Archive - February 2015

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Fanatics Authentic Game Used Memorabilia
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Joey Logano Wins First Ever Daytona 500
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New England Patriots Super Bowl XLIX Signing
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Top Moments from the 2014-2015 NFL Season
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Super Bowl XLIX Memorabilia Collection
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The 2015 NBA All-Star Weekend to Hit New York
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Top Sports Gifts for Valentine’s Day
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Patriots Prevail in Thrilling Super Bowl XLIX

Fanatics Authentic Game Used Memorabilia

MoGameusedbaseballAutographed sports collectibles are a great way to commemorate a beloved athlete or preserve fond sports memories, but there’s nothing quite like game used sports memorabilia to get close to your favorite athlete. These one of a kind sports collectibles are items that are used or worn during a game, allowing sports fans to bring home a piece of the action and preserve unforgettable sports moments. Game used memorabilia ranges across a variety of sports collectibles, from a jersey worn by a player in a game, a piece of equipment like a football used during an NFL game, or a hat worn by an MLB player in the outfield.

FAGameWornIn an effort to bring sports fans and collectors authentic game used collectibles that they can trust are genuine, Fanatics Authentic developed exclusive relationships with various players and professional sports teams to receive these pieces right out of play. By working directly with these teams and players, Fanatics Authentic is able to serve as a first-party authenticator for all of its game used collectibles. With a system that requires a representative to witness the use of every piece of game used memorabilia, Fanatics Authentic is able to diligently document the authenticity of each item. Whether it be on the field or in the locker room, Fanatics Authentic representatives remove each item from play to certify with its exclusive authentication hologram and a unique alpha-numeric combination. Sports fans can use this code to reference their collectibles at any time in the massive Fanatics Authentic Verification database to prove its authenticity and get background information on the item.

In addition to game used memorabilia, Fanatics Authentic offers other similar, but more affordable sports collectibles that allow fans and collectors to own their very own piece of the action. Practice-used jerseys and equipment brings fans items that touched their favorite athletes’ hands, but are at a slightly lower price because they weren’t featured in an official game. Game-issued collectibles, which are items designated to be used in play or worn during a game, like a kicking football issued for a specific game that wasn’t used, are also a great addition to any sports collection. Player issued and team issued memorabilia are also very uncommon and valuable sports collectibles that include items that were not actually used in a game but were selected for a certain player or team and may or may not feature an athlete’s name or number, in addition to the team name or logo.

On the sports memorabilia market, game used collectibles are much fewer in number than typical sports collectibles, like signed jerseys and autographed balls, which makes them even more valuable. With only a limited number of items used by players in a specific game, and even less that are sold to the public, game used memorabilia is very rare. For example, a Peyton Manning signed jersey already holds a high worth, ranging from $600-$1,200, but a Peyton Manning autographed game-used jersey values more of $10,000 to $15,000. Since buying game used collectibles is an investment that has the ability to acquire a large amount of value over time, it is vital to take every precaution to ensure that these collectibles are authentic. Therefore, purchasing game used memorabilia is an asset to any sports collection and must be done so according the tips below.

MarteGameUsedBatTips for Buying Game Used Collectibles:

  • Buy Based on Athlete – Game worn or used items from sports heroes, such as Derek Jeter, or Hall of Famers, like Joe Montana and Michael Jordan, are valued most due to their legacy.
  • Invest in Potential Breakout Players – The biggest financial returns in sports memorabilia occur when an athlete’s autograph is affordable because they have yet to break onto the professional sports scene and then drastically increases in value when that player skyrockets to fame. For example, Malcolm Butler signed collectibles weren’t nearly as valuable before his game-winning interception at Super Bowl XLIX as they are now.
  • Look for Items from a Significant Event – Items used during the Super Bowl, World Series, All-Star Game, or game in which an Athlete reached a milestone are even more valuable.
  • A Certificate of Authenticity is a Necessity – Fraud is a major problem in sports memorabilia and can be an even bigger issue when shopping for game used collectibles. Therefore, documentation from a reputable authenticator is of absolute importance when purchasing game used items.
  • Choose a Reputable Retailer – Many work exclusively with athletes and teams to guarantee the authenticity of each piece with a certification system that pulls collectibles directly from play and documents its use.
  • Shop Smart – Although it may seem like common sense, game used collectibles should not look brand new or untouched and if a deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
  • Get Educated – Knowing the habits of an athlete, as well as details about a player’s uniforms and equipment are simple ways to avoid being scammed. Athletes always wear a specific size in their uniform and typically have brands they represent consistently.

