Lansing, IL (June 2, 2009) - Legendary Auctions, a leading Sports and American auction house will offer collectors a unique opportunity to own a treasured piece of baseball history. The auction house will offer a one-time sale of the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame (MSHOF) bronze plaques of diamond legends in their June sales events. Bidding in the auction, which will be conducted online or over the phone, will begin on June 15 and conclude on June 24 and 25. The plaques available will include those of a Who's Who of baseball including all-time Detroit Tiger great's Ty Cobb; Al Kaline; Charlie Gehringer and Hank Greenberg.

The decision to make the plaques available to collectors is rooted in MSHOF's mission to develop a permanent interactive sports experience that will showcase a new form of recognition of the honorees. The accomplishments of the HOF inductees will come to life through state-of-the-art, web-enabled multi-media content from extensive searchable archives complete with photos, news articles, audio and video highlights. The new sports experience will include the latest social media connections allowing fans to document their visit.

The Michigan Sports Hall of Fame Board of Directors and a variety of members of the Hall have researched the latest industry data and studies on sports history facilities, and have determined that future visitors will demand a rich and entertaining experience that 50 words on a plaque unfortunately cannot adequately deliver. So while MSHOF makes room for the new, they are confident they will find new homes for the treasured plaques among those who value the old.

"We believe that collectors will be extremely interested in purchasing these one-of-a-kind historical sporting treasures," said Doug Allen, president, Legendary Auctions. "In fact, it is exactly this kind of rarity that gets the bidding blood of our collectors pumping. The chance to own something this unique is sure to capture considerable auction attention."

A complete list of plaques available in the Legendary Auctions' June sale includes:

  • Jim Abott
  • Sparky Anderson
  • Tommy Bridges
  • Gates Brown
  • Jim Bunning
  • Norm Cash
  • Ty Cobb
  • Mickey Cochrane
  • Sam Crawford
  • Kiki Cuyler
  • Bill Freehan
  • Kirk Gibson
  • Goose Goslin
  • Hank Greenberg
  • Ernie Harwell
  • Harry Heilmann
  • Willie Horton
  • Hugh Jennings
  • Jim Kaat
  • Al Kaline
  • George Kell
  • Harvey Kuenn
  • Mickey Lolich
  • Heine Manush
  • Dick McAuliffe
  • Charlie Maxwell
  • Denny McClain
  • Barney McCoskey
  • Jack Morris
  • Hal Newhouser
  • Jim Northrup
  • Lance Parrish
  • Billy Pierce
  • Branch Rickey
  • Robin Roberts
  • Billy Rogell
  • Schoolboy Rowe
  • George Sisler
  • Mickey Stanley
  • Turkey Stearnes
  • Alan Trammell
  • Virgil Trucks
  • Vic Wertz
  • Lou Whitaker
  • Rudy York

The opportunity to purchase the baseball plaques will be the first in series of periodic and themed auctions from the MSHOF and Legendary Auctions. Future MHSOF auctions may include Hall member plaques from Detroit's other pro sports teams, Olympic-sport athletes, boxing or other themes. For more information on the auction or to pre-register for an auction catalog, call (708) 889-9380 or go to http://www.legendaryauctions.com.

About Legendary Auctions:
Legendary Auctions, headquartered in Lansing, IL, is a premier auction house that specializes in bringing the finest Sports and Americana memorabilia to the collecting public. During the past decade, the company's principals have managed the sale of over $300 million in historical collectibles and overseen the auction of newsworthy items such as the most expensive baseball card sold publicly, the "Bartman" baseball, Joe DiMaggio's 56-game hitting streak bat, Mickey Mantle's 1961 61 home run season jersey, and the bus on which Rosa Parks refused to surrender her seat. Legendary Auctions conducts several sales annually in a combination of phone/internet and live auction events.