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Kershaw’s Challenge and Harlan Werner

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Thursday April 21, 2016 | Kershaw’s Challenge, the non-profit charity founded by Ellen and Clayton Kershaw, is excited to announce a partnership with Sports Placement Service, Inc., a sports memorabilia company owned by Harlan Werner of Los Angeles, California. Together, Kershaw’s Challenge and Art of the Game are seeking an exciting new way to draw attention to the philanthropic work of Clayton Kershaw, starting pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The two organizations are beginning a strategic alliance to create and distribute limited edition, hand signed collectibles including exclusively signed jerseys and limited canvases and art. The hope is to utilize Clayton’s autograph for the sole purpose of promoting and building Kershaw’s Challenge.

Ellen and Clayton Kershaw founded Kershaw’s Challenge with one goal in mind: to make life better for vulnerable children living in Dallas, Los Angeles, Zambia and the Dominican Republic. The charity focuses on funding four specific projects annually through organizations who are on the front lines of change in the lives of children. Using the platform professional baseball, Clayton “Strikes out to serve,” making a donation to Kershaw’s Challenge for every strikeout.

Harlan Werner has represented and worked for many great and iconic athletes for the past 30 years. Current and past clients include Sandy Koufax, Muhammad Ali and Joe Namath. Kershaw’s Challenge is grateful for the expertise that Werner offers this partnership and will give him the task of exclusively overseeing the collectibles category for Clayton’s career, excluding trading cards. The charity looks forward to including Werner in this new chapter of growth.

The signed items will be available for sale at selected online retailers, Art of the Game locations and the Kershaw’s Challenge website with proceeds benefiting the cause of the charity.

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FERNANDO VALENZUELA FINDS A NEW TEAM WITH SPORTS PLACEMENT SERVICE INC.

Fernando Valenzuela major league career started Sept 15th 1980 working out of the bullpen for the Los Angeles Dodgers, he pitched in ten games and racked up 17 shutout innings. This was just a small taste of big things to come for Los Angeles and Baseballs fans around the country. 1981 Fernando started opening day for the Dodgers, he would go 8-0 with five shutouts to start the season. Fernandomania was born and Valenzuela went on to help bring Los Angeles their first World Series Crown in over 25 years, while becoming the first pitcher to win the Rookie of the Year, Cy Young Award in the same year. 
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I was thirteen years old when Fernando pitched in his first game, like any other baseball fan around the country i was caught up in Fernandomania. It was a great time to grow up being a Dodger Fan, the energy and hope that Valenzuela brought to the City of Los Angeles, it had not been seen since the days of Don Drysdale and Sandy Koufax. Few athletes have ever had the impact on their Sport the way Fernando did with his Charm,Dominance, and Innocence. It is a great honor for me to be trusted by the Valenzuela family with their name and legacy. Fernando is not just a hero to the people of Mexico and the United States, but to anyone who spoke spanish as their first language and dreamed of making it to the Big Leagues, Valenzuela proved hard work pays off and nice guys can finish first. 
 
Roy Campanella, Don Drysdale, Sandy Koufax, Maury Willis are some of Dodger Greats to work with Harlan, I am happy to be on the team, said Valenzuela.

KEVIN COSTNER SIGNS FOR SPS INC.

We are honored to have had the opportunity to conduct the first ever private signing with two time Academy Award winning actor and International Icon, Kevin Costner. In keeping with the SPS tradition of working with best, Kevin Costner was great and a real pleasure to work with. The Autograph Industry is full of questionable and fake celebrity autographs, Kevin and his partner Rod Lake, were interested in protecting Kevin’s fans and giving them a chance to get genuine hand signed items, Harlan J. Werner.
 
“It made sense for us to start working with Harlan Werner and Nick Cordasco, their experience,credibility and understanding of the collectibles business gave us the confidence that they were the right guys to work with. Muhammad Ali, Joe Namath, Sandy Koufax and Sylvester Stallone, these Icons would not be working with Nick and Harlan if they were not great at what they do”, said Rod Lake, friend and business of partner Kevin Costner .
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GENNADY “GGG” GOLOVKIN SIGNS FOR HARLAN WERNER’S SPORTS PLACEMENT SERVICE INC.

MUHAMMAD ALI, MIKE TYSON  AND NOW GENNADY”GGG” GOLOVKIN , THE WBA MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPION OF THE WORLD SIGNS FOR HARLAN WERNER’S SPORTS PLACEMENT SERVICE INC. 
 
“I am proud to continue the tradition of working with great athletes and nice people, Gennady is not only a great champion but a really good person” I am fired up to have the ability to work with Gennady and his team to create a product line of authentic signed items by the Champ”. 
 