Joey Logano Wins First Ever Daytona 500

JoeyLogano_500WinnerThe 57th annual Daytona 500 was held on Sunday March 22, 2015 at Daytona International Speedway and brought together all of NASCAR’s most premier drivers for the biggest race of the year. The highly anticipated race marked Jeff Gordan’s final Daytona 500 appearance and highlighted a massive makeover to the speedway, but Joey Logano stole the show when he pulled away from the pack just in time to emerge as the 2015 Daytona 500 Champion and complete his Cinderella story.

Leading up to the race, NASCAR fans anticipated yet another Hendrick Motorsports driver to take home the win, the only question was which team member would snag first place. As the Daytona 500 got underway, two-time champion Matt Kenseth, an extremely hopeful Tony Stewart, and rookie Ryan Blaney collided for the first major accident at Turn 4 on lap 41. Throughout the first 100 laps of the race, Jeff Gordon held the lead for 77 of them, but Dale Earnhardt Jr. took over the top spot at Lap 114. After holding onto the lead for 32 laps, a third Hendrick teammate took over as Jimmie Johnson replaced Earnhardt at number one with 50 laps remaining and led the pack for 39. For the entirety of the Daytona 500, just a few non-members of the Hendrick Motorsports team, such as Kevin Harvick, Carl Edwards, Danny Hamlin, and Joey Logano, were able to compete as front runners. With the remaining laps dwindling to nine, Logano finally stole the lead from Hamlin and managed to hold off Harvick even with a last-minute caution flag at only three laps to go. Crossing the finish line in first, Joey Logano was named the 2015 Daytona 500 winner with Kevin Harvick finishing in second place and Dale Earnhardt Jr. in third.

After falling short of victory at last year’s Spring Cup Championship, Joey Logano confirmed his place among the sport’s best drivers at the 2015 Daytona 500. Surpassing each of the top drivers in racing, such as Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, and Dale Earnhardt Jr. for first place, Joey Logan’s name is now featured among NASCAR’s elite. Since being dumped by Joe Gibbs Racing and joining Team Penske, Logano has recorded one of the greatest comebacks in racing history to become a power player in NASCAR.

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New England Patriots Super Bowl XLIX Signing

The wait for Super Bowl XLIX memorabilia is officially over since members of the New England Patriots champion team met with Fanatics Authentic for an exclusive signing session. Throughout a day filled with Gronk Spikes and reliving Malcolm Butler’s game-winning interception, Pats Nation took over the Fanatics Authentic office to sign autographs and bring dedicated sports fans truly unique Super Bowl collectibles.

Check out photos from the New England Patriots signing below and don’t miss the video of Rob Gronkowski autographing Super Bowl footballs!

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Gronk doesn’t sign very often, but when he does, he spikes every football. Be on the lookout for giveaways on Fanatics Authentic social media to win one of the special Gronk Spike footballs from this video:

Top Moments from the 2014-2015 NFL Season

BeckhamJrTheCatchWhile the confetti is settling in Arizona and the New England Patriots start their off-season celebration as Super Bowl XLIX Champions, NFL fans everywhere mourn the end of football season. Instead of moping until August, let’s take a trip down memory lane to revisit some of the greatest moments the 2014 NFL season had to offer.

Forget play of the year, the New York Giants Odell Beckham Jr. may have recorded the play of the century in a Week 12 match-up against the Dallas Cowboys. G-Men quarterback Eli Manning lobbed a pass up to newest wide receiver target near the end zone. After being mauled by a Dallas defensive back and drawing a pass interference flag, Beckham managed to haul in the ball using only his finger tips as he was falling to the ground. The play in the Meadowlands was the icing on the cake for the wide receiver, as this was just one of his many spectacular plays that earned Beckham the Rookie of the Year award.

No player had a better year on the defensive side of the ball than Houston’s J.J. Watt. The former Wisconsin Badger put together the season of his life to put his name in the NFL MVP conversation, racking up a whopping 20.5 sacks that led all defensive linemen and earned himself a third career Pro Bowl trip. Watt capped off the year named both a First-Team All-Pro and won his second NFL Defensive Player of the Year award in only three short seasons.

