Category Archives: Memorabilia

Saying Goodbye to Derek Jeter

Derek Jeter

By now, everyone that watches the great sport of baseball knows that The Captain, Derek Jeter, will be retiring at the end of the season. With the postseason out of the picture for the New York Yankees, that means time is extremely limited for fans to catch him wearing pinstripes on a Major League Baseball field (Old Timer’s Day excluded). With his last hooray in baseball just days away at this point, the tributes are becoming for chilling.

As a fan of the Atlanta Braves, I have grown up with the anti-New York mentality (thanks Jim Leyritz), but I can’t feel anything about Jeter’s retirement and contribution to the game except appreciation. The first-ballot Hall of Famer won’t be the first player inducted with 100 percent of the vote, but that shouldn’t matter anyway. Whatever it is that you may call him, whether it be No. 2, Captain, or Jetah, the only thing that should matter is he was always the face of the sport and could be trusted to not taint the great history of the sport like others during this era.

With only a handful of games left in his career, turn on the television, tune in, and watch his greatness, because there will never be another player like him.

Watch the recently released Derek Jeter commercial and feel the chills run up your spine.

One more thing. If you are a fan of his and want a chance to win one of three autographed retirement bats, order an unsigned bat beginning today through Sept. 21 and be entered in the drawing. Good luck!

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Impressive Sports Memorabilia at Jay Z’s 40/40 Club

The term 40/40 Club used to just refer to the four legendary stars of Major League Baseball who achieved the 40 home run, 40 stolen base numbers in a single season. Jose Canseco was the first to achieve the feat in 1988 as a member of the Oakland Athletics and was joined eight years later by Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants. In 1998, Alex Rodriguez joined the club as a Texas Ranger and Alfonso Soriano was the most recent to join the group as a Washington National in 2006. While the 40/40 Club will always be known within the baseball community as a great feat combining power and speed, hip hop mogul Jay Z has done his part to make sure his 40/40 Club is in the back of our minds when the term is used.

Jay Z opened The 40/40 Club in 2003 and it has been a staple in Manhattan ever since. It helped him put two of his greatest loves –music and sports – together under one roof. The walls of the club are lined with gold plated regulation size baseball bats that mimic sound waves. The club closed briefly in 2011 to undergo a $10 million, 12,000 square foot renovation, but opened again in January 2012 and is still one of the ideal places for New York’s favorite athletes to come on an off-day.

Upon entering the club, customers are greeted with a large television on the beautiful four-sided bar with an Armand de Brignac (“Ace of Spades”) Champagne Tower of Jay Z’s own personal champagne. Once past the bar, five levels of stadium seating make you feel as though you are sitting on the 50-yard line at Lambeau Field, first row behind home plate at Yankee Stadium, or rubbing elbows with Kobe Bryant and Jack Nicholson on the court at the Staples Center. When you get a chance to walk around the club, the sight of countless autographed jerseys and other sports memorabilia will take your breath away.

The collection of memorabilia at the club is one of the most impressive in the world. In fact, the club has had so many great pieces of memorabilia donated; it doesn’t have room to showcase everything. Included in the collection of items that is currently in storage is a World Wrestling Federation championship belt from Kurt Angle. While these pieces are stashed away, what are some of the most unique and special pieces of memorabilia at Jay Z’s 40/40 Club?

The greatest collection in the club is on display in The Jay Z Lounge, one of five private lounges on the property. The Infinity Showcase features some of the greatest memorabilia ever assembled in one room. The centerpiece of the collection is signed gloves from the 1974 “Fight of the Century” between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier. The showcase also features Kobe Bryant’s 2008 Olympic Gold Medal from Beijing, which was sent to the club by the NBA champion after realizing that he didn’t have any memorabilia on display at the club.
Also included in the display is Chris Paul’s NBA Rookie of the Year Award, as well as various awards from Alex Rodriguez, including two Silver Slugger Award’s, Babe Ruth Award and his Hank Aaron Award. The showcase also features a signed Barry Bonds baseball bat, a Magic Johnson signed basketball, and a Roger Staubach signed football.

It isn’t only the Infinity Showcase that features a great collection of memorabilia at the club. Just walking through the halls, the rows of jerseys will impress. From Willie Mays to Mark Messier, and Michael Jordan to Bo Jackson, anyone in sports will know they are a star when their items are on display at the club. Several of the jerseys are customized for the club, including uniforms from Patrick Ewing, David Beckham, Joe Morgan, Julius Erving and Eli Manning.

One of the best parts of the collection is a small portion of wall lined with autographed jerseys from the four members of the 40/40 Club. Canseco signed his jersey with “1st 40/40 to the 40/40 Club,” while Rodriguez signed his “To the 40/40 Club, all the best,” and Soriano signed his with “To 40/40 Club.” Bonds didn’t write out a special message, signing only his name on his No. 25 jersey.

It’s hard to believe that one of the best collections of sports memorabilia is found at a club, but Jay Z has helped make that possible. From time-to-time, pieces will be switched in-and-out depending on what new pieces are donated to the club, so one never knows what treasure they could find at The 40/40 Club.

For more pictures of memorabilia from The 40/40 Club, please click here.

Originally published on Yahoo Sports.

Unique Sports Themed Memorabilia For Your Home

For most fans of professional sports, there are countless items that are available for purchase that will show our visitors what teams you are a fan of. These banners, posters and other memorabilia are cool, but they aren’t unique. While looking around for different baseball themed items to get for my home, I stumbled across these items that are unique and perfect to add to get for your home. Here are a few of the most unique sports themed memorabilia items to get for your home.

‘Ballparks Then and Now’


This unique book gives you a different look at all of your favorite ball parks and would make for a great conversation piece on your coffee table.

New York Yankees vs. Tampa Bay Rays Lineup Card


For any fan of the Yankees or Rays, this is something that is far more unique than a basic poster or banner. It will be the centerpiece of many conversations over a couple of beers.

Rules of the Man Cave 8×10 Plaque


Any man that claims to have the ultimate man cave is lying unless they have this plaque hanging from the wall that explain all the rules of said man cave.