Archive - November 2014

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The Playoff Race Heats Up in Week 12
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Fanatics Authentic Brings the Biggest Show of the Year to Chicago
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Fanatics Authentic Brings Steelers Collectibles & Game-Used Memorabilia to Heinz Field
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2014 World Series Champion San Francisco Giants Collection
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Week 10 Marks the Beginning of the End
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Fanatics Authentic October Autograph Signings
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Ben Roethlisberger Continues to Dominate in Week 9

The Playoff Race Heats Up in Week 12

FA-BeckhamWith playoff races heating up, the 12th week of the NFL season was huge for teams vying to get in to the postseason. Featuring last second wins, come from behind victories, and must-see plays, including the catch of the year from Odell Beckham Jr., Week 12 was no disappointment for football fans across the nation.

The nightmare for the Oakland Raiders finally ended with two touchdowns from Latavius Murray to take down the Kansas City Chiefs and propel Oakland to their first victory of the year. Ryan Tannehill and the red hot Miami Dolphins recently looked like a legit playoff contender, but were quickly silenced by the Denver Broncos despite leading almost the entire game. Brian Hoyer’s play was questioned by Browns fans on Sunday after his three interceptions, but a time-expiring field goal by Billy Cundiff secured a big Cleveland victory against the Falcons in Atlanta. The New England Patriots cannot be stopped. After rattling off six victories in a row, the Pats streak reached seven this weekend with a big victory over the Detroit Lions. After a slow first half, the Indianapolis Colts quickly hit the gas pedal and engineered a 23-3 victory at home against a one win Jacksonville Jaguars team. In a repeat playoff match-up from two seasons ago, the Cincinnati Bengals defeated the Houston Texans 22-13. On the west coast, the San Diego Chargers avoided a scare from the streaky Rams and took home a 27-24 home win in sunny California.

Nearly seven feet of snow in upstate New York caused the Buffalo Bills to make Detroit their temporary home for a Monday Night match-up against the Jets. The change of location didn’t seem to make a difference to the “home team” Bills as Buffalo smoked New York 38-3 at Ford Field. In the second Monday Night match-up of the week, the Baltimore Ravens handled Drew Brees and the Saints 34-27, handing New Orleans their third straight loss at the Superdome. Mark Sanchez shook off a poor Week 11 performance by tossing for over 300 yards in a Philadelphia Eagles blowout win against the Tennessee Titans. In a divisional match-up in the north, the Green Bay Packers won their third straight game by squeaking out a three-point win against the Minnesota Vikings. Jay Cutler finally gave Bears fans a little something to cheer about this season as he led Chicago to a Windy City win against the 2-9 Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Washington Redskins have been underwhelming this season, but gave San Francisco a run for their money this Sunday. Washington took a three-point lead in to the final minutes of the game but the 49ers were able to orchestrate their third straight win with a Carlos Hyde touchdown. The Seattle Seahawks handed the Arizona Cardinals only their second loss of the season behind 211 passing yards and 73 rushing yards from quarterback Russell Wilson.

Week 13 is a make or break week for dozens of NFL teams hunting for their shot at a Lombardi Trophy. To provide some holiday excitement as teams hope to secure a place in the postseason, a slate of can’t miss Thanksgiving day match-ups is highlighted by the Eagles taking on the Cowboys and an NFC Championship Game rematch featuring the San Francisco 49ers and Seahawks.

Fanatics Authentic Brings the Biggest Show of the Year to Chicago

 

frankthomasSince the introduction of the Fanatics Authentic Sports Spectacular in early 2014, our series of sports collectibles conventions has brought together hundreds of athletes and their biggest fans. On the weekend of November 21st, we hosted our biggest show yet with appearances by over 75 athletes at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Chicago.

