Guaranteed Forensic Authenticators (GFA) was founded by Stephen Rocchi in 2011
GFA is responsible for dramatic improvements throughout the autograph industry which will forever change the way real autographs are bought and sold. In addition to raising the level of examination and creating a scientific forensic examination on signatures, GFA has in place a cash-back authentication guarantee, on every autograph authenticated by GFA. All autographs forensically authenticated by GFA are guaranteed to be genuine.
In 1991 Stephen Rocchi recognized that the sports memorabilia market demanded proof that the cards and autographs being bought and sold were genuine. The advent of the third-party authentication of sports card’s and autographs was formed when Professional Sports Authenticators (PSA) opened its doors in June of 1991.
Stephen Rocchi is the founder and former President of PSA. Stephen is also the former President, CEO and Founder of Global Authentication. Stephen Rocchi was responsible for hiring JSA authenticator Jimmy Spence also a former PSA authenticator. Stephen Rocchi has been instrumental in bringing the three largest authentication companies into the sports world, PSA/DNA, JSA and Global Authentication. His credentials are impeccable
GFA Is the only 3rd party authentication company that offers a real guarantee to their certification
In the event the purchaser of a GFA authenticated signature believes that the signature is not genuine with respect to GFA standards and procedures, he/she may submit the signature through the GFA “Guarantee Resubmission” service and GFA will submit the signature to an authorized 3rd party forensic authenticator for additional examination.
If authenticity is determined under such “Guarantee Resubmission” procedures to be found non-authentic, GFA shall pay the purchase price for the autograph in question or at the owner of the signature’s option to replace the signature with a GFA authenticated signature of the original signer of similar item and value. GFA will also refund the re-authentication fee and postage and insurance costs incurred by the signature owner in sending the signature to GFA. It is understood that GFA will replace the signature or refund the purchase price after reexamination and a verifiable receipt of price paid is supplied to GFA.
The task of forensic document examination is to answer questions about a document using a specific scientific processes and methods. Many examinations involve a comparison of the questioned document, or components of the document, to a set of known standards. The most common type of examination involves handwriting where in the examiner tries to determine the authenticity of a signature.
One task of a forensic document examiner is to determine if an item originated from the original signer. Forensics include determining what has happened to a document, determining when a document was produced, or deciphering information on the document that has been obscured, obliterated or erased.
A forensic document examiner deals with items to determine authentication before a court of law: