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Cubs to donate net proceeds from Cubs Authentics sales to Cubs Charities

The Chicago Cubs today announced net proceeds from all MLB-authenticated, game-used and autographed Cubs memorabilia sold through Cubs Authentics will be donated to Cubs Charities. These funds will help support Cubs Charities’ mission to harness the passion of Cubs fans to improve the lives of children and families across Chicago.

“Part of the Cubs’ mission is to support our community and be good neighbors. Cubs Charities is very excited to partner with Cubs Authentics to help improve the lives of children and families across Chicago and beyond,” said Connie Falcone, vice president of development for Cubs Charities. “We hope our fans are just as excited to build their collection of authenticated Cubs memorabilia while supporting great causes through Cubs Charities.”

Cubs Authentics, which launched at the beginning of the 2012 season, is the premier outlet for MLB-authenticated Cubs memorabilia, including game-used jerseys and baseballs, autographed items and one-of-a-kind Wrigley Field Collection items.

Fans and collectors interested in supporting Cubs Charities through the purchase of Cubs Authentics memorabilia can find autographed baseballs, bats and jerseys from new and returning players at You can also pre-purchase game-used bases from Opening Night featuring a commemorative base jewel honoring Ernie Banks; bases from the team’s April home series vs. the Cardinals, Padres and Pirates with specialty matchup base jewels; plus a Jackie Robinson Day base jewel from April 15 vs. the Reds.

Shortly after the Cubs opening series vs. the Cardinals, fans will be able to bid online on a variety of rare merchandise collected by Cubs Authentics, including game-used baseballs, bases, bats, jerseys, nameplates and lineup cards. Cubs Authentics will host an online auction with items collected during Spring Training as well, featuring Spring Training locker room nameplates and game-used hats—including green St. Patrick’s Day hats.

Cubs Authentics unveils new Wrigley Field Collection


Not only is the restoration process at Wrigley Field in full swing, but fans can now capitalize on its progress. On Monday, Cubs Authentics introduced the Wrigley Field Collection for fans looking to collect unique items from the historic ballpark.

The Wrigley Field Collection will feature authenticated items in limited quantities throughout the season, including bleacher seats, flags, scoreboard tiles, signage and celebrity guest memorabilia, plus items related to Wrigley Field’s restoration and expansion.

The items are available for purchase or bidding at, beginning with a limited number of Wrigley Field flags plus Budweiser Bleacher seats and aisle placards recently removed from the ballpark. Additional items, such as ‘W’ flags flown over the ballpark after home wins and swatch items with authenticated infield dirt, will become available during the 2015 season and throughout the course of the restoration process.

“The Wrigley Field Collection is the best way for fans to secure an authenticated piece of Wrigley Field history,” said Cubs Senior Director of Marketing Alison Miller. “Whether it’s a flag flown at the ballpark during the season or a Budweiser Bleacher seat removed as part of the restoration, Cubs Authentics and the Wrigley Field Collection offer both the team and our fans a chance to preserve the history attached to these great items.”

In addition to memorabilia made available for sale to fans, the Cubs and Cubs Authentics continue to preserve historic elements of the ballpark and game-used gear for the team’s archives. Some items, such as bricks from Wrigley Field’s original bleacher construction, will be re-used in the restored Wrigley Field as possible. Others, such as unique signage or equipment from noteworthy games, are stored securely in the Cubs Archives.

Cubs Authentics can be found at the following locations:
• The Cubs Authentics kiosk, located in the Wrigley Field concourse (in-season only)
• The Cubs Store (3620 N. Clark St.) across from Wrigley Field
• Online at
• Memorabilia also can be purchased over the phone at 773-404-4753 or by emailing

If you want to learn more about the Cubs Authentics program, check out our video from last year.

Now Playing: Get Real with Cubs Authentics

How do you know the game-used and autographed memorabilia you buy at Wrigley Field or online at is the real deal? We went behind the scenes with the Cubs Authentics team to get an inside look at the most comprehensive authentication program in sports.

