ARLINGTON, TX – The International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame (IBMHOF) has teamed up with Hall of Fame Board Member Kevin Dornberger to create a multi-month online charity auction. Each month, a selection of unique bowling related items from The Kevin Dornberger Collection will be released on the IBMHOF auction website for bid.
Kevin Dornberger spent 18 years in international bowling administration but his outstanding collection is a result of a lifelong interest; “I’ve been bowling in some form or other for more than 60 years, so collecting bowling memorabilia seemed like an appropriate extension of the sport,” said Dornberger.
Many of the items in the collection are one of a kind or highly unique. Items include rare original drawings of 20th century bowling cartoons, limited edition bowling balls, décor, paintings, sculptures, sketches, and many rare ABC gold and silver medals from the early 20th century. “I’m a big fan of the ABC (now USBC) from its early days, and knowing the history of honor scores in the first 40 years of the ABC’s existence, I was drawn to the scarcity of the awards honoring them,” said Dornberger.
The retired World Bowling CEO hopes this auction series will encourage bowling fans to start collections of their own as well as put the Hall of Fame’s mission on the map: “I have great respect for the Hall of Fame and the work done by the Museum,” said Dornberger. “It seemed only natural to work with the Museum to give these special items new homes.”
The September, November, and December auctions will release a variety of items and the October sale will focus on the original drawings of popular cartoons that feature bowling, that Mr. Dornberger was so fond of collecting.
The auction schedule is as follows: September 21 – October 1, October 5 – October 15, November 2 – 12, and December 1 – 11.
These items were transferred to the museum’s temporary stewardship from the private collector for the purposes of fundraising and are not a part of the museum’s collection. 30% of the proceeds of this sale go towards the Museum. To view the website, visit https://www.ebay.com/usr/bowlingmuseumstore
About the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame
The International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame, located at the International Bowling Campus in Arlington, Texas, collects, preserves and exhibits the 5,000-year history of the worldwide sport of bowling, and features rare photos and vintage film clips to tell the stories of bowling’s hall-of-fame members. Visit BowlingMuseum.com to learn more.
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