Friday through Sunday, Chicago sports fans had the chance to meet athletes from across all major leagues with an awesome lineup of big name athletes such as headliners Jose Abreu, Anthony Rizzo, Madison Bumgarner, and Scottie Pippen. With appearances by legends of their sport and breakout stars, the Fanatics Authentic show hosted some of the most premier players from the NBA, MLB, NFL, and NHL. Sports icons like Ryne Sandberg, Mike Modano, Dominique Wilkins, and Reggie Jackson, along with many others made the Fanatics Sports Spectacular an event one that will be remembered forever. With a night of savings on Friday that featured roll-back pricing referred to as “Today’s Players at Yesterday’s Prices”, attendees received an athlete’s signature for the price it was during the early years of their sports careers rather than the inflated current price for 14 legendary athletes, including Chris Chelios and Pete Rose. In addition to autograph signings and photo opportunities, the Chicago show also had a Box Break Pavilion, where different companies performed live box breaks that fans could buy into and potentially score big with valuable trading cards.

Be on the lookout for the release of our 2015 Fanatics Authentic Sports Spectacular Show dates and autographed signings at www.FanaticsAuthenticShows.com!

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Fanatics Authentic Brings Steelers Collectibles & Game-Used Memorabilia to Heinz Field

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For the 2014 NFL season, Fanatics Authentic partnered with the Pittsburgh Steelers to launch in-stadium memorabilia shops at Heinz Field to offer NFL fans autographed collectibles, various game-used items, and a wide range of framed and encased Steelers memorabilia.

Beginning on September 28th versus Tampa Bay, Pittsburgh Steelers memorabilia and game-used items are available for purchase for the first time ever with kiosks located near Sections 108 and 127 at their home stadium. Each Fanatics Authentic stadium location offers football fans exclusive Pittsburgh Steelers merchandise and fully authenticated game-used memorabilia, including helmets, footballs, sideline caps, pylons, coaches challenge flags, and more. Additionally, the Steelers memorabilia kiosks feature an assortment of authentic Pittsburgh Steelers collectibles available for purchase, including autographed and framed memorabilia from both current players and Steelers alumni.

As the official Pittsburgh Steelers memorabilia partner, Fanatics Authentic also implemented a new authentication system which utilizes multiple on-field and in-locker room first party authenticators at each home game. Not only can attendees at Heinz Field witness every moment these collectibles were in use, but official Fanatics Authentic authenticators are on-site to verify and document the use of each piece of memorabilia as they are taken out of play. In order to guarantee genuine memorabilia for all fans, Fanatics Authentic implemented its comprehensive first-party authentication and collection system that certifies the authenticity of each item. Once witnessed, all game-used items receive a Fanatics Authentic tamper-proof hologram with a unique alpha-numeric code. Each serialized identification number is connected with the Fanatics Authentic Authenticity Verification Database, where fans can reference their collectibles online to identify its background, including details about the game in which it was used.

Check out the photos below for a peak at the in-stadium Steelers memorabilia shops, unique game-used merchandise, and more!

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2014 World Series Champion San Francisco Giants Collection

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After another thrilling season of baseball, fans witnessed the legends of the game finish out their career, heartbreaking upsets that crushed playoff hopes, and the emergence of a new MLB dynasty with the San Francisco Giants winning their third Fall Classic in the last five years. Although the 2014 World Series title has been claimed and baseball is in the midst of the off-season, memories of the San Francisco Giants’ championship win will not be soon forgotten.

En route to winning their third World Series championship in five seasons, the Giants managed to earn a Wild Card spot and take down the Pirates, Nationals, Cardinals, and then end the Royals’ Cinderella story for the title. During the long and trying championship series, San Francisco finally closed out Kansas City with a 3-2 victory courtesy of pitching ace Madison Bumgarner in Game 7. Bumgarner was named 2014 World Series MVP for leading the Giants to the win, pitching five flawless innings and two outs in the final inning.

As baseball’s newest dynasty, collectors should look to add sports memorabilia signed by the World Series champions to their collection before these Giants players’ autographs skyrocket in value. Meanwhile, Giants fans can commemorate their team’s biggest win yet and honor their favorite players with unique 2104 World Series memorabilia. Check out some of the best-selling San Francisco Giants memorabilia from the Fanatics Authentic Exclusive 2014 World Series Championship collection, below!

