The Philadelphia Phillies are one of the oldest franchises in Major League Baseball history as they were founded in 1883 in Philadelphia, PA. Fun fact: they got their team name from the original owner, Al Reach because he believed it told the fans who they really are and where they were from. As of 2021, the Phillies have won the National League East division eleven times, they've won the National League Pennant seven times, and have two World Series championships to add to their name. They won the World Series in 1980 where they defeated the Kansas City Royals in six games, and in 2008 they defeated the Tampa Bay Rays in five games. The history of the franchise has been littered with legendary players such as Mike Schmidt, Jimmy Rollins, Steve Carlton, Robin Roberts, Richie Ashburn, and countless others. Because of their impact to the game can be measured in numerous ways such as revenue, endorsements, and memorabilia. We've discovered that their jerseys have been sold for amounts that we can't even begin to believe. Today we will take a look at the five most expensive Phillies jerseys ever sold:
5. Robin Roberts Signed Phillies Home Jersey - $74.00
Robin Roberts was at his best during the years of 1950-1956 where he won at least 20 games in each of those six seasons, and just missed a seventh consecutive season of 20 plus wins in 1957 where he had 19 wins. Roberts made seven consecutive trips to the All-Star game to represent the Phillies and represent the National League. During those seasons, he led the league in total innings pitched, meaning his arm was very reliable each time he took the mound, games started, he was able to stay healthy, strikeouts, wins, complete games, and batters faced. He won a total of 234 games as a Phillie. He was a fan favorite in Philadelphia and one of the greatest Phillies pitchers in the history of the franchise. Roberts home jersey that was worn and signed by him was sold for $74.00 at the heritage auctions in February of 2016.
4. 2008 Jimmy Rollins Game Worn Jersey - $836,50
The winner of the National League's Most Valuable Player Award in 2007, Jimmy Rollins, also known as "J-Roll" was the spark that the Phillies were desperately looking for. Adding three All-star appearances to his name, Rollins was a key contributor the Phillies 2008 World Series championship team. In 2008, Rollins hit 11 home runs, drove in 59 runs, had a batting average of .277, and was always making key defensive plays for the Phillies to help them win games. One of Rollins most iconic moments as a Philly was in the 2009 National League championship series in game 4 against the Los Angeles Dodgers where he hit a walk-off two-run double that would help the Phillies win the series, and got the fans at Citizens Bank Park absolutely electrified. Rollins was a fan favorite in Philadelphia ever since his rookie season where he nearly won the Rookie of the Year Award, as he made an immediate impact since day one. Rollins game worn 2008 jersey was sold for $836,50 in May of 2012 at the Heritage Auctions.
3. Richie Ashburn 1955-1957 Game Worn Home Jersey - $19,000
One of the famous " Whiz Kids" from the 1950 National League championship Phillies, Richie Ashburn spent 12 of his 15 seasons with the Phillies and made a huge impact with the organization. Ashburn won the National Leagues batting title twice with the Phillies hitting an amazing .338 in 1955, and in 1958 having an immaculate batting average of .350. Ashburn also made five of his six All-Star appearances representing the Phillies for the National League's team. Fun Fact: Ashburn led the league in games played, triples, stolen bases, walks, and fielding percentage at least once throughout his career. Ashburn became a fan favorite in Philadelphia as he made a huge impact to the team with his play and was one of the greatest hitters in franchise history as he ended his Phillies career with a fantastic .311 batting average. Ashburn's game worn home jersey that he wore throughout the 1950's was sold at the Huggins and Scott in actions for $19,000 in September of 2009.
2. 1980 Signed Steve Carlton Road Jersey - $22,800
What a year 1980 was for arguably the greatest Phillies pitcher of all time, Steve Carlton. In the 1980 season, Carlton lead the league in strike outs, which he struck out an immaculate 286 batters, in innings pitched, he pitched a total of 304 innings which means his arm was very reliable in each start he made, games started with 38, meaning he was very healthy throughout the whole season, and also led the league with 24 games won that season. He also ended up winning the National League's CY Young Award in 1980 and was a huge piece of the Phillies winning their first World Series championship in franchise history in 1980. Carlton ended up winning a total of four CY Young Awards with the Phillies and making ten All-Star appearances representing the Phillies for the National League's team. Carlton is the franchise leader in total games won with a total of 241, and his highest win season came in 1972 where he won an incredible amount of games with that total being 27. His 1980 road jersey that was signed by him was sold at the Robert Edward Auctions in the spring of 2017 for $22,800, and was also categorized as "Game-Used Jerseys and Equipment".
1. 1980 Mike Schmidt Game Worn Jersey - $39,600
There can be an argument made here that Mike Schmidt's jersey is hands down the greatest jersey of this decade. 1980 was a great year for Mike Schmidt as he was a National League All-Star, the National League's Most Valuable Player, and was a huge piece in the Phillies 1980 World Series championship run, as he won the World Series Most Valuable player award that year. For the 1980 season, Schmidt hit a towering 35 home runs, drove in 87 runs, had a great batting average of.280, and lead the league in walks with 107. Schmidt was a master at driving in runs, and was also the league leader in walks four different times, finishing with more than 1,500 for his career, meaning he had an incredible eye at the plate. Schmidt also hit a towering 548 total home runs for his career and was a 12-time All-Star, three time MVP winner, and a 10-time Gold Glove Award winner. Fun Fact: Schmidt once hit four home runs in one game in 1976. Schmidts jersey was sold for $39,600 in August of 2020 at the Heritage Auctions.
Written by Benjamin Smith
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