Introducing Ambr Grading
Our origin story. Our team. We hope you find what you're looking for.
Why are we here?
Ambr Grading was founded in early 2021 by a group of nerd entrepreneurs that love gaming and collecting. We recognized the need for improving the card grading industry that wasn’t adjusting to modern demands and taking care of TCG collectors and players.
We’ve built this company to be “in it” for the long haul. While we recognize the industry surge as we are launching, this was not the motivating factor for launching the business. We feel we have unique tools and technologies that can deliver a new and different product to the TCG community.
We are completely founder-funded and operated. We don’t have to answer to external investors, big VC’s, or third parties with differing interests. This allows us to build a product and service that we truly believe improves the TCG world.
We also recognize and respect the giants in the industry. They have helped establish many of the “best practices” and set an expectation in the market. Our goal is not to undermine them; rather we seek to compete in a thriving market with the intention to introduce new technologies that benefit everyone, and ideally have these technologies become new industry standards.
In our internal road map, we have additional technologies we plan to bring to market (but aren’t quite ready to tell the public about yet). We will continue to release more information once they are ready.
Finally, we want to be as open as we can. There is a lot of material to cover and we will be releasing content to cover it all. If you have a question or need clarification on anything please reach out to us.
Our founding team has deep roots in the TCG world, multiple gaming realms, and tech-startup and business communities. We feel this has equipped us with the proper blend of areas of expertise to build and grow a TCG Grading Company that offers a truly different and unique product.
CEO & Dungeon Master
Team lead and company vision. Lead software developer. Emil has extensive experience in the tech startup world. At Ambr Grading he designed and built the cloud-based software stack and leads strategic planning. He has been the Principal Investigator (PI) for Phase I and Phase II National Science Foundation (NSF) grants, and has been the lead on raising venture capital for multiple ventures. Additionally, he has direct experience with anti-counterfeiting and tamper detection technologies, data protection methods, and system engineering. In his personal life he is an avid PC gamer, musician, and Dungeons & Dragons Dungeon Master.
CGO - Chief Game Officer
TCG industry expert and lead on Authentication and Grading Process. Daniel is an L2 judge for Magic: The Gathering, an intermediary of high-end cards, and a collector of TCGs since 1993. His deep experience with TCGs makes him uniquely qualified to be the principal designer and active supervisor for the authentication and grading process and activities at Ambr Grading. Additionally, he earned his MBA from Grand Canyon University and spent eight years in the U.S. Navy under Naval Special Operations as a diver.
COO & Master Artificer
Physical product design lead / marketing lead / equipment specialist. Tommy originally started collecting and playing MTG in 1994 and has been a life-long video gamer. He fills the “Macgyver” roll at Ambr Grading and leads the physical product design, equipment specification and maintenance, and oversees marketing. His career has been spent as an entrepreneur and he has extensive experience in operations, sales, marketing, and customer service. He graduated from the Eller College of Business at the University of Arizona with a B.S. in Business Economics.
CFO & Chancellor of the Exchequer
Finance expert / human resources / compliance. Tony’s experience includes dozens of start-ups where he provided the financial expertise on their paths to success. His key functional areas include financial planning & forecasting, bookkeeping & accounting, and compliance. He originates from Canada where he became a Certified Professional Accountant (CPA) through the Society of Management Accountants of Canada.