Publications commemorating the history of Yankee Stadium and Shea Stadium are in the works, with two famous names representing each team committing to autograph the covers.
To mark the final year of baseball being played at historic Shea and Yankee stadiums, Press Box Legends, a division of Word Smith Media Ventures LLC has joined with Ironclad Authentics and MAB Celebrity Services to create two limited edition publications featuring the autographs of New York Mets Hall of Fame pitcher, Tom Seaver and New York Yankees icon, Don Mattingly.
PressBox Legends and its partners will offer 3,000 limited edition copies of a Shea Stadium commemorative signed by Seaver and 3,000 limited edition copies of a Yankee Stadium commemorative signed by Mattingly.
The company says once the signed copies have been liquidated, additional copies will not be produced. While the publications are scheduled to be released to the general public in June, 2008, fans, collectors and stadium buffs can pre-order either or both editions of the 72 page magazines at PressBoxLegends.com.
A company news release promises the publications will "celebrate the proud tradition, historic events and cherished memories of two of baseball’s and the country’s most storied ballparks. Each of the exclusive, limited edition publications will be brimming with breathtaking action photos, vivid recollections and eyewitness stories by some of New York’s most prominent writers and personalities."
"This is a unique and very limited opportunity to own a special piece of New York sports history featuring the signatures of two of its most celebrated heroes," said Howe Burch, a partner in Perryburch Sports and Entertainment Marketing and spokesman for Press Box Legends.
The Shea and Yankee Stadium editions follow on the heels of previously issued commemorative publications from PressBox Legends celebrating the careers and 2007 Hall of Fame inductions of Cal Ripken, Jr. and Tony Gwynn. Most recently, PressBox Legends released a commemorative issue for first-ballot Hall of Famer, Brooks Robinson.
The Seaver and Mattingly signatures will be authenticated by Ironclad Authentics.
"The Legends concept has already created excitement in the collecting community and adding Tom Seaver and Don Mattingly to the collection will only solidify the success of the program," said Ironclad General Manager Ray Schulte.
While the publications celebrating the history of Shea and Yankee Stadiums are timely, the additions of the Seaver and Mattingly signatures are especially noteworthy, according to Mollie Ann Bracigliano, CEO of MAB Celebrity Services.
"Tom Seaver and Don Mattingly are extremely discretionary in how and where they utilize their autographs. They are thrilled to add their signatures to these publications that will commemorate these historic venues and their many legendary moments."
The limited edition, signed commemoratives will be sold by PressBox Legends direct to consumers for a retail price of $97.00. Unsigned editions will be available in limited quantities and at select retailers for $22.95.
PressBox, a division of Word Smith Media Ventures LLC, is a sports media company producing collectible sports publications that are distributed and sold nationally. PressBox also publishes a weekly sports publication, owns and produces local sports radio shows on ESPN Radio, operates websites at PressBoxOnline.com, PressBoxLegends.com and PressBoxPreps.com, and creates sports marketing promotions and events.