  • Madison Bumgarner Autographed 2014 World Series Last Out Photo

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  • Pablo Sandoval Autographed World Series Baseball

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  • San Francisco Giants Dynasty Plague

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  • Bruce Bochy Signed Three-Time World Series Champs Ball

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  • Autographed Madison Bumgarner World Series Spotlight Photo

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  • Limited Edition 2014 World Series Champions Collage

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  • San Francisco Giants 2014 World Series Baseball Display Case

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  • Buster Posey Autographed Bat with 2014 World Series Champs Inscription

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  • Madison Bumgarner Signed World Series Trophy Photo

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  • Madison Bumgarner Signed Baseball with 2014 World Series Champs Inscription

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  • Autographed Madison Bumgarner World Series MVP Jersey

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  • Signed Buster Posey Photos with 2014 World Series Champions Inscription

poseywsphotoTo shop the entire 2014 World Series Champion San Francisco Giants memorabilia collection, click here.

Week 10 Marks the Beginning of the End

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With Week 10 in the books, the NFL is officially double digits deep into the regular season. Only seven weeks remain on the slate as the season begins winding down and teams are giving it their all to fight for a playoff spot. As the tenth week of play concluded, football fans saw even more excitement that set the NFL up for an interesting weekend of play ahead.

A battle of Ohio kicked off the NFL Week 10 on Thursday night, as Brian Hoyer and the Cleveland Browns rolled the Cincinnati Bengals to hold sole possession of first place in the AFC East. Two 5-3 squads squared off in Buffalo Sunday afternoon as the Kansas City Chiefs won their fourth game in a row with a close 17-13 win against the Bills. Baltimore bounced back after a primetime blowout to take down the Tennessee Titans 21-7 at home behind a two touchdown performance from Justin Forsett. In hands down the biggest upset of the weekend, the New York Jets hopped out to an early 17-0 lead against the red hot Pittsburgh Steelers and held on the rest of the game for their second victory of the season. Meanwhile, no surprises took place in Northern California on Sunday, as the defending AFC champion Denver Broncos came to town and manhandled the winless Raiders 41-17.

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Despite a close game entering the fourth quarter and a huge performance from rookie received Odell Beckham Jr., the New York Giants lost yet another game, falling to the Seattle Seahawks. The San Francisco 49ers snapped New Orleans home winning streak as they took down the Saints 27-24 in overtime. While the Buccaneers-Falcons match-up may not have been on the NFL Week 10 marquee this week, it turned out to be a great contest as a late pick secured a victory for Atlanta. What looked like it would be yet another Miami victory came to an end with just seconds left as Matt Stafford found Theo Riddick in the end zone to complete a fourth quarter come from behind win for the Detroit Lions. Across the pond, the Dallas Cowboys easily took down the Jacksonville Jaguars in London with the help of Dez Bryant’s 158 receiving yards and pair of touchdowns. Surging quarterback Carson Palmer went down with an ACL injury early in the game, but Arizona Cardinals backup Drew Stanton rallied the team for a double-digit win against the St. Louis Rams. One of the biggest rivalry games in football ended up in one of the biggest blowouts in football, as MVP-candidate Aaron Rodgers tossed six touchdowns in the first half for a 55-14 Green Bay Packers win against the Chicago Bears. To end Week 10 the Carolina Panthers rolled in to Philadelphia and were manhandled by a Philadelphia Eagles team led by their new starter under center, none other than Mark Sanchez.

As the competition heads into its final games of the regular season, Week 11 is loaded with can’t miss match-ups across the country. In addition to another round of thrilling weekly match-ups, the Eagles and Packers will go head-to -head in a battle of two of the most dangerous teams in the NFC, while the Patriots will square off against the Colts on Sunday Night Football.

Fanatics Authentic October Autograph Signings

Between the Fanatics Authentic Sports Spectacular in Philadelphia to various private and public autograph signings, October provided for another exciting month at Fanatics Authentic. Despite hosting the first ever Fanatics Authentic show in Philadelphia in mid-October, Fanatics Authentic spent the month working with athletes from across all major professional sports to bring fans the best in autographed collectibles. In addition to reuniting the 1980’s Philadelphia Phillies World Champion team and a show lineup that featured legendary professional athletes, such as Joe Montana and Mike Tyson, Fanatics Authentic also had the pleasure of hosting autograph signings with a number of players, including Julius Thomas, Jaromir Jagr, Tony Parker, Adam Henrique, and World Series MVP Madison Bumgarner. Check out the behind-the-scenes photos below, as well as the product offering online to find featured products from each signing session.

