BALTIMORE – Ironclad Authentics recently announced the launch of IroncladAuctions.com, an online auction platform designed to give collectors an opportunity to purchase and sell unique, authenticated memorabilia through a trusted name in the sports industry
In addition to the daily auction platform, IroncladAuctions.com will host its first annual Ironclad Legends Auction, a special auction designed to celebrate sports legends. The Legends Auction will debut the largest find of Baltimore Orioles game used gloves, team signed baseballs and lineup cards ever to-date. The auction will feature game used fielder’s gloves of Brooks Robinson, Jim Palmer, Eddie Murray and Boog Powell, Paul Blair, Mike Flannigan, Mike Cuellar and Doug DeCinces. As well as game used gloves of Bobby Grich, Al Bumbry, Davey Johnson and Rick Dempsey.
The Ironclad Legends Auction will begin during the 2008 Major League Baseball All-Star Game Week and run through to baseball’s annual Hall of Fame induction on July 27th. Products will also include the Lenny Moore game used (1958-1961) white durene jersey, a 1943 original Babe Ruth signed NBC contract, and a Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris “Safe at Home” original 1 sheet movie poster. As well as a Don Mattingly bronze statue, signed items from Lou Gehrig and Cal Ripken Jr. and game used signed jerseys from some of baseball’s greats. Select products will be on display in Ironclad’s exhibiting booth at the MLB All-Star Fan Fest in New York and in Cooperstown during induction weekend.
“We are very excited and honored to have been chosen by the Greco-Nutter family to auction some great one-of-a-kind games used memorabilia from past Oriole greats” said Ray Schulte – Ironclad Authentics Co-Founder, “In addition, we are also excited to be chosen by former Baltimore Colts great and NFL Hall of Famer Lenny Moore to auction one of his extremely rare game used jerseys”.
About Ironclad Authentics
An affiliate of Ripken Baseball, Ironclad is a full-service national sports marketing company specializing in programs and services guaranteeing the authenticity of hand-signed collectibles and licensed products.
Headed by Baltimore Orioles baseball legend Cal Ripken Jr., Ironclad Authentics began operations in 2004 and since that time has been a licensee of Major League Baseball and a partner in their authentication program.
Ironclad supplies signed, fully authenticated memorabilia from current and former athletes to wholesalers and distributors around the country. The company also holds the exclusive signature rights to both Cal Ripken Jr., inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2008; and New York Yankees former superstar Don “Hitman” Mattingly.
The Vincent Greco Collection
Vincent Greco, born and raised in Baltimore during the early thirties was a pioneer in the game of baseball. Already a professional photographer during his early forties Vince was approached by Orioles management Lee McPhail and Joe Hamper to see if they could use film to evaluate the players performance during an actual game.
Vince was the first photographer, to take a position in the stands, with his Bell and Howell Super 8 camera to shoot the players. His commitment and passion paid dividends for the team and especially for the coaches and individual players who could now witness their mechanics on film for the first time.
Vince had a very close relationship with all the players spanning the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. Vince would provide the players and coaches with great pricing on camera equipment and they would reciprocate by giving him game used items such as fielders’ gloves, bats and many team signed baseballs from various years.
Today, every professional team has extensive video equipment; coaches and players live by the film. Vince recently passed away but his legacy will never be forgotten. He was a true baseball pioneer!