The Cubs are using the renovation of Wrigley Field to auction off items as part of its Cubs Authentics division. The team has announced the Wrigley Field Collection, which will feature authenticated items in limited quantities up for auction and sale, including bleacher seats, flags, scoreboard tiles, signage and celebrity guest memorabilia, plus items related to Wrigley Field’s restoration and expansion.
The $575 million project includes replacing the left and right field bleachers and a new 30,000 square-foot clubhouse for the team to be built next to the park.
Small signs with aisle numbers, pieces of the scoreboard and flags that flew inside the stadium are just some of the items that will be made available. The “W” flags flown above the stadium after Cubs victories are for sale at $449 each. Apparently, the flags were changed after each win as fans can purchase them from specific games on the team’s auction site.
Other items will become available during the 2015 season and throughout the course of the restoration process.
The 18-inch bleacher seats don’t date to the time of Banks—or even Bartman. They were installed less than ten years ago but are being offered at $150 each.
Crain’s Chicago Business stopped by Wrigley Field to talk with club officials and an authenticator about the new initiative and just how much memorabilia the team has been authenticating since it launched Cubs Authentics.