The Los Angeles Angels were founded in 1961 as one of Major League Baseball's first two expansion teams to originate in California. Fun Fact: the Angels got their team name from the earlier Angels franchise that first played in Pacific Coast League. As of 2021, the Angels have won the American League West division a total of 9 different times, they have made the playoffs once via the Wild Card Berth, and they have one American League Pennant to add to their name, and they also have one World Series championship to add to their name as they defeated the San Francisco Giants in 2002. The history of the franchise is littered with legendary players such as Mike Trout, Nolan Ryan, Chuck Finley, Tim Salmon, Jim Fregosi, and countless others. Because of their impact on the game can be measured in numerous ways such as revenue, memorabilia, and endorsements. Recently we've discovered that some of these Angels jerseys have sold for extremely high amounts. Today we till take a look at the five most expensive Angels jerseys ever sold to date:
5. 1989 Chuck Finely Game Worn and Signed Jersey - $510
Chuck Finley was one of the most accomplished starting pitchers to ever pitch for the Los Angeles Angels. In 1989, Chuck Finley represented the Angels in the All-Star game as a member of the American League team, as he posted an 2.57 ERA, he had a winning record of 16-9, he struck out a total of 156 batters, and he pitched a total of 199.2 innings. Finely would go on to make a total of 14 All-Star teams while he was a member of the Angels, and he also led the American League in complete games in 1993 with a total of 13. Finely also racked up a total of 190 or more innings pitched in 10 different seasons with the Angels, and is currently the all-time Angels franchise leader in innings pitched with a total of 2,675. Finely also had the most wins in franchise history with 165 and is the leader in fWAR with 46. His jersey was sold as part of the Golden Auctions, as the jersey sold for $510.
4. 1994 Tim Salmon Game Worn Jersey - $694
Tim Salmon was an instant fan-favorite the minute he stepped out onto the diamond wearing an Angels uniform, as Salmon was the winner of the 1993 American League's Rookie of the Year Award. In his sophomore season in 1994, Salmon hit 23 home runs, he delivered 70 RBI's, and he had a efficient batting average of .287. The slugging right fielder is currently the franchise leader in walks with a total of 970. Salmon is also in the top 5 in franchise history in home runs with a total of 299, RBI's with a total of 1,016, runs scored with a total of 986, total bases with a total of 2,958, and OPS with a total of .884. His jersey was sold as part of the SCP Auctions, as the jersey was sold on May 18th, 2014, and the jersey was sold for $694.
3. 1963 Jim Fregosi Game Worn Jersey - $773
Before Jim Fregosi became a very successful winning manager who was able to achieve winning over 1,000 games, Fregosi was a shortstop who spent 11 out of 18 seasons in the big leagues playing for the Angels. 1963 was Fregosi's second full season in the major leagues, as he hit a total of 9 home runs, he delivered 50 RBI's, he had a efficient batting average of .287, and he was able to hit 29 doubles. Throughout his time wearing an Angels uniform, Fregosi was able to make 6 different All-Star teams, and he was able to win a Gold Glove Award. Fregosi's number 11 jersey was retired by the Angels in 1998. His jersey was sold as part of the Heritage Auctions as part of the Vintage Sports Collectibles Signature Auction that was held in Dallas, as the jersey sold for $773 and was sold on November 11th, 2011.
2. 1973 Nolan Ryan Game Worn Jersey - $9,900
Nolan Ryan played for several different franchises during his major league career, but his peak of his 27-year career might have come with the Los Angeles Angels. In 1973, Ryan represented the Angels in the All-Star game as he was a member of the American League's team, he had a winning record of 21-16, he posted an ERA of 2.87, he pitched a total of 326 innings, meaning he was a very reliable arm, he had a total of 26 complete games, finally he led the league in strike outs as he was able to strike out an immaculate total of 383 batters. Ryan is currently the franchise leader in strikeouts with a total of 2,416, complete games with a total of 156, complete game-shutouts with a total of 40, and he also is the franchise leader in FIP with 2.94. His jersey was sold as part of the Heritage Auctions as part of the Fall Sports Collectibles Catalog Auction that was held in Dallas, as the jersey was sold for $9,900 and it was sold on December 12th, 2020.
1. First Ever Jersey Of Mike Trout - $1 million
Mike Trout is a once in a generation type of player as game after game he is making plays that just absolutely make your jaw drop as a fan. Trout is already a 3-time American League Most Valuable Player Award winner, he is a 9-time All-Star, he is a 8-time Silver Slugger, and he won the 2012 American League's Rookie of the Year Award. Trout has already accomplished all of these great achievements in his major league career and he is only 30 years old, so he has even more time add more accolades to this name. Trout currently holds franchise records for the Angels that may never get broken, as he is under contact until the 2030 season, so he a lot of time left playing in Los Angeles. Trout's first ever jersey he wore came during his Major League debut on July 8th, 2011 against the Seattle Mariners as Trout went 0-3 in that game, but it was the start to an absolutely phenomenal career. His first ever jersey sold for $ 1 Million at auction.
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