Panini America, the world's largest sports and entertainment collectibles company, announced today that it has inked a trading card agreement with CMG Worldwide.
The deal, effective immediately, gives Panini America rights to incorporate 12 of CMG Worldwide's most legendary baseball names in its newly licensed Major League Baseball Players Association products including: Jackie Robinson, Jimmie Foxx, Johnny Mize, Lou Gehrig, Mel Ott, Rogers Hornsby, Roy Campanella, Thurman Munson, Ty Cobb, Walter Johnson, Shoeless Joe Jackson and Jim Thorpe.
That legendary list of players will be featured in several of Panini America's future baseball card sets, beginning with 2011 Panini Prime Cuts available in March at hobby shops nationwide.
"We are truly excited to partner with CMG Worldwide on a deal that will significantly strengthen our baseball product roster by giving us access to some of the greatest players in baseball history," said Panini America CEO Mark Warsop. "Utilizing our unrivaled expertise in the areas of innovation and collectibility, we'll show these all-time greats to fans and collectors in a whole new light."
Added Phillip Korkis, CMG Worldwide's Director of Sports Licensing & Legal Counsel: "We have the pleasure of representing some of the greatest players in baseball history - it was a natural fit to work with one of the global leaders in the trading card industry, Panini America. Panini has an innovative and exciting product vision and we are looking forward to having our clients be a part of that."
In September, Panini America acquired a trading card license from the Major League Baseball Players Association to become the only company in the world that manufactures licensed trading cards and stickers for the NBA, NFL, NFL PLAYERS, NHL, NHLPA, MLBPA and FIFA World Cup. The company also owns exclusive entertainment licenses with Disney, Justin Bieber and Michael Jackson, and more than 600 global licenses with other sports and entertainment properties.
Panini America became the exclusive trading card partner of the NBA beginning with the 2009-10 season. The Panini Group purchased the industry's second-oldest trading-card company, Donruss, in March 2009 and formed the new subsidiary, Panini America, Inc. Since that time, Panini has taken significant steps to fortify its leadership position in the sports and entertainment collectibles arena.
One of the nation’s largest online auctions of highly prized sports memorabilia and cards is underway.
The SCP Auction is featuring valuable items from many CMG legends like Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Walter Johnson, Roy Campanella, Lou Gehrig, Jackie Robinson, Knute Rockne, Jim Thorpe, and Honus Wagner.
Some of the coveted items include: a flawlessly penned single-signed Babe Ruth baseball; a bat used by the "Georgia Peach" himself, Ty Cobb; a very rare bat used by Walter Johnson; an exceptional 1952 World Series bat used by Roy Campanella; a very rare key card from the 1910 Ju Ju Drum Candy issue, featuring Ty Cobb; an exquisite Lou Gehrig 1930s autographed photograph by George Burke; an eye appealing rookie card of legendary Brooklyn Dodger Hall of Famer, Jackie Robinson; a Notre Dame football signed by legendary coach, Knute Rockne; a beautiful Jim Thorpe trading card from the 1955 Topps All American football series; and a signed check by Honus Wagner.
The SCP Auction will run Thursday February 4th. To learn more about the auction and to bid on some of the most desirable sports memorabilia click here.
The United States Postal service hopes to hit a home run with the July 16th release of new 39-cent stamps and 24-cent postal cards which will feature CMG Worldwide clients and baseball legends Mel Ott and Roy Campanella.
Four of the best baseball players of all time, who all have New York area ties -- Mickey Mantle, Mel Ott, Hank Greenberg and Roy Campanella ? are currently being honored on commemorative "Baseball Sluggers" stamps. Ceremonies took place at Yankee Stadium on the 16th to release the stamps and honor the families of the players. Family members present for the ceremony included David Mantle and Danny Mantle, Campanella's daughter, Joni Road, Greenberg's daughter, Alva, and Ott's daughter, Barbara Ott-Schneidau.
Mantle, Ott and Campanella played for New York baseball teams. Greenberg was born in New York City. All four are in the Hall of Fame. It took much more than just displaying impressive statistics and earning a place in the Hall of Fame to land each player?s face on a stamp. The players were selected because they truly were American legends and not just baseball players.
?Stamps are designed to honor the places, events and people that made America great," Postmaster General John E. Potter said. "When you think about America, Americana is baseball. So it's only appropriate when you think about honoring America and representing it in stamps that baseball is there."
