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Major League Baseball Players Association Grants License to Junk Ball® Backyard Sports Product

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(New York, NY, January 29, 2010) -- The Major League Baseball Players Association announced it has granted a license to Junk Ball® Backyard Sports, to produce and sell its unique brand of baseballs as well as bat and ball sets featuring the likenesses of active Major League baseball players, including Tim Lincecum, Dustin Pedroia, Alex Rodriguez, C.C. Sabathia, Johan Santana and David Wright.

The introductory MLBPA line for Junk Ball includes two products: Junk Ball MLBPA Bat and Ball Set and individual Junk Ball MLBPA Junk Ball baseballs.

The Junk Ball MLBPA Bat and Ball set comes with a classic Junk Ball Baseball, Junk Ball Bat and a sheet of stickers, that kids can use to customize their own bat!

Each sheet will have 6 players on it so kids will be able to put their favorite players on the bat to emulate that player.

(SRP: $9.99) Recommended for ages 5 and up.

Junk Ball The Junk Ball MLBPA baseballs are sold individually, packaged in a box with a players signature, name and number printed on the ball, along with the MLBPA Players Choice – name/slogan. (SRP $1.99) Recommended for ages 5 and up.

Junk Ball Baseball (www.junkball.com) is a radically re-designed, official sized plastic baseball that enables anyone to throw “junk” pitches including curves, fastballs, sinkers, risers, sliders and knuckle balls. The Junk Ball features a Dial Your Pitch ring and raised scuff marks that together let the pitcher change the way the ball moves toward the batter. The Junk Ball Backyard Sports brand was established by Little Kids, Inc. in 2005 to create and market outdoor sports toys and games that feature a new and exciting twist on play.

“Junk Ball provides players of all ages and abilities with an opportunity to pitch and bat like their favorite Major Leaguers,” said Evan Kaplan, the MLBPA’s Category Director, Trading Cards, Memorabilia and New Business. “We welcome Junk Ball to the Players Choice family of officially player licensed products.”

Jason Engle, brand manager for Junk Ball commented, “The partnership between the MLBPA and Junk Ball is exciting for backyard baseball fans who emulate their favorite Major League baseball players while playing in their own yard. The Players Choice licensed Junk Ball products connect backyard baseball fans with Major League baseball players, inviting them to discover how the Junk Ball brand has improved the game of backyard baseball and made it more challenging and fun.”


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About the MLBPA
The Major League Baseball Players Association (www.MLBPLAYERS.com) is the collective bargaining representative for all professional baseball players of the thirty Major League Baseball teams and serves as the exclusive group licensing agent for commercial and licensing activities involving active Major League baseball players. On behalf of its members, it operates the Players Choice licensing program and the Players Choice Awards, which benefit the needy through the Major League Baseball Players Trust, a charitable foundation established and run entirely by Major League baseball players.

About Junk Ball
In 2005, LKI Toys launched the award-winning and popular brand of backyard sports toys, Junk Ball®. The original Junk Ball baseball takes traditional backyard baseball to a new level with its aerodynamic design that makes it easy to learn how to throw all kinds of “junk” pitches including curves, fastballs, sinkers, risers, sliders, even knuckle balls. The Junk Ball brand has grown to include a complete line of backyard and indoor sports toys including: Junk Ball Baseball Bat and Ball set, Junk Ball Home Run Challenge, Junk Ball Knockers tailgating game, and Junk Ball Sky Slasherz. In 2010, Junk Ball launched a line of backyard baseball products featuring Major League Players Association and Minor League Baseball team licenses. Junk Ball most recently launched Hall Star Sports, a new line of safe indoor sports toys, designed to bring outdoor play indoors. For more information visit www.junkball.com.