The Toronto Blue Jays franchise was founded in 1976 as a Major League Baseball expansion team that was going to be brand new to the league for the 1977 Major League Baseball season. Fun Fact: they got their team name from a " name the team " which had more than 4,000 team name suggestions for the brand new ball club. The name " Blue Jays " got the most votes and that was the name that was picked for the team. As of 2021, the Toronto Blue Jays are the only Major League Franchise to play in Canada and not in the United States. Also as of 2021, The Blue Jays have won the American League East division six times, have two American League Pennants and two World Series championships that were both won the years 1992 and 1993. In 1992, they defeated the Atlanta Braves in the World Series, and in 1993 they defeated the Philadelphia Phillies to win the World Series. The history of the franchise is littered with legendary players such as Roy Halladay, Jose Bautista, David Stieb, Roberto Alomar, and George Bell. Their impact to the game can be measured in numerous ways such as revenue, endorsements, and memorabilia. We've recently discovered that their jerseys have been sold for amounts we can't even begin to believe. Today we will talk about the five most expensive Blue Jays jersey's ever sold:
5. Signed Robert Alomar Home Jersey - $250.00
In five seasons played with the Toronto Blue Jays in the years 1991-1995, Roberto Alomar helped lead the team to two World Series championships in 1992 and 1993 and was an absolute fan favorite. Alomar was also an All-Star in each of those five seasons he played with Toronto. 1993 was Alomar's best season with the franchise, as he was a speed demon on the bases with 55 stolen bases, he hit a towering 17 home runs, drove in an impressive 93 runs, and had an amazing batting average of .326, which was third best in the American League that season. Alomar was also the first Blue Jays player to ever be elected into Major League Baseball's Hall of Fame. Alomar's jersey was sold for $250.00 as part of an auction Major League Baseball put together, and the jersey even has the 2011 Hall of Fame Pitch on the sleeve.
4. George Bell Game Worn Jersey - $840.00
George Bell was one of the best sources for powering the 1980's, his rookie campaign came in 1984 and he didn't disappoint one bit. In his rookie season, George Bell had a fantastic batting average of .282, hit a great total of 26 home runs, and had a very impressive 87 RBI'S to add to his name. Bell won the American League's Most Valuable Player Award with the Blue jays in 1987 as he a monstrous season. In 1987, Bell towered an immaculate 47 home runs, drove in the most runs of his career with 134 RBI's, and even had an incredible batting average of .308 this season. Bell made the American League All-Star team twice when he was on the Blue Jays out of the three times he made the All-Star team. Bell's game worn jersey was sold for a total of $840.00 in November of 2017 during the Heritage Auctions.
3. Jose Bautista's "Bat Flip" Game Worn Jersey - $27,606
One of the most memorable moments of the Major League Baseball postseason was the bat flip seen all around the world. Jose Bautista celebrated a home run he hit in Game 5 of the ALDS in the seventh inning against the Texas Rangers by first pausing then throwing his bat as far as he could, this got the whole Rogers Centre absolutely electrified and helped the Blue Jays win the American League Division series. He finished that game going 2-4 with that game winning home run and four RBI's to add to his name. Jose Bautista was an absolute fan favorite with the Blue Jays as he helped contribute to several postseason runs the Blue Jays made throughout the 2010's. The auction was run by the Blue Jays themselves and this game worn Bautista jersey was sold for $27,606, and they money is going to a good cause as it is going to the Jose Bautista Family Education fund. Bautistas charity helps provide athletes who are in need access to higher levels of education that they should have the rights to receive.
2. 2008 Roy Halladay Game Worn Road Jersey - $1.4 Million
Roy Halladay was one of the most dominating pitches the game has ever seen. Throughout his sixteen year Major League Baseball career, Roy Halladay was overwhelming hitters with his unique arsenal of pitches he used. Halladay was loved by Blue Jays fans and quickly became a fan favorite after making his Major League debut in 1998. In 2008, Halladay had a fantastic season as he was named to the American League's All-Star team, he had a winning record of 20-11, he struck out a total of 206 batters which is very impressive, he had a great ERA of 2.78, and he threw a total of 246 innings, meaning his arm was very useful in each start he made. He won two CY Young awards throughout his career, one with the Blue Jays in 2003, and one with the Phillies in 2010. Halladay's 2008 game worn blue jersey was sold for $1.4 million in November of 2017 as apart of the Heritage Auctions.
1. 1983 David Stieb Game Worn Home Jersey - $1.7 Million
In 1983, David Stieb was the only Toronto Blue Jay to be named to the American League's All-Star team and would be named the American League's starting pitcher. Stieb is the Blue Jays all time leader in All-Star appearances with seven of them, and was one of their best players throughout the 80s. In 1983, Stieb pitched a total of 14 complete games, pitched a total of 278 innings which means his arm was very useful, struck out 187 people which is very impressive, had a winning record of 17-12, and finished the season with a great ERA of 3.04. David Stieb was a major piece in the turning point of the Blue Jays franchise as 1983 was the year they started to become a good team as they finished the season with a winning record of 89-73. Stieb was known to be a fierce competitor as his teammates would always say he always wanted to win at whatever he was doing. Stieb's jersey was sold for $1.7 million in December of 2016 and was sold in the Heritage Auctions.
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