Discovery Network’s channel, Velocity, will feature the world-renowned Sports Immortals collection on their new program, ‘Million Dollar Collections’, premiering tonight at 8:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. EDT and airing again on Wednesday April 11 and Saturday April 14.
Million Dollar Collections promises to take viewers inside the most spectacular private collections of different types. The show will highlight the stories of how and why some of the historic items were acquired.
The Sports Immortals collection, owned and curated by collector Joel Platt, has been recognized by the Smithsonian Institute as “absolutely the most outstanding single collection of all sports”.
According to publicists, the collection ontaining over one million items is “by far the largest and most extensive collection of sports memorabilia in the world, valued in the millions”. The collection is revered by collectors and sports historians across the globe with artifacts ranging from Babe Ruth’s 1934 bat, Michael Jordan’s rookie jersey, Lou Gehrig’s 1927 baseball glove, Muhammad Ali’s 1960 Olympic sweatshirt, Jim Thorpe’s Carlisle Indians football jersey and the rare T206 Honus Wagner caard.
Platt’s collecting journey began after being injured in a gasoline explosion at the age of four and his parents began buying him baseball cards to help entertain him during the long days of recovery. Since then, he has spent six decades curating sports mementos that are the nucleus for the development of numerous Sport Immortals Projects, including traveling exhibitions, movies, books, merchandise and the Sports Immortals ‘Hall of Fame’ Complex.
This national treasure will showcase the most important artifacts from the worlds of baseball, football, basketball, boxing, hockey, tennis, golf, the Olympics and more. “The timing of the Velocity Channel feature is perfect for us for it allows millions of sports fans and organizations an opportunity to view a selection of items from the ‘secret vault’ of Sports Immortals and learn about our goals,” Platt said.
One of the premier projects currently on deck is the Sports Immortals ‘Mobile Museum Experience’ which will bring a glimpse of this historic collection to sports fans across the country. “This unprecedented attraction is one of the most technologically advanced and interactive, giving visitors the opportunity to experience a sampling of this ‘one of a kind’ collection up close and personal,” commented project co-creator David Christensen of Clearpath Entertainment.
Sports Immortals Inc. is headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida but Platt is looking for a new home for the massive collection, much of which is not on display. The current facility includes the Sports Immortals ‘Showcase Museum’ which features a selection of items from the world’s greatest athletes and a Memorabilia Store offering thousands of items for purchase.