Fanatics Authentic Presents its First Autographed Sports Memorabilia & Collectibles Show

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Introducing the Fanatics Authentic Sports Spectacular

Fanatics Authentic Sports Spectacular

March 21-23, 2014, Rosemont, IL

We’re providing an unforgettable experience while eliminating any doubts regarding authenticity.

Fanatics Authentic, the premier online destination for authentic autographed collectibles, is proud to present the Fanatics Authentic Sports Spectacular, a series of sports memorabilia shows. The Fanatics Authentic Sports Spectacular brings an unparalleled experience to the sports collectibles industry by offering collectors and fans the unique opportunity to meet over 90 star athletes, take photos with sports icons, and witness the making of their very own piece of memorabilia. Throughout each year, all major cities across the United States, including Chicago, Boston, and Philadelphia, will host the Fanatics Authentic Sports Spectacular and brings fans nationwide an event to remember.

Since 1967, Chicago has played host to some of the biggest athletes in sports at what was formerly known as the Chicago Sun-Times Sports Collectibles Convention; Fanatics Authentic will continue the long-time tradition of the Windy City with their new Sports Spectacular. On the weekend of March 21st, the first Fanatics Authentic Sports Spectacular will provide Chicago sports fans with three action-packed days of events featuring uprising stars to legends of the game. In addition to headliners, like Colin Kaepernick, Paul George, and Frank Thomas, the Fanatics Authentic Sports Spectacular boasts a lineup of athletes across all major leagues, including the MLB, NBA, NFL, and NHL. Additionally, the show will feature the 1985 Chicago Bears reunion with appearances by Super Bowl XX champions, Mike Ditka, Jim McMahon, Richard Dent, and more. All athletes are scheduled to be available for photo-ops and autographs. Pricing for signed memorabilia varies based on the athlete, product, and inscription. Each autographed item comes certified authentic and is backed by the Fanatics Authentic authenticity guarantee.

With a variety of ticket options, the Fanatics Authentic Sports Spectacular caters to all fans. General admission is just $10 each day for adults and $5 for children, ages seven and under. The Sports Spectacular also offers sports fans the option to purchase an inclusive VIP package for $149, which includes an express line bracelet that reduces wait time, early admission, autographed memorabilia giveaways, promotional savings, and free autograph tickets. Admission tickets are available for purchase online or at the show, as are vouchers for autographs, inscriptions, and photo-ops with each athlete at various prices.

“The objective of the memorabilia industry is to preserve special moments for a lifetime. By offering fans the chance to meet one of sports’ greatest icons and observe the creation of their own unique collectibles, we’re providing an unforgettable experience while eliminating any doubts regarding authenticity,” says Ross Tannenbaum, CEO of Fanatics Authentic. “We look forward to bringing families together and contributing to sports fans’ special moments that will be treasured forever.”

The first Fanatics Authentic Sports Spectacular will be held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, which is located at 5555 N. River Road, Rosemont, IL 60018. Fans can pre-order general admission tickets and VIP packages at or purchase at the event.

About Fanatics Authentic:
Fanatics Authentic, the premier online destination for authentic autographed collectibles, is the new memorabilia division of Fanatics, Inc. As the nation’s largest online retailer of officially licensed sports products, Fanatics provides sports fans with the ultimate shopping experience via its brands, including Fanatics, Fanatics Authentic, and FansEdge. The company powers the online shops for all major professional sports leagues, like MLB Shop and NFL Shop, as well as media brands (FOX Sports, Yahoo! Sports, CBS Sports, NBC Sports), and over 200 collegiate and professional team properties. Fanatics also possesses official league licenses from the MLB, NFL, NBA, MLBPA, NFLPA, NCAA Football, NASCAR, CLC, PGA, NLL, and AFL.

With the support of Fanatics’ unparalleled reputation as a Top 50 Internet Retailer Company, Fanatics Authentic offers sports fans a trustworthy and reliable source for authentic memorabilia. By developing exclusive athlete relationships with many of the top athletes in sports, including David Ortiz, Colin Kaepernick, Peyton Manning, Adrian Peterson, and Paul George, Fanatics Authentic boasts a product offering unlike and other manufacturer. Due to a large distribution network, Fanatics Authentic provides fast shipping to sports fans nationwide, and is on the ground leading the way for product procurement to deliver 100% authentic items in hot markets and more.

Fanatics Authentic is proud to partake in exclusive game-used relationships with professional teams, providing fans and collectors access to same-day, game-used merchandise. These rare products are acquired by an expert member of the staff and authenticated onsite. In addition, the Company has an in-venue division that retails merchandise throughout stadiums nationwide. The Fanatics Authentic headquarters is located in Sunrise, Florida. Its new 175,000 square foot facility is home to a premier custom framing, manufacturing, and engraving operation that is focused on delivering the highest quality products in memorabilia. For more information, visit:

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