Troy R. Kinunen
Formed in 2004, MEARS President/CEO Troy R. Kinunen is the founding member of MEARS (Memorabilia Evaluation and Research Services). With the creation of our company, Kinunen was the first professional authenticator of game used bats and game worn jerseys. The implementation of a 40-step worksheet, industry’s most comprehensive database/research library, and use of imagery analysis created a standardized evaluation process which is now recognized as the gold standard of the industry.
Since our inception, it is estimated MEARS has authenticated over $200,000,000 worth of authentic sports memorabilia and kept millions of dollars’ worth of fake items from entering the marketplace.
In recognition of his skills as the industry leader in providing memorabilia based evaluations, Kinunen was hired by the New York Giants as an expert witness to provide valuable expertise about the process of game used memorabilia authentication, with an emphasis on the techniques of imagery analysis.