Vintage Sports Report: World Series Edition

While the Cardinals and Tigers are battling in the World Series, years from now, we may be looking back on collectables from the 2006 edition of the Fall Classic.

Well, it's time for the World Series, so I thought we would take a look at some World Series memorabilia like tickets, uniforms, balls and a few other Series collectibles.

Let's start with balls. Just your average non-descript ball used in the World Series have value, depending who the commissioner was at the time, These range in price from $18.00 to a high of $1200 for balls used when Nicholas Young was president from 1886-1902. World Series balls that have been signed by teams can be quite costly, depending on the age and who signed it. There aren't any books with market values for these balls, so it's basically whatever the market will bare. A 1927 ball signed by the Yankees runs $60,000 and up, but includes Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig among others. A1950 Phillies ball with Ashburn and Roberts will run $400 and up. Had they won, the price would be double that. A1980 ball with Schmidt, Carlton and Rose runs $600 and up. A 1983 ball with Carlton, Rose and Schmidt goes for $250, but they lost that series. Then, there's a 1993 ball with Schilling, Kruk and Dykstra that also runs about $250. There are only so many that were signed by each team after a series is completed; one for each league, one for the Hall of Fame, and the rest are sold.

How about bats? Each team is given commemorative, unsigned bats. They are the World Series black bats and are not used. A 1950 Phillies bat runs $800 and up. You'll spend about $300 or more for a 1980 bat and at least $350 for a 1983 bat. And the 1993 Phils bat can be had for $50 and up.

Single signed items either on a bat, ball, glove or uniform, are relatively the same unless they were included in an event, like a 300th homerun or in a record breaking event of some type. If you would like to know the value of any particular single signed item, just e-mail me and we'll let you know.

I just purchased Burleigh Grimes, Whitey Ford and Lou Boudreau, along with Del Ennis and Charlie Gehringer. If you make any purchases like these, be sure that the documentation is there and that it's from a reputable autograph endorser. I use PSA, James Spence and Mike Gonzalez. These three are the best in the business for authentification. Of course, you can also trust pulls from packs of Topps, Upper Deck and other major card manufacturers. Another way to verify, is to actually have the person sign them, obviously. When doing that, I do not use a Certificate of Authenticity, but prefer to use a picture of the person signing the item.

Plates – both signed and unsigned - are another collectable. A Mickey Mantle plate by the Bradford Exchange from the 1956 World Series, runs about $60. Christy Matheson from the 1905 Series goes for about $40 and Don Larsen's perfect game plate runs about $35. Dizzy Dean's World Series shutout is also priced at about $35. These are just a few of the unsigned plates.

World Series programs can be costly, and are always condition sensitive. Do your homework when delving into this area to be sure you're getting what you pay for, I have bought and sold many yearbooks, media guides and programs over the years, and it's all about condition, condition, condition. A 1905 Phillies World Series program is valued at $16,000 and up; this will probably be a two-page program with the lineup and a few advertisements. I just sold one not too long ago from 1943 that was published the same way. It doesn't look like much, but they are scarce and valuable. 1914 Phillies program will set you back about $3500, the 1950 is $200 and up, while the 1980 is bringing about $15 and up. The 1983 program goes for about $15 and up and the '93 program is about $10 and up. If you want to see a long term investment, buy about 10 each of the ‘80, '83 and '93 programs and put them away; in the future you'll have a tidy little nest egg. Every tenth year, check their prices and see what they are worth.

periodicals are usually not a long term investment or collectable. The issues normally are on an individual more than the event. Sports illustrated run $20 to $30 for an old issue, Spot Magazine from October 1950 is only about $35. Sporting News have some issues of note. The October 5, 1933 issue, is valued at $125. The October 3, 1035 issue is valued at $95. The October 1, 1936 issue costs about $200 and the October 14, 1937 issue is valued at $100. These issues along with others from Sporting News have obvious value. Baseball Magazine issues have the best photography of all, and values in the $35 to $100 range. They're great magazines.

Finally for today, we'll take a look at tickets. There's a wide variety of prices from each team, I will go over the Phillies prices to give you a general idea; 1915 ($1200),1950 ($250), 1980 and ‘83 ($30) and 1993 ($100). These prices are for the ticket stub for those games.

There is so much more to go over, including wire photos, pennants, coins, medallions, press pins, cereal boxes, books, sports games, stamps, rings and trophies, banks, ashtrays and plates. There is a whole world of collectables besides cards, including the various collectables from the World Series, All-Star Game and playoffs.

If you have an item you want me to check on a price for e-mail me and I will do my best to find out information about it. You can e-mail me at RRSports@ptd.net and you can also check out my eBay listing at RSVintagesports.


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