Chicago Cubs to donate net proceeds from Cubs Authentics sales to Cubs Charities

Authenticated ballpark and player memorabilia sales to support Cubs Charities initiatives

CHICAGO - The Chicago Cubs today announced net proceeds from all MLB-authenticated, game-used and autographed Cubs memorabilia sold through Cubs Authentics will be donated to Cubs Charities. These funds will help support Cubs Charities' mission to harness the passion of Chicago Cubs fans to improve the lives of children and families across Chicago.

Cubs Authentics, which launched at the beginning of the 2012 season, is the premier outlet for MLB-authenticated Cubs memorabilia, including game-used jerseys and baseballs, autographed items and one-of-a-kind Wrigley Field Collection items.

Fans and collectors interested in supporting Cubs Charities through the purchase of Cubs Authentics memorabilia can currently find autographed baseballs, bats and jerseys from new and returning players available at www.cubs.com/authentics. Fans can also pre-purchase game-used bases from Opening Night featuring a commemorative base jewel honoring Ernie Banks, or bases from the team's home series in April with specialty matchup base jewels vs. the St. Louis Cardinals, San Diego Padres and Pittsburgh Pirates, plus a Jackie Robinson Day base jewel from April 15 vs. the Reds.

Shortly after the team's opening series vs. the Cardinals, fans will be able to bid online on a variety of rare merchandise collected by Cubs Authentics, including game-used baseballs, bases, bats, jerseys, nameplates and lineup cards. Cubs Authentics will host an online auction with items collected during Spring Training as well, featuring Spring Training locker room nameplates and game-used hats-including green St. Patrick's Day hats.

"Part of the Cubs' mission is to support our community and be good neighbors. Cubs Charities is very excited to partner with Cubs Authentics to help improve the lives of children and families across Chicago and beyond," said Connie Falcone, vice president of development, Cubs Charities. "We hope our fans are just as excited to build their collection of authenticated Cubs memorabilia while supporting great causes through Cubs Charities."

About Cubs Authentics:

Cubs Authentics is the premier outlet for all MLB-authenticated, game-used and autographed Cubs memorabilia. From game-used jerseys and baseballs to autographed items and one-of-a-kind Wrigley Field Collection items, Cubs Authentics has the most exclusive memorabilia. Cubs Authentics items can be found at the Cubs Authentics kiosk located in the Wrigley Field concourse (open during every home game), at The Cubs Store across the street from Wrigley Field, or online at www.cubs.com/authentics. You can also contact Cubs Authentics directly at 773-404-4753, cubsauthentics@cubs.com or via Twitter at @CubsAuthentics. The Cubs will donate net proceeds from the sale of Cubs Authentics items to Cubs Charities.

About Cubs Charities:

Cubs Charities harnesses the passion of Cubs fans to improve the lives of children and families across Chicago and beyond. Cubs Charities' goal is to provide increased access to sports opportunities and target improvements in health, fitness and education for those at risk. Through grants to quality nonprofit programs, development of parks and baseball fields, and other community initiatives, the Cubs and Cubs Charities help fulfill a commitment to be the best in the game, on and off the field. For more information, visit www.cubscharities.org