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13Sep/11Off

Audi A8 TV Commercial – “Baseball”

CMG client Honus Wagner is featured in this Audi A8 TV commercial! Check it out!

24Feb/10Off

On This Day In History…

February 24, marks the birthday of one of baseball's greatest all-around players, Honus Wagner.

The superb Pittsburgh Pirates' shortstop, nicknamed the "Flying Dutchman" for his speed, was an astounding player who played in the National League from 1897 to 1917.

One of the original inductees to be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, Wagner finished his career with a total of 722 steals and a lifetime batting average of .329. After he retired he had more hits, runs, RBI, doubles, triples, games and steals than any other player at the time.

The legendary Babe Ruth once described Wagner's astounding skills:

"At shortstop there is only one candidate, the immortal Honus Wagner. He was just head and shoulders above anyone else in that position. Fellows like Marion, Bancroft, Peck and Billy Jurges were all great fielders. But Honus could more than out-field all of them. He was perhaps the greatest right-handed hitter of all time. He had remarkably long arms, hams for hands, and just drew the ball to him. Ed Barrow once told me he could have been as good in any position but he made his greatest name as shortstop. He led the National League seven times at bat and he was always up with the leaders when he was in his forties."

3Feb/10Off

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.

6Sep/07Off

World Record Price of $2.8 Million Paid For Famed T206 Honus Wagner Baseball Card

Mission Viejo, Calif. (Sept. 6, 2007) – Another Grand Slam for Honus Wagner. The finest known example of the famed T206 Honus Wagner baseball card has found another new home a little more than six months after selling for a then-record shattering price of $2.35 million in February to a California private collector. Renowned sports card and memorabilia auction company SCP Auctions Inc., has brokered the latest sale to a private collector for a record price of $2.8 million.

The legendary T206 Honus Wagner baseball card, previously owned by Wayne Gretzky, and once the top prize in a national contest conducted by Wal-Mart, has long been recognized as the most famous and valuable baseball card in existence. Dubbed “The Holy Grail” or “Mona Lisa” of baseball cards, it has always been a beacon of the red-hot vintage sports collectibles market.

"The T206 Honus Wagner card is an icon, not only in the field of baseball card collecting, but in the larger field of Americana,” said David Kohler, president and CEO of SCP Auctions.

Said Dan Imler, managing director of SCP Auctions: “For many collectors, owning any example of a T206 Honus Wagner card is the crowning achievement of baseball card collecting. Approximately 70 collectors in the word are fortunate to own one. This example, graded PSA 8 NM-MT, is universally recognized as the ultimate baseball card treasure. We are proud to have had a hand in placing it in a good new home.”

The legacy of the T206 Honus Wagner Card dates back to its creation and initial release by the American Tobacco Company in 1909 as part of a series that included more than 500 different baseball player cards. T206 tobacco cards are among the most widely collected, popular and sought after cards among current collectors. To this day however, it is estimated that less than one hundred examples of the T206 Wagner have surfaced. Numerous myths have been perpetuated and debated over the course of the last century, as to the reason for its scarcity. One of the prevailing theories was that Wagner, one of the premier players in the history of baseball, insisted that he be paid by the tobacco company for the use of his image causing the production of his card to be halted. A more common, and well-documented theory is that Wagner simply did not want children to be influenced into buying tobacco products just to get a “picture” of him, and thus forced the early withdrawal of his image on this principle. The volumes that have been written and countless tales that have been spun have made the T206 Wagner card a part of classic American Folklore.


For more information visit http://www.sportscardsplus.com/html/auctions/index.htm


 

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1Mar/07Off

Finest Known T206 Honus Wagner Baseball Card Sells for Record $2.35 Million

Mission Viejo, Calif. (Feb. 27, 2007) – A private California sports collector has paid a record-shattering $2.35 million for the legendary T206 Honus Wagner baseball card, long recognized by collectors and industry experts as the most famous and valuable baseball card in existence, it was announced at a Dodger Stadium news conference. The card is now owned by the private California sports collector and renowned sports card and memorabilia auction company SCP Auctions Inc., a minority partner.

