Collectors Universe Inc. provides authentication and grading services to dealers and collectors of coins, trading cards, event tickets, autographs and memorabilia (collectibles). Services Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) Coin Authentication and Grading Services: PCGS employs coin graders, who are independent of coin buyers and sellers, to provide impartial authentication and grading services. The company also provides a range of authoritative content on coin collecting to inform and communicate with the collector community, including guides and reports that track the trading prices and the rarity of PCGS-graded coins. Professional Sports Authenticator (PSA) Trading Card and Authentication and Grading Services: The company launched PSA, which instituted a similar authentication and grading system for trading cards. Its independent trading card experts certify the authenticity of and assign grades to trading cards using a numeric system with a scale from 1-to-10 that it developed, together with an adjectival system to describe their condition. PSA/DNA Autograph Authentication and Grading Services: The company’s vintage autograph authentication service consists of the rendering of an opinion of authenticity based on an analysis of the signed object, such as the signed document or autographed item of memorabilia, to confirm its consistency with similar materials or items that existed during the signer’s lifetime; a comparison of the signature submitted for authentication with exemplars of such signatures; and a handwriting analysis. Certified Coin Exchange (CCE) and Collectors Corner: The company owns the Certified Coin Exchange, a subscription-based, business-to-business Internet bid-ask market for coins that have been certified by it or by other independent coin authentication and grading services. The CCE Website features approximately 100,000 bid and ask prices for certified coins at www.certifiedcoinexchange.com. Publications and Advertising: The company publishes authoritative price guides, rarity reports and other collectibles data to provide collectors with information. The company publishes the Sports Market Report on a monthly basis primarily for distribution to approximately 5,400 PSA Collectors Club members. It sells advertising to dealers and vendors for placement in publications. The company manages a Collectors Universe Website and individual Websites for authentication and grading services. On those Websites, it offers collectible content, relevant to the marketplace for that specific authentication and grading service. The company sells advertising to dealers and vendors on these two Websites and on the Websites it maintains for PSA/DNA in autographs and CCE and Collectors Corner in coins. Intellectual Property The company’s intellectual property consists primarily of trademarks, copyrights, proprietary software and trade secrets. It owns the following registered marks: Collectors Universe, PCGS – Various, Professional Coin Grading Services, CoinFacts, Professional Sports Authenticator, PSA, PSA/DNA, First Strike, PCGS3000, History in Your Hands, Quick Opinion, Sports Market Report, CCE Certified Coin Exchange, Collectors Corner, Set Registry, Coin Universe, Collectors.com, Expos Unlimited, Long Beach Coin, and Stamp and Collectibles Expo. Strategy The company intends to increase its market share among existing users of authentication and grading services; increase the use of services by the numerous collectors that do not currently use any independent third-party authentication or grading services; and expand coin services to selected international markets. Competition Coin Authentication and Grading: The company’s principal competitors in the coin authentication and grading market are Numismatic Guaranty Corporation of America (NGC), Independent Coin Grading, and ANACS. Trading Card Authentication and Grading: The company’s primary competitors in trading card authentication and grading are Beckett Trading Card Grading Corporation and Trading Card Guaranty, LLC. Autograph Authentication and Grading: In the vintage autograph authentication market, the company competes with James Spence Authentication (JSA) and a few smaller competitors. History Collectors Universe, Inc. was founded in 1986.
collectors universe (CUJ:Berlin)
1921 East Alton Avenue
Santa Ana, CA 92705
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