From the Chicago Fanatics Authentic Sports Spectacular to an assortment of private and public autograph signings, March was another exciting month at Fanatics Authentic. Despite hosting the first Fanatics Authentic show of the year in Chicago, we spent the month working with an array of remarkable athletes from across all major leagues and professional sports to bring fans the most premier autographed collectibles on the market. In addition to reuniting generations of Fighting Irish for a “Salute to Notre Dame” at the Fanatics Authentic Show in Chicago, it also featured a full lineup of incredible professional athletes, including Colin Kaepernick and Randy Johnson. Throughout March, Fanatics Authentic also had the pleasure of hosting autograph signings with a multitude of successful athletes and sports stars, such as legendary quarterback Peyton Manning, highly-anticipated NFL Draft prospect Marcus Mariota, UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey, Chicago Bulls superstar Joakim Noah, and many more. Check out the behind-the-scenes photos from Fanatics Authentic March autograph signings below, as well as our extensive online product offering to find featured products from each signing session.
The Fanatics Authentic Sports Spectacular kicked off 2015 with one of its best collectibles shows yet and appearances by more than 70 athletes. On the weekend of March 20th, Fanatics Authentic took up residence at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Chicago to bring sports fans three days of exciting autograph signings and events.
A star-studded lineup brought athletes from across all major professional sports to Chicago to meet with sports fans, sign autographs, and pose for unique photo opportunities. In addition to headliners Joakim Noah, Peyton Manning, Colin Kaepernick, and Hulk Hogan, the Fanatics Authentic show featured a “Salute to Notre Dame, reuniting over 30 former Fighting Irish, as well as a range of prominent athletes, including Heisman Trophy winners Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston, and 2015 Hall of Fame inductees Tim Brown, Charles Haley, Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, and Jerome Bettis.
Take a behind the scenes look at the action from the 2015 Chicago Fanatics Authentic Sports Spectacular below:
Fanatics Authentic is extremely proud to announce that Washington Capitals star left wing, Alexander Ovechkin, is the first NHL player to officially join the team of Fanatics Authentic Exclusive Athletes. Joining a roster of over 60 Fanatics Authentic Exclusive Athletes, Ovechkin will be the first hockey star to bring sports fans and collectors his own collection of truly unique autographed sports memorabilia. Courtesy of the exclusive relationship between Alex Ovechkin and Fanatics Authentic, hockey fans will be able to purchase the most premier sports collectibles featuring the three-time Hart Memorial Trophy winner, as well as the possible chance to witness official signings with the Washington Capitals star and see behind-the-scenes of his autograph sessions.
Since beginning his professional hockey career when he was selected first overall by the Capitals in the 2004 NHL Draft, Alexander Ovechkin has become one of the most effective scorers in the league and a hockey fan favorite. Immediately upon taking the ice as a member of the NHL, Ovechkin earned a reputation as one of the top performers in the sport, scoring 52 goals and 54 assists, and won the Calder Memorial Trophy as rookie of the year. In the following seasons, Ovechkin emerged as the NHL’s top scorer and became the first player to win the Rocket Richard Trophy, Art Ross Trophy, Lester B. Pearson Award, and the Hart memorial Trophy in one season. The five-time NHL All-Star has not slowed down since he began tearing up professional hockey, while leading the Capitals to win five division titles and brought Team Russia to a gold medal at three World Championships.
As Alex Ovechkin continues to thoroughly write his name in NHL lore, Fanatics Authentic will be along for the ride to provide hockey fans with rare sports collectibles to honor every feat the Capitals legend adds to his resume. With many years of excitement left to come in this prominent NHL player’s career, make a valuable investment for your sports room or collection with autographed Alexander Ovechkin memorabilia. Bring home a piece of the on-ice action with an Alexander Ovechkin autographed hockey puck or show support for the Capitals as Washington looks to make a deep postseason run with a signed Alexander Ovechkin jersey, by shopping the entire product offering of NHL memorabilia signed by the All-Star, here.
Autographed 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.
In 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.
- 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.
Each year, the holiday season brings the thrill of opening gifts, and now, Fanatics Authentic would like to capture the surprise of getting a truly unique present, such as our autographed sports memorabilia. In exchange for the chance to win a really awesome prize, we’re asking that sports fans who receive a holiday present from SportsMemorabilia.com to share a video of themselves opening their gift.
Just upload a video opening a gift from SportsMemorabilia.com this holiday season to our Facebook page and/or Instagram with the tag @FansAuthentic to automatically be entered to win a free $250 gift card. At the end of our holiday gift contest, three lucky winners will be chosen from across all of our social media platforms.
For contest rules and more information or to enter your video, click one of the links below:
Be sure to submit your holiday video before the deadline on December 31, 2014. Good luck!
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Fanatics Authentic is a pioneer in the sports memorabilia industry that prides itself on bringing sports fans and collectors the most innovative collectibles on the market. With the launch of Fanatics Authentic came an impressive product offering that boasts traditional sports collectibles, including autographed balls and signed jerseys, as well as completely unique pieces and rare game-used items. Among these new collections of sports memorabilia is the assortment of autographed Spotlight Photos.
In the selection of Spotlight Photos, Fanatics Authentic truly showcases prominent athletes from across all major leagues and every piece is officially licensed by the NFL, MLB, NBA, and NHL respectively. The Spotlight Photo collection features high resolution images of the greatest athletes from all professional sports in various sizes, including 8” x 10”, 11” x 14”, and 16” x 20”. Each limited edition Spotlight Photo is a true dedication to an athlete and focuses the entire piece on that one player, also allowing fans and collectors to own one of the most original sports collectibles available. As a numbered limited edition product, fans that purchase the Spotlight Photo are buying rare items that only a few will have the opportunity to own. These high-quality photos of can also be framed in durable, protective black wood to complete the ultimate display. Every Spotlight Photo, as does every piece of sports memorabilia on Fanatics Authentic, is fully certified authentic with a tamper-evident hologram sticker, which is individually numbered and can be verified in an online database.
Courtesy of Fanatics Authentic’s limited edition Spotlight Photos, sports fans can commemorate some of the biggest names in sports with truly one-of-a-kind collectibles. With exceptional photographs that highlight each player and captures their greatness in action, many of these athlete’s individual career achievements can also be celebrated forever with specially inscribed Spotlight photos. From Tony Parker to Odell Beckham Jr., the Fanatics Authentic Spotlight Photo caters to everyone with its completely original product line of sports collectibles to honor both current star athletes and icons of their sport.
Make the 2014 holiday season unforgettable with unique gifts that last forever and shop for authentic sports memorabilia to give that special sports fan. Signed sports collectibles are a great gift for anyone, from the casual sports enthusiast to the most die-hard fan. Sports are a huge part of life and hold a special place in every fan’s heart, so there’s no better way to excite a sports fan at the holidays quite like a piece of sports history. Skip shopping at crowded and chaotic malls for conventional presents, like electronics or clothes, and use our list of top sports gifts which features ten ideas for cool holiday gifts that can all be purchased online. Make holiday shopping simple this year with our list of best sports gifts for guys and top holiday gift ideas.
Since 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!
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!
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.