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Rare MSG memorabilia up for auction

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

The Madison Square Garden Company and Steiner Sports Collectibles unveiled today a variety of new unique, exclusive memorabilia offering collectors and avid fans a chance to own a piece of The World’s Most Famous Arena.

Now through December 15th on, MSG-Steiner Collectibles will offer fans the opportunity to bid on never before available memorabilia from Madison Square Garden as a result of The Garden Transformation. MSG-Steiner Collectibles already offers fans authentic seats from The Garden along with a variety of New York Knicks, Rangers, and Liberty collectibles. The announcement was made by Steiner chairman Brandon Steiner and Scott O’Neil, president of MSG Sports.

“Madison Square Garden has been home to some of the most memorable moments in sports and entertainment history. As we transform The Garden into a state-of-the-art Arena we wanted to make sure our fans had a chance to own a piece of history for a building that they made The World’s Most Famous Arena,” said O’Neil.

“On there is something for anyone and everyone that has The Garden in their heart and soul. From lockers of past Knicks and Rangers legends for the passionate sports fans, to section signs for the season subscriber who has sat in their seats for 20, 30, 40 and in some cases 50 plus years, we are excited to have these unique items from our home at The Garden find a new place in your home.”

“We are very excited to be working with Madison Square Garden with our MSG-Steiner partnership.  It has been great to see the Transformation process take place and we are happy to be able to keep the memories alive with some of the unbelievable memorabilia that was preserved during this process,” said Steiner. “We wanted to make sure fans had the opportunity to keep some of the historic treasures that you will find the in Transformation auction.”

Through this exclusive MSG-Steiner Collectibles online auction, for the first time in MSG history fans will have a chance to purchase as well as bid on hot commodities like the original lockers that were home to Knicks and Rangers legends over the decades, team locker room carpets, locker room signs, and individual player and team plaques from every season.

Other rare items available include Knicks and Rangers Hall of Fame plaques for Willis Reed, Patrick Ewing, Eddie Giacomin and Rod Gilbert, a Knicks and Liberty game-used official hoop and stanchion, and a Rangers 1994 Stanley Cup Game 7 goal net. Also available will be many previously unavailable items and artwork from the hallways of the pre-transformed Arena that commemorate legendary musical performances by Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley, among others. Additional items will be available at throughout The Garden’s Transformation project.

To continue the celebration of this unprecedented availability, MSG-Steiner Collectibles will host a special event for fans this Friday, November 11 at Madison Square Garden. Fans are encouraged to come out and meet their favorite Knicks and Rangers alums and the Knicks City Dancers. There will also be opportunities to win select arena items including a pair of seats.

Madison Square Garden is currently undergoing a comprehensive top-to-bottom Transformation that will make the Arena a state-of-the-art building. The first phase of the three year historic Transformation was recently unveiled, with fans seeing a new lower bowl seating area, expanded Madison Concourse (6th Floor), new Event Level Suites, Viewing Areas on the 8th Floor and the West Balcony (10th Floor) with new amenities for fans, and the new Delta Sky360 Club and 1879 Club presented by J.P. Morgan.

Following the second offseason shutdown a new upper bowl seating area will debut, along with a new Garden Concourse (8th Floor) and new Madison Suites and Madison Club. After the third, and final, offseason shutdown in Fall 2013 fans will see a new Chase Square entrance, two new Chase Bridges, remodeled Garden Suites, restoration of the famed Garden ceiling, and a new GardenVision center-hung scoreboard.
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