Seattle Seahawks running back and mystery media man Marshawn Lynch was up to his usual tricks in the 2014 NFL season. Football fans saw déjà vu in a Week 16 match-up against the Arizona Cardinals when Lynch went “Beast Mode” on a 79 yard touchdown run that looked an awful lot like his famous scramble from the 2011 Playoffs. Filled with stiff arms, shook tackles, and capped off with his infamous crotch grab celebration, Lynch’s 79 yard run reiterated the fact that he’s one of the best backs the league has seen in recent football history.

bestmodeAlthough he just fell short of taking home is second Vince Lombardi trophy, Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers had a season to remember. The four-time Pro Bowler put together another magnificent season on the field at the Frozen Tundra, where he finished the season with nearly 4,400 yards in the air, 38 touchdowns, and only five interceptions. Rodgers stellar campaign earned him his second NFL MVP award since 2011.

Deion “Primetime” Sanders found himself in some good company this season. The NFL’s most recent kick return hero, Devin Hester, accomplished one of the most spectacular feats in NFL history. The longtime Chicago Bear and current Atlanta Falcons special teams player broke Deion Sanders’ league record of most return touchdowns of all-time with a 62-yard touchdown in a September match-up against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. To cap off the record breaking play, Hester appropriately high stepped in to the end zone, much like Prime Time during his playing days.

Few players had bigger breakout seasons than Seattle wide receiver Jermaine Kearse. After the team released do-it-all wide out Percy Harvin, Seattle counted on Kearse to fill his shoes. The undrafted free agent out of the University of Washington did all that and more. Kearse reeled in two key touchdowns in the playoffs, including an iconic overtime touchdown catch in the NFC Championship Game that earned the Seahawks an appearance in their second consecutive Super Bowl.

In what was a wildly entertaining NFL season, there was no more appropriate way to the end the year than Malcolm Butler’s game-winning Super Bowl interception. With Seattle only a yard away from winning back-to-back championships, the no-name defensive back out of Western Alabama made one of the greatest plays in Super Bowl history. Butler jumped a slant route and made an incredible interception on the one-yard line to secure the Patriots an improbably Super Bowl victory.

Revisit your favorite moments from the 2014 NFL season with Fanatics Authentic’s truly unique selection of NFL memorabilia to preserve all of your favorite memories from throughout the year. Celebrate the New England Patriots’ fourth Super Bowl title or invest in the bright future of up-and-coming stars by shopping the one of a kind football product offering for athlete autographs from all of your favorite teams and players.

Super Bowl XLIX Memorabilia Collection

Butler_GWIntFebruary 1st, 2015 marked a historic championship match-up between the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots when the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona hosted Super Bowl XLIX. In a thrilling Super Bowl that had NFL fans everywhere at the edge of their seats until the very last minutes of the game, the Patriots reclaimed the throne and Tom Brady solidified his place in football history as one of the greatest quarterbacks ever to play the game and a four-time champion. As the game came down to the wire in the fourth quarter and it seems as though the Seahawks would be back-to-back champions, Patriots rookie Malcolm Butler grabbed a Russell Wilson throw out of the air for the game-winning interception and Super Bowl XLIX title.

Commemorate your Super Bowl XLIX champions and preserve NFL history by shopping the unique selection of sports memorabilia signed by all of New England’s biggest stars, including Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski, Malcolm Butler, Darelle Revis, and Vince Wilfork. The collection of Super Bowl XLIX memorabilia allows NFL fans and sports collectors to take home an iconic piece of Patriots memorabilia to celebrate the 2015 Super Bowl Champion forever with an assortment of signed footballs, autographed Patriots jerseys, and signed helmets in New England colors, as well as framed and unframed photos with athlete autographs and rare Super Bowl inscriptions.

Check out the features Super Bowl XLIX memorabilia below or click here to shop the full collection for New England Patriots Super Bowl Champion autographs.

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The 2015 NBA All-Star Weekend to Hit New York

AnthonyDavis_AllStarThe 2014-2015 NBA season has reached the midway point, which means one thing; All-Star Weekend. Basketball’s brightest stars in the NBA will align for a show-stopping weekend of play and thrilling events. Over the weekend of February 13-15, New York City will host the 2015 NBA All-Star festivities at both the Barclay’s Center and the iconic Madison Square Garden for three days of excitement featuring the biggest names in the basketball.

