Taipei, Taiwan - Chien-Ming Wang, superstar pitcher of the New York Yankees, will greet fans and autograph items at the Taipei International Convention Center at 1 p.m. on December 16, 2006. The Convention Center is located in the Taipei World Trade Center in Taipei, Taiwan.
Mr. Wang was a member of the 2004 Chinese-Taipei Olympic Team in Athens. He helped lead Taiwan to an Olympic berth in the 2003 Asian Championships and earned Most Valuable Player honors for Taiwan at the 2002 Asian Games. Mr. Wang is currently an ace starting pitcher for the NY Yankees. A Cy Young award candidate, Mr. Wang's 2006 record is 19 wins with only six losses and he has an ERA of 3.63.
Mr. Wang's appearance has been arranged by Uei-Ger Advertising Co. Ltd, a Taiwan-based advertising agency and event management firm, and CSMG (csmgsports.com), an international, full-service sports and entertainment management firm that represents Mr. Wang.
"The Taiwanese fans are the best in the world and I look forward to seeing everyone at this very special event on December 16th," said Mr. Wang.
At the appearance, up to 500 fortunate fans will have items autographed by Mr. Wang for a fee. Items available for signing will include official engraved Major League Limited Edition Baseball balls, authentic Chien-Ming Wang Number 40 Yankees jerseys, Game Used Bases from Chien-Ming Wang Wins at Yankee Stadium, as well as other unique and attention-grabbing items.
The PSA/DNA services of Professional Sports Authenticator (www.psadna.com), the world's largest sports memorabilia authentication company and a division of Collectors Universe, Inc. of Newport Beach, California (NASDAQ: CLCT), will be used to authenticate Mr. Wang's autographs.
Each autographed item will be "tagged" by PSA experts with a synthetic DNA strand that can be seen only when illuminated by a specific laser frequency. Each item will be accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity that allows any interested party to verify authenticity online even as the item changes hands over time.
This PSA/DNA process has been used by the US National Football League on game-used footballs for the Super Bowl for the past seven years. "It is an extremely effective way to combat potential fakes because counterfeiters have only an astronomical 1-in-33 trillion chance of accurately reproducing the DNA ink," explained Joe Orlando, PSA President.
To pre-purchase tickets and for more information on this groundbreaking event, please contact Amy Chang in Taiwan (phone-06-2977858 Ext. 111) or David Sussis in the USA at [email protected] (phone 570-4483213)