Jake Arrieta Signs Exclusive Collectibles and Memorabilia Deal with Fanatics
In their quest for world domination, at least when it comes to sports gear, Fanatics has enlisted a new name: Jake Arrieta. According to the official press release (full text below), the merch company “will be the sole distributor of authentic Jake Arrieta memorabilia.”
I can’t claim to be a big collector of signed merchandise and whatnot, but I do know that Fanatics has done an excellent job as the primary online retail partner for several professional leagues. Their selection is always top notch and they generally have great deals going, too. If it sounds like I’m running a bit of a commercial, it’s because I am.
You’ve probably noticed that Cubs Insider houses a Fanatics ad or two on the site. It’s not a matter of them paying us just to have it there, though, since we only earn a small commission on sales made through the ad. But given how much more people tend to gravitate toward that particular advertiser, you can imagine why we’re such big fans.
My appreciation for Fanatics actually began when I was looking for a Bo Jackson jersey for my son, who knows of the two-sport star through our Tecmo Bowl battles in the Wii. With the sale they had going at the time, I was able to get the jersey for less than even some of the knockoffs on Amazon.
If it’s cheap you’re looking for, you’re not going to find it in the collectibles and memorabilia section. But, oh buddy, are there some pretty sweet items in there. So check it out, whether via that link just above or the banner ad on the home page. And if you’re planning on buying the game-used World Series ball with 20 signatures, definitely only do so through one of our links.
Jake Arrieta Selects Fanatics For His First-Ever Exclusive Collectibles and Memorabilia Deal
Fanatics, the global leader for officially licensed sports merchandise, has announced an exclusive collectibles and memorabilia partnership with 2016 World Series champion and 2015 Cy Young Award winner Jake Arrieta. Fanatics Authentic, the company’s memorabilia division, will be the sole distributor of authentic Jake Arrieta memorabilia, giving MLB and Cubs fans alike the chance to own rare pieces of historic signed and game-used collectibles across the Fanatics platform, including MLBShop.com and Fanatics.com.
Just months after capturing the Chicago Cubs’ first World Series Championship in 108 years, Arrieta becomes the latest athlete to join Fanatics’ impressive exclusive roster that includes teammates Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo and superstars David Ortiz, Steph Curry, Peyton Manning and Connor McGregor.
“Fanatics is the industry leader for licensed sports memorabilia, and I knew they would be the perfect partner for me,” said Arrieta. “It’s great to get back to work at training camp and to see the fans come out and welcome us as Champions – it should be another exciting season.”
The partnership marks Arrieta’s first-ever exclusive autograph and collectibles deal, giving fans the opportunity to commemorate his stellar career through several one-of-a-kind items, including game-used pieces from the World Series.
“We’re thrilled to partner with Jake for his first-ever memorabilia deal and add him to Fanatics’ star-studded athlete roster, right alongside several of his Cubs teammates and some of the most decorated champions around the world,” said Ross Tannenbaum, President of Fanatics Authentic. “Fans will now have even more ways to commemorate the Cubs’ historic title and Jake’s stellar achievements over the past few years.”
Over the last three seasons, Arrieta has been one of the most dominant pitchers in baseball. Since being traded to the Cubs in 2013, he has pitched two no-hitters and amassed a win-loss record of 50-19, which includes his Cy Young season in 2015 when he went 22-6 with a remarkable 1.77 ERA. In 2016 he was selected to his first All-Star Game and was instrumental in helping the Cubs take home their first title since 1908, winning Games 2 and 6 during the World Series run.”
Arrieta’s autographed memorabilia is now available at Fanatics.com and MLBShop.com.