The legendary sports memorabilia collection of Joel Platt gets a boost from a partnership aimed at showcasing it online.
Zeros & Ones, Inc. dba Voyant, a diversified media and technology holding company and Sports Immortals, Inc., a holding company dedicated to honoring the pinnacle of athletic achievement and owner of the rights to a collection of over one million sports mementos, have signed a letter of intent to enter into a joint venture to create the Sports Immortals web portal.
The hallmark of the Sports Immortals portal is expected to be the Sports Immortals Cyber Museum, an immersive and interactive showcase that will celebrate the memories and achievements of the greatest athletes in sports history. The items in the collection come from the legendary collection of Joel Platt, one that Josh Evans, Chairman of Leland’s Auction House, has called "The finest sports collection in the world…bar none."
Voyant will apply its advanced content distribution and visualization technology to the portal’s multimedia footage; Sports Immortals, Inc. will provide exclusive online images of artifacts from its vast assemblage of memorabilia. The new Sports Immortals portal, which is intended to replace the existing Sports Immortals website, will feature inspiring sports content presented by cutting-edge technology.
Sample highlights of the Sports Immortals collection include Jim Thorpe’s Canton Bulldogs Football Jersey and 1912 Olympic scrapbook from Stockholm, Wilt Chamberlain’s Overbrook High School Jersey, Muhammad Ali’s Championship belt, and Lou Gehrig’s Glove from the 1927 World Series. The joint venture is intended to generate revenue from multimedia downloads, appraisals, sponsorships, auctions, and the merchandizing of licensed Sports Immortals products, such as replicas of original items, authentic autographed items, apparel, documentary series DVDs, and books.
Jim Platt, the vice president of Sports Immortals, Inc., added, "We are very excited to be applying Voyant’s advanced technology in the creation of the Sports Immortals portal. This unique website is intended to inspire while it entertains sports fans of all ages. We have also given Voyant the option be a technology partner in any of several subsequent Sports Immortals ventures that are currently in the planning stages."
For an ESPN The Magazine story on Platt’s collection, click here.
There’s also a book on the collection and the stories behind the athletes written by Jim Platt. Click below.