Thirty-five Major League Baseball-themed All-Star Apple statues are appearing throughout New York City including notable landmarks like Grand Central Terminal, the Intrepid Museum, the New York Public Library and Citi Field. The Apple statues celebrate the 84th Major League Baseball All-Star Game at Citi Field, the culmination of All-Star Week which begins with T-Mobile All-Star FanFest on Friday, July 12th.
MLB has teamed up with licensee Forever Collectibles to create the series of All-Star Apple statues that stand six feet tall and weigh more than 350 pounds. Each of the 30 MLB clubs have their own themed statue along with Apples focused on the All-Star Game, the American League, the National League, Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Giants. The Apples are modeled after the Home Run Apple which has been a part of Mets home games since 1980. A complete list and map of the statues and where they can be found is included at the end of the release.
The All-Star Apple is the eighth All-Star-themed series of statues to be placed in the All-Star host city. Past statues have included Bobble Heads in Chicago ('03), the Cowboy Boot in Houston ('04), the Statue of Liberty in New York ('08), the Gateway Arch in St. Louis ('09), Mickey Mouse in Anaheim ('10), the Cactus in Phoenix ('11) and the Crown in Kansas City ('12).
Miniature versions of each of the statues are available to the public at a suggested retail price of $21.99 on MLB.com and other participating retailers, including Mets Clubhouse stores and Modell's.
The Apples also appear at the corporate office for FOX Sports (All-Star Broadcaster), SNY (Mets broadcaster), the corporate office of the Topps trading card company, and multiple Modell's locations (Official Retailer of the 2013 MLB T-Mobile All-Star FanFest & Clubhouse Shop).
Additionally, fans will have the opportunity to win prizes when they take photos of themselves with the Apples. Fans in the New York City area that post photos of at least 15 Apple statues to Instagram and include the hashtag #ASGApples will be entered to win tickets to the 2013 World Series as well as other weekly prizes. Alternatively, fans nationwide can visit MLB.com/Apples to insert a virtual Apple into a photo that represents their city or MLB team.