Invisible Ink Protects Super Bowl Footballs
For the 12th consecutive year, the National Football League will use sports memorabilia authentication company PSA/DNA Authentication Services of Santa Ana, California to certify all footballs used in the Super Bowl. A PSA/DNA representative will be on the scene in Miaimi to photograph and then mark each ball with a synthetic DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) strand that can be seen only when illuminated by a specific laser frequency. Just how serious is this? Joe Orlando, President of PSA/DNA, a division of Collectors Universe, Inc. says that the DNA ink has a 1-in-33 trillion chance of being accurately reproduced by counterfeiters. A letter of authenticity accompanies each Super Bowl football certified by PSA/DNA and the certificates have tamper-evident labels with individual, serialized numbers that can be verified online.