Hot Off the Presses: The September Issue of Vine Line


It’s always interesting when something completely changes your perspective on the game.

I’ve been watching baseball for about 35 years now, and though the way we analyze games is constantly changing, the things I pay attention to are essentially the same. There’s a pitch, the batter either swings or he doesn’t, if he makes contact, there’s a play in the field, etc. I see the action, not the mundane in-between tasks. I certainly listen to the broadcasters and watch the occasional instant replay, but what good is this DVR-enhanced era if I can’t mentally fast-forward the downtime?

As every critic of the National Pastime will tell you, baseball moves at its own deliberate pace.

“Generally, if you go back and watch or listen to any baseball game, there is only a total of maybe five minutes where there is a lot of action going on,” said Cubs broadcaster Pat Hughes in a Q&A with Vine Line last month.

But Mike Barz changed the way I see the game. He’s the lead authenticator for the Cubs, meaning he is charged with making sure the game-used merchandise you buy at Wrigley Field or online at is the real deal. He’s also a sergeant in the Bureau of Internal Affairs for the Chicago Police Department, so it’s probably an understatement to say he takes his job seriously.

Though Barz grew up in suburban Arlington Heights, Ill., and is a lifelong Cubs fan, he has taught himself to watch a different aspect of the game—the equipment. He takes the phrase “keep your eye on the ball” to a whole new level. So while I hung out with him in the third-base photo well for an early August contest against the Dodgers, I tried to see the game the way he sees it. I watched the balls, bats, and any other items that could be of interest to the fans or the organization.

When balls are fouled off or scuffed beyond a pitcher’s liking and they aren’t tossed out to a fan, do you know what the ballboys do with them? What about the broken bats or bases that are periodically removed from the field? At the Friendly Confines, many of those items soon materialize for sale at the Cubs Authentics booth on the first-base side of the main concourse.

It takes cooperation from all parties to get a baseball from Jeff Samardzija’s glove to Andrew McCutchen’s bat to a fan’s hands in the span of a few minutes, and it is a fascinating process to watch.

“We have the ability working with MLB authenticators to provide game-used items from that day’s game,” said John Morrison, the Cubs’ manager of brand activation. “If it’s your first time visiting Wrigley Field or it’s a birthday or an anniversary, you can really take home a unique collectible. You can take home a baseball that was used in that night’s game. You can take home the first-base bag that Anthony Rizzo covered in innings one through three.”

For the September issue, we also recap what was a very fruitful month for the Cubs organization. President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein and General Manager Jed Hoyer made good use of the nonwaiver trade deadline, shedding burdensome contracts and swapping valuable veterans for talented younger players. Though it was difficult to lose solid team guys like Matt Garza and Alfonso Soriano, the returns for those players should help secure the organization’s future for years to come.

And the Cubs not only added new players to the fold through trades, they also signed their top pick in the 2013 MLB Draft, Kris Bryant. The powerful third baseman out of the University of San Diego made a mockery of Division I pitching last season, belting 31 home runs in a time when mandatory bat modifications have sapped power around the college game. For a little context, over the course of the season, Bryant outhomered five of the eight teams that made it to the College World Series—by himself. He also brings a ton of confidence and the patient approach at the plate that is so prized by the Cubs management team.

To get authentic Cubs information every month, follow us on Twitter at @cubsvineline. We guarantee you it’s the real deal.

—Gary Cohen

Now Playing: Cubs Social Media Night 2

Last night, the Cubs helped fans pass the three-and-a-half-hour rain delay in style at their second Social Media Night event of the season. Though the game didn’t get started until 10:42 p.m., Social Media Night kicked off at about 5 p.m. in the Captain Morgan Club. Each attendee received a Social Media Night T-shirt with a design that was selected by the fans. Comcast SportsNet also broadcast their Chicago Tribune Live show from the Captain Morgan Club, and many prizes were handed out, including signed copies of Vine Line, Cubs Authentics products and a ticket upgrade. One lucky fan even got to throw out the first pitch at last night’s long-delayed game.