eBay and Pro Football Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith Launch PROVA Group Authentication for Sports Memorabilia on the Marketplace
SAN JOSE, Calif., July 31, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- eBay, one of the world's most dynamic marketplaces, is partnering with PROVA Group and founder Emmitt Smith to officially offer its witnessed authentication services to the marketplace's 182 million global shoppers. 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. To further demonstrate the authenticity and legitimacy of PROVA Group's SmarTag™ technology, the partners are hosting an exclusive auction event at ebay.com/Emmitt22, now through 7pm PT on August 5, featuring a breadth of verified sports cards and memorabilia from Smith's own personal collection.
A majority of proceeds will go to Smith's charitable organization, Pat and Emmitt Smith Charities, and their efforts to support underserved children with a focus on leadership development, school readiness and college scholarships.
"By partnering with PROVA Group, eBay is taking collector confidence to a whole new level by ensuring the value and historical information associated with each PROVA-tagged collectible is legit," said Smith. "The marketplace's values of trust, value and selection squarely align with PROVA Group's, and it was only natural to bring our verification services to eBay's customers. Together with eBay, we can connect millions of sports memorabilia enthusiasts with an amazing selection of one-of-a-kind collectibles verified by our service."
"As a preferred shopping destination for collectors of sports memorabilia looking for a wide variety of rare and desirable inventory, it's incredibly important to eBay that we can verify those items are legitimate," said Steve Halupka, Vertical Manager, Sports Memorabilia at eBay. "This commitment is shared by Mr. Smith and the PROVA Group team, and together, with PROVA Group's modern witnessed authentication process, we're able to expand eBay's authentication services and a shopper's confidence when they turn to us for that special addition to their collection."
How PROVA Group authentication works
In celebration of the partnership, eBay and PROVA Group are curating an exclusive selection of authenticated memorabilia, gear and merch sourced directly from Emmitt Smith's own collection. From trading cards and limited edition coins to game-issued helmets and more, shoppers can find that rare item they are looking for at ebay.com/Emmitt22. PROVA-tagged merch curated directly from Smith includes:
In addition to finding a piece of football history, shoppers can rest assured they are supporting a good cause, as proceeds go to sustaining programs that are at the forefront of Smith's charitable organization, Pat and Emmitt Smith Charities.
Go LIVE! with Emmitt Smith during a one-of-a-kind NotableEvent
Fans can register for the LIVE! with Emmitt Smith & eBay Event at events.notable.live, and download the Notable Live app from the App Store or on Google Play to join the conversation on the day of the Event. For more information about the LIVE! Auction items that will be available via Notable Live and details about how it works, visit www.notable.live/events.
Shoppers can head to ebay.com/Emmitt22 now to shop authenticated items for auction, and follow @eBay on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to see the latest sports merch and memorabilia offerings. Fans can also follow Smith at @emmittsmith22 on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.
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