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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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Ted Williams 1956 Topps Pin/Button
Apr 17, 11:00 AM EDT
Ted Williams 1956 Topps Pin/Button
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $150- $300
$505 Bids
Lot of 5 Hillerich & Bradsby Co. Bats (1965-79)
Apr 17, 11:00 AM EDT
Lot of 5 Hillerich & Bradsby Co. Bats (1965-79)
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $75- $150
$203 Bids
Antique c. 1900 Baseball "Catcher" in Uniform Celluloid Pinback Button by Bastian Bros.
Apr 15, 6:00 PM EDT
Antique c. 1900 Baseball "Catcher" in Uniform Celluloid Pinback Button by Bastian Bros.
by One Source Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$253 Bids
Lot of 3 Antique/Vintage Bats (1900-1940's)
Apr 17, 11:00 AM EDT
Lot of 3 Antique/Vintage Bats (1900-1940's)
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $75- $150
$101 Bid
Lot of 5 Adirondack Baseball Bats (1975-1982)
Apr 17, 11:00 AM EDT
Lot of 5 Adirondack Baseball Bats (1975-1982)
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $50- $100
$101 Bid
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1995 ATLANTA BRAVES WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONS CAPS
Apr 20, 1:00 PM EDT
1995 ATLANTA BRAVES WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONS CAPS
by Florida Estate Sales Inc.
Est: $100- $10,000
$101 Bid
Three Baseball Bats & a Collection of Gloves
Apr 23, 2:00 PM AEST
Three Baseball Bats & a Collection of Gloves
by Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: AUD40- AUD60
AUD201 Bid
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COLLECTIBLE NY YANKEES BASEBALL CAPS W/ TAGS
Apr 20, 1:00 PM EDT
COLLECTIBLE NY YANKEES BASEBALL CAPS W/ TAGS
by Florida Estate Sales Inc.
Est: $150- $10,000
$101 Bid
Antique 1920's Grey Wool w/ Green Pinstripe Baseball Uniform (Jersey & Pants)
Apr 15, 6:00 PM EDT
Antique 1920's Grey Wool w/ Green Pinstripe Baseball Uniform (Jersey & Pants)
by One Source Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$251 Bid
Hillerich & Bradsby Co. F.C. Babe Herman 40BH Louisville Slugger
Apr 17, 11:00 AM EDT
Hillerich & Bradsby Co. F.C. Babe Herman 40BH Louisville Slugger
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $100- $300
$101 Bid
2011 St. Louis Cardinals - MLB Championship Inspired Ring
Apr 16, 9:00 PM EDT
2011 St. Louis Cardinals - MLB Championship Inspired Ring
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $200- $400
$1100 Bids
2011 St. Louis Cardinals - MLB Inspired Championship Ring
Apr 18, 9:00 PM EDT
2011 St. Louis Cardinals - MLB Inspired Championship Ring
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $200- $400
$1500 Bids
2006 St. Louis Cardinals - MLB Championship Ring
May 01, 9:00 PM EDT
2006 St. Louis Cardinals - MLB Championship Ring
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $300- $500
$1500 Bids
Boston Red Sox World Series Championship Ring
May 01, 9:00 PM EDT
Boston Red Sox World Series Championship Ring
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $200- $400
$1200 Bids
Lot of 2 Hillerich & Bradsby Co. Bats (1965-1979)
Apr 17, 11:00 AM EDT
Lot of 2 Hillerich & Bradsby Co. Bats (1965-1979)
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $75- $150
$100 Bids
1999 Atlanta Braves National League Champions T-Shirt
Apr 27, 10:00 AM EDT
1999 Atlanta Braves National League Champions T-Shirt
by Atlanta Auction Gallery, ltd
Est: $25- $50
$100 Bids
Richmond Webb / Keith Sims Baseball Signature Caps
Apr 14, 1:00 PM EDT
Richmond Webb / Keith Sims Baseball Signature Caps
by Time Auction
Est: $100- $200
$500 Bids
Lot of 3 Baseball Bats
Apr 17, 11:00 AM EDT
Lot of 3 Baseball Bats
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $50- $100
$100 Bids
Lot of 13 Topps 1956 Pins/Buttons
Apr 17, 11:00 AM EDT
Lot of 13 Topps 1956 Pins/Buttons
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $150- $300
$100 Bids
Lot of 13 Topps 1956 Pins/Buttons
Apr 17, 11:00 AM EDT
Lot of 13 Topps 1956 Pins/Buttons
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $150- $300
$100 Bids
Lot of 3 1956 Topps Pins/Buttons
Apr 17, 11:00 AM EDT
Lot of 3 1956 Topps Pins/Buttons
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $75- $150
$100 Bids
Lot of 3 Hillerich & Bradsby Co. Louisville Sluggers (1950-64)
Apr 17, 11:00 AM EDT
Lot of 3 Hillerich & Bradsby Co. Louisville Sluggers (1950-64)
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $75- $150
$100 Bids
Lot of 3 Hillerich & Bradsby Co. Louisville Sluggers (1950-64)
Apr 17, 11:00 AM EDT
Lot of 3 Hillerich & Bradsby Co. Louisville Sluggers (1950-64)
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $75- $150
$100 Bids
Lot of 3 Hillerich & Bradsby Co. Louisville Sluggers (1965-79)
Apr 17, 11:00 AM EDT
Lot of 3 Hillerich & Bradsby Co. Louisville Sluggers (1965-79)
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $75- $150
$100 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Baseball Apparel


Bodnar's Auction Sales

Bodnar's Auction Sales

Weatherham Estate Treasures

Weatherham Estate Treasures

Florida Estate Sales Inc.

Florida Estate Sales Inc.