Fight Fans have seen and know the dominance of Golovkin, who is considered by many to be one of the top three pound for pound fighters in the world. It is only a matter of time before sports fans around the world come to know his style and his power.
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SPORTS PLACEMENT SERVICE, INC. AND ART OF THE GAME LEND A HAND TO KERSHAW’S CHALLENGE

Starting on Monday, July 20th you can show your support for Ellen and Clayton Kershaw’s charity, KERSHAW’S CHALLENGE. SPORTS PLACEMENT SERVICE and ART OF THE GAME are honored to be assisting in the online auction with MLB.COM, as well as the silent auction at the PingPong4Purpose fundraising event taking place on July 30th, 2015.

Some of the great items you will find at the Kershaw’s Challenge online auction-

Sandy Koufax worn Jersey
Clayton Kershaw worn “42″ Civil Rights Jersey Signed by both Clayton Kershaw and Sandy Koufax
Mike Trout Game-Worn Jersey
Artwork by Stephen Holland

The MLB auction runs from Monday, July 20th and closes on Monday, July 27th.

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SANDY KOUFAX AUTOGRAPH COLLECTORS THROWN FOR A CURVE

FAKE SANDY KOUFAX AUTOGRAPHS AND UNLICENSED COLLECTIBLES
FLOODING SPORTS COLLECTIBLE INDUSTRY BY WAY OF INTERNET & CHARITY AUCTION SITES  AT ALARMING RATE.
Harlan Werner , longtime agent for Sandy Koufax , is concerned at the alarming number of fake Sandy Koufax autographs that have hit the market place . “Third party authentication companies do their best and their services are opinions, ” said Werner.  “E ach company uses experts to review the item and render their opinion.   Having worked for Sandy for nearly 30 years, I am quite confident that we have a better understanding of his autograph than any third party .  Collectors should be  especially  concerned with jerseys, photos and single signed baseballs that have a hologram with GAI /Global Authentications  on them. Along with the flood of fake autographs , there are numerous unlicensed items that have infringed on Koufax’s trademark being sold through online auction sites. ”
Werner  and his company Sports Placement Service Inc., previously represented Muhammad Ali and he assisted the FBI in the late 1990′s  to help stop the flood of fake Muhammad Ali autographs being sold into the market place, which was documented in the book , OPERATION BULLPEN.

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OPERATION BULLPEN CRIME STORY

TOP SPORTS AGENT ACQUIRES RIGHTS TO OPERATION BULLPEN CRIME STORY

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

LOS ANGELES, CA— June 24, 2014 — Harlan J. Werner, the renowned sports and marketing agent who represents Muhammad Ali, Joe Namath, Sandy Koufax and many other superstar athletes, announced today that he has secured the motion picture rights to Operation Bullpen, the sensational story of the most notorious and successful gang of forgers and memorabilia crooks in American history.

Werner, who is a long-time sports memorabilia collector and dealer as well as co-owner of a national chain of retail movie memorabilia stores, made the acquisition along with film and television producer Art Horan.

“This story is a cross between ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ and ‘American Hustle,’” said Werner, referring to the Operation Bullpen saga in which a dysfunctional family of con artists, led by a conniving grandma and her pot-smoking son, fooled the FBI for years and ripped off a gullible American public for a cool $100 million. “It’s a great story.  It’s very cinematic with broad appeal.

Operation Bullpen, by award-winning author Kevin Nelson, is widely regarded as the definitive insider’s account of the explosive case that shook up the $1 billion a year memorabilia industry. The forgers and their accomplices were ordinary middle class people who went wild, living the Vegas high life, indulging in sex romps and spending lavishly, all the while churning out hundreds of thousands of fake autographs that were sold on TV, the Internet and in stores across the U.S.

Werner himself actively participated in the FBI’s undercover investigation of the gang, as did his client Muhammad Ali. (The FBI’s dramatic bust of the gang was the largest one-day takedown in Bureau history.) Ironically, Ali, Namath, Koufax, John Riggins and Jim Brown—all clients of Werner’s at his Sports Placement Service firm—had their autographs forged and sold by the crooks.

In addition to his personal knowledge of the memorabilia and autograph industry, Werner executive produced the movie “Tyson” and consulted on “One Night in Vegas” for ESPN’s 30 for 30 series.

Horan a former Warner Bros. executive, was president of WMG Film Group where he was Executive Producer of “The Usual Suspects,” a two-time Academy Award-winner. Horan recently was Executive Producer of  “Ring Girls,” also for ESPN, directed by academy award nominated director Amy Berg and  is co founder of Undisputed Champion Network, a digital channel dedicated to the combat sports.

For more information, please contact BZA PR at 818-462-5600.

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