eBay is offering a “witnessed authentication” service for sports memorabilia on its marketplace thanks to a partnership with PROVA Group.
“Starting today, sellers can use PROVA Group’s services to verify their items as legitimate, and buyers can rest assured they are getting exactly what they pay for,” according to eBay’s announcement on Tuesday.
The press release did not indicate how much eBay and PROVA Group would charge sellers for using the service.
In the announcement, eBay states:
How PROVA Group authentication works
When purchasing a signed jersey or game-used football for their collection, fans want to trust that the item is as expected. To meet that need, eBay welcomes PROVA Group as an official authentication partner to provide verification in these easy steps:
Tag it – Each authenticated item receives a PROVA SmarTagTM placed by an authorized PROVA team member; the tag is then linked to a PROVA SmartCOATM, an item’s document of authenticity.
Scan it – After tagging, PROVA Group scans the SmarTag to have associated authentication data stored securely in the cloud.
Authenticate it – Authentication is as easy as a quick look-up via provagroup.com.
Sell it… Or don’t – Whether keeping or selling the item, collectors can track their memorabilia via the LEGIT by PROVA app and share an item’s authenticity anytime, anywhere.
Former Super Bowl champion and Texas businessperson Emmitt Smith founded PROVA Group, which will host an auction event to publicize the new service at ebay.com/Emmitt22 featuring a verified sports cards and memorabilia from Smith’s personal collection.
You can find details in the full announcement on the eBay corporate blog.