Global Management

Demian Werner, Chairman & CEO

Demian Werner is one of the industry’s most respected purveyors of collectables including sports cards, autographed memorabilia, comics, toys and more.

As Chairman and CEO of Global Authority, Demian’s goal is to build the company into the brand of choice for individuals and businesses looking to grade or acquire collector level memorabilia. And do this by elevating the company and industry to a renewed sense of growth, innovation, service and integrity.

Demian has marketed collectables for years. When he was 14 years old, he marketed and operated a successful card show. His early start has produced a strong history of product innovation and merchandising program development.

Demian’s passion for the industry is legendary. He has always driven his team to bring a sense of honor and service to the table. As a decorated Navy Seal, it is easy to understand where his passion and drive to elevate the game and give back to the industry comes from.

“The only easy day was yesterday” is the US Navy Seal motto, and Demian applies and lives this belief every day at Global Authority.

Mike Baker, Director of Grading

Mike is the longest serving professional grader and authenticator in the country with over 17 years experience as a grader and authenticator of trading cards. He has personally graded millions of trading cards and is considered to be the best in the business.

Mike is a pure innovator and through rigorous research and development Mike helped establish the industry wide and accepted grading standard, applying a 1 to 10 scale based on the condition of a card. Today, there are over 10 million cards in the marketplace that have been graded under this standard.

Mike is the sports collectable market’s only court certified, professional expert witness who has been called on to testify in federal court.

Mike is a highly trusted grader among top tier collectors. He has personally graded 90% of the most expensive cards in the market. Mike has graded 48 of the last 50 highest grossing cards.

Mike Baker began his professional career in the numismatic business in 1989 as a coin processor at the age of 20 for Professional Coin Grading Services (PCGS). In 1991, Mike became the first employee of Professional Sports Authenticator (PSA), a sports card grading and authentication firm. He soon became the Director of Grading and over the next 10 years personally trained and managed the PSA grading staff, which at one point had a day and night shift operating.

He was appointed the youngest member of the Senior Management Team for Collectors Universe, the parent of PSA. He has been a pioneer in his field identifying a variety of counterfeit, altered, trimmed, and re-colored sports cards.

Mike has traveled extensively across the United States meeting and educating thousands of collectors on how to identify counterfeit and altered cards. He is the only professional card grader recognized as a court certified expert witness. He has been featured on ESPN, Fox News, KTLA, and Internet radio interview, 97.1 KLSX and recently on The Judge Judy Show as an expert witness. Mike has authored many articles on counterfeits and altered cards for collectible magazines and publications. His passion for his job and the business is amazing; he is a great asset to Global Authority, Inc. and the industry.