Campanella played in five World Series and hit 242 home runs during a decade with the Brooklyn Dodgers while Ott was a star for the New York Giants for 22 seasons, leading the league in homers five times. He was the first National League player to hit 500 home runs.
There are only a few days left, but that still leaves plenty of time for you to cast your vote in the DHL Presents Major League Baseball Hometown Heroes program.
From Ty Cobb to Cy Young, an unprecedented 15 CMG Worldwide clients appear on the ballot. Fans are encouraged to submit their vote for each club?s greatest player.
According to MLB.com, nominees were chosen for their contributions to their franchise?s history by using a selection criteria that consisted of on-field performance, leadership quality and character. So far, more than eight million votes have been cast.
So who?s it gonna be, Jackie Robinson or Roy Campanella? Babe Ruth or Lou Gehrig? Log on to MLB.com or send a text message with the keyword ?DHL? to 55222 now through Sept. 17 and cast your vote for your favorite hometown hero. The Hometown Heroes winners for all 30 clubs will be announced in a three-part primetime series that will be broadcast on Sept. 26, 27 and 29 on ESPN.
Upper Deck Where The Legends of Baseball Live On!
CARLSBAD, CA. (February 15, 2005) ? The leading sports and entertainment company, Upper Deck, and Curtis Management Group (CMG) Worldwide have agreed to an historic, exclusive pact allowing Upper Deck to utilize CMG?s legendary roster of baseball talent in upcoming trading card and memorabilia products. CMG Worldwide and Upper Deck have signed a multiyear, trading card exclusive agreement and a non-exclusive component that gives Upper Deck Authenticated, the company?s memorabilia division, the rights to produce unique one-of-a-kind items.
?Upper Deck recognizes that baseball is steeped in history and is rightfully honored as our National pastime,? said Joe Fallon, Director of Product Development for Upper Deck. ?We feel that by joining forces with CMG Worldwide we?ll be able to ensure that these players live on for ages in the minds of sports fans and collectors.?
The first cards depicting CMG?s iconic baseball player?s appeared in Upper Deck?s early-February 2005 release of Sweet Spot Classic (SRP $9.99 per pack), while the premier authentic memorabilia piece will commemorate the first class of inductees into Baseball?s Hall Of Fame. Upper Deck will continue to utilize the large portfolio of photos and players throughout the company?s product launches for years to come.
?This partnership with CMG allows Upper Deck to not only to be the exclusive trading card manufacturer for an incredible roster of legendary players, but it also puts us in a position to manage some of the proliferation that has taken place and re-establish collector values. These athletes are a natural resource for the category, and Upper Deck is committed to balancing the collector desire with collector value. We will continue to be a leader in the baseball trading card category as we plan to include these timeless legends in upcoming card sets and authenticated products,? adds Fallon. ?If a collector is looking for cards of the legends, they should collect Upper Deck sets.?
"CMG Worldwide is excited to be collaborating with The Upper Deck Company on this new Legends program. CMG has worked with UD for over 10 years and is confident that this expanded relationship will further enhance the history and tradition of our Hall of Fame clients in the trading card industry" says Mark Roesler, CMG Worldwide Chairman.
Legendary players included in the agreement:
About The Upper Deck Company
The Upper Deck Co. is a premier global sports and entertainment-publishing company that delivers a portfolio of relevant, innovative and multi-dimensional product experiences to collectors, sports and entertainment enthusiasts. For more information on the Upper Deck Company and its products visit www.upperdeck.com.
About CMG Worldwide
CMG Worldwide is the premier business and marketing agent for over 200 diverse personalities and corporate clients in the sports, entertainment, and music fields. For more information on CMG Worldwide and its clients, please visit www.cmgworldwide.com.
Originally published in the Maine Antique Digest.
by Lita Solis-Cohen
Hunt Auctions' semiannual late summer auction of sports memorabilia in Exton, Pennsylvania, featured balls, bats, and trophies consigned by the widow of Roy Campanella.
"Campanella was widely regarded as the finest overall catcher in major league history," said David Hunt, who organizes two live auctions each year, held at the Inn at Chester Springs in Exton, Pennsylvania. "He played under Negro League legend Biz Mackey with the Baltimore Elite Giants and became an all-star as an adept defensive player with a potent bat. He was on the championship Baltimore team in 1939 and appeared in several East-West all-star Negro League teams from 1937 to 1945."
His ten years in the major leagues were even more impressive. He received the most valuable player award three times in the 1950's.
