The Atlanta Braves are arguably one of the most historic franchise's across all of Major League Baseball, as their debut in the National League in 1876. Fun Fact: before moving to Atlanta in 1966, the Braves were first in the cities of Boston as the Boston Braves, and Milwaukee as the Milwaukee Braves. As of 2021, the franchise has won 21 National League East division titles, 14 National League Pennants, and 4 World Series championships. They won the World Series in 1914 as the Boston Braves, in 1957 as the Milwaukee Braves, and in 1995 and 2021 as the Atlanta Braves. Fun Fact: the Braves play in one of the newest stadiums in all of Major League Baseball, Truist Park, which opened in 2017. The history of the franchise is littered with legendary players such as Hank Aaron, Chipper Jones, Greg Maddux, John Smoltz, Eddie Matthews, and countless others. Recently we've discovered that some Braves jerseys have been sold for extremely high amounts. Today we will take a look at the five most expensive Braves jerseys ever sold:
5. 1995 John Smoltz Game Worn and Signed Home Jersey - $ 1,500
The 1990's Atlanta Braves were far and away the most dominant force in all of the National League, but only had one World Series championship to show for it. John Smoltz was a huge piece of the Braves team success in the 1990's, as he is arguably the most popular Braves pitcher in franchise history. In 1995, John Smoltz has a winning record of 12-7, pitched 192 total innings meaning his arm was reliable when step foot on the mound, he had a total of 193 strike outs, had a 3.18 ERA, and was a huge piece of the Braves 1995 World Series championship team. Smoltz accumulated 210 career wins as a starter, had 154 career saves as a closer, and is the Braves all-time leader in strikeouts with an immaculate total of 3,011. Smoltz was also an All-Star 8 different times throughout his career and has 1 CY Young Award to add to his name. His game worn and signed home jersey was sold for $1,500 in October of 2019 at the Heritage Auctions as a part of the 2019 Fall Sports Memorabilia Sports Collectibles Catalog Auction.
4. 2000 Chipper Jones Game Worn Jersey - $2,100
Arguably one of the greatest switch hitters the game has ever seen, and a man who is known to destroy the New York Mets, Chipper Jones played his entire 19 year career in an Atlanta Braves uniform. Fun Fact: Jones was the first overall pick in the 1990 Major League Baseball draft and was selected by the Braves. In 2000, Jones was a National League All-Star as he had a great batting average of .311, hit a towering 36 home runs, and drove in a total of 111 runs. Jones has a immaculate .310 career batting average, is third on the Braves all-time home runs and RBI'S list, and is second on the Braves all-time total base hits list. Fun Fact: Chipper Jones named his son "Shea", and fans believe he named it after the old Shea Stadium, where he did his most damage against the New York Mets. His jersey was sold for $2,100 in August of 2019 at the Heritage Auctions as a part of the 2019 Summer Platinum Night Sports Collectibles Auction.
3. 1995 Greg Maddux Game Worn and Signed Jersey - $4,800
For Babe Ruth it was 1927, for Roger Maris it was 1961, 1995 was the year of Greg Maddux. In 1995 Maddux was a National League All-Star, he won his 4th consecutive CY Young Award, had a fantastic winning record of 19-2 leading the league in wins, innings pitched with a total of 209, complete games with a total of 1o, and led the league with an immaculate ERA of 1.63, and he also struck out a total of 181 batters. Maddux was also a huge piece of the Braves 1995 World Series Championship team. Maddux is also arguably the greatest defensive pitcher of all-time as he won a total of 18 Gold Glove Awards throughout his career undoubtedly prove that. He won 194 of his 355 career wins in a Braves uniform and he ranks 5th on the all-time Braves strike out list with a total of 1,828 strikeouts, and also ranks 5th on the all-time Braves ERA list with an 2.63 career ERA with the Braves. His game worn and signed jersey was sold for $4,800 in May of 2018 at the Heritage Auctions as a part of the Sports Memorabilia Catalog Auction.
2. 1962 Eddie Matthews Game Worn Jersey - $35,850
Eddie Matthews is arguably one of the greatest third basemen in Major League Baseball history. Fun Fact: Matthews was the only Braves player to play for the team while they were in Boston, Milwaukee, and Atlanta, and easily became a fan favorite. In 1962, he was a National League All-Star, leading the league in walks with a total of 101, he hit a towering 29 total home runs, he drove in 90 runs, and had a batting average of .265. Matthews hit a total of 30 or more home runs in 10 different seasons, he is a 9 time All-Star, and is second in Braves history in home runs with a total of 493 and second in Braves history in RBI'S with a total of 1,388. His game worn jersey was sold for $35,850 in February of 2014 as a part of the Heritage Auctions as a part of the Sports Collectibles Platinum Night Auction.
1. 1966 Hank Aaron Game Worn and Signed Jersey - $50,787.50
Without a doubt, Hank Aaron is the greatest player to ever put on an Atlanta Braves uniform, and some argue that he is even the greatest player to ever put on a baseball jersey. In 1966, Hank Aaron led the league in home runs hitting a towering 44 of them, and also led the league in RBI'S, driving in an immaculate 127 runs. He also had a batting average of .279, and was a National League All-Star in 1966. Aaron is number 1 in Braves history in home runs with an incredible 755 home runs, RBI'S with a total of 2,202, at-bats with a total of 11,628, games played with a total of 3,076, and total bases with 6,951. He is second in Major League Baseball history in total home runs hit, just seven behind Barry Bonds who broke his record. On the flip side, one of Hank Aaron's most iconic moments was when he broke Babe Ruth's record for the most home runs in the history of the game, he hit the home run off of Al Downing of the Los Angeles Dodgers on April 8th, 1974, and it totally electrified the crowd and fans came running onto the field to congratulate him. His game worn and signed jersey was sold for $50,787.50 in February of 2013 at the Heritage Auctions as a part of the Platinum Night Sports Auctions that was held in New York.
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