In 2016, the Chicago Bears changed their authentication policy for autographed and game-used merchandise. We hired an independent company, Authenticator's, Inc., to authenticate all of our autographed and game-used merchandise. Authenticator's Inc. is the same company that authenticates every item for Major League Baseball.
Off-duty law enforcement officers working as independent contractors are assigned by Authenticators, Inc. to authenticate autographs and game-used memorabilia for the Chicago Bears. Only those items that an authenticator actually witnesses being signed and/or used in a game may be eligible for authentication under the new Chicago Bears Authentication Program. Once witnessed, authenticated items receive a tamper-proof hologram created by OpSec, U.S. with a unique alpha-numeric combination to easily identify their authenticity.
In order to ensure the security of items authenticated under the Chicago Bears Authentication Program, holograms are designed to show traces of tampering if a hologram is removed.
Once fans receive their authenticated piece of memorabilia, they can trace the unique serial number through our authentication database. This convenient reference database enables fans to easily identify all of the details surrounding their new item and it allows fans to ensure their memorabilia is 100% genuine. It's easy to get the real goods, just check for the official seal of authentication.
The holograms are located in the following areas of authentic Bears memorabilia:
Football - to the right of the autograph (near tip of ball)
Mini-Helmet - back left side
Helmet - back right side
Elite Jersey - bottom of autographed number (back of jersey)
Replica Jersey - above size tag (front of jersey)
Click the link below to authenticate your item(s).