The Houston Astros were originally founded as the Houston Colt. 45s in 1962 and changed their name to the Astros in 1965 when they began playing in a stadium named the Astrodome. They named the stadium the Astrodome because the space programs in Houston were taking off and many people had interests in them. As of 2021, the Astros have won the National League Central division a total of 4 times, they've won the National League West division a total of 3 times, and they now current are apart of the American League and they've won the American League West division a total of 4 times. The Astros have one National League Pennant to add to their name, they have 3 American League Pennants, and they've won the World Series championship once in 2017 against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The history of the franchise is littered with legendary players such as Jeff Bagwell, Craig Biggio, Lance Berkman, Roy Oswalt, Jose Cruz, 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 some of their jerseys have been sold for extremely high amounts. Today we will take a look at the five most expensive Astros jerseys sold to date:
5. 2001 Roy Oswalt Game Worn Jersey - $ 528
Roy Oswalt is arguably the greatest starting pitcher to ever play for the Houston Astros as he experienced his highest level of success in his career with the Astros. 2001 was Oswalt's rookie campaign where he had 14 wins and 3 loses making him have a winning percentage of .824%, finished with a 2.73 ERA, he struck out 144 batters, and he pitched a total of 141.2 innings. Between 2001-2006, Oswalt finished fourth among all starting pitchers in fWAR, as he was only behind Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, and Curt Schilling. His best season with the Astros came in 2005 where he went 20-12 with a 2.94 ERA, 4 complete games, and he struck out a total of 184 batters. His jersey was sold as part of the Heritage Auctions as part of the Sports Collectibles Catalog Auction that was held in Dallas, as the jersey sold for $528 and was sold on May 13th, 2017.
4. 1984-1985 Jose Cruz Game Worn Jersey - $ 780
Jose Cruz spent 13 out of his 19 years in the major leagues playing in a Houston Astros uniform, as during that time he was able to make the All-Star team twice in 1980 and in 1985, he won the Silver Slugger Award twice, and he led the National League in total base hits in 1983. 1983 was his best season with the Astros as he posted an immaculate .318 batting average, he hit a total of 14 home runs, and drove in a total of 92 runs. Cruz is third all-time in franchise history in total base hits with a total of 1,937, and he had his number 25 jersey retired by the Astros in 1992. His jersey was sold as part of the Heritage Auctions as part of the Spring Sports Memorabilia Catalog Auction, as the jersey sold for $780 and was sold on May 16th, 2019.
3. 2006 Lance Berkman Game Worn Jersey - $ 840
It didn't matter when Lance Berkman was playing first base, or when he was playing in the outfield, Berkman was going to be a force to be reckoned with whenever he step foot into that batters box. In 2006, Berkman, also known as the "The Big Puma", represented the Astros in the All-Star game as a member of the National League All-Star team, he hit a towering 45 home runs, he drove in a total of 132 runs, he had an immaculate batting average of .315, and he had a total of 333 total bases. Between 2001-2008 only four other players posted more RBI's than Berkman did, as Berkman was able to drive in 100 or more runs in 6 consecutive seasons which is very impressive. Berkman was also always able to keep a very efficient batting average during his career in Houston as his total career batting average was .296 while playing in a Astros uniform. His jersey was sold as part of the Heritage Auctions as part of the Spring Sports Catalog Auction that was held in Dallas, as the jersey sold for $840 and was sold on May 8th, 2021.
2. 1997 Jeff Bagwell Game Worn and Signed Jersey - $1,140
Jeff Bagwell is known to be one of the most underrated superstars Major League Baseball has ever seen, even though during his career he won the National League's Rookie of the Year Award in 1991, he won the National League Most Valuable Player Award in 1994, and is a Hall of Famer. In 1997, Bagwell led the league in games played as he played in all 162 games that season, he represented the Astros in the All-Star game as a member of the National League team, he hit a towering 43 home runs, he drove in a total of 115 runs, he posted an efficient batting average of .286, and he hit 40 doubles in 1997. Bagwell is one of the greatest first basemen to ever play the game and is arguably the greatest player in Houston Astros franchise history, as his number 5 jersey was retired in 2007. His jersey was sold as part of the Heritage Auctions as part of the Fall Sports Memorabilia Catalog Auction, as the jersey sold for $1,140 and was sold on October 18th, 2018.
1. 2004 Craig Biggio Game Worn Jersey - $ 1,320
Craig Biggio is apart of the 3,000 hit club, he is a 7-time All-Star, and he spent his whole 20 year major league career playing in a Houston Astros uniform. Biggio was one of the more complete second basemen to ever play the game, as he ended his career winning 4 Gold Glove Awards. In 2004, Biggio posted an efficient batting average of .281, he hit 24 home runs, he drove in 63 runs, he had 7 stolen bases, and he hit 47 doubles in 2004. Biggio best season with the Astros came in 1997, where he represented the Astros in the All-Star game as a member of the National League team, he had a batting average of .309, he hit 22 home runs, and he drove in 81 runs. Biggio's jersey number 7 was retired by the Astros in 2008, and he was inducted into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame in 2015. His jersey was sold as part of the Heritage Auctions as part of the Sports Collectibles Catalog Auction that was held in Dallas, as the jersey sold for $1,320 and was sold on May 12th, 2017.
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