Churchill Downs has reached a multi-year agreement with Fanatics to exclusively operate both online and on-site retail for the Kentucky Derby race weekend, starting with the 2016 event.
Fanatics, which holds several sports card shows around the country each year and has exclusive autograph deals with several star athletes, will aim to increase sales by adding additional retail locations around the track, which will include more ‘walk-in’ shopping experiences.
The new online and on-site stores will incorporate new products, including souvenirs, collectibles and autographed memorabilia.
Over 365,000 people came to Churchill Downs during Derby Week in 2015.
It belonged to Edward Bradford, an early 20th century minor leaguer. Kept in his family for years after his death, the home was sold two years ago and family members then sorted through numerous items including old baseball guides and game programs, equipment, a store model Ty Cobb bat and even some old baseball cards.
The Vancouver Sun says much of it will be donated to the BC Sports Hall of Fame and some has been consigned to auction.
The Miami Marlins have angered fans and collectors by restricting access to players during spring training. According to the Palm Beach Post, autographs are now pretty tough to get because of some new security measures that the team says were necessary.