International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame to Auction Items from Dornberger Collection

by Bob Johnson 0

The International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame has teamed up with 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.

The former Chief Operating Officer of the United States Bowling Congress and former President and CEO of World Bowling 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,” he said.

Many of the items in the collection are one of a kind or highly unusual. Items include rare original drawings of 20th century bowling cartoons, limited-edition bowling balls, décor, paintings, sculptures, sketches and many rare American Bowling Congress gold and silver medals from the early 20th century.

“I’m a big fan of the ABC (now United States Bowling Congress) 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.

Dornberger, who retired as CEO of World Bowling last year, hopes this auction series will encourage bowling fans to start collections of their own, as well as put the IBMHOF’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 featuring bowling that Dornberger was so fond of collecting.

The auction schedule is as follows: Sept. 21-Oct. 1, Oct. 5-15, Nov. 2-12, and Dec. 1-11.

Bob Johnson

Bob Johnson has received more national writing awards than any other bowling writer — close to 70 over the course of his 40-year career. He began at age 16 as a staff writer and then assistant editor for the weekly Pacific Bowler newspaper in his native California, and within three years was writing feature stories for Bowlers Journal. He has written for the magazine ever since, except for a five-year span when he was hired as the founding editor of another magazine. He moved to Chicago in 2000 and spent 13 years in the Windy City, including five as Bowlers Journal’s Editor. In 1975, Johnson received the Robert E. Kennedy Award as California’s top undergraduate high school journalist. Five years earlier, on the lanes, he had shared the Bantam Division Doubles championship in the Orange County Junior Bowling Association Championships. Today, he continues to work full-time for Bowlers Journal as its Senior Editor, to write his popular “Strikes Me” column, and to edit Luby Publishing Inc.’s weekly business-to-business Cyber Report.

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