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10/02/2002 3:15 pm ET 
MLBP & MLBPA issue license for first edition of collectible Celebriducks
New line of collectible rubber bath ducks feature MLB players in team jerseys

Major League Baseball Properties and the Major League Baseball Players Association have issued licenses to Celebriducks to develop a line of limited-edition collectible rubber bath ducks featuring the likenesses of a variety of Major League Baseball players in team uniforms. The first edition of MLBP and MLBPA licensed Celebriducks includes 21 players and will be available in October at MLB Clubhouse stores and retail locations nationwide, including JC Penney.

Players featured in the first edition of Major League Baseball Celebriducks include:

  • Bobby Abreu – Philadelphia Phillies
  • Moises Alou – Chicago Cubs
  • Barry Bonds – San Francisco Giants
  • Sean Casey – Cincinnati Reds
  • Roger Clemens – New York Yankees
  • Jim Edmonds – St. Louis Cardinals
  • Nomar Garciappara – Boston Red Sox
  • Jason Giambi – New York Yankees
  • Torii Hunter – Minnesota Twins
  • Derek Jeter – New York Yankees
  • Randy Johnson – Arizona Diamondbacks
  • Chipper Jones – Atlanta Braves
  • Kazuhisa Ishii – Los Angeles Dodgers
  • Greg Maddux – Atlanta Braves
  • Mike Piazza – New York Mets
  • Albert Pujols – St. Louis Cardinals
  • Alex Rodriguez – Texas Rangers
  • Sammy Sosa – Chicago Cubs
  • Ichiro Suzuki – Seattle Mariners
  • Jim Thome – Cleveland Indians
  • Larry Walker – Colorado Rockies

    The Major League Baseball line of Celebriducks has been extremely popular since their introduction this summer as in-stadium giveaways for the Chicago Cubs, Texas Rangers and New York Yankees. Celebriducks were voted the number one fan favorite giveaway in a recent online poll.

    "We are constantly striving to create products that capture the spirit of the game away from the ballpark," said Howard Smith, Senior Vice President of Licensing for Major League Baseball Properties. "Our partnership with Celebriducks is indicative of how a product can express the fun and excitement of Major League Baseball in a creative new collectible."

    "Celebriducks are further proof that the popularity of Major League baseball players can turn an otherwise ordinary product into one that is unique and highly collectible," said Evan Kaplan, Category Manager, Trading Cards & Collectibles for the Major League Baseball Players Association. "Billed as the hottest new product to hit the market, Celebriducks offer a somewhat irreverent way for baseball fans of all ages to show their support of their favorite players."

    "We are both excited and proud to now be the exclusive provider of celebrity rubber ducks for Major League Baseball," said Craig Wolfe, owner of Celebriducks. "It has been wonderful to see the tremendous response of people everywhere who have been captivated by our little bath quackers."

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