The Wagner card, which has nearly doubled in price three of the previous four times it has changed hands in the past 20 years, last sold for $1.265 million in 2000. The card once was owned by Wayne Gretzky and Bruce McNall. It also was once the top prize in a national contest conducted by Wal-Mart.

"We are overjoyed to be able to join in partnership in the ownership of this unique collectible,” said David Kohler, president and CEO of SCP Auctions. “The T206 Honus Wagner card is the most iconic object in the field of baseball card collecting. It has been dubbed `The Mona Lisa of all trading cards,’ and its legacy has transcended popular culture. This example is the finest specimen by a wide margin among the limited population of T206 Wagners known to exist.”

The legacy of the T206 Honus Wagner Card dates to its creation and initial release by the American Tobacco Company in 1909 as part of a series that included more than 500 different cards. T206 tobacco cards are among the most widely collected, popular and sought after cards among current collectors.

It is estimated that only 50-60 examples of the T206 Wagner have surfaced. Numerous myths have been perpetuated and debated during the course of the last century as to the reason for its scarcity. One of the prevailing theories is that Wagner, one of the premier players in the history of baseball, insisted that he be paid by the tobacco company for the use of his image, causing the production of his card to be halted. A more common and well-documented theory is that Wagner simply did not want children to be influenced into buying tobacco products just to get a “picture” of him, and thus forced the early withdrawal of his image on this principle. The volumes that have been written and countless tales that have been spun make the T206 Wagner card a part of classic American Folklore.

The card has been graded NM-MT 8 by Professional Sports Authenticators (PSA), the nation’s foremost third-party card grading service. PSA has authenticated, graded and encapsulated 28 of the known T206 Wagner cards. Of those, only three have earned grades of 4 (VG-EX) or better, three examples earned 3 (VG) status, with the remainder garnering grades of either a 1 or 2 due to substantial wear or significant physical imperfections.

“Whether it’s the Hope Diamond, the Inverted Jenny (stamp), the Mona Lisa, or the 1933 Double Eagle (coin), every collectibles or antiquities field has its definitive object,” said Dan Imler, managing director of SCP Auctions. “This example of the T206 Honus Wagner is universally recognized as the ultimate baseball card treasure. It is always difficult to place a dollar value on items of such singular importance.

In 2000, it came to be known as ‘The Million Dollar Card.’ Someday it may be referred to as ‘The Ten Million Dollar Card.’”

SCP Auctions, Inc. has been a leader in auctions and private sales of important sports memorabilia and cards since 1979. The Southern California-based firm conducts regular auctions in partnership with Sotheby’s. The Sotheby’s/SCP Auctions partnership has handled some of the most significant individual items and prominent collections in their field, such as the record-setting sale of Babe Ruth’s bat used to hit the first home run in Yankee Stadium (sold for $1.265 million), The original 1919 Contract of Sale of Babe Ruth from the Red Sox to the Yankees (sold for $996,000), and the private collections of Hall of Famers such as Honus Wagner, Tony Lazzeri, Wilt Chamberlain, Bob Cousy, Casey Stengel, Pee Wee Reese, and Ernie Banks. For more information, please visit www.scpauctions.com.

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13Sep/06Off

Vote Honus Wagner as your favorite Hometown Hero

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 Honus Wagner 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.

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20Jul/06Off

New Louisville Slugger Walk of Fame to feature CMG Baseball Legends

CMG Baseball legends Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Honus Wagner, Jackie Robinson and Rogers Hornsby will be featured and honored in the upcoming Louisville Slugger Walk of Fame in downtown Louisville, Ky.

This public art project will be funded by baseball bat makers Hillerich and Bradsby Co. and will feature bronzed replicas of the player?s baseball bat models. In addition to the bronze bats will be bronze home plates, which will note each individual player?s accomplishments. The exhibit will span from the Louisville Slugger Museum all the way down West Main Street to the Louisville Slugger Field on East Main Street.

