field from entertainment, sports, literature, and politics, specializing in golf. Zafian has built one of the largest signed scorecard, course and tournament-used golf pin flag collections in the hobby. Owner of Green Jacket Auctions, the country's foremost "golf only" auction house, Zafian is regarded as one of the leading authorities on golf autographs.