They make up the PSA Sales team. They are five men dedicated to servicing their clients’ needs. They are a force to be reckoned with in hobby circles and help keep PSA’s name, services and reputation in good standing.
PSA is proud to introduce its hard-working, five member sales staff and also unveil a brand new “PSA Sales” landing page that should help customers reach the right team member with their varied, individual sales inquiries.
“We’d like customers to know who we are and also have a clear-cut pathway to contact us with any sales-related questions,” said Joe Marrs, PSA’s director of Sales and Autograph Authentication. “When someone reaches out to us, our goal is to respond within 24 to 48 hours. We will designate a dedicated team member to take action based on the specific needs of the customer.”
Marrs, a longtime baseball card collector, is also a PSA customer. He utilized PSA’s services long before joining the company earlier this year so he’s well aware of dates, costs and turnaround times. A native of the Windy City, Marrs maintains his loyalty to the Cubs and remains in search of an affordable, PSA-graded 1954 Topps rookie card #94 of “Mr. Cub” himself, Ernie Banks.
Sean Skeffington spearheads PSA’s Woodbridge, New Jersey office location and brings vast experience to his post. Before landing at PSA nearly two years ago, Skeffington served as a longtime executive in the authentication and grading industry. A Northeast native, he likes to keep sports fans guessing as he counts the Dallas Cowboys amongst his favorite teams.
“My passion lies in making our customers’ involvement both positive and rewarding,” he said. “I’m always willing to share my knowledge to help educate and inform PSA’s customers in an effort to make their hobby experience all it can be.
“What I truly love about working here is knowing the possibility of seeing the next treasured collectible could happen at any moment.”
Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Barry Valentino has been working for PSA for the past two years. Having previously worked for a sports memorabilia company, he realizes his current role as a PSA’s East & Southeast Region sales representative provides him with a different perspective on the hobby. Regardless, with his vast knowledge of autographs and cards, Valentino truly relishes his nearly daily interactions with collectors whether it’s on the phone, attending industry shows or at “In The Presence” signings he helps coordinate with athletes across the country.
“What I enjoy most about working at PSA is meeting collectors and sharing stories because in our business everybody’s got a story,” said the lifelong fan of the N.Y. Mets, Jets and Rangers. “Whether it’s a great find or a lucky pull from a pack of cards.”
Like Marrs, Dave Sobieski is a native of Chicago and longtime sports card collector. He can still remember buying his very first pack of baseball cards: 1971 Topps. “How I wish I still had that unopened pack right now,” he said.
Having worked in sales for more than 25 years, Sobieski loves the fact that he can now marry his significant experience in sales with his decades-long passion for card collecting.
“From top to bottom, the team here makes PSA a great company to work for,” said the industry leader’s newly arrived Midwest region account manager. “It’s also exciting to see some of the amazing items that arrive for authentication.”
Nick Mendoza spent three years as a valuable member of PSA’s Customer Service team before making the move to sales earlier this year. Now serving as an account specialist in PSA’s California office, Mendoza can walk the walk as well as he can talk the talk.
“The most rewarding aspect of my job is helping people; it’s as simple at that,” said the Orange County, CA, native, who counts the L.A. Dodgers and Rams among his favorite sports teams. “I have always admired the enthusiasm and excitement collectors show about their memorabilia. No matter what the motivation is, their passion for collecting is strong.”
Visit www.PSAcard.com/sales and check out the new page.