Norm Duke autographed bowling shoes, anyone?
We’re not suggesting you trade your signed Ted Williams photo for a Walter Ray Williams Jr. 8×10 but you can add the Pro Bowlers Association to the list of sports leagues entering the auction business.
The PBA, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary, recently announced it would begin conducting auctions on its site, with autographs, balls, shirts, score cards and pin sweeps among the items scheduled to be sold.
Several auctions have already closed, with the majority of items being autographed color photos, most of which have sold for under $35.
The PBA has partnered with FansDepot and Truition to create the online auction which can be found at http://auction.pba.com/.
“The PBA is delighted to be able to make these popular items available to our fans,” said PBA Commissioner and CEO Fred Schreyer. “The online auction provides an opportunity for PBA fans throughout the world to access items used by their favorite bowlers."
The PBA is also getting a promotional push during its 50th season from NBA star Chris Paul, an avid bowler himself, who held the PBA’s first celebrity event this summer. Joined by Dywane Wade, Kevin Durant and Rudy Gay, Paul’s face appears on the PBA’s website.
Said Doug Stapleton, president of FDI USA, the parent company of FansDepot. “In conjunction with the PBA’s 50th Anniversary, the new online auction site is aimed to help build the brand for the PBA, to develop the PBA collector base and to bring the fans closer to the stars of the PBA.”
“The PBA joins a growing list of sports leagues and franchises – including the NFL, MLB and the NHL — that want the ability to auction items directly to their fans through their own branded auction site where they can control not only the fan experience but insure quality and authenticity,” explained Kevin Smith, Director of Business Development at Truition.