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Baseball Apparel

When it comes to baseball apparel, there aren’t many styles left untried. From the early days of woolen lace-up shirts and knickers to modern-day polyester jerseys and pants, players have worn almost every fabric and uniform length conceivable.

In 1849, the New York Knickerbockers were the first team to wear baseball uniforms, complete with wool trousers, leather belts, white flannel shirts, and straw hats. Baseball gloves appeared in the later part of the century, along with cleats and colored, team-specific stockings. In the 20th century, numbers appeared on the fronts and backs of jerseys and pin-striping gained popularity. Additionally, the “59Fifty” ball cap became the official cap of Major League Baseball (MLB), and batting helmets were made mandatory.

For those interesting in collecting baseball apparel, jerseys, caps, gloves, and full uniforms are popular memorabilia. Other items to look for include patches, jackets, shoes, and batting helmets. Overall, keep in mind that game-worn gear almost always holds more value than replica gear, and signed gear is typically worth more than unsigned.


Quick Facts

  • A 1938 New York Yankees jersey worn by Lou Gehrig gathered $329,000 on a Robert Edwards auction in 2011
  • The Detroit Tigers still use the Old English-style “D” logo on their uniforms—first seen on jerseys around 1896
  • In baseball’s early years, players who wore ball gloves to protect their hands from injuries were considered sissies

Recommended Items at Auction

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Baseball Glove and Ball
Dec 10, 9:00 AM EST
Baseball Glove and Ball
by Dovetail Auctions, LLC
Est: $5- $500
$906 Bids
1959 Topps Baseball, LOT OF 17 Diff. #523-527,529-540. Includes Coates RC, Bamberger RC, Moon, Johnson and more.
Dec 14, 10:00 AM EST
1959 Topps Baseball, LOT OF 17 Diff. #523-527,529-540. Includes Coates RC, Bamberger RC, Moon, Johnson and more.
by Hassinger & Courtney Auctioneering
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
MITCHELL & NESS COOPERSTOWN JOE DIMAGGIO JERSEY
Dec 01, 11:00 AM EST
MITCHELL & NESS COOPERSTOWN JOE DIMAGGIO JERSEY
by Silver City Auctions
Est: $150- $200
$101 Bid
Vintage Baseball Star Button Pins
Dec 03, 10:00 AM MST
Vintage Baseball Star Button Pins
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
1957 Topps Baseball. LOT OF 9 Diff. #352-360. Includes Kinder, Malzone, Lynch and more.
Dec 14, 10:00 AM EST
1957 Topps Baseball. LOT OF 9 Diff. #352-360. Includes Kinder, Malzone, Lynch and more.
by Hassinger & Courtney Auctioneering
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
1955 Topps Baseball, LOT OF 7 Diff. #120-122,126-129. Includes Kluszewski, Renna and more.
Dec 14, 10:00 AM EST
1955 Topps Baseball, LOT OF 7 Diff. #120-122,126-129. Includes Kluszewski, Renna and more.
by Hassinger & Courtney Auctioneering
Est: $0- $0
$50 Bids
1959 Topps Baseball, LOT OF 18 Diff. #487-504. Includes Powers, Podres, Dark and more.
Dec 14, 10:00 AM EST
1959 Topps Baseball, LOT OF 18 Diff. #487-504. Includes Powers, Podres, Dark and more.
by Hassinger & Courtney Auctioneering
Est: $0- $0
$50 Bids
1944 St. Louis Cardinals - MLB Championship Ring
Nov 30, 10:00 PM EST
1944 St. Louis Cardinals - MLB Championship Ring
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids
St. Louis Cardinals 1926 Championship Ring.
Nov 30, 10:00 PM EST
St. Louis Cardinals 1926 Championship Ring.
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $200- $400
$1200 Bids
1964 St. Louis Cardinals - MLB Championship Ring
Nov 30, 10:00 PM EST
1964 St. Louis Cardinals - MLB Championship Ring
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $200- $400
$1200 Bids
1934 St. Louis Cardinals - MLB Championship Ring
Nov 30, 10:00 PM EST
1934 St. Louis Cardinals - MLB Championship Ring
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids
2011 ST. LOUIS CARDINALS - MLB CHAMPIONSHIP INSPIRED RING
Dec 07, 10:00 PM EST
2011 ST. LOUIS CARDINALS - MLB CHAMPIONSHIP INSPIRED RING
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $200- $400
$1100 Bids
1987 St. Louis Cardinals National League Champions - Championship Ring
Dec 01, 10:00 PM EST
1987 St. Louis Cardinals National League Champions - Championship Ring
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $200- $0
$1500 Bids
2011 ST. LOUIS CARDINALS - MLB INSPIRED CHAMPIONSHIP RING
Dec 15, 10:00 PM EST
2011 ST. LOUIS CARDINALS - MLB INSPIRED CHAMPIONSHIP RING
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $200- $400
$1500 Bids
2011 St. Louis Cardinals - MLB Championship Inspired Ring
Dec 08, 10:00 PM EST
2011 St. Louis Cardinals - MLB Championship Inspired Ring
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $200- $400
$1500 Bids
1946 St. Louis Cardinals - MLB Championship Inspired Ring
Dec 08, 10:00 PM EST
1946 St. Louis Cardinals - MLB Championship Inspired Ring
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $200- $400
$900 Bids
2000 NEW YORK YANKEES BASEBALL WORLD SERIES INSPIRED CHAMPIONSHIP RING
Dec 20, 10:00 PM EST
2000 NEW YORK YANKEES BASEBALL WORLD SERIES INSPIRED CHAMPIONSHIP RING
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $200- $400
$1500 Bids
Boston Red Sox World Series Championship Ring
Dec 14, 10:00 PM EST
Boston Red Sox World Series Championship Ring
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $200- $400
$1200 Bids
2006 St. Louis Cardinals - MLB Championship Ring
Dec 14, 10:00 PM EST
2006 St. Louis Cardinals - MLB Championship Ring
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $300- $500
$1500 Bids
St. Louis Cardinals 2013 Championship Ring
Nov 30, 10:00 PM EST
St. Louis Cardinals 2013 Championship Ring
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $250- $350
$1500 Bids
2006 St. Louis Cardinals - MLB Championship Ring
Nov 30, 10:00 PM EST
2006 St. Louis Cardinals - MLB Championship Ring
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $200- $400
$1500 Bids
St. Louis Cardinals 2011 Championship Ring
Nov 30, 10:00 PM EST
St. Louis Cardinals 2011 Championship Ring
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $250- $350
$1000 Bids
2011 St. Louis Cardinals - MLB Championship Inspired Ring
Nov 30, 10:00 PM EST
2011 St. Louis Cardinals - MLB Championship Inspired Ring
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $200- $400
$1500 Bids
A. Galarraga Atlanta Braves baseball jersey
Dec 05, 11:30 PM EST
A. Galarraga Atlanta Braves baseball jersey
by Baker's Antiques and Auctions
Est: $30- $40
$200 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Baseball Apparel


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