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|| News Item: Posted 2004-05-12

'Friends of VJ' benefit sports memorabilia auction underway
By Brad Mangin,

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These two signed Walter Iooss prints, one of Sandy Koufax and the other of Yogi Berra and Whitey Ford are in the auction.
The "Friends of VJ" benefit sports memorabilia auction has started. This auction, which began Monday, May 10, 2004, will continue until May 27th, 2004 at SportsCards Plus, Inc. of Laguna Niguel, Calif.

This event, organized through the gracious efforts of Hall of Famer Rod Carew and Lou Sauritch, will help raise money for a special trust fund that has been set up for VJ's sons, John and Jay Lovero.

Many of VJ Lovero's friends and admirers have donated some of the very high quality sports memorabilia items that are now being auctioned off, with 100% of the funds going directly into The Lovero Children's Trust 2004.

The telephone/internet auction is being conducted by SportsCards Plus on a nationwide basis. Every item is featured in a high quality color catalog that includes a tribute to VJ himself.

Victor James "VJ" Lovero, 44, staff photographer for Sports Illustrated, and team photographer for the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim and Anaheim Angels, died on January 12, 2004 in Newport Beach, CA, after a four-year battle with cancer.

Among the dozens of memorabilia items donated are game-used items, autographed pieces, original art, and more.

Many of the donations came directly from players and teams such as Mark McGwire, Eric Gagne, Jim Edmonds, the L.A. Kings, Dallas Mavericks, and San Francisco Giants, in addition to those from fellow photographers and friends.

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Cy Young winner and Eric Gagne has donated a lot of his personal memorabilia. The following items originate directly from Gagne. Easton Eric Gagne exclusive "Game Over" signed glove, (3) Official MLB autographed balls and autographed Dodgers jersey.
SportsCards Plus is hosting this benefit auction with 100% of the final bid price for each lot going to The Lovero Children's Trust 2004, a fund set up on behalf of John and Jay Lovero, VJ's sons.

The "Friends of VJ" benefit auction is a part of the Ralph Kiner Collection / Superb Array of Vintage Cards auction that ends May 27, 2004.

Following is a list of items that are up for bid:

Lot #407: Pair of Walter Iooss Original Photographs

Lot #408: Hank Aaron & Willie Mays Signed Model Bats

Lot #409: Dave Winfield Game Used Bat

Lot #410: Pete Rose Limited Edition 'All Time Hit King' Signed Bat #110/200

Lot #411: Tony Gwynn & Rod Carew Autographed Silver Bat Photo - #19 & #29

Lot #412: Mark McGwire Signed Cardinals Home Jersey and Bat - 70 HR's

Lot #413: Mark McGwire Signed Cardinals Road Jersey and Bat - 583 HR's

Lot #414: Willie Mays & Barry Bonds Single Signed Baseballs & Marquis Grissom Signed Replica Home Jersey

Lot #415: Dusty Baker Signed Bat, Ball & Cap

Lot #416: Jason Giambi Game Used Oakland A's SAM Bat & Miguel Tejada Signed Pro Model Bat

Lot #417: Jay Buhner Original Painting by Leslie Woods

Lot #418: Eric Gagne Autographed Glove, Goggles, Jersey and Baseball

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Mark McGwire Signed Cardinals Home Jersey and Bat. This lot was donated by Mark McGwire himself.
Lot #419: Jim Edmonds Game Worn Autographed Cardinals Home Jersey

Lot #420: Luis Gonzalez Replica Arizona Diamondbacks Jersey

Lot #421: Luis Gonzalez Autographed Model Bat

Lot #422: 2003/04 Dallas Mavericks Team Signed Basketball w/ Team Letter

Lot #423: Karl Malone Signed Replica Lakers Home Jersey

Lot #424: Los Angeles Lakers 'Legends' Autographed Lithograph

Lot #425: UCLA 'Legends' Autographed Lithograph

Lot #426: Mike Alstott Autographed Replica Home Jersey

Lot #427: Wayne Gretzky Los Angeles Kings Autographed '28x'26 Photo (#62/99)

Lot #428: 2003/04 Los Angeles Kings Team Signed Road Jersey w/ Team Letter

Lot #429: Joe Sakic, Paul Kariya & Teemu Selanne Autographed 2003/04 Replica Home Sweaters

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2003/04 Dallas Mavericks Team Signed Basketball w/ Team Letter.
Lot #430: 2003-04 Boston Bruins Team Signed Hockey Stick

Lot #431: Tampa Bay Lightning Autograph & Stick Lot

Lot #432: 2003/04 Carolina Hurricanes Team Signed Hockey Stick

Lot #433: Ziggy Palffy Los Angeles Kings Game Used Autographed Stick

Lot #434: Keith Tkachuk St. Louis Blues Autographed Game Used Stick

Lot #435: Lance Armstrong Autographed '19x'13 Photograph

This link will take you to the entire auction:

Follow this link to go directly to the "Friends of VJ" benefit auction:

For more details, please call SportsCards Plus Auction Director, Dan Imler at (800) 350-2273.

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