"In addition to being an honor to the players, we wanted to make this unique, to make it art," Hillerich and Bradsby Co. president and CEO John A. Hillerich IV said. "The bats will be attached to the sidewalks and lean against buildings, park benches, lamp posts and planters."

The first and original honorees in the Walk of Fame will be Pete Browning, Honus Wagner, Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Rogers Hornsby, Ted Williams, Jackie Robinson, Hank Aaron, Joe DiMaggio and Mickey Mantle. Additionally, Lou Gehrig, Hank Greenberg, Stan Musial, Roberto Clemente and Dot Richardson will be added this fall.

For more information on the Walk of Fame or to vote for the players that you would like to see honored next, visit http://www.sluggermuseum.org

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8Jun/05Off

Sports history is going… going… gone!

By: Justin Guild

On Friday, June 10, 2005 Sotheby?s auction house in New York City will join forces with SCP (Sports Cards Plus) to auction off a plethora of classic sports memorabilia. Over 350 lots will be auctioned off in this treasure trove of sports relics, with items from all across the sports spectrum. From football to tennis, memorabilia from some of the United States? greatest athletes will be auctioned off in this monumental sale, which is expected to earn over $5 million.

One of the items on the auction block is a rare, 1917 Honus Wagner Silver Presentation Cup. The stunning, 10 ?? tall sterling silver chalice is engraved with the words, ?Presented to John P. Wagner ? Friday, June 22, 1917 ? Wagner Day.? The opposite side features Wagner?s sizable ?JPW? monogram. To further enhance this remarkable slice of sports lore, the cup is complemented by copies of newspapers from that area highlighting Honus Wagner Day and an image of Wagner at home with the piece.

The cup comes from the estate of Honus Wagner where it was proudly displayed for more than 75 years. It was presented by Mayor Joseph Armstrong of Pittsburgh in a heartfelt salute to Wagner celebrating his ?unretirement? and return to baseball for one more momentous year.

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21Feb/05Off

HONUS WAGNER A PART OF HISTORIC PACT BETWEEN CMG WORLDWIDE & UPPER DECK COMPANY

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:

Babe Ruth
Lou Gehrig
Mel Ott
Satchel Paige
Jackie Robinson
Honus Wagner
Casey Stengel
Rogers Hornsby
Ty Cobb
Don Drysdale
Dizzy Dean
Lefty Grove
George Sisler
Walter Johnson
Christy Mathewson
Mickey Cochrane
Cy Young
Roy Campanella
Johnny Mize
Eddie Mathews
Jimmie Foxx
Thurman Munson

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.

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10Nov/04Off

Trademark hits one out of the park and into the art gallery

By: Nicole Gately

Batter up! Have we got a fast ball of nostalgia coming your way. Trademark Prints has dug deep into the locked archives of Brown & Bigelow and found 22 historic baseball paintings featuring some of America?s legendary players. Talk about a home run!

Some of the all-time baseball greats are immortalized in this collectable series. Lou Gehrig is featured in a print titled ?A Great Day,? Rogers Hornsby in a print titled ?Nice Going Fella,? Honus Wagner in ?That?s It? and Babe Ruth in ?Ata Boy.?

This is the first time these prints have been made available to the public. Only 1000 of the prints will be produced, so it?s wise to act fast! These pieces would make the perfect gift for baseball enthusiasts or nostalgia lovers alike.

These masterpieces are museum grade prints reprinted from the Brown & Bigelow calendar collection. They are printed in the highest quality available and sold exclusively through Trademark Prints. Each print will come with and 8.5? x 11? certificate containing the player?s biography and some of their career highlights.

Trademark Prints has made this collectable art series available in the United States and Canada. They can be purchased through Trademark?s Web site: http://www.trademarkprints.com/new/index.html .

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