The Arizona Diamondbacks are one of Major League Baseball's newer franchises as they were only founded in 1998 as part of the National League. Fun Fact: the Diamondbacks became the fastest expansion team to ever win the World Series championship as they defeated the New York Yankees in 2001. The Diamondbacks got their name after the western diamondback, which is a rattlesnake native to the region as it is known for injecting a large amount of venom whenever the snake strikes on its pray. As of 2021, the Diamondbacks have won the National League West division a total of 5 different times, they have made the playoffs via a Wild Card berth 1 time, and they also have 1 National League Pennant and 1 World Series championship to add to their name. The history of the franchise is littered with legendary players such as Randy Johnson, Luis Gonzalez, Paul Goldschmidt, Curt Schilling, Brandon Webb, and countless others. Because of their impact on the game can be measured in numerous ways such as revenue, endorsements, and memorabilia. Recently we've discovered that some of these Diamondbacks jerseys have been sold for extremely high amounts. Today we will take a look at the five most expensive Diamondbacks jerseys sold to date:
5. Curt Schilling Signed Jersey - $46
Curt Schilling was acquired in a trade from the Philadelphia Phillies in 2000, and even though he only played 4 seasons with the D-backs, he didn't disappoint one bit in those 4 seasons. In his career with Arizona, Schilling went 58-28, and in 2001 and 2002 he combined for a total of 55 wins in those 2 seasons. Schilling was a huge contributor of helping the D-backs win their only World Series championship in franchise history as he was named World Series Co-MVP , as he went 1-0, struck out 26 different batters, and only gave up 4 runs. Schilling is also the franchise leader in winning percentage which is .674% and he is also the franchise leader in WHIP with a WHIP of 1.04. His jersey was sold as part of the Heritage Auctions as part of the 2017 October 15th Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles Auction, as the jersey sold for $46.
4. Luis Gonzalez Game Worn and Signed Jersey - $448
Luis Gonzalez is the Diamondbacks offensive franchise leader in nearly every category. In his 8 year career with Arizona, Gonzalez holds franchise records in home runs with a total of 224, RBI'S with a total of 774, and base hits with a total of 1,337. Gonzalez's most memorable season with Arizona came in 2001, where he hit a towering and his career high in a single season, 57 home runs, and added 142 RBI's to his name while representing the Diamondbacks in the All-Star game as he was on the National League team, and he also won a Silver Slugger Award in 2001. However, Gonzalez will always be remembered for his game-winning base hit which ended up being a bloop single of all-time legend closer Mariano Rivera in Game 7 of the World Series. His jersey was sold as part of the Gold Auctions for $448.
3. 2003 Brandon Webb Game Worn Rookie Road Jersey - $762
Brandon Webb served as the Diamondbacks primary ace for 6 years, as he featured a power sinker that was able to produce ground balls at a high rate, but Webb was also still able to maintain his high strikeout rate throughout his career. 2003 was Webb's rookie campaign as he had a pretty solid rookie season. He had a winning record of 10 wins and 9 loses, he struck out a total of 172 batters, he pitched a total of 180.2 innings, and he posted a 2.84 ERA. Webb went on to have his best season of his career in 2006, where he was named the National League's CY Young Award winner. Webb's career was ended pretty early on due to a severe shoulder injury that was difficult for him to fully recover from. His jersey was sold as part of the Gray Flannel Auctions as the jersey sold for $762.
2. 2016 Paul Goldschmidt Game Worn Home Jersey - $ 1,845
During his time in Arizona, Paul Goldschmidt was an absolute fan favorite as he was an instant contributor the minute he stepped out onto the field. In 2016, Goldy lead the league in walks with a total of 110, he hit a towering 27 home runs, he drove in 95 runs, he had a very efficient batting average of .297, he had a career high in stolen bases with a total of 32, and he represented the Diamondbacks in the All-Star game as he was on the National League team. This particular jersey that was during auction was worn by Goldschmidt during a game against the Atlanta Braves where he hit a walk-off solo home run to help the D-backs win the game 9-8. That home run ended up being his 19th of the season, and he ended up finishing the game 3-4 with two RBI's and two runs scored. His jersey was sold as part of the Golden Auctions, as the jersey sold for $1,845.
1. 2000 Randy Johnson Game Worn Jersey - $3,346
Randy Johnson, the most dominant flamethrower during his time, was nicknamed the "Big Ticket" throughout his career because he stood 6'10 on the mound. Johnson is arguably the greatest left-handed pitcher that Major League Baseball has ever seen as no other lefty has more strikeouts than Johnson in their careers, as Johnson struck out a total of 4,875 batters throughout his career. In 2000, Johnson was named to the National League All-Star team as he represented the D-backs in the game, Johnson was also named the National League's CY Young Award, he had a winning record of 19 wins and 7 loses, he led the league in strike outs as he struck out a total of 347 batters, he led the league in complete games with a total of 8, he led the league in games started with a total of 35, and he also threw a total of 248.2 innings. Johnson was a huge contributor to helping Arizona win their first and only ever World Series championship in 2001 as he was named World Series Co-MVP with teammate Curt Schilling. His jersey was sold as part of the Heritage Auctions as part of the Sports Collectibles Catalog Auction, as the jersey sold for $3,446 and was sold on May 15th, 2015.
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