Game-used With a Cause: The 8D Network

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

There’s a new player in the game-used universe as the 8D Network launched earlier this year and made its unveiling official with a presence at the National Sports Collectors Convention last week in Chicago.

Its mission? To help athletes help their own personal causes through the sales of sports memorabilia — game-used and traditional merchandise — while offering fans a common place to find either causes or athletes who are aiming to help others all in one location. The group builds websites, markets them, helps foster the communities and aims to enhance an athlete’s image by getting him or her more involved with their cause and within that community.

The organization, which is an offshoot of the Game-Used Universe company, has several items coming up for auction this fall, including items from San Francisco Giants Pablo Sandoval and Andres Torres, while other athletes are close to coming on board. Items already set to be available this fall are game-used gloves and jerseys from Sandovall, a Josh Hamilton game-used and signed bat, Chris Chambliss‘ 1976 ALCS home run New York Yankees jersey and Vida Blue‘s 1971 MVP and Cy Young Awards.

We caught up with 8D Auction Director Ed Manguiat on the floor of The National to hear more about the organization — see the video interview above.

We’ll have more in a future issue of Beckett Baseball and/or Beckett Sports Card Monthly.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball magazine. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at colds@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.

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