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Ben Roethlisberger Continues to Dominate in Week 9

fa-BigBenInFocusWith nine weeks in the books, the NFL playoff push is starting to heat up quickly. At this point in the season, teams have established their identity and know what it takes to make a run for the Vince Lombardi Trophy. Week 9 of the NFL season was highlighted by blowouts, goal line stands, and yet another big performance from the seemingly unstoppable Big Ben.

A good old southern match-up kicked off the weekend in Charlotte, North Carolina where the New Orleans Saints demolished the Panthers 28-10 courtesy of two touchdowns from Mark Ingram, who is quickly becoming one of the hottest backs in the league. Things wouldn’t get any better for the Dallas Cowboys in Week 9, as they had to take on the surging Arizona Cardinals without their star quarterback Tony Romo. Carson Palmer threw for three touchdowns as Arizona defeated Dallas 28-17. Despite losing quarterback Nick Foles to an injury early in the game, the Philadelphia Eagles rallied behind backup Mark Sanchez to beat Arian Foster and Texans in Houston by 10 points. After a show stopping performance from Colt McCoy, Robert Griffin III made his return to the field as the Washington Redskins faced the Minnesota Vikings. However, it was rookie Teddy Bridgewater that would be the quarterback to watch in this game, as he posted 268 passing yards to lead the Vikings to a victory over the Skins. Austin Davis and the St. Louis Rams keep finding a way to win games this season. In a divisional match-up against the San Francisco 49ers, the Rams held on to win the game from a last second goal line stand that resulted in a Colin Kaepernick fumble on what could have been the game winning touchdown. Out west, the Seattle Seahawks won their second consecutive game as they look to defend their crown and dropped the hopeless Raiders to 0-8 on the season.

FA-bradyRecordIn a match-up featuring two of the season’s breakout quarterback stars, Ryan Tannehill and his three touchdowns crushed the San Diego Chargers as the Miami Dolphins won their third game in a row, this one by a massive count of 37-0. Don’t look now, but the Cleveland Browns have one of the best records in the AFC. The Browns won their fourth game in the last five contests this Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 22-17. Despite an outstanding 129 receiving yards from the newly acquired Percy Harvin, it wouldn’t be quite enough for Gang Green, as the New York Jets dropped a match-up to the Kansas City Chiefs for their eighth consecutive loss. Although a young offensive core of Blake Bortles, Denard Robinson, and Allen Hurns made big strides for the Jacksonville Jaguars this week, the Jags still dropped the game against the Cincinnati Bengals by the score of 33-23. The 16th rendition of the legendary Brady versus Manning match-up was a bit lopsided. Peyton Manning threw for over 400 yards for the Denver Broncos, but Tom Brady’s four touchdown passes to become the fifth all-time in NFL passing yards and another monster performance from Rob Gronkowski secured a 43-21 win for the New England Patriots. Ben Roethlisberger is taking no prisoners in Pittsburgh as he dominates the field week after week. The Pro Bowl quarterback became the first player since 1961 to throw six or more touchdown passes in back-to-back games as the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Baltimore Ravens 43-23. To close out the weekend in a Monday Night showdown between two of the game’s most talented quarterbacks, the Indianapolis Colts beat down the New York Giants 40-24 behind a monster performance from Andrew Luck.

As the competition begins to get closer, Week 10 gifts some of the best games of the season to NFL fans. A couple of recent Super Bowl champions will square off as the Giants visit Seattle and two red hot teams meet as the Dolphins go up against the Lions. There’s no better time than now with regular season winding down to show pride for your favorite teams and players. Look no further than the selection of Fanatics Authentic NFL memorabilia to support for your team and commemorate standout performances each week leading up to Super Bowl XLIX.

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