Thursday, October 28, 2004

MLB wants to make sure fans get the real deal

Program aims to stop fake memorabilia
By Naomi Aoki

Boston Globe Staff
October 28, 2004

Deloitte & Touche accountant Cory Boss spent Game 3 of the World Series, collecting a couple dozen balls used in the game, four bases, a commemorative home plate and pitching rubber used for the first pitch, and both the Red Sox and Cardinals line-up cards signed by the team managers.

Before returning the items to Major League Baseball, Boss and two other Deloitte accountants attached holographic stickers bearing unique identification numbers to the collectibles to authenticate them as the real deal. They went to the players' clubhouses during the game to label the special World Series nameplates on the lockers.

"Who said being a CPA was boring?" said Boss, 27, who works in the accounting firm's St. Louis office. He doesn't get paid extra for the task, he said, but "it's certainly a desirable assignment."

Boss is one of about 150 Deloitte & Touche accountants nationwide trained to authenticate official baseball memorabilia at major league games and private signing sessions. There are one to three of them at any given game, putting stickers on everything from game balls to champagne bottles the Red Sox would use to celebrate a historic World Series win. They go to players' homes to witness and authenticate the signing of bats, pictures and gloves.

Read the entire article here on the Boston Globe website.