According to tradition, the Celebrity Game and the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge will occur on Friday night. As a classic All-Star event, hoops fans and non-fans alike enjoy watching former basketball legends, WNBA players, actors, musicians, and athletes from across other sports take the court for the Celebrity Game. As of the 2015 All-Star Weekend, the Rising Stars challenge will consist of a new format. Replacing the rookie versus sophomore match-up, the contest will feature a face-off between a U.S. Team and World Team of the best young players in the league. Team USA includes an explosive lineup of dominant players, like Trey Burke and Michael Carter-Williams, that will go up against a World Team composed of the most upcoming foreign players, such as first round draft pick Dante Exum and Canadian superstar Andrew Wiggins.

JohnWall_AllStarOn Saturday night of NBA All-Star Weekend, one of the most explosive contests in sports will ensue with the Shooting Stars contest, Three Point Contest, Skills Challenge, and Slam Dunk Contest. The Three Point Contest should be a showdown that will be remembered for years to come, as sharp-shooters Kyle Korver, Wesley Matthews, and J.J. Redick will face-off against one another, as well as the nearly unstoppable Splash Brothers of the Golden State Warriors, Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry. In an obstacle course that tests the player’s passing, shooting, and dribbling abilities, the Taco Bell Skills Challenge will feature the NBA’s most elusive guards like Brandon Knight and Kyle Lowry. For the grand finale of Saturday night, the Slam Dunk Contest will return to its traditional format as Zach Lavine, Victor Oladipo, Mason Plumlee, and “The Greek Freak” Giannis Antetokounmpo throw down some of the nastiest dunks that basketball fans have ever seen.

The most anticipated event of the weekend will finally occur on Sunday afternoon at The World’s Most Famous Arena known as Madison Square Garden. The 64th annual East versus West match-up will showcase the finest players that professional basketball has to offer with two rosters filled with superstars. The East looks to defend its title, fresh off of its first All-Star Game win in five years courtesy of a remarkable performance from Cleveland’s Kyrie Irving in last year’s contest in New Orleans. In this year’s competition, the East will count on Irving’s chemistry with his new teammate LeBron James to lead a high-powered squad to its second consecutive victory. The West traditionally dominates the mid-season match-up, but the West will be without the injured future Hall of Famer Kobe Bryant once again at the 2015 NBA All-Star Game and hopes that DeMarcus Cousins can fill some awfully large shoes. With big men Anthony Davis and Damian Lillard quickly rising in the ranks as the NBA’s next big stars, the Western Conference looks to the pair of two-time All-Stars to carry the team this year.

Entering the second half of the NBA season, the most skilled and talented players in the league gear up for the All-Star Game and strive to declare their respective conference as the biggest player for the remainder of the year. As the match-up creates a rivalry between the most premier players in the NBA, sports fans are in for yet another All-Star Weekend filled with exciting competition and unforgettable moments.

 

Top Sports Gifts for Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s Day 2015 will be the best ever for a special sports fan in your life if you use our gift guide that outlines the best gift for him and top gifts for sports fans. Rather than typical Valentine’s Day gifts, like chocolate and roses, authentic sports collectibles are a truly one-of-a-kind holiday gift that a sports fan can cherish forever. By browsing the wide assortment of autographed sports merchandise for items that commemorate all of their favorite players and teams, you’re sure to find an amazing gift for your Valentine. Whether you’re shopping for the casual spectator or a die-hard fan, sports memorabilia from our list of the best Valentine’s Day gifts for sports fans provides unique gift ideas that will excite anyone.

Best Sports Gift for Valentine’s Day:

1. Signed Photos – Autographed sports photos capture remarkable moments from throughout an athlete’s career and allows fans to relive every amazing play forever. With images that feature the best memories in sports history, including incredible plays and championship celebrations, you can make Valentine’s Day unforgettable by giving a special sports fan a present that will truly pass the test of time. Be sure to browse the In Focus and Film Strip product lines to give the ultimate sports fan a unique gift that is the perfect dedication to their favorite athlete.