Campanella's widow, Roxie, decided it was time to send his memorabilia to Hunt for sale, saying that a portion of it would go to the Roy & Roxie Campanella Foundation for physical therapy. Hunt said he would also give a third of his commission to the foundation.
The August 22 and 23 sale grossed $1.8 million for just over 1180 lots, the most ever for a Hunt live auction.
The 80 lots from the Campanella consignment brought in more than $600,000 of the total. It began with autographed balls and included bats, framed awards, trophies, and autographs. The MVP awards evoked the most excitement for the 50 or so collectors in the salesroom and seven bidders on the phones. The octagonal sterling plaques mounted on black stained wood have the words "Kenesaw Mountain Landis Memorial Baseball Award" in raised block letters around a baseball diamond. Under a 10k gold bust of Landis are the words "Most Valuable Player National League," and in gold is "Roy Campanella." Under his name in silver is "Brooklyn Dodgers," and under that on a gold baseball on crossed bats is the date of the award. All three plaques are the same, but the dates on the baseballs are 1955, 1953, and 1951.
Cognoscenti in the salesroom considered the most significant one to be the 1955 award, given to Campanella the year the Dodgers beat the Yankees in the World Series. That was the year he had a .318 batting average, hit 32 home runs, had 107 RBI's, and committed only six errors all season. The first of the three plaques offered, it was knocked down for $99,000 (includes buyer's premium) to a bidder in the salesroom, who said he was Ron Leff, a collector from the Philadelphia area who has been collecting since he attended the Barry Halper sale at Sotheby's four years ago. "I am looking to build a world-class collection of significant historical pieces," he said.
Leff said for a moment he thought he had paid too much, but when the next MVP award, for 1953, came up and sold for $104,500 to a phone bidder, he felt better. After Campanella's first MVP award with the date 1951 was knocked down for $170,500 to another phone bidder, the auctioneer, looking at Leff, asked, "Do you want to re-offer yours?" He knew he made a good buy.
All three prices broke the previous record price for an MVP award, $27,077.90, paid for Orlando Cepeda's 1967 NL MVP award sold on the Internet in April 2003 by MastroNet.
"Campanella's 1955 MVP is worth double what his others were because fifty-five was the only year Brooklyn won the series," said Zane Burns, a dealer from Brentwood, Tennessee, who came to the sale. "It's the best, and he paid the least?he's got to be feeling good about that," he said.
Leff, 49, said he retired from his family's vitamin business and is collecting baseball memorabilia with his 19-year-old son, who is away at college. He bought two Campanella items to go with his MVP trophy. One was a Roy Campanella game-worn catcher's mitt that cost him $41,800 (est. $5000/7500). "That mitt earned him his award," said Leff. The other was an autographed 8 inches x 10 inches black-and-white 1948-49 photograph of Campanella in a Dodgers uniform taken by Cecil Layne, a highly respected African-American photographer. It is boldly signed "Best Wishes Roy Campanella" and came from another consignor. Estimated at $2500/3500, it sold for $6600.
There was plenty left for other bidders. Zane Burns bought Roy Campanella's bronzed catcher's mitt, an award attached to a wooden plaque given by Wilson Sporting Goods, for $9900, but he didn't get Campanella's Brooklyn Dodgers warmup jacket that sold for $34,100. "He used to wear it when he cut the grass," said Burns. "There are just no Campanella jerseys or jackets around."
A New Jersey collector paid $29,700 for Campanella's 1941 East-West MVP trophy with a figure of a batter on top, a rare trophy from his days playing in the Negro League. It was estimated at $2000/3000. A phone bidder got the last of the Campanella lots consigned by his family, the bronzed cleats said to be the ones he wore in his final game against the Philadelphia Phillies on September 29, 1957. Hunt believes he also wore these cleats in his last game at Ebbets Field on September 24. Campanella never played in L.A. A tragic automobile accident in January 1958 left him paralyzed and ended his baseball career.
Hunt's next event is a "sports immortals" auction on October 25 and 26 to be conducted with Guernsey's, New York City, to be held at the new Borgata hotel, casino, and spa in Atlantic City. It is primarily a single-owner collection put together by Joel Platt, a Florida collector who has been accumulating sports memorabilia for 40 years and is selling a portion of his hoard to fund a museum for the rest of it. There are some other significant consignments of baseball memorabilia as well as the personal collection of Joe Frazier. For details, call (610) 524-0822 or go to the Web site (www.huntauctions.com).