To meet the increasing needs of collectors and dealers in the eastern United States, especially in the hobby of autograph collecting, PSA and PSA/DNA Authentication Services will open an office in Woodbridge, N.J., this summer.
Submissions will be accepted in person by appointment at the new office; however, all items submitted by mail to PSA and PSA/DNA must still be directed to the long-time California office unless pre-approved by the staff.
"We are very excited about the New Jersey office," said Joe Orlando, president of PSA and PSA/DNA, divisions of Collectors Universe, Inc. "It is near Interstate 95 and centrally located between the heart of New York City and Philadelphia. Considering the concentrated customer base on the upper east coast, and the growing popularity of PSA/DNA-certified autographs, the time is right to provide an additional location for our customers."
Orlando said the new office will improve turnaround times on many submissions.
"We’ve had three consecutive record quarters for PSA/DNA, and some members of our staff have been traveling over 100,000 miles each year to service our customers. A few of our California employees will be relocating to the New Jersey office, and we’ll be hiring additional employees. By being able to process autographs on both coasts more efficiently, our turnaround times will naturally improve."
Only autographs will be processed at the New Jersey location, however, the new office will also accept all other items for submission such as trading cards, tickets, photographs, sports memorabilia and game-used items for evaluation by PSA and PSA/DNA authenticators and graders located in California and elsewhere.
"We’ll be able to encapsulate authenticated items in the New Jersey office, such as autographed cuts and autographed cards. It also will be easier and more convenient for eastern U.S. collectors and dealers to submit larger items, such as autographed bats and helmets, without mailing them."
The New Jersey office also plans on hosting open submission days, similar to the "PSA Fridays" in California where the public can personally submit items and meet PSA and PSA/DNA staff members.
"People have been asking me for several years, "When are you going to open an East Coast office?’ Well, the answer is, ‘This summer,’ and we’ll have additional information about it in the weeks ahead with a formal announcement at the National Sports Collectibles Convention," Orlando said.
For additional information, contact PSA Customer Service by phone at (800) 325-1121 or by e-mail at info@PSAcard.com.