2. Autographed Baseballs – A signed baseball is a traditional piece of sports memorabilia that celebrates some of the most iconic players from all generations of America’s favorite pastime. Hit a home run on Valentine’s Day by shopping for a baseballs autographed by an MLB fan’s childhood hero, like Cal Ripken Jr. and Derek Jeter, or favorite stars, such as 2014 World Series MVP Madison Bumgarner.

3. Autographed Jerseys – There are few things closer to a sports fan’s heart than the teams they root for. With a signed jersey you can show your loyalty on Valentine’s Day by giving your love one a piece of sports memorabilia that truly honor their favorite teams and players. Don’t forget to create a present as special as your relationship by adding a customized frame to display the autographed jersey in a man cave or sports bar.

4. Display Cases – Provide your Valentine’s most prized sports collectibles protection to last a lifetime or support a collector’s beloved hobby with a display case as a gift this holiday to preserve the quality of their favorite possessions forever. A display case proves that your love will stand the test of time and is a must-have for anyone with cherished piece of sports memorabilia.

5. Signed Mini Helmets – NFL fans live for the excitement of each season and after an unforgettable year of play that named the New England Patriots Super Bowl Champs, you can’t go wrong on Valentine’s Day with a mini helmet signed by the game’s biggest stars, such as Tom Brady and Odell Beckham Jr. Give the sports fan you love an autographed football mini helmet this holiday to bring back all of their favorite NFL moments and can be easily displayed in any office or bedroom.

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Patriots Prevail in Thrilling Super Bowl XLIX

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Tom Brady can now officially claim his title as the greatest postseason quarterback of all-time. The quarterback with the most playoff wins in NFL history capped off his fourth Super Bowl championship with an improbable ending to Super Bowl XLIX at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona and dethroned the former champion Seattle Seahawks.

The Pats came in to the big game after a dominating performance against the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship Game that was tainted by the Deflategate debacle. Despite an absolute beat down of Indianapolis, the Patriots were accused of playing with deflated footballs that may have given the team an advantage. On the other hand, the Seahawks entered their second consecutive Super Bowl after a thrilling come from behind victory against the Green Bay Packers in the semi-finals. Russell Wilson and company were looking to ride off their NFC Championship Game momentum to become the first repeat Super Bowl champions since New England in 2003 and 2004.

Despite all the hype leading up to the biggest NFL game of the year, both teams came out flat in the first quarter. Tom Brady threw a costly red zone pick for New England while Russell Wilson struggled to even complete a pass. Things shaped up quickly the second as Brady threw a pair of touchdowns, while Seattle’s Beast Mode Marshawn Lynch found the end zone and Wilson tossed a touchdown pass to rookie Chris Matthews to tie the game 14-14 with two seconds left in the half.

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After a breath taking half time performance by Katy Perry, Lenny Kravitz, and Missy Elliott, Seattle took charge on the field entering the second half. The Seahawks offense was clicking on all cylinders as they jumped out to a 24-14 lead going in to the final quarter of the NFL season and looked as though they’d repeat as champions. If there’s one thing football fans have learned during the Patriots dynasty of the 2000’s, it’s that you can never count out Tom Brady. Despite a 10-point deficit with under 10 minutes left to play, the Patriots orchestrated several fantastic drives to take a 28-24 lead courtesy of receivers Danny Amendola and Julian Edelman.

With only two minutes left to play, Russell Wilson took charge of the Seattle offense en route to what looked like it would be a classic Super Bowl winning fourth quarter drive. In one of the greatest plays in Super Bowl history, Wilson lobbed up a prayer to Jermaine Kearse who reeled in a jaw dropping bobbling catch while falling on his back to put the Seahawks at the New England one yard line with under a minute to play. What would occur next is one of the wildest endings to any pro sporting event ever. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll drew up a shot-gun pass play from the one-yard line that was intercepted by undrafted Pats rookie Malcolm Butler. The Butler pick sealed the deal for New England and secured Bill Belichick his fourth Super Bowl ring as Patriots head coach.

Congratulate your Super Bowl XLIX champion New England Patriots with entirely unique sports memorabilia autographed by all of the team’s unforgettable players. Within an exclusive collection of hand signed memorabilia from the four-time Super Bowl champions, including can’t miss pieces from MVP Tom Brady, every NFL fan and collector will find the perfect way to commemorate one of the greatest Super Bowl games of all time. Don’t miss out on taking home a piece of football history from the 2015 NFL champs, by shopping the entire collection, here!

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