Gary Cypres has built what’s believed to be the largest private collection of sports memorabilia in the world. It’s so big and so expansive, it’s actually a museum. The Sports Museum of Los Angeles shows off Cypres’ collection of vintage baseball cards and rare sports memorabilia, put together so it actually tells the story of sports throughout various eras and highlights some of the all-time greats.
The Los Angeles resident offered a video tour recently as part of a promotional effort for “A Day of Champions”, Sunday, November 6. Proceeds benefit The Bogart Pediatric Cancer Research Program.
The unique, family-oriented sports themed day-long event includes open access to the Cypres collection, located at 1900 Main Street in L.A. Guests will meet and compete with some of the biggest names in professional, Olympic and extreme sports including Matt Kemp (MLB, LA Dodgers), Eric Dickerson (NFL, former LA Rams, Hall of Famer), Matt Barnes (NBA, Lakers), Baron Davis (NBA, Cleveland Cavaliers), Casey Bond (MLB, former SF Giant), Carmelita Jeter (IAAF World Champion, fastest Woman in the World), Rick Thorne (BMX Superstar) Jeremy “Twitch” Stenberg (freestyle motorcross, Gold at Summer X 2011), Josh Hansen (Supercross Pro) and more. A barbecue, special demonstrations and activities will allow guests to challenge athletes to basketball, football, soccer and boxing. Batting cages, speed pitch, miniature golf, sumo wrestling, a Velcro wall and rock climbing round out the event.
For collectors who can’t make the event, the tour of the Cypres collection is the next best thing: