Jerry Milburn’s Commons 4 Kids has now donated over 400,000 sports cards to youth groups, baseball organizations, sick youngsters and the underprivileged in a
multi-state area. Based in Kentucky, the long-time collector started out small, but as word as spread, he’s been able to reach a lot more young people than he thought he would. He’s almost halfway to his goal now.
The State Journal in Frankfort offers an update on his amazing efforts and the generosity of those who have donated cards.
SigningsHotline.com LLC has retained Schulte Sports Marketingfor the purpose of providing them; media relations, brand identity, new business strategies and assisting with the company’s social media efforts.
“SigningsHotline.com has established itself as one of the premier companies in the billion dollar collectibles industry,” said Ray Schulte, President / CEO of Schulte Sports Marketing & Public Relations. “Their website is the number one source to promote athlete signature appearances and events throughout the country.”
Based in New Milford, CT, the thirteen year old SigningsHotline.com was founded by Howard Zarabet to provide fans and collectors, throughout the US and Canada, the opportunity to find out where and when any athlete was scheduled to participate in public and/or private signature appearances. In addition to providing the fans and collectors a resource, show promoters utilize SigningsHotline.com to promote their signature events.
SigningsHotline.com offers community bulletin boards for novice and experienced collectors of athlete autographs with free and various paid membership options.
While they prepare to host the Ted Williams Auction, the Boston Red Sox are hosting a free “Open House” today until 7 p.m. Fans may enter any gate and view historical artifacts, memorabilia, and new displays, or just tour the ballpark. A host of former Red Sox greats including Frank Malzone, John Tudor, Bernie Carbo, and Oil Can Boyd will sign autograph. Alumni will be available throughout the day, changing every hour on the half hour. The team is celebrating the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park.
The Oakland Athletics will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the club’s 1972 World Series title—the first world championship won by any major professional sports team in Bay Area history—Friday, April 20 and Saturday, April 21 vs. Cleveland.
The two-night celebration will feature appearances by players from the ’72 team, including Hall of Famer Rollie Fingers, former Cy Young Award winner and American League MVP Vida Blue, World Series MVP Gene Tenace, and All-Stars Bert Campaneris, Joe Rudi and Ken Holtzman, plus Tim Cullen, Dave Duncan, Dick Green, Dave Hamilton, Mike Hegan, Joe Horlen, Darold Knowles, Ted Kubiak and Bob Locker, among others.
On Friday, April 20, members of the ’72 team will sign autographs with proceeds benefitting the Jim “Catfish” Hunter ALS Foundation. Autograph tickets are $20 per station during each session (four sessions scheduled, two stations per session). Tickets for all sessions will go on sale outside the Eastside Club North doors, near Section 234, at 5:35 p.m. Autograph sessions will begin at 6:15 p.m. and end at 8:30 p.m.
The celebration continues Saturday, April 21, with a special pre-game on-field reunion honoring the members of this historical 1972 team. Ten thousand fans in attendance will receive a Rollie Fingers bobblehead, sponsored by Comcast SportsNet California, and Fingers will throw out the ceremonial first pitch of the game (set for 5:55 p.m.). In addition, a limited number of fans who made a donation to the Jim “Catfish” Hunter ALS Foundation will take part in a special meet-and-greet with members of ‘72 team before the game.
The 1972 A’s captured the Bay Area’s first ever world championship in only its fifth season in Oakland, defeating the heavily-favored Cincinnati Reds in a memorable, seven-game World Series.]
Among the hottest memorabilia on eBay over the last ten days has been a stadium giveaway item. The St. Louis Cardinals gave fans a high quality replica of the team’s 2011 World Series ring during the team’s opening homestand last weekend and within hours, dozens had popped up on eBay with bids reaching $170. Prices have settled a bit, but they’re still in high demand among fans and collectors. Get the scoop on the real and fake rings here.