Steve Grad, principal autograph authenticator of PSA/DNA has joined the team of experts who assist in the evaluation of customers' items on the popular History channel show Pawn Stars. He brings both extensive knowledge and state-of-the-art technology to the show.
"In addition to PSA's digital archives of authentic autograph exemplars to compare with customer's items, I use a ProScope Micro Mobile, a high-resolution handheld microscope that is connected to an iPad for enlarging the details of the signatures. Everyone instantly can see the enlarged, tell-tale details of an autograph, and I explain why I think its either authentic or not," said Grad.
Grad's first in a series of upcoming appearances on Pawn Stars will be on Thursday, June 6 at 9 p.m. Eastern.
In some of the upcoming episodes, Grad is called in to examine and determine the authenticity and value of various entertainment, historical and sports autographs.
"It was exciting the first time I walked into their shop. It looks just like it does on TV, and the Harrisons are great to work with Rick's knowledge is extensive about everything. He's a walking encyclopedia," said Grad.
A former radio broadcaster, Grad was fascinated to get a behind-the-scenes look at how the television program is produced. "It all comes together so well because of the professional production people, the Harrisons and their staff at the shop. I recently viewed a video of one of the nearly-finished segments and it was really cool to see how everything fit together," he explained.